What’s On

October 2010


What’s On


Beneath the stars, besides the waves – let’s make it an evening to remember. On Saturday 23 October, Maneckthari Poonam by the beach. 

We can only accommodate the first 75 persons, so hurry up and purchase your tickets... to avoid disappointment!
Venue: Dinaz Noshir Irani's hut at the French Beach
 Time: 4pm onwards 
Ticket per person:  Rs 300
Last Date: October 19, 2010 till 1 pm.





Our community in Karachi has a unique opportunity to meet and greet each other on the Shenshai Navroze Day, have fun and also raise funds for welfare purpose, as no other city with significant Zarthosti numbers do.  This tradition started in early 1900 at the Clifton Beach, moving to KPI in 1920s and then to Beach Luxury Hotel from 1950, which has continued due to the generosity of the Avari Family.  The community expresses its thanks to Goshpi and Byram Avari for keeping this tradition.



Our Friends



YMZA'S MINWALLA MUSIC COMPETITION has been rescheduled for Sunday, October 3, 2010


YMZA- ATHORNAN MANDAL’S Macca Darab Sachinwala Gujrati Elocution Competition is being held Sunday, October 31, 2009 at 11 am at Katrak Hall. This Gujrati Elocution is open for all Zarthostis in the following categories / topics –



Please give names to:   Behroze Khambatta, Kaizer Irani, Shahrazad Irani, Natasha Mobed or Natasha Mavalvala latest by Friday, October 22, 2010





BVS Band

The Cowasjee and Virbaiji Varyava Band of BVS Parsi High school played at all our Parsi colonies, on the morning of 19 August 2010 to bring in the Nauroze. In turn the community generously donated and this year our boys collected Rs.20,000. Well done boys! You have done the school proud.


As suggested by the Band Members, this year’s collection has been sent to the Flood affected: The School has bought drinking water, channa (gram), biscuits and khajoor (dates) and distributed to the Flood victims in Sindh.


The BVS management would like to thank our Zoroastrian community who appreciated the efforts of the Band Members, donated generously and also gave the boys good treats. Thank you and warm, though belated, Nauroze Mubarak.


In Memoriam

KZBM would like to place on record their gratitude for our dear late Mani Nuswan Rustomji’s assistance in  distribution of our newsletter What’s On from the time of its inception, as well as any notices, or survey forms, despite being unwell at times. KPI’s newsletter Howzatt was similarly distributed by her too.


Her support meant a great deal to us and she will be missed by all who knew her. KZBM extend their heartfelt condolence to her husband Nuswan and her children Naomi and Nasha.



WZO's Flood Relief Collection

Toxy Cowasjee, Vice President of World Zoroastrian Organisation is collecting funds for the Flood Relief, which will be handed over to SIUT who will use it for medicines or any equipment required for the treatment of victims in all four provinces. If funds come handsomely, other worthy organisations will be assisted in their work as there is much to be done. You may send cash or cheques in name of "Mrs Hutoxy Cowasjee WZO" and receipts will be issued to all.


Rs 500,000 was handed over to SIUT on 2 September for the purchase of two portable ultra sound machines, model "medison sonoace",  (seen above) which have been sent to their Makli field hospital on Sunday 5 September. This amount was from you, our Karachi Zarathushtis.


Do spread the message to your friends, Zoroastrians and non-Zoroastrians, living here and abroad as arrangements are in hand for overseas collection as well. Thank you.


Ratanjee & Cooverbai Collector Charitable Trust

Provide assistance for Medical and education. Interested persons may contact Farhad Daver on mobile # 0300-2623933 or at his residence on phone # 35382463




Milestones  Information up to 13 September  2010



Cherezad daughter to Cyra and Cyrus Noshirwan on 3 September


Zara daughter to Armita and Ardeshir Wania on 3 September




Xerxes, son of Diana & Firdous Divecha on 4 September




Freny Behli Mehta on 23 August

Mani Nuswan Rustomji on 29 August




Taste Buds


Fine Dining


Fine dining brings to mind good table linen, fine china and flowers, and can be an enjoyable experience. Here are some tips for the un-initiated to make it equally so for them.


 Knives and Forks;  Start from the outside in or with cutlery farthest from your plate. When putting cutlery down, place it on the plate crossing the tips of the two pieces, to let the server know that you have not finished. When you have finished, place your knife and fork together in the centre of the plate vertically.


Napkin:  A napkin is used only for dabbing the mouth and never to wipe it. If, you need to leave the table before you have finished, place your napkin on your seat so that server knows you will return.


Glass and wine: Glasses are on the right upper side of your plate. If there are four they would be arranged in roughly square pattern. The top left glass is for red wine and has a fairly large bowl. Directly below will be white wine glass and it will be smaller. At the top right will be a champagne glass or a smaller glass for dessert wine or port and on the bottom right will be the water glass.


Do not touch glasses with other guests when toasting - it is enough to raise the glass in their direction, keeping eye contact.


Seating: The hostess will have the guest of honour on her right, and the second most important gentleman on her left. The remainder of the seating plan can be arbitrary but will always alternate a lady and a gentleman.


In England, the etiquette is to keep your hands on your lap when you are not using them. In France they keep their hands above the table at all times. You may place them on the edge of the table but  never put your elbows on the table.


Soups and puddings: When eating soup keep the soup bowl on the table and move soup spoon away from you to the centre of the bowl, lifting the sppon to drink the soup from the edge of the spoon rather than put the whole spoon into your mouth - but do not slurp.


The pudding spoon is held in the same way as knife, and the pudding fork is used as a pusher only. Pudding is often followed by fruit or cheese. This will be served with a dessert fork and knife for larger pieces of fruit. Small round cheese must be cut in small wedges and larger cheese wedges should be cut from the pointy end first.

More to follow next month.




Different Generations at Work


In today's workplace we find Boomers, Xers and Yers / Millennials working together but not always in harmony.  This is because each generation has been shaped by different events and trends of their time, shaping their mindset and work style.


The Boomers were born between 1946 and 1964. They are re-writing the rules of retirement because inactivity is not a desired lifestyle for them. Getting older has not changed them : Most of them wish to extend their working life.


Boomers are creative, productive and goal oriented and in the current economic environment, many have no choice but to continue to work.


Generation Xers are people born between 1965 and 1980. They are independent, enjoy informality, and seek emotional maturity. They want to build skills and experiences they can take with them should they need to move. They also want their career path laid out in front of them.


Gen Xers also seek balance in their lives now - not when they retire. They seek time to raise their children and don't want to miss any of it unlike their parents. They also want immediate and honest feedback.


The Millennials are those born between 1981 and 1999. Unlike the Gen-Xers and the Boomers, the Millennials have developed work characteristics and tendencies from their doting parents, structured lives, and contact with diverse people. They are used to working in teams and want to make friends with people at work and work well with diverse coworkers.




Millennials have a "can-do" attitude about tasks at work and look for constant feedback about how they are doing. They seek challenge and do not want to experience boredom. Used to balancing many activities such as teams, friends, and philanthropic activities, millennials want flexibility in scheduling and also a life away from work.


To better understand different generations at work why not take the quiz below. In the next issue will be the answers and I will write about the clash-points and how to work around them.


Which of the following is important for a Baby Boomer (Born 1946-1964)?

§          Build parallel careers.

§          Build a stellar career.

§          Build a legacy.

§          Build a portable career.

Your response? _________________


Which of the following is important to Generation Xers (Born 1965-1980)?

§          Give me balance now, not when

                        I'm sixty-five.

§          Support me in shifting the balance.

§          Help me balance everyone else and

                        find meaning myself.

§          Work isn't everything; flexibility to

                        balance my activities is.

Your response? __________________


Which of the following feedback do Millennials (Born 1981-1999) prefer?

§          Sorry to interrupt, but how am I doing?

§          Once a year, with lots of documentation.

§          No news is good news.

§          Feedback whenever I want it, at the push

                        of a button.

Your response? ___________________






There are many myths about hair care and some need to be busted. Now let’s see...


You may have heard ‘pluck one white hair and you have three in its place’.  If this was true people with hair loss would start plucking and grow a full crown of glory!  Plucking weakens the hair follicle so if you have a single irritating white hair, simply cut it from the root.


Washing your hair with cold water makes it shinier. This is partly true because while hot water washes a certain amount of natural oils, cold water preserves it. But, washing with cold water is not enough to make a substantial difference.


Washing hair with warm water makes them fall. There is no correlation! On an average you lose about 150 strands of hair each day. Washing it with warm water does not increase this. In fact warm water might help in increase of blood circulation, which would help in hair growth.


Oiling your hair makes it grow faster. Oil has nutrients that are good for hair shaft, so it only improves the existing condition of your hair. Only thing that can make your hair grow faster is increased blood circulation.


Colour damages your hair.  Any chemical treatment drains your natural moisture to some extent; even blow-drying removes 60 percent moisture from your hair, unless you use heat-protective product like serum.  After colouring your hair use a good conditioner to replace the nutrients.


Conditioner makes your hair oily.  It only conditions and smoothes the hair follicle. If you have oily hair, use conditioner only on your hair ends and not near the scalp.


You should not wash your hair everyday. Every person has different scalp and different needs. If your scalp is oily you may wash every day but not if your hair is dry and brittle. If you need to, use a shampoo meant for daily use as it will not be harsh on your hair.



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