What’s On

oct 2012


A hilarious Gujrati Natak 'Boeing Boeing'

In Collaboration with our Friends
YMZA and Dastur Dhalla Institute
at the APWA Auditorium (Opposite IBA City Campus)

ON:                  Saturday 13 October at 8 pm for Zoroastrians only
                                    Sunday 14 October at 7:30 pm: non-Zoroastrian friends are welcome
TICKET:            Rs 500/- but limited to 300 persons each day
FROM:              Roshan Vannia, Tel # 32250127 or Phiruza Birdie Tel # 35895057
FACILITIES:      -   The Auditorium is on ground and 1st floor.  Elderly who prefer ground

                             floor seating to kindly ask for it at time of ticket purchase

-  Valet parking will be available.





The YMZA/Dastur Dr. Dhalla Institute is holding its annual Minwalla Music Competition on: Sunday, October 21, 2012 at:  4 pm (participants must be present by 3:30pm) at: Avari Towers. Age categories are (depending on age groups these may be either further sub-divided or combined together) - Under 6 yrs; 6&7 yrs; 8&9yrs; 10&11yrs; 12&13yrs; 14&15 yrs; 16–19yrs; and OPEN category (anyone over 19 yrs may play in the OPEN category, however they will not be judged).  Musical categories are: ANY musical instruments including singing.  ALL categories can be performed solo, in a duet or in a group.  Judging of all categories will be at the sole discretion of judges.  Where age category in a duet or group is different, they will be placed in the older age group.  Participants should give their name(s) along with their age, instrument, name of song/tune (specifying solo, duet or group) & advise since WHEN they have been playing/singing by Friday, October 12th, 2012 to:  Kaizer Irani, Behroze Khambatta, Shahrazad Irani, Natasha Mobed, Natasha Mavalvala or Dinaz Divecha


* Only the Piano will be available on the competition date. Any other musical instrument is the responsibility of the participant.

* However, the piano MAY be available one week earlier at the Avari Towers to practice your piece ONCE.  All such requests to be routed through Mrs. Rashna Gazder who will oversee this for all participants.  However, the date for the practice session will be advised closer to the event.

* In the Singing category, background/taped music will not be allowed.

* Children in audience below 6 yrs of age who are making noise will NOT be allowed in the hall during the competition



Cyrus Colony Entertainment Committee

is hosting Las Vegas Nite on Saturday 3rd November, 2012 at Cyrus Minwalla Amenity Hall from 7.30 pm onwards.  Do come in large numbers and join the fun.  Posters with more details will be put up closer to the date.



Parsi Week on Masala TV

Zarnak Sidhwa opened a window to Parsi food and culture on Masala TV’s Food Diaries from 10-14 September 2012, titled the Parsi Week.


The demanding role of live cooking, simultaneously receiving calls from Pakistan and overseas, talking briefly about our festivals and artifacts, and conversing with guest for the evening was done with composure which progressed to aplomb and quick repartee as the week progressed, not forgetting that she had to also dress up glamorously each evening.


While demonstrating recipes ranging from ever-popular dhansak and lagan no custard to bhakhras and humble kora no patio, our  garas, toran, beadwork topi, jhabla, daglee and ses were also displayed and talked about by her.


The Zarthusiti guest for the evening took ‘getting to know Parsis’ a step further. Zarin Mavalvala spoke on alternate medicine of yoga, reiki and acupressure that she practices and how her mother’s arthritis motivated her to get into this field.  Glamorous model and stylist Mitra Bakhtiar Dubash suggested spraying rose water to freshen the skin and simple baby oil on frizzy hair, while  TV artist Adil Wadia spoke about his popular Fifty-Fifty programme of the 1970s and how performing has changed over the years. Guests on the closing night were Zarnak’s two boys. Younger Afshad came dressed in daglee and topi while the aspiring-chef Astad cut some bhakhras for his Mum, giving a homey finish to the programme.




Colgate-Palmolive Awards

Gulbanoo Bamji has been one of the founding members of Karachi Women’s Swimming Association (KWSA), which was formed some 20 years ago.  Her interest in women’s swimming has also led her to obtain FINA (Fédération Internationale de Natation Amateur) Certificate when they held a workshop in Karachi.


On 26th August 2012  at the Sindh Open Swimming competition at the Karachi Gymkhana, she was honoured as the Chief Guest and she presented medals to the winners of the competition. On the same evening, Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy (Oscar Award Winner) presented Gulbanoo Colgate-Palmolive Award for her dedicated service as the Technical Officer of KWSA during Sindh Open and Asian swimming events in Karachi, Lahore and Islamabad.


On the occasion, Azar Irani was also presented a Colgate-Palmolive plaque by Sharmeen for her voluntary service to KWSA during their national and Asian events in Karachi, Lahore and Islamabad.  She also holds a FINA certificate.




Ervad Kaivan Solan performs Jashan

at Avanbai Cooper Agiary in Lahore


Trustees of the Bai Avanbai A. Cooper Agiary celebrated its 119th Salgira (birth anniversary) on 29th July 2012.


In the absence of a resident Panthaki, Ervad Solan was invited by the Trustees to perform a Jashan and a Machi on the occasion, and they very much appreciated that Kaivan brought with him sukhad and loban for the prayers.  These gestures enable our community to keep the sacred ‘Atash” burning even where Zoroastrian presence is very small.





Chermeen  a daughter to Cyra and Cyrus Noshirwan on 7 September

Rayaan a son to Sanaya and Virasp Umrigar on 9 September




Hira Jamshed Patel in Swindon, UK on 24 August

Jerbanoo Jamshed Irani, in Toronto, Canada on 27 August

Shireen Minoo Gandevia on 30 August

Dhun Framroze Ogra on 2 September

Kety Rustom Sethna on 10 September





Ora-Tech Systems

Require Applications for 3 Positions


- Administration Officer with temperament to handle thorny issues

- HR Manager with experience in HR strategy

- Senior Accounts Manger with Chartered Accountancy or thereabout qualification


Active retirees will be considered and having IT background will be a plus.  Please apply to franfatakia@gmail.com




Practice wellness


Sweet Slumber



We all know the great feeling after a good night’s sleep but that should not be considered as a treat to enjoy occasionally. In fact, quality sleep is basic requirement of the body for health.


Most adults need six to eight hours of sleep but it is not just  the hours you are in bed but how sound asleep you are. It is during deep sleep that your body is restored. 


On the other hand, if you are constantly sleep-deprived or have interrupted sleep it can weaken your immune system, impair your memory and ability to think clearly or even solve problems. In young people sleep deprivation can interfere with growth hormone production which can have a bad cumulative effect.


Good news is improving our sleep quality is within our reach, with some adjustment in our habits and perhaps a bit in the diet as well.


Melatonin is a substance naturally made by our body which increases sleepiness, helps us fall asleep quickly and stay asleep.  Melatonin level is best increased by having sufficient exposure to bright sunlight during day which is quite easy for us in Asia, and having darkness in our bedroom at night or by wearing an eye mask, if needed.  This is because all life revolves around patterns of light and darkness.


It also helps to sleep not later than 11 pm and having dinner at least 2 hours before bedtime.  If you are having problem falling asleep, then at least an hour before bedtime put away your work and avoid exciting programmes on television – entertaining ones are welcome.


Meals, especially dinner, also plays a role and it is recommended that you include protein and a small piece of fruit in your night meal.  The elderly will benefit with little extra iron intake from sources like spinach, nuts, beans or liver.  It will also help them to avoid any fluid within two hours before bedtime to minimise waking in middle of the night.


Let us relax, sink our heads into the pillow and float into sweet slumber, night after night.






Avoid Burn out



           Work until the doctor comes



Sometimes when you accomplish an assignment in an unbelievably tight time frame, instead of getting a pat on the back you are rewarded with even more challenging project and tighter deadline.


This can snowball if you do not take stock of the situation and you will soon have a burn out.  To use the corporate lingo it is a performance punishment trap and you need to get out of it.


Next time you hear the flattering phrase, “Only you can take this challenge,” instead of agreeing immediately, play safe and say that you would like to come back in a couple of days with a plan of how best to do it.


The plan should not have you or your team mates working late nights and weekends. It should include the resources required to meet the deadline realistically and the bottlenecks you may face.


Translate this into four to five PowerPoint slides - a brief outline with time line – and present it to your boss. Negotiate for help and resources you will need to do the job in reasonable time frame.  Chances are you will register your case and get the required time and/or resource.


Once an agreement is reached drop an email to your boss describing what has been agreed, so that you can re-negotiate if resources change or timeline is brought forward.


You may not get everything the first time round, but you will learn to estimate time and resources as you take on assignments, and also get better at negotiating: the skills required in today’s dynamic corporate environment.  Best of all you will avoid burn out.



Our religion

When Souls Come-a-Visiting

(continued from previous issue)

However, during the Muktad days, the souls get a “vacation” from this beautification, and descend to the Earth accompanied by the souls of very highly evolved entities, called Ashaunam Fravashinam who come down to cleanse the earth during this time.  It’s hard work and the souls expect their kin to nourish them spiritually to recharge their persona so that they may go back to their arduous task revitalized.  As the Avesta says, they come down singing: “Who will praise us?  Who will offer us prayers?  Who will meditate upon us?  Who will love us?  Who will receive and welcome us with (spiritual) food and clothes in hand and with a prayer worthy of bliss?”

 The ceremonies performed for the souls during these days, combined with the coordinated use of specific metal vases, special flowers, spiritually charged well water and vegetarian meals give immense help and benefit to the visitors in their on-going mission to cleanse their kerdars.  Finally, on the tenth night, the relatives gather at the temple for the last prayers.  A special hamper of food is prepared and laid out which the souls can “take back.”  It is a moving sight to see relatives, some with tears in their eyes, bidding adieu to the visitors as they take off for their respective (spiritual) planes, happy and content with the gifts they have received.

 Traditionally, the ceremonies are supposed to continue for another seven days, which would cover the time taken by the souls to reach their destination.  These seven days are also the days when the Ashaunam Fravashinam give a spiritual bath to the entire earth, to remove the sins of the previous year.  It is very necessary that ceremonies for these seven days also be observed.  However, this practice has now been largely discontinued.  There are today only four Agyaris in Mumbai (Banaji Limji at Fort, Boyce-Dhanapatel at Tardeo, Motlibai Wadia at Malcolm Baug (16 days), and our own Behramshah Shroff Daremeher at Behram Baug where the full eighteen days prayers are recited.

 The Muktad is of great social significance since these ten days strengthen family bonds as estranged family members forget their petty differences and get together.  Houses are cleaned, an atmosphere of devotion is created and a feeling of respect for elders and the departed is instilled in younger members.  The Muktad days are also an important reminder to the living about the transient nature of their existence, and the need to live lives of truth so that their own kerdars do not haunt them when they pass over to the other side.





There are  some seven billion of us on this Earth and we are all interconnected. There's this idea of six degrees of separation that we are only six links away from any person. With online social networks, perhaps we have shed a few links already.



Compiled and edited:  Sunnu Golwalla

Annual subs: Hilla Bharucha (Parsi Colony) and Phiruza Birdie (Cyrus Colony)

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