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.
Week on Masala TV
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.
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.
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.
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
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
of the Bai Avanbai A. Cooper Agiary celebrated its 119th
Salgira (birth anniversary) on 29th July 2012.
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.
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
Irani, in Toronto, Canada on 27 August
Gandevia on 30 August
Dhun Framroze Ogra
on 2 September
Rustom Sethna on 10 September
Require Applications for 3 Positions
Officer with temperament to handle thorny issues
- HR Manager with
experience in HR strategy
- Senior Accounts
Manger with Chartered Accountancy or thereabout qualification
will be considered and having IT background will be a plus. Please
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
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
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.
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
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
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.
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?”
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.
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.
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
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:
Hilla Bharucha (Parsi Colony) and Phiruza Birdie (Cyrus Colony)
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