What’s On

SEP 2012


KZBM’s Centenary Celebration Events:


Put on Your Dancing Shoes 

Sat 22 September at 9 pm at Beach Luxury Hotel

Come September, KZBM has organized a dinner and dance as one of the functions for its year- long Centenary Celebrations and to commemorate the Manijeh Hommie Mehta Building on its Golden Jubilee.

The KZBM is able to assist the community in all fields due to the philanthropic nature of the Parsees. There will be an auction of items during this fund raising function so that the magnanimity continues and the amount collected can be used for Seva anay Sakhawat.

Date: Saturday 22nd September 2012
Venue: Avari Towers
Ticket: Rs1400

Last day: 18th September, 2012 

Tickets available from:
 Phiruza Birdie - 35895057            
 Soonu Kandawalla - 35681711 
 Parveen Banaji - 32767347          
 Furengeez Tampal - 32782961 
 Roshan Vannia - 32250127 

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.




Azar Farhad Irani has learnt the art of kusti-weaving and is willing to pass on to a lady/ies who are serious about making kustis.  She is also willing to give the kusti-making equipment to the concerned person.  You may contact Azar on mobile # 0333-3651990  between  9 am to 9 pm.



YMZA/Dastur Dr Dhalla Institute’s Jamshed Mehta elocution competition is being held on Sunday, September 16, 2012 the BVS School Hall.  The competition will start at 11am!  The competition is on ANY RELIGIOUS TOPIC in English.  The Elocution is open for all Zarthosti students, ie – Under 5 yrs of age; Montessori & Class 1; Classes 2, 3 & 4; Classes 5, 6 & 7; Classes 8, 9 & 10; Classes 11, 12 & 13 (“O” & “A” Levels).  Judging will be based on Delivery (style of talking/attention of audience), Voice Projection (clarity/ loudness) & Diction.  Time limit is 3 minutes.  We kindly request you to give the names of participants by September 8th, 2012 to Kaizer Irani, Behroze Khambatta, Shahrazad Irani, Natasha Mobed, Natasha Mavalvala or Dinaz D. Divecha.


Senior Citizens’ Evening with Tambola

At KPI on 9th September at 6:30 pm


Please give your names to the usual organizing committee members, to help us make adequate arrangements.


Second Alumni Reunion at Toronto

They were happy, exciting three days - 29th June to 01st July 2012 - for each Mamaian gathered for the Second Alumni Reunion at Toronto. The excitement of 'reconnecting' was beyond measure; the pleasure of putting familiar names to lost faces which brought each young lady into focus as the 'clever' or 'naughty (lovingly, of course) child, was like a joyful puzzle to be pieced together. Meeting  my 'seniors' - students and teachers -  was an added bonus for sure; we even had a lady who was born  the same year as the School was established - 1918!


Everywhere we went and on all occasions, the School and House Flags bearing our colours and mottos, fluttered mightily and merrily, making the House competitions once more lusty in their nostalgia! At the gala which was in itself a mirthful event, thanks to our two emcees, comic beyond comic; the four 'House cakes' - huge and so articulately decorated with the House Flowers and Mottos - were a delightfully delicious treat. Thank you, Shireen.


For making all this and more, possible, our deep gratitude has to be conveyed to each member of the organising committee. The Mama School has always promoted team spirit; and with experience, I can certainly say that the leader can never do anything unless he/she is lucky to have loyal, honest and energetic workers under him/her. Dossi certainly had such workers in our Thritty, Niloufer, Perveen, Shahista and Abida, each of whom worked to the bone putting the umpteen details of the programmes together to make our reunion such a resounding success.


'Let Humility, Charity, Faith and Labour Light Our Path' is the motto of each Mamaian. May each of us live our lives practising these words in harmony with each other!


Zarine T Mavalvala,

Former Principal.




 Celebrating 100 years






Alla Nowroji Sethna:  Fifth of the seven siblings born to Ratanmai & Nowroji on September 6, 1912.


A draftswoman by profession, she worked for many years at the Hashmi Can Company, Karachi and was with the Metal Box Company in London & Birmingham for two years. Prior to this she served in the W.A.C.I. during World War II.


She is widely travelled and led a good, full life with the family, until her fall two and half years ago and old age confined her to the hospital.


In commemoration of her centennial milestone, our good wishes are with her.  May God’s blessings and grace be upon her!





We are unable to identify anyone in the picture except the Queen.  Can you tell us who the girl in the embroidered sari is and, if possible the other two ladies?

You may call Phiruza Birdie on Tel # 35895057 /35892103 between 11am to 6pm with your guesses. Answer that appears most correct will be announced in the next What's On with name of the person.



Zaneta, a daughter to Zavera and Zermesh Golwalla on 21 July





Dinyar Khaikhushroo Patell , ex-Karachiite, in Switzerland, on 16 July

Ervad Savakshah Jamshedji Katila in Udvada on 17 July

Cyrus Khodayar Mondegarian on 27 July

Shirin Lim Meherjina on 7 August

Rustom M. Cooper, ex-Karachiite in London, UK in 9 August

Rumi Edul Khambatta, ex-Karachiite, in Vancouver, Canada on 11 August




AMI Montessori-Trained

Primary Teachers

A Parsi-owned Montessori school in Lawrence, Kansas, USA is seeking Zoroastrian AMI Montessori-trained primary teachers from Pakistan. Offering very attractive compensation package including healthcare and retirement benefits. The school will also make arrangements for work visa, provide accommodation and transportation for the first month of stay. The Parsi family will make sure that the candidate is well settled and at home in the US. For information about the school, visit www.lawwrencemontessorischool.com. Please email resume and cover letter to info@lawrencemontessorischool.com attention Purviz Tiraz Birdie. 


Zarin Patel, Mehrabad

Mobile # 0321-2628-167 

& Res: # 35620305

For Sale on Order: Hommus and Pitta chips

                           Pate and melba toast

                           Party Dips




Our religion

When Souls Come-a-Visiting


Ervad Marzban J. Hathiram

Ten days before the Parsi New Year, fire temples around the city are dotted with roses and other flowers.  One can see Parsi families dressed in spotless white, heads covered with scarves or caps, proceeding solemnly to their Agyaris with their hands full of floral offerings.

 Parsis believe that during these ten days – called Farvardegan in Pahlavi or Muktad in Gujarati – the Ruvans or souls of their dear departed visit the Earth.  It is considered the duty of their living kin to welcome and honour them by the observance of various ceremonies.  Each departed soul has his/her individual vase, which may be a simple copper one or an elaborately carved silver one.  Families book tables at their respective Fire Temples, where these vases are kept, filled with fresh well water that is changed daily. 

Every day, family members visit the temples with fresh flowers while priests recite the Afringan, Farokshi, Stoom and Baaj prayers.  Fresh fruits and vegetarian meals are offered to the souls.  An atmosphere of piety and devotion fills the halls of the Agyaris where row upon row of tables loaded with an array of vases and flowers are lined up amidst the smoky haze of sandalwood fires and the aroma of incense.  The high notes of the priests’ recitals complement the low drone of the faithful’s prayers

So what is the significance behind the ceremony?  The word Muktad is derived from the Sanskrit Mukta Atma (free soul).  The word Farvardegan means the days of nourishment.  Together, they give us the true import of these days.  According to Zoroastrianism, every thought, word and deed of an individual is recorded in Nature.  As time passes, this collection of our life assumes a form called kerdar.  This kerdar meets the soul on the dawn of the fourth day after death – and presents itself either in the form of a beautiful maiden or an ugly hag.  It is the soul’s constant duty, in case the kerdar is a hag, to slowly work on her blemishes, which were caused by the individuals thoughts words and actions, and transform her into a beautiful maiden so that the soul and kerdar may both pass on to higher realms.

(to be continued....)




A police officer in a small town stopped a motorist who was speeding down Main Street. 

"But officer." the man began, "I can explain,". 

"Just be quiet," snapped the officer. "I'm going to let you cool your heels in jail until the 

chief gets back..." 

"But officer, I just wanted to say...." 

"And I said to keep quiet! You're going to jail!" 

A few hours later the officer looked in on his prisoner and said, "Lucky for you that the 

chief is at his daughter's wedding. He'll be in a good mood when he gets back." 

"Don't count on it," answered the fellow in the cell. "I'm the groom."  



What at is Love???
A 5 years girl asked her elder brother: "What is love?"
He answered: "hmmm is like when you steel my chocolate every day from my bag.... and I keep putting it in same place again ...


Compiled and edited:  Sunnu Golwalla

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

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Postings, Z-clips, Milestones: Sunnu Golwalla (Tel # 32780200 after 8pm or on (kzbm1912@gmail.com) latest by second Friday of the month. If received thereafter input will be taken in following issue.