It is interesting to note that the expected cyclic cataclysm is currently gaining popularity in the media. An eventual doomsday scenario keeps surfacing. Attention is subsequently focused on varied “vaba”, meaning eruptions of pestilences that accompany these cyclic global cataclysms.
Many may not have heard the words “Vaba-e Atashak”. I have learnt the word from Kshnoomic teachings. “Vaba” connotes pestilence. “Atashak” indicates ailments such as heat, burns, and cancerous growths caused by radiation or heat. “Vaba-e Atashak” refers to all pestilences or ailments arising out of radiation. There are different kinds of pandemics, one such is the Ebola virus which is spreading currently in many parts of the world. Ebola is not caused by radiation but when Nature’s balance maintained by the elements of fire, water, air and earth is disrupted, many sicknesses surface.
We know that Atash, the Divine Energy of Ahura Mazda, is at the root of all Creation. Without energy, nothing exists! The Universe is a web of energy of different grades and kinds. Even in water, the “seed” of fire exists which is called “Apam Napat”! There is fire within the elements of earth and air also. When lightning strikes, we see the air being charged with electrical impulses. The earth’s fire is the molten lava inside the Earth! And so, Fire pervades throughout Nature.
We are thankful to the Trust of the Kalyan Parsi Anjuman for running the Agiary in Kalyan.
Kalyan not being a tourist spot, does not have many Zoroastrian visitors there, thus short supply of Sandal wood and largely rely upon the Kathi. There, the requirement of Kathi is around 2 tons in 3 months.
Thankfully, the Dasturji there, Dorab Dalal efficiently maintains the Agiary premises too.
Thus, we if we donate generously, the flames will remain there in the future.
For more details contact Dasturji Dorab Dalal in Kalyan. His mobile number is 8108526002.
Thanking all in anticipation.
THE PARSEES OF BOMBAY
Ernest Joseph Flanagan
The Parsees of Bombay
Are special in every way
In their work or in their play
Always happy and gay;
To help their fellow man
They do the best they can
They’re honest to the core
And always help the poor;
The Parsee community
Has a unique identity
Most from Heaven sent
The rest of Persian descent;
Some are crazy, but really sweet
Loud and boisterous, not discreet
Watching them is such a treat
The best people you can meet;
Some have really funny names
Playing pranks and silly games
Handsome guys and pretty dames
They all fit in their Parsee frames;
With complexions rosy pink
They love their food and drink
Before you can even think
Parsee pegs go down with a wink;
In every field they take the lead
Nation building is their creed
They’re fun loving and true
And excel in all they do;
From industrial to nuclear yield
They’ve excelled in every field
Music, art, theater, media too,
There is nothing they cannot do;
From Homi Babha to J R D
Zubin Mehta to Freddy Mercury
Adi Marzban to Pearl Padamsee
From Bacchi Karkaria to Busy Bee;
From Shariyar Atai to Boman Irani
Hafeez Contractor to Sharpoorjee
Farook Khambata to Cyrus (wala)Tody
Nari Contractor to Nagarwala Hirjee;
Godrej and Wadia are up there with the best
Pardiwala and Golwala don’t seem to rest
Nana Palkhiwala lives on in our mind
A non productive Parsee is truly hard to find;
They spread joy wherever they go
They’re the nicest people to know
They have parties all the time
And stay far away from crime;
Their numbers dwindle every year
They may one day disappear
Hope that day never comes
To India’s finest daughters & sons !
Not sure of the original writer but fun to read, all the same !
Courtesy : Rusi Sorabji
Sarosh Zaiwalla has represented some of the most powerful people in the world, from members of the Gandhi family to the Tchenguiz brothers. He famously hired – and then let go – Tony Blair when the former Prime Minister was a jobbing barrister.
As the first non-white lawyer to start a practice in the City, his business story is one of tenacity, courage and a keen eye for a business opportunity.
Zaiwalla & Co has maintained its position over the years by sticking to its founder’s original business model: to focus on tough cases and undercut the larger companies. “Magic Circle firms put on a great show and they have high overheads, which they have to pass on to the client. So where they charge the client £1,000 an hour, I charge £500 an hour,” he said.
Zaiwalla has serious clout in the legal industry. His company made the headlines late last year when it represented the Bank of Mellat. The Iranian bank had been caught up in the sanctions battle between the West and Iran. Its assets had been frozen and the organisation was haemorrhaging cash.
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By Reema Gehi,
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Passionate collector Jehangir Nicholson (right) found perfect partners in astute businessman Kali Pundole (left) and dreamer gallerist Kekoo Gandhy
An upcoming exhibition thrives on nostalgia, exploring the relationship between two gallerists and a collector who shaped the destiny of modern Indian greats.
It’s the triumvirate — Parsi-only, as their community loves to say — that could very well be held responsible for shaping the future of modern Indian art. Jehangir Nicholson was a premier collector of his time, and they – Kekoo Gandhy of Gallery Chemould, the dreamer; and Kali Pundole of Pundole, the astute businessman – Mumbai’s pioneering gallerists. Together, they shaped the futures of master artists, including, MF Husain, SH Raza, VS Gaitonde, Ram Kumar and Akbar Padamsee.
Opening next month at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangharalaya’s Jehangir Nicholson Gallery, is an exhibition that explores their relationship marked by friendship, competition and respect. Conceived by Kali’s son – gallerist and auctioneer Dadiba Pundole – Kali, Kekoo and Jehangir seeks to present an association of trust and friendship that often existed between collectors and gallerists and the great art collections that grew as a consequence, whether intended or unintended, says the gallery’s curator, Kamini Sawhney.
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Courtesy : Tehemton B Adenwalla
A candid chat with restaurateur Farrokh Khambata
It won’t be wrong to say that most restaurateurs in the world are avid foodies who derive great joy by feeding people. Farrokh Khambhata, founder and owner of Catering & Allied, the company that runs four city restaurants — Joss, Umame, Amadeus and Café at the NCPA, along with and a full service catering ourfit Joss Catering Services — is one of them. I meet him one rainy Thursday evening at the recently-opened Joss at Santacruz. The eatery is a finer version of his restaurant by the same name at Kala Ghoda, which shut down in May 2011, after a decade-long successful run. The food at the new Joss is created using molecular gastronomy, which Khambata prefers to call food science. Indeed, a margherita comes in a smoking pipe-shaped glass and prawns come with a sauce in a pipette. As I tuck into a piping Bibimbap, a signature Korean rice dish mixed with vegetables, an egg, and chillies, Khambata, dressed in a cobalt-blue shirt and black trousers, shares intricate details of each of the dishes with me. He prods me to try out different delicacies but abstains from eating anything himself. “I know what it tastes like,” he grins.
Destination: Any diving destination — Seychelles, Mauritius, New Zealand, Australia, South Africa and Maldives
Food: Spanish and European food
Hobbies: Music, playing the guitar and driving
Born: June 30
Education: Institute of Hotel Management, Catering Technology and Applied Nutrition at Dadar
First job in the kitchen: Chopping onions
Motto: You are as good as your last meal you served
Mantra in life: Be passionate about what you are doing
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