Dr. Dhun Noria Receives Order of Ontario


image003It is with great pleasure and pride for the ZSO to share news of the recently well-deserved recognition and award that our very own Dr.  Dhun Noria received from the Government of Ontario. She received the ORDER OF ONTARIO earlier this month. This is yet another significant milestone in a  long list of her achievements and accomplishments. Dr. Noria has been a strong supporter of the ZSO and we thank her for her years of yeoman service for the benefit of all Zoroastrians of Ontario.

We wish Dr. Noria continued success in all her future endeavours.

TSH’s Dr. Dhun Noria Receives Order of Ontario

 

 

The men of steel with a softer side


 

Tata, the Indian company that owns Tetley Tea and Jaguar Land Rover, prides itself on its ethics – 66% of the business is owned by charities. Its unique character was shaped by the passions of its founder Jamsetji Tata and his successors.

Towards the end of the 19th Century, Indian businessman Jamsetji Tata walked into one of Mumbai’s most expensive hotels – but, so the story goes, he was told to leave because of the colour of his skin.

Legend has it that he was so incensed he decided to build his own hotel – a better one that would welcome Indian guests.

 

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Courtesy : Porus Homi Havewala

Maj Gen Cyrus Pithawalla


Maj Gen Cyrus Pithawalla (centre) at the Republic Day Parade yesterday.

He holds the unique distinction of being the only member of the Armed Forces to have been awarded both the Ashok Chakra and the Vishisht Seva Medal and to have the rank of a General.

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Courtesy: Beyniaz Edulji

Why Tata’s founder was ahead of his time


I admire Tata primarily for his three last projects. He conceived them late in life. He must have known they could take decades to complete. A truly visionary entrepreneur builds for succeeding generations, not just the initial public offering. In the case of the power and steel projects, it is hard to disentangle whether he conceived of them out of a sense of duty to his country or out of sound, long-term business sense. Often, opportunities for business coincide with the needs of a country, but it takes vision to find them.

Tata aspired to the hard-to-achieve. He did not choose the easiest paths to greater wealth. Finally, he believed in people. His use of professional management and his investment in scientific education and research in India are testament to this.

Click Here for the full article by Sunil Kumar

 

Tribute to Fereidoon Demehri


It is with deepest sadness we inform you that Mr. Fereidoon Demehri, the founder of our Zoroastrian News Agency (ZNA), passed away on Sunday January 18, 2015 at 12:57 PM in Vancouver Canada as a result of an unfortunate and untimely car accident. Mr. Demehri was an icon in the Zoroastrian and Iranian communities and will always be remembered for his enthusiasm in culture, the arts, music, sports, films, ancient history, and charity. FYI, some of his works, which includes his O’shihan Cultural Organization, ZNA, Z-film Festivals, etc. have been mentioned in his biography shown below.

His story is one of active generosity and a heartfelt devotion. For him, Zoroastrianity was more than a cultural identity, it was a way to bridge gaps and unite all cultures. It was more than an appreciation for the arts, it was about creating opportunity for our youth to shine as artists. It was more than announcements and events, but rather a vision to create a global community that celebrated and honored the Zoroastrian culture and faith.

He is survived by his wife, his two daughters, and his grandchildren. Fereidoon leaves a legacy that has and will continue to inspire many. The weaver of the web that has for so many years and through so many initiatives brought us closer together to celebrate and to remember our rich cultural heritage, and to create and share new memories rooted in our culture and community.

Please join us as we celebrate and remember his life and his vision. May his spirit continue to inspire us and strengthen our community as he did so tirelessly when he walked amongst us.

Ravaanash Shaad, Behesht-e Barin JaayeGaahash Baad!

FROM: ZNA

It is with deepest sadness we inform you that Mr. Fereidoon Demehri, the founder of our Zoroastrian News Agency (ZNA), passed away on Sunday January 18, 2015 at 12:57 PM in Vancouver Canada as a result of an unfortunate and untimely car accident. Mr. Demehri was  an icon in the Zoroastrian and Iranian communities and will always be remembered for his enthusiasm in culture, the arts, music, sports, films, ancient history, and charity. FYI, some of his works, which includes his  O'shihan Cultural Organization, ZNA, Z-film Festivals, etc. have been mentioned in his biography shown below. </p>
<p>His story is one of active generosity and a heartfelt devotion. For him, Zoroastrianity was more than a cultural identity, it was a way to bridge gaps and unite all cultures.  It was more than an appreciation for the arts, it was about creating opportunity for our youth to shine as artists.  It was more than announcements and events, but rather a vision to create a global community that celebrated and honored the Zoroastrian culture and faith.</p>
<p>He is survived by his wife, his two daughters, and his grandchildren. Fereidoon leaves a legacy that has and will continue to inspire many. The weaver of the web that has for so many years and through so many initiatives brought us closer together to celebrate and to remember our rich cultural heritage, and to create and share new memories rooted in our culture and community.</p>
<p>Please join us as we celebrate and remember his life and his vision.  May his spirit continue to inspire us and strengthen our community as he did so tirelessly when he walked amongst us.</p>
<p>Ravaanash Shaad, Behesht-e Barin JaayeGaahash Baad!</p>
<p>FROM: ZNA

Courtesy : Parsi Zoroastrian Anjuman of Secunderabad and Hyderabad

Doctor Ni Dyanatdari


Doctor Ni Dyanatdari

 

Mr. Savakshah Manchershah Todywalla was not only an effective Lecturer on the esoteric knowledge of Ilm-e-Khshnoom but also an extremely gifted and competent astrologer.  He was approached by people, rich and poor, who always returned satisfied with his horoscope readings.  Yet, he never accepted a rupee or even a gift for his valuable services . He sincerely believed that the quality of services rendered by priests, astrologers, doctors, teachers, lawyers and the like, would be of a very high standard if not tainted by the lure of the lucre.

 

Often, he would refer to the  Achaemenian  and the Sassanian times when members of these professions and their families were maintained by the Crown or were allowed to charge a predetermined one time fee by way of cattle, crops, camels ,etc. for a specific service. The Law of Limit and Justice was strictly adhered to, nipping mercenaries in the bud. With a mischievous twinkle in his eye, he would ask us to visualize a scene where a doctor, on opening the doors of his clinic, would send up a prayer that God may send him a string of patients that day. “Can a physician pray for the flourishing of diseases to augment his income?” he would ask.

 

This month, we observed the annual baaj of the great Dr.(Ervad) Edulji Hormusji Coyaji of Pune.  He had had the good fortune to come under the direct influence of our revered Ustad Saheb Behramshah Nowrojee Shroff.  Dr. Coyaji, a noble soul, toiled 365 X 24 with his focus on healing, never on his bank balance.  In fact, he kept in his clinic, a money box into which his poor patients could deposit any small sum according to their mite or none at all !  His fame as a very successful doctor spread far and wide and his own philanthropy inspired the affluent not only to sponsor such services but also to donate huge mansions to be converted into hospitals for the benefit of the poor.

 

The highest qualification of a truly great doctor is always the compassion he bears for the suffering of his patients. When a patient approaches a physician for help, he is already groaning under the weight of his ailment and if, genuinely poor, he is doubly burdened by his physical suffering and his poverty.

 

According to our religious beliefs, such suffering is a kind of Karmic retribution arising from our lifestyle in this or some previous birth. The sooner and the more gracefully we manage to acquit ourselves of our Karmic debts, the sooner do we move towards the state of tanpasin .(free from rebirth).  Yet, primarily, we need the fitness of our physical self to achieve this goal. Thus, a doctor plays a very important role in Nature’s Scheme of Things when he truly heals , repairs, restores !

 

No profession is free from professional hazards. A doctor is always vulnerable to contracting some serious disease while treating his patient.  Worse still, the nature of his duties constantly exposes him to various types of “invisible microbes”, druji Hikra, Buji, Nasu, ).  If he practices his art selflessly, while attempting to observe (in whatever limited way his profession permits) religious disciplines (tarikats),  Nature shall shield him from or at least minimize the ill effects of such drujis. The blessings he earns from curing or bringing relief to his patients may likewise protect him.

 

These days, patients are being treated as mere case papers. Knowledge and not wisdom, cleverness and not common sense, greed and not empathy taint the healing approach of many a wayward doctor. Some say that the pharmaceutical industry has turned into a hydra headed monster that devours patients and leads the physician astray to an extent that the medicine often proves worse than the malady !

 

If a doctor falls prey to sops offered by such corporate giants, if he leads his innocent patient into the labyrinth of needless pathological and radiological investigations, if he offers him as a scapegoat on the altar of the surgical table when surgery is superfluous, may God help him for turning his clinic into a mint for printing hard currency.  Undoubtedly, money is a harsh reality of life today when there is no Royal Treasury to maintain the doctor and his family. Yet this is not a license for the physician or surgeon to ruthlessly relieve his patient of cash when he should be relieving him of suffering and disease . Else, the patients shall feel compelled to say, “ Physician, heal thyself ! ”

 

True healing does not demand a state of art set up; it just needs compassion and a spirit to serve.

 

— Rehem.

 

 

References:

1) “Khodai Marg” by respected Bomanji Burjorji Rivetna.

 

2) The Tavil Of Vendidad by Dr. Saheb Framroze Sorabji Chiniwalla, pages 258-261.

 

 

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Courtest : k k <K F  Keravala

Enterprise Dubai


Enterprise Dubai: When enterprising Parsis meet in Dubai

Staff Reporter / 21 December 2014

Professionals, youth, families from Zoroastrian community come together at ‘Enterprise Dubai’.

Mirza Al Sayegh lighting the traditional lamp to mark the opening of the Enterprise Dubai conference on Friday. He is flanked by (from left) Byram Jeejeebhoy, businessman; Fali Major, former Air Chief Marshal of India; Lord Karan Bilimoria and Colm McLoughlin. — KT photos by Mukesh Kamal

Nowhere else over the weekend in the UAE would there have been such a large gathering of ladies wearing Parsi style garas — traditional saris adorned with hand embroidery — than at the ballroom of the Crowne Plaza Hotel.

A two-day event called ‘Enterprise Dubai’, brain child of organiser Meher Bhesania, took place and featured Parsi business folk, lawyers and entrepreneurs, among others. The event intended to bring together professionals, youth and families from the Zoroastrian community offered a chance to network and for visitors to explore business opportunities in Dubai.

Day one began with a keynote address delivered by Mirza Al Sayegh, Director, Office of Shaikh Hamdan bin Mohammed binRashid Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai.

 

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Coutresy : Parsi Zoroastrian Anjuman of Secunderabad and Hyderabad

 

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