What an absolute prodigy we have on the show today… 20 years old and taking on the might of Uber! We’re not dealing with your average guy here. Zeryab Cheema has been an entrepreneur since the age of 15, building up an app called Taxi 24/7 which was adopted by over 20,000 black cabs in London.

Not content with that, Zeryab has set his sights on Uber by creating Hop: an ingenious concept that absolutely epitomizes the potential of the sharing economy. Read on for some more info about it:

  • 100% of a customer’s fare goes to the drivers
  • Drivers receive a base payment of 300 AUD per day just for being on the road
  • Drivers rent their vehicles from Hertz
  • The ambition is to get to a point where drivers can tap a card on a car parked in the street and start using it
  • Raised capital last year, about to close 2nd round of capital
  • There are currently six full-time staff in Hop team, 4-6 contractors/promotional staff and 3 board members, including a former winner of the Australian Apprentice
  • He intends to trade in other countries using other global partners
  • He’s never written a business plan in words – he just uses numbers

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LAHORE – Renowned artist Jimmy Engineer’s masterpiece painting will go on permanent exhibition at the National Art Museum in Beijing.
The artist will also have an exhibition of his artworks at the same museum fromMarch 22 to March 29, 2017. Some 100 artworks will be on display while 18 pencil sketches depicting the ancient civilization of China will be among the artworks to be put on display.
This activity is being done to bring the people of China and Pakistan closer together and to cement the bond of friendship between both the countries.
Jimmy told The Nation that the painting to go on permanent exhibit was made in 2006 using oil on canvas medium.
“Pakistan’s Ambassador to China Khalid Masood is making all the arrangements to shift the artworks to China for exhibition. The international shipping cost of such artworks is very expensive.
“I decided to gift my masterpiece permanently to the museum as token of love and respect for the Chinese nation. This gift is part of cultural exchange between the two nations which enjoy a special kind of friendship historically,” Jimmy said.
“I was on tour to deliver a lecture at Tsinghua University, Beijing when I was contacted to exhibit my paintings at National Museum of China. The ambassador showed interest. Finally we are going to hold the exhibition in Beijing,” the artist added.
China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) is a 57 billion dollars project which is also termed as game changer for the prosperity of the common people of both countries also envisions cultural projects including exchange programme of artists, journalists and students.
The painting titled “International Architectural Composition” contains various architectural designs from different cultures including Khan al Khalil Bazar of Cairo, Egypt, The Khirat Khoumd Tower Chittoor, Hamayun’s Tomb near Delhi, India, Mosque of Amir Ibn al-As Cairo, Egypt, Konigliche Temple Alwar and the Great Wall of China.
Jimmy Engineer has received many awards and medals in his long illustrious art and social work career since 1976. He is one of the faces to represent the Pakistan in many other countries. The theme of his paintings varies from heritage to art and culture.
The exhibition that will showcase his work on the Muslim architecture, rich cultural heritage of Pakistan and art will be special treat for the Chinese people.
This news was published in The Nation newspaper. Read complete newspaper of 19-Feb-2017 here.

FEZANA Scholarships Applications Open

FEZANA is happy to announce that the application cycle for the FEZANA scholarships for 2017 is open.

FEZANA Offers the following Scholarships

ACADEMIC Scholarships

  • Mehraban and Morvorid Kheradi Endowment Scholarship for Academic Excellence: The FEZANA  Scholar
  • FEZANA 25th Anniversary Endowment  Scholarship For Academic Excellence
  • Morvarid Guiv Endowment Scholarships
  • Purvez and Aban  Rustomji Endowment Scholarship
  • Banoobai and Maneckshaw Kapadia Endowment Scholarship  for Financial Assistance
  • Dr Minocher Rustom Vesuna and Dowlat Minocher Vesuna WZO Canada Endowed Scholarships
  • Sheroo Darabsha Kolsawala Endowed Scholarship

To read the eligibility criteria and apply click here


The FEZANA Performing and Creative Arts Scholarship (P&CAS) provides financial support to Zarathustis who are performing artists in music, drama, etc. or practice other creative art forms like literature, poetry, fine arts, sculpture, painting, etc.

To read the eligibility criteria and apply click here


The Excellence in Sports Scholarship is to provide financial support to young Zarathushtis who are performing exceptionally and at highly recognized levels in any sport.

To read the eligibility criteria and apply click here

Statement by President Donald J. Trump on Nowruz

The White House
Office of the Press Secretary
For Immediate Release
March 22, 2017
 This week, I would like to send my best wishes to all those around the world celebrating the wonderful ancient holiday of Nowruz.  Many millions of people of Iranian, Iraqi, Turkish, South Asian, and Central Asian heritage will come together with their families during this time to commemorate the arrival of spring.
Nowruz means “new day” in Persian.  It is an occasion to celebrate new beginnings, a sentiment that is particularly meaningful for so many Iranians who have come to our country in recent decades to make a new start in a free land.
For many years, I have greatly enjoyed wonderful friendships with Iranian-Americans, one of the most successful immigrant groups in our country’s contemporary history. They come from diverse religious backgrounds—including Muslim, Jewish, Christian, Zoroastrian, and Baha’i—but all share an affection for their ancestral heritage.
Cyrus the Great, a leader of the ancient Persian Empire, famously said that “[f]reedom, dignity, and wealth together constitute the greatest happiness of humanity. If you bequeath all three to your people, their love for you will never die.”
 To the Iranian people and all those around the world celebrating Nowruz: On behalf of the American people, I wish you freedom, dignity, and wealth. Nowruz Pirouz (Happy Nowruz).

Shazneen Arethna – Dance Alone

Shazneen Arethna is one of the first female rock singers as part of the 90’s and early 2k’s brewing scene when the country was realizing the real potential of independent music in India. Her erstwhile band with a literal name “3 Guys and a Girl” consisted of her fronting the band with guitar player Warren Mendonsa aka Blackstratblues, drummer Sidd Coutto and bassist Johan Pais. Arethna, has recently released her new single “Dance Alone” after a long hiatus and promises to bring back more music with an EP and going live. Here are some excerpts from our conversation:


RSJ:  It’s such a pleasure to see you back to singing and making music again! Where have you been and what have you been up to all these years?

SA: I’ve been working on to striking just the right balance between motherhood and my passion for singing. I have 2 wonderful daughters who capitalize on my time, but music has been a constant part of our lives. Live performances and studio sessions and song writing never really stopped, but releasing my own music, kinda took a back seat until now.


RSJ: You have seen the independent music scene change since 3 guys and a girl. What do you think about the current scenario!

SA: I think the indie scene is totally thriving right now. Our Indian Indie audience is more appreciative and receptive than it ever was.  It’s such a pleasure to see numerous bands and acts emerging from every part of the country. They’re not afraid to experiment and merge genres. I think it’s a great time to be an Indie artist in India especially with music festivals mushrooming all over.


RSJ: Your cover of “intehaa ho gayi” got tweeted by Amitabh Bachchan! How come you did that cover?

SA: Chandresh Kudwa and I had worked together on a Bollywood gig recently where we did our own versions of Bollywood hits. We thought of putting something down in the studio, and that’s how our version of  “Inteha Ho Gayi ” came to be. It turned out pretty well, as Amitabh Bachchan appreciated it and shared it on Social media as well.

RSJ:  Tell us about the new single! What is your new music about? Tell us about the writing process. How did it start and what are the plans? Are you going live anytime soon?

SA: You know time has a wonderful way of showing what really matters. I’ve been writing songs for a long time, but never been brave enough to release them until now. Now at this point in my life, I feel the need to share my music. It’s probably the best way of expressing what music means to me, as a singer song-writer, singing straight from the heart, trusting my soul for direction. I decided to start by putting out an EP of 4 songs and when Warren Mendonsa aka Blackstratblues came on board as producer, everything just fell into place. I knew my songs were in the best hands.  With Nathan Thomas on bass and JJ on drums, Warren has spun his magic on my songs and i was delighted with the outcome. ‘Dance Alone’ is my first release from the EP. It’s a song that’s very close to my heart , it’s one of those songs that you write start to finish in the shortest time, and you have a good feeling about. It’s about living, loving, losing … and learning to live and love all over again. And yes! I’m definitely looking forward to performing live. I’ve put my heart and soul into it and would love for it to reach as many people as possible.


RSJ:  You also are an active part of making the music video yourself. How did that happen? How come you took that role too?

SA: Since ‘Dance Alone’ was my song, I wanted to be involved in making the video. I was contemplating ideas for the video and shot some footage on my phone. One thing led to the other and finally ended up shooting and editing the entire video. Though there’s an overtly amateur vibe to it, there’s a rawness that I intended for. I have to admit thoroughly enjoying the process.


Watch & listen to Arethna’s “Dance Alone” below: