Nostalgia on toast: Remembering Polson’s butter


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There was once a brand of butter far more popular than Amul. Roshni Nair recalls tales of her family’s love for Polson’s

If I were to down a shot for each time amma said, ‘In our day’, I’d be worse off than a commode-hugging drunk. No complaints, though. For someone who thinks the present is more tedious than the past and the future, it’s great having family members double up as time machines.

On one occasion, amma regaled me with tales of breakfasts that equalled fresh bread sourced from friendly neighbourhood bakers. Unsliced bread, she said, was the best thing since sliced bread. And the accompaniment giving it wings was either Polson’s or Anchor butter – but almost always the first.

Reams are written about the fallen behemoth that was Polson’s. Ruth Heredia’s The Amul Story chronicled the Polson’s-Amul war like few did, until Verghese Kurien told all in his I Too Had a Dream. Giant-killer-turned-giant Amul may have booted Pestonji Edulji Dalal-owned Polson’s from the market, but it can’t do so from collective memory. Kurien was forced to use diacetyl and salt in his butter to cater to a market so used to the Polson’s flavour, it wouldn’t look any other way.

Polson’s USP wasn’t just its taste. Amma fondly remembers the gift coupons that came with each pack. It wouldn’t be wrong to say that Polson’s was a forerunner of the gift coupon redemption system here. “The more you collected, the more you redeemed. If you had enough, you could buy a mixer or toaster,” says actor, author and food show host Kunal Vijayakar, harking back to when his grandmother – like thousands of Indians – made Polson’s coupon collecting a habit. “She collected boxes of them. So she was obviously going for the kill,” he jokes.

Sometime in 2012-13, Polson’s fans went into a tizzy after hearing the butter was coming back. Some thought it was an urban legend by people stuck in a time warp. “I’d walked into a shop selling Polson’s! Nobody believes me when I tell them I’d seen it,” Vijayakar reminisces.

This shop is none other than 125-year-old Farm Products in Colaba, Bombay’s oldest cold storage. And Ronald Rocha, who mans the store with mum Luiza, confirms that Polson’s had indeed made a comeback. The butter was relaunched by a Polson’s relative, but the rest of the family, he says, wasn’t amused. So Polson’s died, yet again. “People bought eight, 10, even 15 half-kilo blocks in the six months it was there. I used to wonder where they’d keep all that butter!” he laughs.

The taste of Polson’s sour butter may be fresh in the minds of some, but Vijayakar thinks the love for it runs deeper than that. The Polson’s memory, he feels, is one of a better time, a simpler time…

… and a better Bombay.

http://www.dnaindia.com/lifestyle/report-nostalgia-on-toast-remembering-polson-s-butter-2105891

List of Trusts for Medical Aid


If anyone needs MEDICAL FINANCIAL HELP  contact following trusts directly…medical-aid-download

  • Sir Ratan Tata Trust Bombay House, Homi Mody Street, Mumbai 400 001 Call:  022-66658282
  • Reliance Foundation (Previously Ambani Public Charitable Trust) 222 Maker Chambers IV, 3rd Floor, Nariman Point, Mumbai 400021 Call: 022-44770000, 022-30325000
  • Amirilai Ghelabhai Charitable Trust 71, Gitanjali, 73175, Walkeshwar Road, Mumbai  400006
  • Asha Kiran Charitable Trust C/o Radium Keysoft Solutions Ltd, Call: 022-26358290,  101, Raigad Darshan, Opposite Indian oil Colony J.P. Road, Andheri (w) Mumbai 400 053
  • Aspee Charitable Trust C/o America! Spring and Pressing Works Pvt. Ltd P.O. Box No. 7602, Adarsha Housing Soc. Road, Malad, (w), Mumbai 400 064
  • Aured Charitable Trust 1-B-1 Giriraj, Altamount Road Mumbal 400 026, Call: 022-23821452, 022-24926721
  • B. Arunkumar & Co. 1616, Prasad Chambers, Opera House, Mumbai – 400004
  • B D Bangur Trust, C/o Carbon Everflow Ltd., Bakhtawar, 2nd Floor, Nariman Point Mumbai 400021
  • Bombay Community Public Trust (BCPT) 5th Floor Regent Chambers, Nariman Point, Mumbai 400021, Call: 022-22845928 1022-22836672
  • Burhani Foundation 276 Dr. D. N. Road Lawrence & Mayo House Fort Mumbai-400001
  • Century Seva Trust Century Bazar, Worli, Mumbal – 400025
  • Centre for Research & Development Shreyas chambers, Ground Floor, 175-Dr. D.N. Road, Fort, Mumbai 400 001
  • Chief Minister’s Relief Fund, Government of Maharashtra Mantrataya, 6th Floor, Nariman Point, Mumbai – 400020
  • Damodar Anandji Charity Trust 66, Vaju Kotak Marg, Near GPO, Mumbal -400001
  • Diamond Jubilee Trust Aga hail, Nesbit Road, Opp. St. Mary’s High School Mumbai 400010, Call: 022-23775294, 022-23778923
  • Dharma Vijay Trust C/O Kilachand Devchand & Co. New Great Insurance Bldg., 7,  Jamshedji Tata Road, Mumbai – 400020
  • Dharamdas Trikamdas Kapoorwaia 46, Ridge Road, Rekha No.2, 4th Floor, Mumbal – 400006
  • Dhirubhai Ambani Foundation, Reliance Industries Limited Reliance Centre, 19, A; A Waichand Hirachand Marg, Ballard Estate, Mumbal 400 038. Tel : 022-30327000
  • Dhirajlal Talkchand Charitable Trust Shailesh Niwas, Subhash Lane Daftary Road, Malad (E), Mumbal – 400097
  • Dhirapat Morarji Ajmera Charity Trust 37 – A, Sarang Street, Mumbal – 400003
  • Dipchand Gardi Charitable Trust Usha Kiran, 2nd Floor, Altamount Road, Mumbai 400006
  • Divaliben Mohanlal Charitable Trust Khatau Mansion, 1st Floor, 95-K. Omer Park, Bhulabhai Desai Road, Mumbai 400 026
  • Ekta Charitable Trust 4/444, PanchRatna, Opera House, Mumbai -400004
  • Eskay Charitable Trust C/O Caprihans India Ltd., Shivsagar Estate, D’ Block, 2nd Floor, Dr. A. B. Road, Worli, Mumbai 400018
  • Excel Process Pvt. Ltd. Charitable Trust 117 /118, Mathurdas Vasanji Road, Chakala, Andheri (E), Mumbai – 400093
  • Fazalbhoy Charitable Trust Near Liberty Cinema, Marine Lines, Mumbai -400020
  • Gala Foundation Behind Vakola Municipal Market, Nehru Road, Vakola, Santacruz(E) Mumbai
  • Garware Foundation Trust Chowpatty Chambers, Mumbai – 400007
  • Gokak Foundation Forbes Bldg., Forbes Street, Mumbai – 400023
  • Goodlass Nerolac Paints Ltd. (Trust) Nerolac House, A. G. Kadam Marg, Lower Pare!, Mumbai 400013
  • Govind Dattatraya Gokhale Charitable Trust, Kalpataru Heritage, 5th Floor, 129, M.G. Road Mumbai 400 023, Call: 022-22673831
  • Harendra Dave Memorial Trust C/O Janmabhoomi, 3rd Floor, Janmbhoomi Marg, Mumbai 400 001
  • Helping Hand Charitable Trust 3, Vidarbha Samrat Co-op Hsg. Society 93-c, V.P.Road, Vile Parte (West) Mumbai 400 056 Tel: 022-6147448
  • Hiranandani Foundation Charitable Trust, Olympia, Central Avenue, Hiranandani Art Business Park Powai, Mumbai 400076
  • Herdillia Charitable Foundation Air India Building, 13th Floor Nariman Point Mumbai 400 031, Call: 022-22024224
  • Hirachand Govardhandas 222, Maker Chambers AIV 3rd Floor, Nariman Point Mumbai 400 021
  • H M. Mehta Charity Trust Mehta House, th Floor, Apollo Street, Khushru Dubhash Marg, Mumbai 400001
  • H. S. C. Trust Ready Money Mansion, Veer Nariman Road, Mumbal – 400023
  • Jamnalal Bajaj Foundation Bajaj Bhavan 2nd Floor, Jamnalal Bajaj Marg, 226 Nariman Point, Mumbai 400 021, Call: 022-22023626
  • Shree Siddhivinayak Temple Trust Prabhadevi, Mumbal – 400 028, Tel. 022-24373626 Medical Ad Form is available on the Web. Please see their Web site for details – http://www.siddhivinayak.org/tenders.asp

DIALYSIS can be done @ Mumbai’s Siddhivinayak Ternple for just 200/- only. Total 22 Dialysis Machines installed. Pis. fwd this so others can benefit. Thanks.

Boston marathon fund raiser – Support for Adil S Nargolwala


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In Nov 2015 Adil set a goal to run the major world marathon series and he has so far run the marathons in New York, London, Berlin, Chicago & will run in Tokyo in two weeks on the 26th of February.

Adil was recently listed in the Limca book of records as the national holder of running the maximum long distance races in a year.

The Special Olympics team has chosen him to run the final major marathon in Boston on the 17th of April 2017 with them.

Till date only 5 Indians out of 1292 marathon runners in the world have accomplished running all 6 majors marathons.

With your help he hopes to be the 6th Indian.

To accomplish his goal by running the final world major marathon in Boston is the icing on the cake.

He has committed to the Special Olympics team a fund raising goal of USD 8500. The special Olympics team uses funds for working with disabled athletes to achieve their goals.

To kick start his fundraiser he has donated USD 2000 and requests you to please donate generously to help him achieve his fund raising goal.

To donate click the link – https://www.crowdrise.com/SpecialOlympicsMassBoston2017/fundraiser/adilnargolwala

Nowruz: A Persian New Year Celebration at ZAMWI


Sunday, March 5, 11 am–5 pm

Sackler and Ripley Center — Smithsonian Museums, National Mall,  Washington DC
 Nowruz
Ring in the Persian New Year at our ninth annual Nowruz celebration! Featuring free attractions for all ages, this year’s festival includes storytelling, calligraphy, hands-on art activities, and more.
A program for Children and Families:
Metro Accessible at the Smithsonian Train Stop
Made possible by the Jahangir and Eleanor Amuzegar Persian Cultural Celebrations Fund.   

FARHANG FOUNDATION AT THE 9TH ANNUAL NOWRUZ FESTIVAL


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CELEBRATE SPRING WITH FARHANG FOUNDATION AT THE 9TH ANNUAL NOWRUZ FESTIVAL
Farhang Foundation’s daylong cultural festival moves to UCLA campus to accommodate Los Angeles’ most popular Nowruz event.
Los Angeles, February 15, 2017 – The most colorful festival of the year marking the arrival of spring, Nowruz (the Iranian New Year) is back. Bringing together joyous sounds and spectacle for all to enjoy, the event is bigger than ever for its Ninth Annual Nowruz festival. The Farhang Foundation debuts a new home at UCLA’s Royce Hall and Dickson Court, having outgrown the previous venue at LACMA.
The daylong festival is free and open to the public and will be held March 12. Last year, the cultural event was enjoyed by an estimated 20,000 guests. Part of a tradition dating back at least 3,000 years in Iran and surrounding regions, Nowruz translates to “new day” in the Persian language. It marks the vernal equinox and symbolic rebirth of nature. The holiday is also observed by nearly 100 million around the world, including the U.S. and in places as far-flung as Azerbaijan, Afghanistan, India and Turkey.
Farhang Foundation is proud to present a full day of cultural programming at its Nowruz festival for the L.A. community on Sunday, March 12, from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m., honoring not only a beloved Iranian tradition, but also a universally felt spirit of friendship, family ties, and renewal. The event features musical performances, Iranian dance, children’s activities, a traditional Haft Sin display, an annual Iranian costume parade open to all ages, and much more. The day concludes with a highly anticipated musical performance by renowned artist, Mohsen Namjoo. Hailed as “the Bob Dylan of Iran” by The New York Times, Namjoo’s voice is deep, his lyrics unexpected, and music revolutionary. Namjoo is known as the first artist to fuse classical Persian music with Western style, blending the traditional Iranian lute (setar) and electric guitar.
“Farhang’s annual Nowruz celebration has now become a true Los Angeles staple, showcasing Iranian culture and hospitality for the whole city and bringing us all together for a beautiful day filled with music, dance and cheer for the entire family,” says Hormoz Ameri, Farhang Foundation Trustee and Chair of Nowruz planning Committee.  “In our ninth year, we are excited to expand the festivities and move to our new home on the grounds of the beautiful UCLA campus, so even more guests can enjoy the celebrations.”
Outdoor activities will take place in Dickson Court North and South, which are adjacent to each other and to Royce Hall. With the exception of the Centerpiece Musical Program Starring Mohsen Namjoo at 5 p.m. in Royce Hall (tickets are $25, $45, $75 and $150), all other events are free and do not require tickets.
Here’s the day’s schedule:
12 p.m. to 5 p.m.
A variety of programming will repeat throughout the day on two stages outdoors on Dickson Court North and South.
Farhang’s Annual Iranian Costume Parade, at Dickson Court (starts 3 p.m. in front of the main stage at Dickson Court North)

Children and adults alike are invited to join in this year’s 4th Annual Costume Parade. Wear your favorite traditional colorful costumes. The parade will proceed through Dickson Court and the adjacent areas.

Djanbazian Dance Company (Dickson Court North Stage)

The Djanbazian Dance Company has toured nationally and internationally. For Nowruz, the group will delight audiences with a series of Iranian dances incorporating both traditional and modern themes.
Daneshvar Children’s Ensemble (Dickson Court North Stage)
The Daneshvar Children’s Ensemble lead by Parisa Daneshvar is part of the Persian Arts Society Music Institute, teaching Persian instruments, traditional and classical music, as well as music to children. Parisa Daneshvar and her children’s ensemble will perform a special Nowruz program.
DJ Arin (Dickson Court North Stage)
The popular, LA-based DJ will be spinning the best in Iranian music from past and present throughout the day.
Grand Haft Sin Display (Center of Dickson Court North)
In the center of Dickson Court, all can enjoy a Haft Sin display. The stunning exhibit features an eye-catching table laden with items used as symbols of spring and renewal, such as colorfully painted eggs, representing fertility, and goldfish swimming in a bowl, representing life.
Iranian Tea House (Dickson Court North)
Festival goers will experience a Persian style decorated tent. Inside the tent, purchase tea and Persian sweets to welcome the New Year.
Musicians and Dancers
Throughout the campus area, dancers from the Firuze Dance Company dressed in Iranian folk costumes and musicians playing traditional instruments will be performing, bringing a joyful sound and blur of colorful excitement to the proceedings.
Stilt Walkers
The character of Amoo Nowruz (“Papa Nowruz,” this bearded gift giver of folklore could be compared to Santa Claus) and Hadji Firooz (his sidekick) will be walking around the grounds on stilts, greeting guests.
12 p.m. to 5 p.m. Children’s Programming (Dickson Court South)
There will be dedicated area for children, with music, arts, and crafts, as well as a special puppet show.
Ziba Shiraz & Ensemble (Dickson Court South Stage)
Iranian-American poet, singer, songwriter, and storyteller Ziba Shiraz will perform an interactive musical story about Nowruz. This program is designed to appeal to both children and adults.
Puppet Show by Negar Estakhr (Dickson Court South Stage)
An actress, designer, and puppeteer, Negar Estakhr is best known for her “Kolah Ghermezi” fame, as the show is Iran’s most popular children’s program, similar to “Sesame Street.” She will be debuting a new puppet show specifically created for Farhang Foundation’s Nowruz celebration.
Mohsen Namjoo

5 p.m. Exclusive Centerpiece Musical Program Starring Mohsen Namjoo with Special Guests, inside Royce Hall

Hailed as “the Bob Dylan of Iran” by The New York Times, Mohsen Namjoo is an artist, songwriter, singer, music scholar, and setar (traditional Persian lute) player based in New York City. This visionary artist seamlessly blends the classical Persian setar with electric guitar, and rock and blues vocal techniques with Persian avaz (singing), fusing the sounds of the ancient world with the pulse of today. He has been touring the world to sold-out concerts at prestigious halls such as the Palace of Fine Arts, San Francisco; Walt Disney Hall, Los Angeles; Barbican Hall, London; and Kölner Philarmonie, Köln, Germany. His latest album, “Personal Cipher,” was released in 2016. Tickets for the Namjoo concert are on sale via Ticketmaster.
UCLA’s Royce Hall & Dickson Court are located at 340 Royce Drive, Los Angeles.
Please join us, and Eide Shoma Maborak, or Happy New Year!
About Farhang Foundation
 
Farhang Foundation is a nonreligious, nonpolitical and not-for-profit foundation established in 2008 to celebrate and promote Iranian art and culture for the benefit of the community at large. The foundation supports a broad range of academic activities in Southern California by funding university programs, publications, and conferences. The foundation also supports diverse cultural programs such as the celebrations of Nowruz and Mehregan, theater, dance performances, film screenings, and poetry readings in Southern California. And, in cooperation with various cultural and academic institutions, Farhang Foundation funds major programs and exhibitions about Iran and its culture. However, the content, viewpoints, or biases expressed by individual artists, academics, institutions, or events supported by the foundation belong solely to each individual party and do not necessarily reflect the views of Farhang Foundation. For more info visit Farhang.org.
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Farhang Foundation, P.O. Box 491571, Los Angeles, CA 90049

We bought stake in Dinshaw’s as we didn’t want a Parsi company to shut down: Jamashp Bapuna


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Jamashp Bapuna (Photo by: Kartik Thakur)

 

One of the oldest and the largest manufacturers of alcohol, the Bapuna Group, apart from producing their own alcohol beverages, handles the bottling for some of world’s largest liquor conglomerates such as Pernod Ricard, United Spirits, Radico Khaitan and Allied Blenders & Distillers. Bapunas in 2002 diversified by acquiring a stake in popular dairy giant company Dinshaw’s owned by the Ranas. Today, Jamashp Bapuna is the Director of the Bapuna Group and Joint Managing Director of Dinshaw’s. Apart from his business, Jamashp takes active participation in the management and activities at Gondwana Club, where he was elected as the President in 2015. In a relaxed chat, Jamashp Bapuna speaks to Nation Next at his office ‘Banaz’ in Byramji Town, which was once the Bapunas’ residence before they shifted to their three-acre palatial mansion adjacent Poonam Chambers. Jamashp in the interview speaks how his family business of alcohol trading and manufacturing started and also shares the reason behind acquiring stake in Dinshaw’s.

Excerpts:

 

The Bapuna family has a history that spans decades in the alcohol industry beginning with trading and gradually moving to manufacturing of alcohol. How did trading and manufacturing begin?

My grandfather hailed from a small village in Gujarat. When he moved to Nagpur around 50 years back, he use to work for a couple of people and he gradually began his own business. Thereafter, we secured a few tenders which made my father venture into the alcohol business. Our business just grew from there.

 

The Bapuna Group acquired 50% stake in Dinshaw’s in 2002. Despite having a strong foothold in liquor industry, why did Bapuna group opt for dairy business?

Mr Rana, who’s the Managing Director for Dinshaw’s approached us as he needed our help for his business. Co-incidentally, my grandfather’s name was also Dinshaw! When the Ranas approached us, my father immediately offered help because he never wanted a Parsi company to shut down. This is how even I started taking care of the business and eventually we diversified into dairy business.

 

Ranas have 50% stake in Dinshaw’s and you too are an equal stakeholder in Dinshaw’s. So, who calls the shots? 

For us, it’s like a family so everything is done and decided together. That’s how things work in the long run. If one person decides everything, things don’t work out. It’s like a marriage, where both have to work.

 

Dinshaw’s ice cream as a brand didn’t get a beating by either national or international brands like Baskin Robbins, Amul, etc. But Naturals seems to be giving a tough competition in the local market. Does it worry you?

It’s not that we never got a competition. We keep facing competition; it’s just about how we deal with it.  I have a simple philosophy – ‘Don’t let somebody grow so much that they sit on your head.’ I guess this has worked for us. What Naturals sells in Nagpur is not even 0.001% of what we sell in Nagpur. I wouldn’t say that we have a competition with them in Nagpur. Yes, it is a niche product but it doesn’t worry me, though competition in metro cities is much tougher. But then healthy competition keeps you on your toes and makes you improve.

 

You say that you would rather see your son pursuing a career in sports, as business is too tough. Why? When a Bapuna says so, doesn’t it give a gloomy picture of business environment? 

I have played club cricket in England and in South Africa too in the past. In fact in South Africa, I had a contract to play cricket for a period of time. But being the eldest of the siblings, and considering our parents’ mindset and generation, I had to set my priorities. But today, I feel that if my son is interested in sports and excels in it, I don’t mind him pursuing it. Right now he’s too much into tennis. One year down the line, if he’s still interested in tennis, I might send him to Florida. I’ll be happier if my son makes a career in sports. Our generation has accepted this kind of thinking and mindset, wherein a son doesn’t necessarily need to join his father’s business the moment he’s ‘business-ready.’ I want my son to be happy and do what he wants first.

 

Of late, you have lost a lot of weight. What drove you all of a sudden towards fitness? 

Once you have children, you want to be there for them. I would always take it as a joke whenever I visited a doctor for routine checkups and he would tell me that my weight is a problem. But when you see your kids growing, and you want to be with them for long, you have to take a drastic step like this. This has also worked for me in relieving all health complications in life. I feel good about myself. Today, I realize that doctors are not all that stupid; what they say does make sense! (Smiles)

 

For years you have had an active participation in Gondwana club’s management. You are now the President of the club. What motivates you to be a part of the activities at Gondwana Club? Doesn’t your business take a beating because of your involvement in the club’s management? 

I don’t take Gondwana club’s work as my duty. I do it out of passion and fondness for the club. Nagpur doesn’t have many options in terms of recreation. Over the years, members of Gondwana Club have become a family to me. At the club, we end up meeting so many friends; we see similar faces so it’s like a second home. Doing anything for your home is not work. Also, if you can do something about a place that has given you so much, why not?

 

Dinshaw’s brand is doing well in Maharashtra…

Today we have our presence in 13 states. Dinshaw’s business is growing at the rate of 15-18% per year. In today’s business scenario, if you have such statistics, I feel we are progressing.  We don’t spend extravagantly on advertisement. People love our ice cream because of the quality we offer.

Radhika Dhawad | Feb 14, 2017

http://nationnext.in/jamashp-bapuna-dinshaws-interview/

Ardeshir Godrej


This Man Laid the Foundation of a Billion-Dollar Made-In-India Business Empire in Colonial Times

Ardeshir Burjorji Sorabji Godrej, who founded the company 120 years ago, was a man of high principles and resilience.

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Image source: Godrej Archives

Born in 1868, Ardeshir was the oldest of six children in a Parsi-Zoroastrian family in Bombay (as Mumbai was then called). His father Burjorji Gootherajee changed the family name to Godrej when Ardeshir was around three years old.

Ardeshir studied law, like many other Indians from affluent families, during the British reign. However, his career in law was short-lived as Adi Godrej, the company’s present CEO, narrates in Peter Church’s book Profiles in Enterprise: Inspiring Stories of Indian Business Leaders.

“Fresh from law school he (Ardeshir) was given a brief in 1894 by a firm of Bombay Solicitors to go to Zanzibar to argue a case for their client. The case was going well until Ardeshir discovered that he would need to lie or, more charitably, manipulate the truth to present his client’s case. He refused to do this and no amount of persuasion by the solicitors or the client could convince him to change his principled stance.”

He came back to India standing his ground, but his career in law was doomed even before it had started. Church’s book mentions that he firmly believed that India had to become self-reliant. Having followed his disastrous start in law with an assistant’s job in a chemist shop, he became interested in manufacturing surgical instruments.

His first business — surgical instruments — did not do well, but Ardeshir was determined to continue a manufacturing business in India. He received a loan from Merwanji Cama, Parsi businessman and philanthropist, to start a new lock-making business.

The lock business marked the true start of the Godrej empire as we know today.

 

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Ardeshir began in a shed on May 7, 1897. His locks were cheaper than those imported from England — even better, he had discovered that foreign-made locks came with an inbuilt spring that often broke down. His locks came without this feature and sold far better in the market.

As his business flourished, Ardeshir expanded into manufacturing safes, and patented his door frame and double-plate doors. His affordably-priced safes became so popular that even the Queen of England used one during her tour of India in 1912, recounts an article in The Hindu. Godrej safes remain an iconic item till date.

He moved on next to create Godrej soaps — crafting soaps out of vegetable oils instead of animal fat. These were the world’s first vegetable soaps.

Despite being a marked departure from locks and safes, the business was a hit with that era’s version of celebrity approvals in the form of endorsements by Rabindranath Tagore and Annie Besant. Ardeshir  taught people how to make the soap as well, with a Gujarati pamphlet titled ‘Vacho ane Seekho’ (Read and learn).

His younger brother Pirojsha also joined the business, his only sibling to do so, and together they came to be known as the Godrej Brothers.

Adi Godrej, who is Pirojsha’s grandson, remembers in Church’s book, “Ardeshir was never content at succeeding at one thing and constantly sought more challenges in diverse areas such as inks, toffee, perfume making, biscuits and even vineyards. Many of these ventures did not succeed in his lifetime but those that did made a mark.”

Even as his business flourished, Ardeshir lived simply for most of his life. In the book Vijitatma: Founder-Pioneer Ardeshir Godrej, journalist and author BK Karanjia mentions how he insisted on using public transport and “the sight of him patiently waiting at bus stops, engrossed in reading a newspaper or a book, created a lot of talk in the community.” His personal life was marked by tragedy as his wife Bachubai died early, leaving no children.

Yet, Ardeshir remained resolute in establishing a made-in-India business organisation. A follower of Dadabhai Naoroji, he believed that it was important for India to not simply reject foreign-made goods, but have its own industries with high-quality manufacturing processes. An avid nationalist — though known for his differences in opinion with Gandhi — he once donated Rs 3 lakh to the Tilak Swaraj fund, according to Karanjia.

Ardeshir passed away in January 1936, a year when Godrej & Boyce posted Rs 12 lakh as revenue and Godrej soaps reported ₹6 lakh worth of revenue. The quiet man laid the foundations of what has today grown into one of the country’s most reputed industries with investments across the world.

February 14, 2017

Pakistan Post Issues Dinshaw Byramji Avari Commemorative Stamp


On December 18th 2016 Pakistan Post issued a special commemorative stamp to honour the life and work of Dinshaw Byramji Avari, the pioneering hotelier and philanthropist.

DINSHAW BYRAMJI AVARIdinshaw-avari

PHILANTHROPIST

(1902-1988)

COMMEMORATIVE POSTAGE STAMP

December 18, 2016

SALIENT FEATURES:

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Size of Stamp: 50.5 x 35 mm

Size of Print: 47.5 x 32 mm

Number of Stamps in a sheet: 5 x 3 = 15 stamp

Perforation: 13 c

Denomination: Rs. 8/-

Colours: Multi Colour

Printing Technology: Litho Offset

Paper: 100 GSM Crescent and Star Water Mark Paper

Gum: PVA

Quantity: 0.2 Million

Designer: Adil Salahuddin, Sitara-e–lmtiaz I Pride of Performance

Printer: Pakistan Security Printing Corporation Karachi.

 

Born on 22nd August 1902, in a humble family, Mr. Dinshaw Byramji Avari studied in an orphanage as his mother had passed away and his father had to work during the day. He passed his Matriculation exam studing on the light of a candle and passed his B. Com studing on the light of a hurricane lantern and became the first person of his village to have become a B.com graduate. He paid for his college education by giving tutions. He then joined the Sunlife Insurance Company of Canada working as a clerk while at the same time working as an Insurance Agent.

His determination to succeed was exemplified by becoming the highest selling insurance agent of his territory, while simultaneously holding a day job with the same company. This showed his perseverance which resulted in his being appointed as Manager of Sunlife for Karachi and with record business having been achieved, he became General Manager for Sindh, Balochistan, NWFP, Punjab and Afghanistan.

An additional accomplishment was his becoming the first Chartered Life Underwriter (CLU) in Asia.

When he could no longer progress, being Asian, he switched careers to become a hotelier, investing his savings and borrowing the rest to purchase Bristol Hotel Karachi, on the condition that he and his wife Khorshed be trained in the business.

This remarkable ability of changing course at age 42 to learn a new trade is a lesson in adapting to changing times and multifarious circumstances. Proving there is no substitute for hard work, he was at the Empress market in Karachi daily at 4:00am, virtually forcing the hotel venture successful! through sheer force of will, sweat and industry.

Within a few years, realizing the scope for first class hotels he built Beach Luxury Hotel Karachi, in barren, marshy grounds. The first Governor of Sindh Sir Ghulam Hussain Hidayatullah, told Khorshed that Dinshawji needed his head examined for building a hotel in such a locality. However the move was a huge success and from 35 rooms the hotel grew to 150 rooms, with banquet halls, swimming pool and other luxuries unknown in Pakistan. He proved wrong his friend the Governor and all who laughed at him for investing in this venture, while being responsible to turn around this marshy land into an elite locality known as New Queens Road (now M.T. Khan Road), which is today the prime area of Karachi.

The highly dynamic Dinshawji, brought many firsts to Pakistan. He introduced buffets which we take for granted today, but at the time was criticized for treating guest like dogs, making them stand and eat. He introduced Chinese food, Lebanese Shawarma, the subcontinent’s first Japanese restaurant, and hotel swimming pools. This innovativeness manifested itself many times in business, social community work.

While still building a business Dinshawji was deeply involved with social causes, like the war effort, he was decorated by the British Government, a founding member of Rotary and trustee of many Parsi trusts including Karachi Parsi Anjuman. Apart from numerous other social activities, he was also:-

  1. Trustee BVS Boys & Mama Parsi Girrs schools, and BMH Parsi Hospital
  2. Deaf & Dumb Center- founder and president
  3. Pakistan Sea Scouts- founder member
  4. Member Society for prevantion of Cruetly to Animals
  5. Hotels Association of Pakistan – founder president
  6. Member Sind Red Cross I Red Crescent Society

Having gained experience of hotels. and even operated Pines Hotel Nathiagali for a few years, he purchased Nedous Hotel Lahore, renaming it Park Luxury. Subsequently, he built the 5 Star international standard hotel on this site and opened the Lahore Hilton in January 1978, dedicated to his late wife Khorshed, who passed away the previous year. It was renamed Avari Lahore in 1988.

Anecdotally, the president of Hilton reffered to Dinshawji as “not a very young man who is most dynamic and young in spirit, thoughts and ideas”. This attribute to his dynamic, young thinking spirit spoke volumes for his attitude to life, ability to clinch new ideas, and openness to listen to all as he believed everyone has something to contribute. Believing in the Zoroastrian motto ”content with what I have but discontented with what I am”, he planned the tallest, grandest Karachi hotel. During construction, problems of Rupee devaluation, cement & steel shortages contractual problems and floods were overcome with his determination and wisdom and Avari Towers opened in April 1985. As hotel accommodation was declining at this time, he wisely developed plazas at the hotels to provide quality office space, providing steady income.

Being a self made man he never forgot the down-trodden and poor. His doors were open to all 24 hours a day. His motto was to trust everyone at face value unless they proved him otherwise. With these principles his strength gave strength to others and his love and kindness have been felt by all and sundry.

He passed away on December 18, 1988. However his legacy continues to this day his principles and philosphy institutionalized forming the foundations of the Avari family and Group.

On Death Anniversary Dinshaw Byramji Avari (Philanthropist), a Commemorative Postage Stamp of Rs.8/- denomination is being issued by Pakistan Post on December 18, 2016.

TERMS OF SALE

The Commemorative Postage Stamp will be available for sale from December 18, 2016 at all important Post Offices in the country.

Overseas orders for Stamps, First Day of Issue Covers and Leaflets should be addressed to the Manager, Philatelic Bureau, Karachi GPO or Manager, National Philatelic Bureau, Islamabad GPO, accompanied by a Bank Draft or Crossed Cheque encashable in Pakistan.

Issued by

THE DIRECTOR GENERAL, PAKISTAN POST, ISLAMABAD.

Courtesy : Parsi Khabar

Religion & Politics


 Religion & Politics

Have always made

Strange bed fellows

That is how the

Story flows

 

We are holding

Deep Down Secrets”

We do not want

Outside world to know

‘Cause they only want

Society to know that

Nothing’s wrong:

“Zoroastrianism is

Pure as Driven Snow!!!

 

What an uproar

The title of the

Last of the poem created!!!!

Sent shivers down

People’s  spine

Relax, chill

I only borrowed

The title but

The idea was all mine

 

If we are not

Going to face facts

Accept  the truth

Admit there is something wrong

Then I am afraid there is

No Hope for our religion

To survive for very long.

What are community leaders doin?

Are they ever going to

Shift the grain from chaffe?

Or they going to continue

Their egoistic behaviour

Let Zoroastrianism go

To the dogs

Choicest Happiness

Farida

Feb 1st 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Queen invites Astad Deboo


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The Queen invites Astad Deboo to Buckingham Palace: India’s best known contemporary dancer and choreographer Astad Deboo is off to London to meet the Queen. He’s picked out a bandhgala and a Kantha stole that he will wear to Buckingham Palace.

Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II will host a UK-India Year of Culture launch at Buckingham Palace on February 27

to strengthen the special cultural partnership between the two countries. The reception is expected to attract hundreds of guests from across various fields in the UK and India, including Arun Jaitley.