Monthly Archives: January 2008

Tavdi Village – Gujarat

The Tavdi is a beautiful village inhabited on the shores of the River Purna in South Gujarat State, India. It is only seven miles from the city of Navsari.

The population of Tavdi is approximately four to five thousand, and almost two to three thousand of Tavadia’s living abroad in countries like the UK, New Zealand, Canada, USA, and South Africa.

All these brothers and sisters of Tavdi are united, kind, generous, friendly and “VERY PROUD TO BE TAVADIAS”

Nowruz may be part of UNESCO heritage

Iran will play host to the final review session regarding the application of Nowruz to UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage list in May.

Nowruz is the start of the Iranian New Year and marks the first day of spring in the northern hemisphere on March 21st.

The Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH) defines intangible or living heritage as including oral traditions and expressions, performing arts, social practices and festive events, knowledge and practices about nature and the universe and traditional craftsmanship.

Spenta University Scholarship

Dear Friends,

Ushta te, Dorood, Greetings,

Multi use scholarship has been established by Spenta University in appreciation of Dr. Jasmine Moini’s support to Spenta University . The Dr. Jasmine Moini Scholarship is open to all who wish to pursue Zoroastrian Studies.

The scholarship ( maximum 27% of tuition ) can be used towards all courses or degree program of Spenta University .

You can apply anytime for Dr. Jasmine Moini scholarship by simply submitting a letter to Spenta University indicating why you want to pursue Zoroastrian Studies.

For more information about Spenta University courses and Dr. Jasmine Moini�s scholarship please contact :

Best Wishes,

Spenta University

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Shaheen Mistry

Shaheen Mistry is providing engaging supplemental education for poor children living in slums. By exposing them to schools, teachers, and educational resources generally available only to middle class Indian children, Shaheen is improving the children’s job prospects and involving middle-class schools in combating high levels of illiteracy among the urban poor.

The New Idea

Few would argue about the merits of education. But providing high-quality education to children living in slums, where funds and good teachers may be scarce is a difficult challenge. Even when schools thrive amid a slum, children may emerge from their classes into an environment that barely supports their dreams for a better future. To expose children from slums to different environments and improve their education and job prospects, Shaheen is creatively using the resources of schools for the middle class and other institutions. The opportunities she provides are designed to supplement what they receive in government-run schools. Shaheen’s schools, called Akanksha Centers (Akanksha means aspiration in Hindi), operate before and after regular hours in donated spaces such as private schools, colleges, corporate offices, and science centers. For a few hours each day, the children have a chance to thrive in hands-on learning environments with outstanding teaching materials and personalized instruction from trained volunteer teachers. With twenty-five centers up and running in Mumbai and Pune, Shaheen plans to spread her idea to other cities and states by sharing her experiences in tapping underused resources, organizing and training volunteers, and developing inspiring educational materials.

Meher Pudumjee

Meher Pudumjee took over as Chairperson of Thermax Limited on October 5, 2004 after the retirement of Mrs. Anu Aga.

A postgraduate in chemical engineering from the Imperial College of Science & Technology, London, Meher joined Thermax as a trainee engineer in August 1990.

A year later, along with her husband Pheroz Pudumjee, she took over the responsibility of managing a Thermax subsidiary company in the UK. She was primarily responsible for the functions of finance, procurement and general administration, apart from playing a role in new product development and planning. The company saw a successful turnaround in the 4 years.

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