WZCC announces Entrepreneurship Development Program


WORLD ZARATHUSHTI CHAMBER OF COMMERCE (WZCC)

announces

ENTREPRENEURSHIP DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM

An Opportunity to

Enhance your Entrepreneurial Talent

Interact with Successful Businessmen

Expand your Business Network

Reach your Full Potential

After the grand success of the Young Entrepreneurs Program (YEP) in June 2006, the World Zarathushti Chamber Of Commerce – India (WZCC– I), is organizing a similar training program – Entrepreneurship Development Program (EDP).

If you are a Budding Entrepreneur and wish

  • To take your Business to new Heights
  • Expand and Diversify your Business
  • Identify new Opportunities
  • Establish linkages with Development and Support Institutions
  • Get trained at a Recognized Institute

THIS PROGRAM IS FOR YOU!

About the Program :

This is a residential training program scheduled during 28th April to 3rd May 2008, and will be conducted by Entrepreneurship Development Institute of India (EDI), at its campus at Ahmedabad. EDI is a recognized Training Institute promoted by leading Financial Institutions. The training will be through lectures, case studies, business games, group exercises, interactions with successful entrepreneurs and industrial visits. The program will also help the trainees establish network and linkages with banks and financial institutions.

Fee : Rs. 12,500/- per participant. This includes cost of training, lodging and boarding for six days, course material and industry visits. It excludes travel expenses to and from Ahmedabad.

Contact Us: Prof. Faredoon Kapadia 98700 0011 or

Mrs. Dolly Dhamodiwala 93221 20007

email us wzccprograms@gmail.com

More information awaits you at our website http://www.wzcc.net

Get in touch ….. It’s always the first step to success!

Receiving Blood – an SMS away


Now, donating and receiving blood is just an SMS away. Need blood urgently? Just send an SMS and a willing donor will land at your doorstep.

Thanks to a newly-activated service run by Nagpur-based Khushroo Poacha, who also runs e-social service website indianblooddonors.com, getting a unit of blood is just an SMS away. “It doesn’t matter where you are, a donor will come to the hospital nearest to you to offer his blood. And there is no money involved,” said Poacha, who launched the SMS service on Sunday.

Recently, when Rajesh Jasani was asked to arrange five bottles of O- blood in preparation for his father’s bypass surgery, Poacha’s helpline (5676775) came to the rescue.

“I was really worried when the hospital authorities told me O- is a rare group, which is often out of stock. I sent an SMS, and received the donor’s contact info within a minute,” said Jasani, who managed to contact five donors in just a day.

It all started eight years ago, when Nagpur-based Khushroo Poacha set up indianblooddonors.com. Poacha says he found his “true calling” after seeing harried relatives of patients running around trying to arrange for blood.

The website now has contact information of over 45,000 blood donors from across the country.

But Poacha was still not happy with the results. At an IIM meet where he was invited to give a talk on social entrepreneurship, students raised two simple issues that set Poacha thinking. “One, the Internet is not accessible to everyone. Two, sustainability without funding,” said Poacha, who then came up with the idea of the SMS helpline.

Eminent Parsis – By Manju Gupta



Sugar in Milk: Lives of Eminent Parsis, Bakhtiar K. Dadabhoy, Rupa & Co., pp. 462, Rs. 795.00

This collection of 12 profiles of eminent Parsis of India covers the era from the 19th century to the contemporary times to cover the freedom fighter, industrialist, lawyer, scientist, Field Marshal and even a conductor of western classical music.

The Parsis came to western India from Iran more than 1,000 years ago to escape religious persecution at the hands of Arabs. As per the oral tradition, the local ruler Jadi Rana, concerned at the arrival of strange people, presented the Parsis a bowl of milk filled to the brim, denoting symbolically that he had no place for them. A nice Parsi priest added sugar to the milk, suggesting the adaptive and accommodating nature of the Parsis. Over the years the contributions of the Parsis to the moral, social, intellectual, political and commercial life of India-be it in industry, public life, scientific endeavour or profession can never be ignored.

The book describes the life of Sir Jamsetjee Jejeebhoy, the first Baronet (1783-1859) who was benevolence personified. Born in a ramshackle house in Yatha-ahoo-vanyo Mohalla of Bombay in 1783, he took apprenticeship in selling old empty bottles as his parents died when he was young.

The story of another Parsi, Dadabhai Naoroji, begins with his birth in 1825 and becoming the first Indian to advocate Indian self-rule (swaraj) from a public platform as president of the Indian National Congress. He became the first Asian Member of Parliament to sit in the House of Commons in Britain.

Jamsetji Nusserwanji Tata was an industrial visionary and philanthropist who began his life as a navar, which is the first step of initiation into priesthood.

Sir Pherozeshah Mehta, who came to be known as the ‘Lion of Bombay’, graduated with distinction and did his post-graduation in six months. On special recommendation, he left for England and on return to India started his legal practice. He was a strong nationalist and never tired of declaring that he was an Indian first and a Parsi afterwards.

Madame Bhikhaiji Rustom Cama is considered the high priestess of Indian nationalism; the firebrand nationalist, who worked tirelessly in exile to further the cause of Indian nationalism. She dared to defy an Empire and made history by unfurling India’s first national flag on foreign soil.

Ardeshir Godrej was a pioneer industrialist and inventor. He collected wealth but gave it away to his siblings as he did not believe in keeping what he had not earned. He was stingy but donated a large sum of money to the Tilak Swaraj Fund.

Ardeshir Dorab Shaw Shroff, eminent industrialist, banker and economist was one of the architects of free India’s industrial development. His forthrightness and strong convictions distinguished him from other businessmen and economists.

Jehangir Ratanji Dadabhoy Tata was an aviation pioneer and eminent industrialist. For 52 years, he was the chairman of the House of Tatas and apart from Air India, he launched Tata Chemicals and TELCO (now Tata Motors).

Homi Jehangir Bhabha, architect of India’s nuclear programme, dominated both science and policy in India’s nuclear affairs. Born in a wealthy and highly cultured family, he was an artist, an accomplished piano and violin player apart from being a scientist. He was responsible for setting up the Atomic Commission, Department of Atomic Energy.

Field Marshal S.H.F.J. Manekshaw, the national hero of the 1971 Indo-Pak war, Nani Palkhivala, legal luminary and Zubin Mehta, the maestro with the golden baton have also been discussed.

In a few cases though the biographical details are sketchy, however good to read about a community which has produced such great stalwarts and which is slowly declining in number due to inbreeding.

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Parsi Irani Surnames


Normally Surnames do not have any meanings. Our ancestors had no Surnames, they were known by their Father’s / Family name. e.g. Rustom bin Zal. (Rustom of Zal), later on they took on names of places/ family names as additional to their names. It was only when they came to India that they adopted their trade/service/vocation/family/or some traits -(Waghmaru, Batki etc.). A very interesting collection by Burjor Minocher Daboo of Ahmedabad.

Click here for the full list and some interesting, some amusing  meanings.

Multifarious Activities of WZO in India


SCC2 - Yoga classes in progress 002Members of the community are aware that WZO has no funds of its own, and is completely dependant on donors for support in its multifarious welfare activities, all of which are aimed at making beneficiaries independent, living with self respect & dignity, and gradually introducing a positive transformation in the quality of their lives.

The WZO Trust, has over the years been raising funds for many worthwhile causes. From the support received from donors, the welfare programmes of WZO have grown to embrace the whole of India, extending substantial support in diverse areas of human needs. … Courtesy Mr. Dinshaw Tamboly ……..Click here for more

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Parsis absorbed various cultures’ cuisines and made them their own


On a cool, gray San Francisco morning, Niloufer Ichaporia King, the author of My Bombay Kitchen: Traditional and Modern Parsi Home Cooking, was driving to the Alemany Farmers’ Market, an outdoor venue offering an incredible selection of moderately priced fruits and vegetables grown on small farms in the area ….. More with some interesting recipes……..

Sugar in the Milk: A Parsi Kitchen Story

Parsi culture is about 3,000 years old and goes back from India to Persia. UNESCO’s Parsi Zoroastrian Project estimates only 75,000 Parsis remain, and it has begun an effort to salvage what’s left of the culture — its clothing, traditions and food. UNESCO projects that by 2020, only 25,000 Parsis will be left. King is also known for her ritual celebrations of Navroz, the Parsi New Year, on the first day of spring, when she creates an elaborate, ceremonial meal based on the auspicious foods and traditions of her vanishing culture. Often she and the chefs of Alice Waters’ legendary restaurant, Chez Panisse, collaborate on this ritual feast together. On that night, the restaurant is decorated with garlands of gardenias, tuberose and fragrant flowers in the doorways. Rice flour stencils of fish and other auspicious shapes are powdered onto the sidewalk and steps of the restaurant to bring good luck. King cooks while her husband, biochemist David, chalks the stencils and designs and illustrates the menus.