Happy Cyrus Day !


October 29th has been designated as the international day of Cyrus the Great, king of Persia, who declared the first charter of human rights in the world, also known as the Cyrus Cylinder. In 539 BC, Persian troops entered the city of Babylon, without encountering any resistance. On October 29th, Cyrus himself entered the city, assuming the titles of “King of Babylon, King of Sumer and Akkad, King of the four corners of the world. The Cyrus Cylinder was placed under the walls of Babylon as a foundation deposit, following a long Babylonian tradition.

Cyrus the Great proclaimed more than 2500 years ago: Today, I announce that everyone is free to choose a religion. People are free to live in all regions and take up a job provided that they never violate other’s rights. Cyrus the Great declared himself not a conqueror, but a liberator and the rightful successor to the crown.

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Dr. Cyrus Poonawalla

I heard a report on TV-Asia’s Community News, in which Dr. Cyrus Poonawalla was interviewed by a reporter about his recent award for “Excellence in Inter-American Public Health”, the first Indian to receive this award in Washington D.C..

According to the following report in the October 6, 2010 issue of BioSpectrum Asia Edition, Bio Technology website (http://www.biospectrumasia.com/content/290910IND14095.asp) report, Dr. Cyrus Poonawalla and his company received an award for contributing toward eliminating Rubella and congenital Rubella syndrome in America.

Maneck Bhujwala
“Dr. Cyrus Poonawalla receives award from PAHO and PAHEF

Mumbai, Sep 29, 2010: The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) and the Pan American Health and Education Foundation (PAHEF) have presented Dr Cyrus S Poonawalla, chairman & managing director of Serum Institute of India, with the Award for “Excellence in Inter-American Public Health”, making him the first Indian to get this prestigious honor in Washington DC, USA. Dr. Poonawalla received this award from Dr Mirta Roses Periago, director of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) for his extraordinary contribution to eliminate rubella and congenital rubella syndrome in America.

Serum Institute of India is the world’s largest DTP (Triple) and measles vaccine manufacturer. The launch of Serum’s hepatitis-B vaccine in India acted as a catalyst to bring down the prices of the vaccine, and make it affordable for the masses. The company’s products are exported to over 130 countries, worldwide. The company and its Chairman, Dr Cyrus Poonawalla were honored with the Humanitarian Award by Sabin Vaccine Institute, USA, for providing quality vaccines at affordable prices.

Serum Institute of India has demonstrated unparalleled focus in supplying several hundred millions of doses to curb the scourge of rubella (German Measles) and measles to 38 regions in America, for the past 16 years, for routine immunization as well as for mass campaigns.”

Kurush Mistry’s Movie “Walkaway” to be released in USA

Walk Away: Debut Feature Film by Kurush Mistry – I encourage all of you to support Kurush Mistry’s debut feature film, Walkaway (English, 97 mins) , soon to be released in theatres across the U.S. – he is the executive producer of the film.

If you’ve ever wondered what Sex and the City would be like with Indian Men, this one is for you! A light-comedy drama, this film deals with interesting issues like now-veiled urban dowry, and the challenges of cross-cultural couples, set in New York’s cosmopolitan environment. It promises snippets of life we can all identify with. Plus, some pretty amazing songs as background tracks!

Go watch the film, please spread the word and forward this mail to all your friends! Counting on all of you to spread this far and wide!!

Walkaway is an English-language, independent American film, made with Bollywood flair and influences. The film has received tremendous support from the Bollywood community. Renowned actor Shah Rukh Khan’s production house Red Chillies Entertainment assisted in the post-production, editing and VFX. “As a successful member of our Indian film industry, it is my pleasure to support up-and-coming filmmakers like Shailja,” said Mr. Khan.

Academy Award winner (Sound Mixing for Slumdog Millionaire) Resul Pookutty provided the sound design and mixing for Walkaway. Mr. Pookutty said, “I was impressed by the director’s passion and energy, which has resulted in a fantastic product!”

Official Website of the film:


Local showings in California:

1 California Santa Clara AMC Mercado 20 with IMAX
2 California Fremont BIG Cinemas Fremont 7
3 California Union City CNMK Union City 25
4 California West Hills LAEM Fallbrook 7
5 California Norwalk BIG Cinemas Norwalk 8
6 California San Jose BIG Cinemas Towne 3

Courtesy : Maneck Bhujwala

Jehangir Randeria – Tardeo to Udvada

Spurred by faith, Parsi man walks 205 km Last month, 40-year-old Jehangir Randeria undertook a 205-km odyssey on foot from Tardeo to Udvada. Leaving his car-polishing business on an impulse, he decided to walk to Iranshah Atashbehram, the pilgrimage that Parsis undertake to pay obeisance to the oldest consecrated fire in India.

Last month, 40-year-old Jehangir Randeria undertook a 205-km odyssey on foot from Tardeo to Udvada. Leaving his car-polishing business on an impulse, he decided to walk to Iranshah Atashbehram, the pilgrimage that Parsis undertake to pay obeisance to the oldest consecrated fire in India.

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October 21, 2010

The Udvada Samast Anjuman would like to inform community members all over the world, about the possible threat that our sacred Shreeji Pak Iranshah is presently facing.

The tenure of a huge plot of land, around 200 acres, situated directly behind our most sacred Shreeji Pak Iranshah Atashbehram is in the process of being changed from Agriculture to Non-Agriculture, after which it is proposed to set up an Industrial Estate / redevelopment of residential colonies. If this change of tenure is permitted and an Industrial Estate is allowed to be established in the vicinity of Shreeji Pak Iranshah Atashbehram it will completely destroy the sanctity of our holiest place of worship.

It is hoped that members of the community, irrespective of their ideologies will unite for the common cause of protecting our venerated Shreeji Pak Iranshah.

May Shreeji Pak Iranshah continue to reign in splendour and continue to shower His blessings on all in our community for eternity.

For & on behalf of
Udvada Samast Anjuman,
Dasturji Khurshed K. Dastoor

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Lecture on Lifestyle Changes

Lecture on Lifestyle Changes for a Healthy Future by Dr Zinobia Madan

Good healthy living involves a holistic healthcare approach practicing appropriate dietary habits, exercising regularly, coping with daily stress and an overall lifestyle management to the disease. This presentation will discuss effective lifestyle tips such as diet, yoga, fitness, for all age groups, as in today’s stressful lifestyle, these  valuable suggestions go a long way in shaping a healthy future. In addition, several of the chronic diseases which are related to aging and inappropriate lifestyle, and how appropriate lifestyle measures practised regularly complement the use of such efficacious and safe therapeutic medicines in overall improvement of the patient’s disease condition, in both prevention and treatment of several diseases and disorders will be discussed.

The speaker is Dr Zinobia Madan,  currently the Founder & Managing Director, ClinOma Healthcare. With more than 20 years of experience in the Healthcare & Pharma Industry, & in the role of Medical Director of a large multinational Pharma company, she contributed to several successful clinical research projects & introduction of novel healthcare and nutritional products. After being awarded PhD for original cardio-vascular research work at Jaslok Hospital, she was awarded MAMS, FIMSA & FICN, in recognition of her outstanding contributions to the field of Medical Sciences & Nutrition. She is a member of several medical and research societies in India and has presented & published papers at several national and international conferences.
The lecture will be held on Tuesday 26th October, 2010 at 5.45 p.m. at Lincoln Auditorium, Indo-American Society, 5. D.Sukhadwala Marg, Next to New Excelsior Theatre, Fort, Mumbai 400 001.
Call Indo-American Society on 2207 4882 / 4883 for further information.

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How Ratan Tata built an empire

The amazing story of how Ratan Tata built an empire – by Meenakshi Radhakrishnan-Swami, Rashmi K Pratap, Mohammed Ekramul Haque and Ajita Shashidhar

In the past decade — the decade that marked the glorious years of Ratan Tata — nearly $18 billion was shelled out to acquire 22 companies worldwide, including Tetley Tea and Corus Steel in the UK, New York’s Pierre Hotel and Jaguar Land Rover.

The Tata Group includes India’s largest private steel company, the biggest auto manufacturer and the largest IT outsourcing firm.

“Ratan Tata outperformed JRD. He toppled people as strong as Russi Mody, thought out of the box and came up with path-breaking concepts like the Nano,” says Bala V Balachandran, faculty member at Kellogg School of Management, and dean of the Great Lakes Institute of Management.

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Hormuzd Masani

Hormuzd Masani of ABC India re-elected to the IFABC Executive Board and as President of APABC

At the general assembly of International Federation of Audit Bureaux of Circulations (IFABC) held recently at Seoul, Korea, Hormuzd Masani was re-elected to the Executive Board of IFABC for a further term of two years. He was also re-elected as the treasurer of IFABC. Other members on the IFABC Executive Board besides India are representatives from member Bureau from Australia, Brazil, Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Spain and United Kingdom.

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