Lifetime Achievement Award for KEKI GANDHI
Message from JEHANGIR R. BISNEY, HYDERABAD – Founder Past President, Federation of Zoroastrian Youth Associations (FOZYA) on the first “Lifetime Achievement Award” conferred on MR. KEKI GANDHI on 6th November 2010 at the 19th All India Zoroastrian Youth Meet held at Vadodara, Gujarat.
Vada Dasturji Khurshed K. Dastoor, High Priest, Udvada presented the Award.
You could say that it will take two lifetimes for Keki Gandhi to fully realize his dreams and his amazing passion for life. In his eighties now, Keki uncle, as we all so fondly call him, has never been satisfied with the ordinary. A remarkable person, Keki uncle has been a friend, guide and philosopher to generations of youth.
At an age when most people would have gone into retirement, he was always on the go, working virtually round the clock, excited by innovative ideas that he would implement with extraordinary passion.
It has been my proud privilege to have been associated in various capacities with Keki uncle since the last over two decades. His enthusiasm and indefatigable energy have been noteworthy. He is most passionate about the community. The size and magnitude of his contribution to the Parsi Zoroastrian community in general and the youth in particular has left an everlasting impact.
As per laws of aviation, a honey bee cannot fly because its wings are too small in comparison to its fat body. But a bee still flies because it doesn’t care what aviation laws say. Keki uncle too never cares about what people think about him or his style of functioning. He lives his life in his own inimitable style.
For Keki uncle, the rung of a ladder was never meant to rest upon, but only to hold his foot long enough to enable him to put the other somewhat higher. Excellence in any field was not an act but a habit.
In recognition of his contribution and accomplishments, as founder President of FOZYA, I am most delighted that the first “Lifetime Achievement Award” is being presented to Keki Gandhi. The people who make a difference in one’s life are not the ones with the most credentials….the most money…or the most awards. They simply are the ones who care the most. Keki uncle, you are one of them!