Zarathushtis in the news recently

            Following Zarathushtis were in the news recently:
* According to India West weekly,
Statue of Manekshaw to be Installed in Town
  UDHAGAMANDALAM (PTI) –  Life-size statues of late Field Marshal S.H.F.J. Manekshaw, who led India to victory in 1971 war  with Pakistan, will soon come up in Delhi and Wellington area near here.  The statues will be installed as part of the birth centenary of the former army chief. “
* According to India West weekly,  actor Boman Irani was one of this year’s winners of the prestigious Kalakar awards in Kolkata, India, on January 13, 2013.   
* According to India Currents magazine May 2013 issue, Boman Irani is a leading actor in the Indian movie “Jolly LLB”, which “exposes much that ails India’s legal system…..” and has situational comedy.  “Irani is at his nastiest best with his superior sneer and smooth ways ….”
* According to India Currents magazine May 2013 issue, “…Cyrus Jhabvala, an Indian Parsee architect” was the husband of Ruth Prawer Jhabvala, who died recently, and who was the author of “a dozen novels, nearly two dozen screenplays and arund three dozen short stories (eight collections). Her writings spanned the globe and during that journey received two Oscars, for Howard’s End and A Room with a View (both adapted from the novels by E.M.Forster). She received the Booker prize for her novel Heat and Dust (later made into a movie) and several other awards……  Jhabvala had two close collaborators — producer Ismail Merchant and Director James Ivory.  Jhabvala wrote and the other two produced and directed 20 movies starting with her 1960 novel The Householder ……..  Ruth was born in Cologne, Germany….. She was reported to have told the Rabbi who visited her on her deathbed that her husband Cyrus Jhabvala was the best thing that she could recall in her life……… She is survived by her husban, and three daughters Renana, Ava and Firoza….”
* According to India West weekly of May 10, 2013,
  ” Satya Bhabha Tackles Lead Role in ‘Midnight’s Children’
    British-born actor Satya Bhabha tackles the leading role in “Midnight’s Children,” Deepa Mehta’s historical drama based on the acclaimed novel by Salman Rushdie ………..Bhabha, the son of noted Indian academic Homi K. Bhabha, has managed to carve out a unique career spanning the stage, TV (the FOX comedy “New Girl,” “The Good Wife;” “NCIS” ) and films (“Scott Pilgrim vs. the World”)…..”
   Bhabha who was born in London, then lived in Chicago and Cambridge, Massachusetts, where his parents live now, and then in New York, now lives in Los Angeles.
* According to India West weekly of May 10, 2013,
  ” Girl Scouts of So. Ilinois CEO Awarded Alumni Honors
    GLEN CARBON, Illinois – Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois CEO Villie M. Appoo received a Distinguished Alumni award from Washington University’s G.W.Brown School of Social Work at a ceremony April 17 at Steinberg Auditorium here.  Born In Mumbai, Appoo of the Zoroastrian faith, joined the Girl Guides in first grade and was active for 11 years. Here Girl Guide troop participated in many community service projects including volunteering with the Society for the Education of the Crippled. This early exposure to service sparked her interest in social service…… “…..I have been lucky to have had expeiences …..addressing the root causes of poverty….at Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois, where we enable and empower 14,000 girls between the ages of 5 to 17 years to participate in unique experiences …. promote social change through Girl Scouting,” the Indian American CEO said. ……”
* Former head of Tata Industries (India’s largest private industry conglomerate), Mr. Ratan Tata, was reported by Press Trust of India as published in India West news weekly of May 17, 2013 as follows: 
“Ratan Tata Gets Over Rs. 1 Crore as Alcoa Director 
 NEW YORK (PTI) –  India’s top business leader Ratan Tata has received over Rs. 1 crore as compensation for serving as an independent director on the board of NYSE-based Alcoa Inc. during 2012……”
Maneck Bhujwala

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