Zarathushtis in the News_May 2013

               Following were some of the Zarathushtis who were mentioned in the news media:
Maneck Bhujwala
* India West of May 24, 2013 mentioned :
  “… Pakistani author Bapsy Sidhwa delivered the Keynote speech, had a book signing and meet-and-greet followed by a screening of the film “Earth” based on her novel, “Cracking India”, at the first major public event “Art for Partition”, a benefit luncheon, art auction and free public education panel series held at the University of California, Berkeley Skydeck, by The 1947 Partition Archive Project, on April 6, 2013 ……
 Following the panel discussion, Indian American academics Roshni Rustomjee-Kerns of Sonoma State University, performed literary readings concerning the Partition….   To learn more, visit http// “
* India movie actors Tanaaz and Bakhtiyaar Irani joined a new Television serial dance reality show “Nach Baliye Shriman vs. Shrimati”, with Tanaaz as captain of the ladies team.
Ronnie Screwvala was a keynote speaker at the annual conference of The Indus Entrepreneurs (TIE) on May 18, 2013,, at the Santa Clara Convention Center, in Santa Clara, California. The conference was attended by more than 3,600 people.
According to India West of May 24, 2013,  “Ronnie Screwvala never stops moving – India’s first cable TV entrepreneur, who now oversees Disney UTV , one of India’s leading media and entertainment companies, has always had his eye on the next big thing. Now he says, youth aged 15-24 are the key market to watch. 
And when Screwvala says something, the world listens. The 56-year old film producer, TV executive and social philanthropist has been o’n Time Magazine’s “Time 100” list of the world’s most influential people; listed among 25 of Asia’s Most Powerful by Forbes magazine; and named Entrepreneur of the Year by Ernst & Young. The company he founded was acquired by Walt Disney Company India for $ 1.4 billion, and Screwvala now serves as its managing director……
Together with his wife, Zarina, he has also founded the Swades Foundation, a nonprofit that is bringing clean water, education and human rights to villages across Maharashtra (……..  “
* India West of May 31, 2013 mentioned:
 “…Erach Bharucha’s recent book “Wonders of the Indian Wilderness” provides a lavish celebration of India’s unique natural treasure and a call to preserve it in the years to come.
     Over 800 pages in scope, the book devotes its first half to exl ploring “The Nature of Biodiversity in India,” illustrating the incredible natural abundance of one of the 12 acknowledged mega-diversity nations of the world.  Bharucha describes the varied species and ecosystems of India, …..   Among the thousands of illustrations are a dazzling foldout review of Earth’s geological and evolutionary history and an eight page overview on India’s rich floral heritage.  The second half of the volume focuses on “National P

arks and Wildlife Sanctuaries of India,” …. featuring more than 2000 shining full-color images that capture the full range of India’s geographical and biological diversity….
Bharucha has been active in wildlife and nature conservation for nearly 50 years. A well-known wildlife photographer, he has traveled and ystudied Indian national parks and wildlife sanctuaries extensively over the last three decades.  He has been a member and executive of such conservation institutions as the Bombay Natural History Society, Worldwide Fund for Nature, and Wildlife Institute of India. Ind 1993 he began developing the Bharati Vidyapeeth Institute of Environment Education and Research.  A surgeon by profession, he works in Pune. His previous publications include “The Biodiversity of India.”  “

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