Monthly Archives: March 2014

Young Rathestars

 There  is  a  group  of  Parsis  residing  at  Dadar  who  are  known  as  the  Young  Rathestars.  Each year  around  January  they  make  a  trip  into  rural  Gujarat.  Around  70  families  in  about  20  villages have  been  “adopted”  by  this  organization.
The  work  being  done  is  in  the  attached  report.  Kindly  see  for  yourself  . . . . .
Thanking  you,
Percy  Dalal

Curator for Persian Manuscripts at the British Library



Organised by

British Library in partnership with Iran Heritage Foundation.


Ref: COL00043
Location: London, St. Pancras
Salary: £31,387 p.a.
Fixed Term Contract for 18 months
British Library are seeking to appoint a Curator to work with the British Library’s collections of Persian manuscripts. Building on work already completed during the previous two years, your main duties will be creating electronic records for both catalogued and uncatalogued material, and to further knowledge of the collections, working closely with the Persian curators, the Iran Heritage Foundation and the UK Higher Education Sector. This post offers a unique opportunity to become familiar with one of the largest and best–known collections in the world and to contribute to its future development and exploitation.
Using your degree level knowledge of Persian, your research and palaeographical skills, you’ll also demonstrate an understanding of Persianate history and culture, exemplified by previous academic study or research in this subject area. Demonstrable IT skills, attention to detail and experience of managing relationships with a varied range of stakeholders in a project based environment will also be crucial to your success in this role.
More information and application details are available on the BL website at:
For an informal discussion about this role, please contact:
Ursula Sims–Williams (ursula.sims–, or
Muhammad Isa Waley (, Lead Curators (Persian).
Closing Date: 16th March 2014
Interview Date: 3rd April 2014
Please note that applicants must currently have the right to work in the United Kingdom

Meet Sarosh Zaiwalla

He fired Tony Blair & saved the Tchenguiz brothers from jail. Meet Sarosh Zaiwalla

11 February 2014 | By Shruti Tripathi

Sarosh Zaiwalla


His clients include everyone from Saddam Hussein to the Gandhis…


He’s saved millionaire tycoons Robert and Vincent Tchenguiz from going to jail, sued the UK government and won, and fired Tony Blair. Meet Sarosh Zaiwalla, the first Asian to set up a City law firm in London, 30 years ago.

Zaiwalla set up his Chancery Lane law firm at a time when only “white and English” law firms snapped up high-profile cases. But to make his mark in the cut-throat field of law, he neither changed his Indian accent nor anglicised his name.

His firm boasts a £3m turnover and a waiting list of clients. How has he managed that? We ask him…

Q. First up, you fired Tony Blair?

[Chuckles] Tony is a very good friend. In fact, I just got a hand-written note from him, just now.

But back in the seventies, Tony was a young barrister working in a Labour chamber. Shipping in London was so upmarket at the time that even if you were white and English you would struggle getting in. I was lucky to act for the Indian High Commission and in those days there were a lot of small arbitration disputes.

Tony wanted to work on a shipping case and I instructed him. I told him this is the way I want you to argue the case and Tony said he would do it. But last minute, he did not do so.

Tony was really unprepared so I had to argue the case. So I sacked him for being unprepared.

We continue to be loyal friends and whenever we meet he enquires about the firm.

The good thing about England is that politicians who become big do not let professional decisions affect personal relationships. When they are wrong, they accept it. They aren’t vindictive.

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