Monthly Archives: April 2014

Books by Dr. Framroze S. Chiniwalla

To know more about the man and his unique life read THESE POSTS Dr. Framroze Sorabji ChiniwallaI can say without hesitation that all I know, I owe to Dr. Saheb’s books. He was a genius the communit…   His numerous works have been divided into different sections so as to make it easier for the reader to understand the great expanse of his work.

The Reference Series

The Gatha Series

The Yashts

The History Series

Other Writings

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Compiled by : Ervad Marzban J. Hathiram


Jamsheed Marker – first among equals

IT is unthinkable to talk about the cricket history of the sub-continent and not mention the contribution of the Parsi community to the game which we on both sides of the divide so passionately follow.

The Parsees were the first to learn the game by the sailors of the East India Company and by the British soldiers playing on the beaches of Calcutta (Kolkata) and Bombay (Mumbai) and the first as a team to tour England twice in 1886 and in 1888 to play against stalwarts of the time such as W.G. Grace and Prince Christian Victor, the grandson of Queen Victoria.

Three men from Karachi — Dinshaw Khambatta, Bala and Pestonji Dastur — were amon­gst them. Dastur topped the batting averages of the 1886 tourists. Karachi Parsi Institute (KPI) also played its part in later years producing players like the Mobed’s, the Irani’s and Mavalwala’s and Rusi Dinshaw to name a few. One Jimmy Irani’s son Ronie Irani later played for England in Tests.

But the Parsees of India did a lot better producing such great Parsi cricketers like Polly Umrigar, Nari Contractor, Rusi Surti and Farokh Engineer who also led India in Tests.

Pakistan unfortunately did not produce a Test player amongst them but they can claim to have one of their first radio commentator of the game Jamsheed Marker who had become a household name along with Omar Kureishi when India visited Pakistan on their first tour to this country in 1954-55.

Although the commentary was relayed on the radio in English language then, the interest was such that from every strata of society people were seen glued to their radio sets to listen to Marker and Kureishi.

As a college student and cricketer I was as much absorbed in what they uttered describing the game.

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It’s never too late to dream: Khushroo Suntook

By Rinky Kumar| | Sunday Mid-day, Bombay,27-Apr-2014

Khushroo Suntook has a vast repertoire. He is an avid tennis player, owns a wide collection of vintage records, has served the Tata group in various capacities for 32 years and possesses a photographic memory. At 78, when most septuagenarians prefer enjoying their retired life, this gentleman is heading the National Centre for Performing Arts with a keen interest to help the cultural institute grow exponentially

I have been free for only two months in my life,” says Khushroo Suntook, chairman of the National Centre for Performing Arts (NCPA). Today, where professionals, bogged down by work and stress, will give an arm for a sabbatical, this 78-year-old refuses to breathe easy.

Born and raised in Mumbai, Suntook hails from a family of lawyers. “My father was a solicitor. My maternal grandfather and maternal great grandfather were judges,” Suntook, who is an advocate, tells me. A student of Campion School, he had renowned conductor Zubin Mehta and leading income tax expert Soli Dastur as classmates.

He displays his photographic memory when he says, “I was the school’s second student when its operations started from a Marine Drive flat. We joked how each class had an attached bath.”


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Global Life Time achievement for Dr Dhun Noria

It is our pleasure to inform the community of the GLOBAL LIFE TIME ACHIEVEMENT  AWARD to be conferred  on  Dr Dun Noria, of Toronto,  Canada, by the Scarborough General Hospital,  for her impressive professional  accomplishments and community service.  This is only the second time in the history of the hospital  that this award has been conferred .

Dr Noria will be honored by the hospital on May 10 at a fund-raising Gala event in Toronto’s Sheraton Hotel and 500 people are likely to attend the event including the Duchess of York Sarah Ferguson.

In addition to her involvement with the Zarathushti community of Ontario,  Dr Noria was the Chair of the  Metro Toronto District Health Council,  an advisory body to the Minister of Health, where she provided leadership during the restructuring of 44 hospitals in Metro Toronto.

The community congratulates Dr Dhun Noria and extends the same to her husband Farokh and her daughter Dr Sabrena and  son Zubin

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Parsi Lying-In hospital to become Rs 100 crore ortho facility

Vacant for 25 years, Parsi Lying-In hospital to become Rs 100 crore ortho facility – Jyoti Shelar
Hospital’s managing committee and Bombay Parsi Punchayet, which had been warring over the heritage building since 2011, have reached a settlement.Capture

A three-year tussle between the Bombay Parsi Punchayet (BPP) and the managing committee of south Mumbai’s Parsi Lying-In hospital (PLIH) has finally come to an end, making way for a new state-of-the-art orthopaedic hospital.

The century-old Parsi Lying-In hospital, spread over an area of 17,000 sq ft in Fort, will now be restored and converted into a new super specialty hospital at an estimated cost of over Rs 100 crore.

The BPP and PLIH managing committee have been sparring since 2011 after the latter entered into a lease agreement with a health service agency called Krimson Health Ventures for an exclusive orthopaedic super specialty hospital. BPP trustees were of the view that the managing committee did not have any right to lease the property, due to which the matter went into litigation.

Last week, however, advocates of both parties told the High Court that they have reached a settlement and they are working on the terms of consent.

Confirming the development, PLIH managing committee member Kersi Randeria said, “The court has asked both parties to submit the terms of consent on May 2. Consent term drafts are currently being exchanged between both sides.”

According to the agreement, the health service company has agreed on a minimum guaranteed lease rental of Rs 1 crore per annum and an additional security deposit of Rs 2crore.

The hospital, a grade 2B heritage structure, has been lying vacant for more than 25 years. Started as a maternity hospital in 1895, the prime property has been eyed by many, including the neighbouring Cathedral and John Connon School, which had made an offer of over Rs 35 crore a few years ago.

Several real estate groups and medical service providers have also shown interest in the property. Sources from the community said the deals never worked out, mainly because of the fear that the Parsis will lose out on the benefits.

The orthopaedic hospital plan was, however, considered feasible by the managing committee, given that 10 per cent out-patients and 10 per cent in-patients from the community were provided with free treatment.

The hospital has seen the birth of many Parsis till the 1960s. Now a dilapidated structure, the hospital cannot be pulled down owing to its heritage tag. “It can only be restored. As far as they put the place to some good use, I will be happy,” said a community member who was born in the hospital.

Originally envisioned to be a 120-bed facility, the hospital may now have up to 70 beds due to new height restrictions. Renowned doctors such as Dr Arun Mullaji, Dr Sonu Ahluwalia and Dr Alok Sharma will be on board.

“It will be a destination hospital for orthopaedic, spine and sports medicine. The hospital will have the best of facilities as well as the doctors,” said Dr Prakash Khubchandani of Krimson Health Ventures.

BPP chairman Dinshaw Mehta said the terms of consent were being discussed. “Nothing has been finalised as yet. For example, we have demanded 10,000 sq feet in the property for an office but they have agreed to give us only 2,500 sq ft. The discussions are still on,” he said.

Sev Ni Kheer (Sweet Vermicelli in Saffron Milk)

Here is a comfort dish made from wheat vermicelli and saffron infused sweet milk with nuts as garnish.

Have it for breakfast hot or warm or serve it as a dessert!



1 litre milk (full fat)
1 big pinch of saffron
5 tablespoonful of sugar (Add less sugar first and adjust to your taste)
2 handfuls of roasted fine vermicelli or plain vermicelli
Handful of nuts: chopped cashews, slivered almonds, pistachios.
1 small handful of raisins (optional)
½ cup grated fresh paneer* (optional)
3 pods of cardamoms
Little bit of mace (jaiphal) to grate on top of kheer
Roast the nuts in little ghee till they become slightly toasted.
Add raisins and roast
Keep the nuts and raisins aside
Add the saffron to ¼ cup water milk to infuse colour for about 10 minutes
In a wide pan, heat milk, add sugar, cardamoms and saffron milk.
Keep on stirring till it boils then lower heat and stir for another 10 minutes
Add the grated paneer, roasted Sev, and 1/3 of the nuts and raisins.
Cook for a further 5 minutes then remove from heat.
Grate a bit of jaiphal (mace) on top
Serve hot, warm or chilled with a sprinkling of the nuts and raisins on top.
Note as it cools down, it thickens so add a bit of milk if you want to when serving.
*{Make paneer by splitting ½ litre milk by adding little vinegar in hot milk and straining the solids}

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Purity at Iranshah

Dear Humdins,
The holy Adar month is back and I know loads of people will be visiting the Iranshah.  The blind faith in HIM pulls everyone towards this holy place. But are we visiting the holy place in the right way?  Is our visit to this place perfectly pure and to the standards of the holiness of the place?  No, not nowadays when people come from different places by car and bus straight to the Iranshah.My humble request to all the Zoroastrians is to please have a hair bath at any of the Dharamshalas or hotels and straight go to the fire temple and then touch anything or eat anything.  Today in these Dharamshalas and hotels the food is made by non Parsees and that also there are many females making the food and serving them. You eat it after your bath and then go to the fire-temple, which is not permissible in our religion.  Also people argue that they come in their own cars driven by themselves so they can go directly to Iranshah and perform the Kusti and then go to the Kebla.  But even if your car is driven by a Zoroastrian, is your car absolutely pure?  Haven’t you touched it during your periods or delivery?  After having a hair bath at home haven’t you had some breakfast on the way or gone to the public toilets on the way?  All this is hampering your purity.  You are carrying all the impurities and going in front of the Padshah Saheb.  Instead of helping in purifying the place you are hampering the purity.  So who is the looser?  You are the looser.  You are not getting the desired blessings from the Padshah Saheb.  Upon that people shake hands with the Boiwalla mobed which again is wrong.  He undergoes the Nahan ceremony for ten days and purifies himself and follows strict rules and routine for purity and you go around the world and touch him and he goes inside the Kebla to offer Machi to the Padshah Saheb.
There are some people who go directly to the Atash Behram after traveling by the train.  This is true because many a time the Rickshawallas ask whether to drop us at Iranshah or to some hotel.  Please don’t do this, its wrong.

Please Humdins, it will just take and hour more, think that there was a traffic jam and you reached Iranshah an hour late.  Please carry a set of your clothes and go to any of the Dharamshalas or Hotels and request them to just allow you to have a bath.  Also it is absolutely important to wash the Kusti and to wear washed clothes after the bath and not the same clothes which were worn before the hair bath.  You spend around Rs. 2000 to Rs.3000 + toll to go to Udvada so I am sure you can spend a little more and have a bath there and then proceed to the Atash Behram.  Whenever my grandfather used to go to Udvada he used to have a Nahan first and then go in to the Iranshah Atash Behram and today people don’t even have a bath before going to the Iranshah.  I have also heard that years back even in Banaji Atash Behram people had to have a bath there in the Atash Behram compound bathroom and then only they were allowed to enter the Atash Behram.I know there will be million controversies to this email but just think what is wrong and what is religiously right for you, yourself and your family and then argue.  Whats the use of praying big Niyast and Yast when the foundation itself is impure.  Just go once to Iranshah with utmost purity and then see the miracle in your life.Hope people will share their miracles on these religious groups other than arguing baselessly.With the hope of improving the purity at Iranshah


Roshan Aaftaab Irani

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