Monthly Archives: May 2014

Dr Mehroo Bengalee, 84, passes away

The first woman Vice-Chancellor of Mumbai University (MU), Dr Mehroo Bengalee, 84, passed away on Wednesday morning after a brief illness. Bengalee served as vice-chancellor of MU from 1986 to 1992.

“I am deeply grieved by the sad demise of Dr.(Miss) Mehroo Bengalee,” said incumbent Vice-Chancellor Dr Rajan Welukar in his condolence message.

Bengalee started her career as a teacher and through her hard work rose to be the Head of the Department of Education at the Mumbai University. She contributed immensely in the field of higher education.

Dr. Bengalee was also a lecturer at St. Xavier Institute of Education till 1984. Between 1984 and 1986 she was appointed as the Head of the Department of Education at the University of Mumbai. She was then appointed as Vice Chancellor of MU from 1986 to 1992 and completed her term.

More than 20 students worked under her guidance and were awarded M.Phil and Ph.D. Degrees in Education. Dr. Bengalee completed her PhD at the department of Applied Psychology at the University of Mumbai. She held a Post Graduate Degree in Economics, Masters In Education and Ph D in Psychology. She authored the famous book ‘Guidance in Counselling’ which was of immense help to students and all.

Welukar’s message further stated, “An illustrious academic, Dr. Bengalee was the first lady Vice Chancellor of the University of Mumbai. Her academic acumen, erudite discourse and visionary approach gave the university very focused leadership gave the University very focused leadership. The University will always cherish her fond memories and derive inspiration from her great achievement.”

Bengalee was also a former trustee of the Bombay Parsee Panchayat and a founder member of the national minorities’commission.

Best Journalist – Kainaz Amaria

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Bay Area Zarathushtis & ZANC members would be pleased to learn that  Kainaz Amaria of Foster City,Calif.  (niece of Ervard Kobad Jamsheed)  was presented with the BEST JOURNALIST AWARD by the  President.
While full details are  awaited here are  her two pictures with President in the Oval Office.
Congratulation to her and  the parents  Dhun & Yezdi also.


Earlier this year Kainaz Amaria, supervising editor for the NPR Visuals team, accepted the White House News Photographer’s Association for first place in the Innovation category for Planet Money Makes A T-Shirt, a story produced for National Public Radio that uniquely chronicles the hidden world behind clothes sold in the United States. Here is the link to the project –

“It was a thrill to meet the President and represent NPR,” said Kainaz. “When I started out as a budding photojournalist I never imagined that moments like these were possible. I’m very lucky to love what I do and to be able to work with extremely talented people.”

Also, none of this, would be possible if it wasn’t for the support and love of my family. They made it possible for me to dream big!

Cheers, Kainaz

Click Here to see the Official White House News Photographers Associations release  ….


Look Beyond Obvious Markets

Ronnie Screwvala: Look Beyond the Obvious Markets

by Ronnie Screwvala, Forbes, May 19, 2014

Create a system that encourages enterprise and unearths new markets. This is a tough path that NEEDS thinking outside the box
Ronnie Screwvala: Look Beyond the Obvious Markets
Ronnie Screwvala Founder and Advisor, Unilazer Ventures. A first-generation entrepreneur who founded UTV with interests in television, motion pictures and mobile games, and successfully sold it to global entertainment giant Disney. He has ventured into investing now

India is at a decisive turn in its existence. All political coalitions in the fray know that of the approximately 820 million people casting their ballot, a considerable figure of 23 million—approximately the population of Australia—are first-time voters. Their aspirations are vastly different from what they were even five years ago. Therefore, the new government’s approach, too, needs to be different from that of its predecessors.

I’d like to suggest two key prescriptions: First, create an ecosystem conducive to fostering first-generation entrepreneurship; this, in turn, can generate millions of job opportunities in the new sectors they venture into. Second, focus on the untapped masses of consumers in rural India to create new domestic markets. The country cannot aim for inclusive growth if the aspirations of rural India are not respected and integrated into the development narrative. Exploring India’s domestic potential can fuel India’s growth along the lines of the Chinese economic model of the past decade.

I have often been asked why I consistently evangelise fostering an environment that nurtures first-generation entrepreneurs. Most governments since Independence have focussed largely on capacity building or skill development to create livelihood opportunities as key measures for poverty alleviation. While these need to be continued, we also have to produce fresh avenues for first-generation entrepreneurs to emerge and develop. Sustained employment generation requires out-of-the-box thinking, breaking into new markets and creating new masses of consumers.

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Humbandagi on Ava Roj

Humbandagi on Ava Roj Saturday 24th May 2014 at the Bhikha Behram Well Dae

Mahino Jashan at 10:30am followed by a Humbandagi at 11:30am

Talk by Er. Parvez Bajan to the XYZ (Xtremely Young Zoroastrians)

Do spread the message.

Hoshaang Gotla

Progress and Sabotage at Doongerwadi


by Homi Dhalla

The Doongerwadi estate is the largest and most valuable property of the Parsi community worldwide.  I have been involved in its amelioration on a purely voluntary basis for the last 35 years as a member of the Doongerwadi Advisory Committee (DAC).  After the new Trustees took over in 2008, the DAC was disbanded and Mr. Khojeste Mistree was in total charge since then.  It is pertinent to note that Mr. Maneck Engineer, a formerTrustee of BPP, in a letter dated November 1, 2004 addressed to Chairman, Mr. Minoo Shroff had stated that “the BPP has spent almost Rs. 45-50 lacs on afforestation in the last 5 years”.  The same letter mentions the name of Mr. Mistree as being an active member of the DAC.  According to, other letters also state that termite treatment was being provided to the trees at that time and matti (soil) was being brought into Doongerwadi on payment.


In the light of the above, during the 5 years, when Mr. Mistree was looking after Doongerwadi, he had stopped all termite treatment leading to serious damage not only to about 40 large trees but also the destruction of innumerable smaller trees.  During this period, smaller trees were not provided with manure or matti leading to their stunted growth, the drip irrigation system was totally neglected, new trees were not planted during this period as was the custom for several years and branches of large and dead trees were left in heaps adding to the termite problem.  Considering the fact that when the community has spent lacs on afforestation, how much harm Mr. Mistree has done in five years.

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11 interesting facts about Cyrus Pallonji Mistry

Cyrus Pallonji Mistry, 44, took over the reins of the $100 billion Tata Sons on December 28, 2012. Cyrus Mistry, the younger son of construction tycoon Pallonji Mistry and MD of Shapoorji Pallonji group, replaced Ratan Tata, who stepped down after turning 75. Mistry had joined the Tata group in 2006 as a director and has held non-executive positions on boards of several other Tata companies earlier.

This is the second time in the company’s 143-year old history that a non-Tata will head the group – Sir Nowroji Saklatwala had led the group between 1932 and 1938.

In August 2010, the group, which prides itself on being professionally run, had formed a selection committee that included Cyrus, to look for Ratan Tata’s successor. The committee initially included Mistry himself (he recused himself subsequently) after considering 14 persons selected the single largest shareholder in Tata Sons as the inheritor. The reports suggested others included Ratan Tata’s half brother Noel, 54, who many thought was a shoo-in; former Vodafone CEO Arun Sarin, 57; PepsiCo CEO Indra Nooyi, 56; Operating Partner, Clayton Dubilier & Rice, LLC, Vindi Banga, 56; Citigroup CEO Vikram Pandit, 54; with even Google’s Nikesh Arora, 43, seen as a dark horse.

“He is intelligent and qualified to take on the responsibility being offered and I will be committed to working with him over the next year to give him the exposure, the involvement and the operating experience to equip him to undertake the full responsibility of the group on my retirement,” Ratan Tata had said about Misty’s appointment.

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From Shayan: Love Fades Away (Sung Live)

Gosh, I haven’t sung in ages so thought since all the studio equipment was out, I might as well give it a go before I pack it up again…found this track as part of my songbook, so decided to record it quickly live just before joining the family for dinner this evening. Hope you enjoy the same. I recommend listening with headphones! Lyrics included below. Have a great Sunday. Thanks, Shayan!

Love Fades Away
Words & Music by Shayan
Piano and Vocals Live on Sennheiser E965 Microphone by Shayan


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I never should have left you out in the rain
The time when you were most in pain
I never should have lied
When you were hurting most inside
I guess that’s why you’re not here with me tonight

And I felt it too
Every minute of every day that past us by
You can see it from the tears I cried

And now when I say to you I love you
There seems to be no feeling within
And I don’t know now if ever I want to
Take the chance and be with you all over again

I can’t believe we’ve been apart for so long
I guess love just, –
Love just fades away through time

And we’ll never know
If it stayed the same or would have grown
You chose your path and after I chose mine

Seems like yesterday
Till we open our eyes
To find out how different are each others’ lives

And I’ll never know
If you’re happy and doing fine
‘Cause baby, you never did ever speak your mind

And now when I say to you I love you
There seems to be no feeling within
And I don’t know now if ever I want to
Take the chance and be with you all over again

I can’t believe we’ve been apart for so long
I guess love just, –
Love just fades away through time

I guess love just…
Love just fades away through time

I guess love just…
Love just fades away through time
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Third North American Mobeds Council Seminar held in Houston

The Zoroastrian Association of Houston Library Committee sponsored a day-long religion education seminar on February 15, 2014.  The third NAMC seminar, organized by the North American Mobeds Council, was attended by about ninety people who heard with great interest lectures presented by four eminent Zoroastrian Mobeds from the USA and Canada on a variety of interesting topics.

The session opened with NAMC Chair Kobad Zarolia requesting Mobeds to join with a prayer din-no Kalmo.

Here are the videos brought to you with special effort of the team :

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Russi Mody passes away

Russi Mody, former chief of the erstwhile Tisco, former joint chairman of Air India and the erstwhile Indian Airlines, passed away at the age of 95. The end came at a private nursing home near his Alipore bungalow in Kolkata.

The man who was with Tata Steel for nearly four decades was credited with laying the foundation for what Tata Steel is today.

Essentially a people’s man, Russi Mody believed that Tisco should be engaged with much more than mere steel making and hence came the ad jingle ‘We also make steel.’

His departure from the company, however was less spectacular as he had to leave amidst differences of opinion with Ratan Tata and JRD Tata. However they made up a few years back and Mr. Mody said in a book “all was forgotten”.

His death has been mourned by the Bengal Chamber of Commerce which said that in his death India has lost a noted industrialist and a giant of a man whose human touch endeared him to many.

No Boss like Russi Mody: A Personal Tribute

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