Monthly Archives: June 2014

Mumbai Samachar: Going strong at 192

On July 1, Mumbai Samachar, the city’s second most circulated Gujarati paper, will reaffirm its position as the oldest surviving newspaper in Asia.

When copies of the Mumbai Samachar (MS) hit the stands on July 1, the newspaper will be making history rather than just recording it. At 192 years and running, it will reaffirm its position as the oldest surviving newspaper in Asia.

Despite being one of the costliest newspapers in Mumbai, it is the second most circulated Gujarati language paper in the city. It sells two lakh copies every day, of which 1.1 lakh are distributed in Mumbai.

Born a weekly in 1822, it became a daily in 1832. Resource crunch forced it to turn bi-weekly in 1833 but it was back on the daily route in 1855 — and has remained so till date.

In an age when traditional newspapers are under pressure to shift to digital-only editions, what keeps MS kicking? “I would say our credibility,” said Nilesh Dave, the Editor.

“Though we are reading a lot online, I feel we haven’t yet adapted to the culture of reading whole newspapers online. People still depend on newspapers for depth. Newspapers have the time to verify the credibility of the news,” said Mr. Dave. These tweet eras are just five-year trends. In the long history of this paper many such trends have come and gone. In the end, a paper survives on its strengths, the basics and credibility,” he added.

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Billionaire NRI Dadi Balsara no more

Billionaire NRI Dadi Balsara found dead in his Taj room

One of the richest NRIs from Singapore, 71-year-old Dadi Balsara, who had been living in a suite of Taj Mansingh Hotel, died late Wednesday. Prima facie, it appears that he had suffered cardiac arrest, though the Delhi Police has kept the body for the postmortem to ascertain the exact cause of death.

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A Short History Of The Parsi Community In India

Here’s a look at how they landed in India, and managed to flourish while creating a deep respect and adoration in the hearts of Indians. Gangadharan Menon has interacted with his several Parsi friends and traveled to their historically important sites to recreate their history in words and photographs.

The ship that carried them was soon enveloped in a massive storm. The ship was rocked but not their faith. They prayed till the storm passed. And suddenly they discovered that they were washed ashore on the welcome shores of Nargol in Gujarat.

Legend has it that their leader, a Dastur, or a Parsi Priest, led his people to the durbar of the king of Sanjan named Jadhav Rana. When the Dastur requested permission for his people to settle down in Sanjan, the king asked for an empty vessel and some milk. Then, in full view of all those present, poured the milk into the vessel till it was full to the brim. And gave it to the Dastur, as if to mean that there is no place in the kingdom to accommodate Dastur’s people. The Dastur took the vessel of milk in his hand, sprinkled sugar into it, gave it back to the king, and smiled. The vessel didn’t spill over but had become sweeter! The king was so impressed with this brilliant metaphor that he gave them permission to settle down in Sanjan. And thus began one of the greatest integrations of two communities ever witnessed in the world.

See more at : http://www.thebetterindia.com/6785/tbi-specials-the-welcome-shores-of-nargol-a-history-of-the-parsi-community-in-india

FEZANA Academic Scholarships (2014-2015)

FEZANA ACADEMIC SCHOLARSHIPS (2014-2015)

Applications Due August 1, 2014

Applications are invited for the

SIX FEZANA ACADEMIC SCHOLARSHIPS

AND

MEHRABAN AND MORVORID KHERADI (MMK) ENDOWMENT SCHOLARSHIP

FOR ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE – THE FEZANA SCHOLAR.

FEZANA  25th ANNIVERSARY  ENDOWMENT SCHOLARSHIP

MORVORID GUIV ENDOWMENT SCHOLARSHIP

PURVEZ AND ABAN RUSTOMJI ENDOWMENT SCHOLARSHIP

BANOOBAI AND MANECKSHAW KAPADIA (BMK) ENDOWMENT SCHOLARSHIP

All scholarships are open to Zarathushti students who have obtained admission for attendance at institutions of higher learning (accredited degree-granting colleges or universities) in USA or Canada.

Scholarships for the academic year 2014-2015 will be awarded in September 2014.

Application forms are available from the FEZANA website at www.fezana.org

or from Dr Dolly Dastoor (dollydastoor(@)sympatico.ca)

Completed application forms should be sent electronically by August 1, 2014to  academicscholarship(@)fezana.org

FOR MORE DETAILED INFORMATION ON EACH SCHOLARSHIP SEE FEZANA JOURNAL SPRING 2014