Monthly Archives: June 2018

Missing Sam – Paucity of Real Life Heroes today!

After the resounding success of ‘Raazi’, director Meghna Gulzar is all set to tell the story of Field Marshal Sam Manekshaw, who led the Indian Army during the Indo-Pakistan War of 1971 as Chief of the Army Staff. He was the first Indian Army officer to be promoted to the rank of Field Marshal.
Speaking about what prompted her to tell his story, Meghna told BT, “We have a severe paucity of heroes today. We don’t have any and definitely not from the real world. He was one such real-life hero. Even the slightest mention of him is held in high regard by generations who have known him. Hence, I think that subsequent generations need to know about his life. He was widely felicitated as he was one of the most decorated officers of our country, but it’s important for people to know about him today and not let a hero like him fade away in the pages of history.”

Field Marshal Sam Manekshaw

The acclaimed director adds, “What appealed to me the most about him is that he was somebody who would neither take himself or his huge accomplishments, or whatever difficulties he faced in his life seriously. He was someone who could face any situation with a smile. Even if a war was brewing, he wouldn’t snap or get frazzled. He was in complete control of the situation and a hands-on leader, who was aware of ground reality — whether it was about the logistical difficulties his most junior officers faced, concern for the jawans, their health issues or their pension. He was aware of the grass root reality, people’s strength and weaknesses. That’s what made him a great leader.”

The director also explained why the film isn’t a ‘biopic’ per se. She clarified, “I don’t even look at Raazi as a biopic, because we are not tracing the story of her life from her birth to death, in chronological order. You are looking at an event in her life. Similarly, Sam Manekshaw’s life is so vast and full that there is no way you can make a chronological biopic on him in two hours. What we are trying to do is tell the story of this man with utmost honesty, without making it sound like a historical document.”

Talking about the casting for this ambitious project, Meghna who is collaborating with Ronnie Screwvala on the film revealed, “I want to get done with the writing before I go down that road, or else I will get stuck with a name or a face and I don’t want that to influence the script.”

Maja Daruwala with her father Sam Manekshaw

Maja Daruwala, daughter of Sam Manekshaw, speaks about the film being made on her father

‘As a family, we are excited about Ronnie, Meghna and team taking on the important task of reintroducing Sam’s legacy to generations, who never had the chance to know him. His values were values that we all should carry forward. This film will play a great role in ensuring that.’

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/entertainment/hindi/bollywood/news/meghna-gulzar-we-have-a-paucity-of-heroes-today-and-sam-manekshaw-was-one-such-real-life-hero/articleshow/64749044.cms

==================

 

Field Marshal Manekshaw was loving, gracious, playful and charismatic

https://indianexpress.com/article/opinion/columns/missing-field-marshal-sam-manekshaw-5234640/


POWER OF LOVE

“Love Thy Neighbour”

We have all

Heard this before

But unfortunately

The whole world

Is engulfed in

Hatred Violence

Revenge & war!

 

To you all

I may be barking

Up a wrong tree

According to our

Prophet Zarathushtra

He must be thinking:

“How sharper than

A serpents tooth it

Is to have a thankless child”

 

Don’t be fooled

If it becomes mandatory

For a woman to

Wear a Hijab

And cover oneself

From head to toe

Be under the control

Of your men folk

24/7/365

As for men mandatory

No longer drinking and

Long  beards to grow.

 

When one realizes the

Freedom that we

Take & took for granted

Is gone and will

Never be

replaced

Do not go on

One’s bended knees

Ask for His Grace

‘Cause one day

One will realize

That one is no

Longer “A Zoroastrian”

 

Even after learning that

Our Sacred Bulls were decimated

As well some of our religious symbols

Still doesn’t seem to affect you

May be “A Parsi Peg or two”

Will awaken you

 

 

Wake up “O Learned ones”

Do not sit on your laurels

As well  those who are

Denied from practicing

Zoroastrianism

Wake up & take

Up the cudgels

Break Free

 

Choicest Happiness

 

Farida

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ZFN Webinar 2 – Financing for Higher Education for Indian Students – 24 June – 9am IST

Thanks to all those who participated in the above Webinar. Special thanks to

  1. Farrokh Mistree, L.A. Comp Chair, Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering, University of Oklahoma, Norman, Oklahoma, USA, farrokh.Mistree@ou.edu
  2. Farrokh Rustomjee, Chief Executive, R. D. Sethna Scholarship Fund, Esplanade House, 29, Hazarimal Somani Marg, Fort, Mumbai-400001, Tel: 022-22077044; Email: office@rdsethnascholarships.org Website: www.rdsethnascholarships.org
  3. Neville Shroff, The Incorporated Zoroastrian Charity Funds of Hongkong, Canton and Macao, hkzcfund@netvigator.com
  4. T J Ravishankar, J. N. Tata Endowment, Mulla House, 4thfloor, 51, Mahatma Gandhi Road, Fort, Mumbai-400001. Tel:022-66657643Email:tjravishankar@tatatrusts.org
  5. M George – Vice President, Paras Education Foundation, 4th floor, Khetan Bhavan, J. Tata Road, Churchgate, Mumbai-400020, Web: www.isloan.org  Tel: 022-22831637, Email: george@isloan.org  Mobile: 9830043381

who lucidly explained the details. All participants greatly benefited and expressed satisfaction at the takeaways from the session.

At the peak, we had 33 participants and the presentations were smooth and ran without a glitch.

For the benefit of all, here is the recording of the session :

And here is Farrokh Mistree’s presentation – ZFN_FinanceWebinar_062318

WZO Grand Patron Ambassador Jamsheed Marker passes away

21 June 2018

WZO Grand Patron and World’s longest-serving Pakistani Ambassador Jamsheed Marker passes away

WZO Grand Patron and veteran Pakistani diplomat Jamsheed Marker passed away in Karachi on 21 June 2018 in the morning.

Foreign Minister Abdullah Hussain Haroon of Pakistan, while expressing deep sorrow over the sad demise of Ambassador Jamshed K. Marker said,” Pakistan has lost a true and noble son and a brilliant icon.”

The veteran diplomat was listed in the Guinness Book of Records as having been “ambassador to more countries than any other person” .

Marker with former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan

Photo: Jamsheed Marker/ Herald

He was Pakistan’s top envoy to the United States and more than a dozen other countries for more than three decades and earned the distinction as the “world’s longest-serving ambassador”.

The Hilal-e-Imtiaz recipient was also an accomplished cricket commentator and was fluent in English, Urdu, Gujarati, French, German and Russian.

Marker with his wife

Photo: Jamsheed Marker/ Herald

He is survived by his daughter and wife.

Marker’s funeral ceremony will be held at 3:30pm in Bath Island, Karachi after which his body will be taken to the Tower of Silence in Mehmoodabad.

We at WZO offer our sincere condolences to the family.

May his soul rest in Eternal Peace in Garothman Behest and may his exemplary life inspire future generations.

Kind Regards,

Shahpur F Captain

Chairman

chairman@w-z-o.org

Medical appeal for young Zarir Daruwalla, in Bombay

Zarir Daruwalla
16, Banaji House,
N. Contractor Baug,
3rd Floor, Mori Road, Mahim,
Mumbai 400 016.

dtd:- June 12, 2018

Mobile: 9833614842
E Mail: zarir.daruwalla16@gmail.com

Dear Sir, Madam

SUB: FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE FOR MY TREATMENT

I, the undersigned, Zarir K. Daruwalla, aged 35 years, wish to put forth my case for financial assistance to enable continue with my treatment for cancer.

I was diagnosed with a high grade Type B Non-Hodgkins Lyphoma which is a type of cancer in September 2017. I was hospitalized in P.D. Hinduja Hospital & Medical Research Centre in Mumbai for 6 months for the treatment for which I had incurred a cost of Rs.13 lacs. This amount was covered through my mediclaim and with the kind support of my family and friends. In addition, to enable cover the cost, the World Zoroastrian Organization had very kindly granted a sum of Rs. One lac for the treatment.

I wish to inform you that until August 2017 I was working at J. P. Morgan Chase Pvt. Ltd. drawing a salary of Rs. 42,000per month approx. I stay with my mother who has toiled all her life in bringing me up. She was working in a small private firm and has retired two years back. Until last year I used to take care of my grandfather as well.

I have been advised further treatment to ensure it does not relapse, for which in April 2018 have incurred an expenditure of Rs.1.87 lacs (copies of bills can be sent) for various tests carried out in the P.D. Hinduja Hospital to ensure I have the fitness and immunity to undergo further treatment.The treatment recommended which would enable me live for a long time is Dendritic Cell Therapy by Dr. Jamal Khan. The cost for this treatment will be approximately Rs.4 to 5 lacs as per the estimate enclosed herewith.

Even today, I am not able to sit or stand for a long time and am very weak. As this treatment has stretched for more than nine months now, I have lost my job as well though the company was kind enough in supporting me to the extent they could to retain my job.

I have used all my savings and since I have no funds to continue with the treatment, I have out forth my case for your kind consideration. I shall be indeed indebted to you if you could kindly assist in granting financial assistance to the best extent you can, which would immensely help me continue with the treatment which would tremendously give me with the will to live and lead a normal life.

In case you require any further documents to support my case, I am most willing to do so.

I shall be grateful if you could kindly consider my case sympathetically and look forward to receiving your favourable response.

My bank particulars are:

Name: Zarir Kersi Daruwalla
Name of the bank: HDFC Bank
Account No. 50100153274264
IFSC Code: HDFC0000411
Branch: Malad (West), Mumbai
Address of the Bank: HDFC Bank, China Link, Ground Floor,
Opposite Goregaon Sports Club, Link Road,
Malad (West), Mumbai 400 064.

Thanking you, I remain,

Yours faithfully,
(Zarir Daruwalla)

Zarir doc 01

Zarir doc 02

Zarir doc 03

Noshir Dadrawala’s Contribution At ICNL

Noshir Dadrawala is known to most on our community as an eloquent speaker and a prodigious writer on religious and community related issues, or as a trustee of the Bombay Parsi Punchayet. However, few know of his professional attainments in addition to the above.

On 9th June, 2018, Noshir completed two terms of office as Director of the Board of the globally renowned International Centre for Nonprofit Law (ICNL), which is headquartered in Washington DC (USA). He was the first Indian to be appointed on this Board in June 2012 and as per ICNL’s constitution, since no Director is allowed to continue beyond two terms of three years each, in recognition of his contributions, he has been requested to continue as a member of ICNL’s Advisory Board.

ICNL works in over a hundred countries worldwide with the mission to promote an enabling environment for civil society, philanthropy and civic participation around the world. Through ICNL, Noshir has also been contributing for the last several years to the Council on Foundation’s country codes and laws which are intended to assist grant-makers and their advisors when undertaking equivalency determinations for foreign grantees under IRS Revenue Procedure.

Noshir has actively worked with ICNL on several research programs, the most recent being, ‘The Philanthropy Law Reports’, supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The report can be read online at: http://www.icnl.org/research/Philanthropy/india.html. ICNL’s President and CEO, Prof. Douglas Rutzen who teaches at Georgetown University Law Center and serves on the Advisory Board of the United Nations Democracy Fund, said, “You (Noshir) are an inspiration to me.  You’ve worked on issues of philanthropy and civil society for many years and despite challenges, you’ve retained your optimism, dedication, and constructive engagement.  It’s an honor working with you.”

Noshir has also contributed his expertise for the ‘Civic Freedom Monitor’ and his Report on India can be read at: http://www.icnl.org/research/monitor/india.html. Noshir’s country note on India can be read online at:https://www.cof.org/content/india.

ICNL’s Chairperson, Dr. Oonagh B. Breen who is also Professor of Law at the Sutherland School of Law, University College Dublin, while giving Noshir a formal farewell, referred to him as a “reliable Indian knowledge source.”

http://parsi-times.com/2018/06/noshir-dadrawalas-contribution-at-icnl/

Job Opening – Crew & Service Analyst

JOB OPENING

Company: Telemarine Pvt Ltd

125, B Wing, Pranik Chamber, Saki Vihar Road, Saki Naka, Andheri East,

Mumbai 400072

 

JOB DESCRIPTION: Crew & Service Analyst

Min Exp: Fresher

Compensation Range: 12000 to 15000 /Month

Location of Posting: Mumbai (Sakinaka)

Candidate’s Location: Mumbai

 

 

Job Summary

  • Maintain and develop a computerized vessel’s communication database.
  • Respond to and follow up on enquiries by customers and vessels.
  • Sending satellite compatible Calling cards and Call data records to the vessels by email.
  • Activate the Inmarsat SIM cards, vessel email (Skyfile Email)

Required Experience, Skills and Qualifications

 

Female Candidates Required.

Degree (BSC, BCA, BCOM, Diploma) with fluency in English.

Basic Computer knowledge (Excel, word, Email).

 

Benefits

 

Mediclaim policy will be provided.

Travel Allowance provided.

 

 

Contact Details:

 

Email: admin@tele-marine.com ; hpbanaji48@yahoo.in

Mobile: 9920688802

 

GLOBALLY SUPPORT ZARATHUSHTI PRIESTHOOD

Talk given at the 11th World Zoroastrian Congress in Perth, Australia, June 2, 2018 by Maneck Nawroji Bhujwala

Importance of Priesthood

Why do we need priests?

We all have two aspects – the physical and the spiritual. This is also reflected in the Fravahar symbol.  For meeting our physical needs, we have professionals like doctors, engineers, accountants, businessmen, etc.  And, for our spiritual needs we have priests.

Zarathushti priests have faithfully preserved the teachings of Asho Zarathushtra and his followers, and the ritual ceremonies and prayers through good and bad times for thousands of years. They have passed on their knowledge to the community at large by teaching prayers to children before their formal initiation (Navjote) and through lectures and books of scholar priests. They have performed prayer ceremonies on various occasions, including initiation, marriage, funerals, seasonal festivals (Ghahambars). They are an integral part of the Zarathushti religion and culture, and therefore it is essential to support the priesthood in order to preserve our religion for future generations.

Problems facing Priesthood

Today, we face the reality of a growing shortage of priests, both in India and globally. Even though many children of priests have undergone some level of training in order to be formally classified as Ervads, a large number of them have decided to pursue other professions or businesses which offer a much more lucrative future. As a result, there are a growing number of instances where priests are not available when needed to perform ceremonies. Even some of our consecrated temples in India are having difficulty hiring priests. In order to get priests from out of town, private families have to spend more money for transportation and lodging for the priests. This growing non-availability of local priests and the resulting reduction in Jashans performed at private homes, takes away the opportunity for children and youth to experience them, and may eventually cause community members to do without traditional prayers and ceremonies altogether.

Efforts to overcome Problems

Plans to create amelioration funds to provide better compensation for priests have not succeeded in attracting enough of the younger generation to pursue priesthood. Members of the non-priestly community are not allowed to become Ervads. A few programs for training members of the community to perform basic ritual prayers like Jashans for different occasions, with titles of Paramobeds, Mobedyars, or Behdin Pasban have faced resistance from some practicing Ervads who fear competition to their business. Considering the fact that practicing Ervads outside India have other careers and only do priestly work on an as needed part-time  basis, it is hard to understand their concern. And, some of the handful of qualified Mobedyars continue to face restrictions, exclusion, and lack of adequate recognition for their volunteering and service, which can discourage future generations of interested individuals from opting for such training and service.

What Needs to be done

We need to pursue a holistic approach, which includes improved education, compensation, and respect for full-time practicing Ervads in India, education of the Zarathushti community about the past history of priests in Iran which included qualified Behdins, and welcoming acceptance and equal respect for members of non-priestly families who wish to become priests and serve the community as a calling rather than just as a career.

For a compensation scheme that would be sufficient and continuously available to attract full time priests, we should create an endowment fund. Our High Priests and managers of our temples can help to arrive at the amount needed to be raised. One or more fund raising events should be held, at which the rich members of our community are invited, educated about the urgent need for this fund, and motivated to pledge generously.

For better education of practicing priests, which is critical for their earning the respect of our community, it should be made a requirement for ordainment of future priests, and refresher courses should be given to current priests. Collaboration between Athornan Madressas, Zoroastrian Studies, and Zarathushti scholars would help draw up the curricula and commitment of teachers.

For education of the community about the past history of priests in Iran, to justify opening up priesthood to individuals from non-priestly families who are drawn to it as a calling, there should be organized a series of lectures, articles in Parsi newspapers, magazines, and on the internet, referencing books like “The Religious Ceremonies and Customs of the Parsees” by Ervad, Shams-ul-Ulema, Dr. Sir, Jivanji Jamshedji Modi.

Conclusion

Denial about the growing shortage of practicing priests globally, and its consequences of growing difficulty for community members to get ritual prayers performed when needed for private and community events, and eventual loss of the tradition of ritual prayers over time, is contrary to our religious teachings. Asho Zarathushtra emphasized rational thinking, keeping the core values in mind, to make informed decisions about what is right and wrong. Reluctance to face changes in today’s society, is unbecoming of a progressive community that in the past has survived through adaptation to new situations. We have to be proactive before it is too late, with effective and innovative approaches to preserve Zarathushti priesthood and religion. Our community and religious leaders need to bravely put the good of the community’s future before narrow individual and group interests.

 

Roshan Khursheed Bharucha part of six member federal cabinet in Pakistan

A six-member caretaker federal cabinet appointed by interim prime minister Justice (retd) Nasirul Mulk was sworn-in on Tuesday.

President Mamnoon Hussain administered oath to the interim cabinet at the President House in Islamabad.

The cabinet includes former governor of State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) Shamshad Akhtar, former Pakistan ambassador to the United Nations Abdullah Hussain Haroon, former senator Roshan Khursheed Bharucha, Mohammad Yousuf Shaikh, Mohammad Azam Khan, and Syed Ali Zafar.

 

Roshan Khursheed Bharucha

Roshan Khursheed Bharucha served as a minister in the Balochistan Assembly between 2000 and 2002, in various departments, including those of social welfare, information, population and information technology.

Bharucha then worked as a senator between 2003 and 2005, during which she developed strategies for basic health, education and women empowerment.

 

https://www.geo.tv/latest/198053-interim-cabinet-members-take-oath-at-president-house

Financing for Higher Education for Indian Students

14th June, 2018
Zoroastrian Faculty Network
(A joint initiative of WZCC & GWG)
Financing for Higher Education for Indian Students
 
A Webinar on “Financing for Higher Education for Indian Students” (Restricted to first 20 registrants) brought to you by the Zoroastrian Faculty Network (ZFN)

Objective:
To guide students from India on the financing options available for higher education abroad and how to avail of them.

Speakers :
Farrokh Mistree, L. A. Comp Professor University of Oklahoma, Norman, Oklahoma, will explain the objectives of ZFN guiding students interested in pursuing post graduate education abroad.

Farrokh Rustomji, R. D. Sethna Scholarship Fund

Neville Shroff, Zoroastrian Charity Funds of Hongkong, Canton and Macao

T. J. Ravishankar, Tata Trusts

M. George, Paras Educational Foundation.

  • Each speaker to give actionable guidelines for students to take advantage of the resources at their disposal
  • 30 Minutes of uninterrupted presentation followed by Q&A

WhenSunday 24th June, 2018 at Indian Standard Time 9:00 am-10:00 am

Where: Your computer, laptop, tablet or web enabled mobile phone.

HowConnect to https://zoom.us/j/8487251418 from your browser at the appointed date and time. If connecting from your web enabled phone, download the Zoom App and connect to meeting no. 8487251418

Registration requests and technical queries to be sent to yazdi@on-lyne.com (+91-98922-19340)

Please spread the word to friends and family of those interested.

Register early to avoid disappointment.


Yazdi Tantra
 – WZCC Global Vice President
yazdi@on-lyne.com“Entrepreneurship is the pursuit of opportunity beyond the resources currently controlled.”

Please consider becoming a member by visiting www.wzcc.org or contacting your Region Director/Chapter Chair.

« Older Entries