Mistry’s movie memoirs


From Mumbai to Dubai to Bollywood to Hollywood by Rustom Mistry. Published in 2018 by Notion Press, Old No. 38, New No. 6, McNichols Road, Chetpet, Madras 600001. Pp: xiv + 108. Price: Rs 200.

In his memoirs entitled From Mumbai to Dubai to Bollywood to Hollywood Rustom Mistry gives a very factual account of his childhood in Bombay, his job and life in Dubai and his countless roles in Bollywood rising from a background crowd model to a character actor and finally his role in a Hollywood production.
Mistry makes it clear in his preface that this is not a work of fiction and is a truthful and honest account of his life. Some editing would have helped as what is significant for an author may not interest the reader.. There is nothing really memorable about his childhood which is narrated in too much detail and in flat prose. A resident of Malcolm Baug in Jogeshwari, he attended the St Blaise’s High School which was located near the Filmalaya Studio. Mistry devotes several pages in describing the usual childish pranks, driving his car surreptitiously while he was still underage, cycling with his friends without informing his parents, visits to the cinema hall which seem to be an obsession with Mistry since childhood. 
His next stop was Dubai where he worked successfully for several years and drove fancy cars, till he was forced to return to India as a result of the Gulf war and personal circumstances. Then follows a never-ending laundry list of all the films in which he has taken part. Often titles of films and roles he has played are merely mentioned without any anecdotes to make them interesting. Whereas it is evident that Mistry holds Bollywood actors and actresses in great awe and respect but the constant practice of following their names by “saheb” and “ji” as well as the repeated reference to him and his friends as “devils” or the strange expression, “with due respects to everyone” becomes a bit repetitive and monotonous.
The most interesting part of the memoir are the difficulties he faces as a minor actor and the demeaning and atrociously inhuman behavior meted out to him. He is called for shoots at unreasonable times, made to wait for his turn for hours. Very often he is not paid by unscrupulous coordinators and has to make repeated calls for his payment; the coordinator frequently shuts off his cellphone or does not respond to his calls. On one occasion, fairly late in his career when he is in his 60s, to get his dues, he had to wait at the bank from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. when rain was pouring and he was running a temperature; the amount, he wryly remarks, has yet to be received.
Mistry describes two similar incidents vividly and in great detail when he was shabbily treated. When a leading actor suddenly could not be present for a shoot, a coordinator called Mistry and asked, at short notice, to step in. The appointment was for noon and Mistry waited patiently to be called but none was forthcoming. Finally, when lunch was served at 2.30 p.m. on a “beautiful buffet table,” he was stopped and curtly informed that he could not eat with the other actors even though several other background crowd actors were helping themselves at the table. He was led down a narrow pathway to a spot where “the film’s miscellaneous workers, like carpenters, painters, light men, helpers, etc were already having their lunch.” Mistry went on a hunger strike and refrained from eating. On one of the occasions, Mistry went off in protest and refused to return to the set, in spite of several calls from the coordinator as well as the production team.
Compared with the chaos and disorder of Indian auditions, Mistry describes an occasion when he was called for The Letters, a Hollywood biopic on the life of St Teresa. The audition was carried out in a polite, orderly and efficient manner, there was no waiting around pointlessly doing nothing, the script and the scenario were provided to him and he was given a short time to prepare. When he did finally get the role and was called for the shoot, the foreigners were very friendly and time-schedules were strictly maintained.  “It was really an amazing, enriching experience to work with this professional and meticulously organized Hollywood team.”
It is this glimpse into the life of a small-time actor, narrated without bitterness or complaint, which makes the memoirs interesting.                   

– Firdaus Gandavia

Parsiana

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A HUMANITARIAN APPEAL FROM AUTHOR MURZBAN F. SHROFF:   


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As you know, the Kerala floods have been the worst floods experienced by humankind in the last 100 years. The floods have left 250,000 people homeless, 900 dead, and the state reeling under damages to the tune of USD 2.7 billion. It will take 5 years of consolidated effort and investment to rebuild this once-bountiful state of India. As one who has benefited amply from the loyalty and hospitality of Malayalees (the people of Kerala), who has chuckled at their ingenuity and marvelled at their intellect, I have pledged to donate the full sum of my earnings from my novel WAITING FOR JONATHAN KOSHY retailing worldwide on www.amazon.com, from today till the end of this year. Coincidentally, the novel is about a high IQ Malayali, Jonathan Koshy, who can make a difference to everyone else’s life save his own. Anyone who purchases a copy of KOSHY from an Amazon site has my assurance that my part of the royalty will, in entirety, go toward this noble cause. Do buy a copy from any of the links below and then help spread the word through your network of friends and contacts. After all, there can be no greater joy than when the power of words translate into humanitarian actions – Murzban F. Shroff, AuthorBreathless in Bombay (stories) and Waiting for Jonathan Koshy (novel).

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How this woman overcame 2 strokes at 29, ran half-marathon 10 months later


Dina Pestonji published a book about her struggles to inspire other women

A Toronto woman has written a book about her struggles with an eating disorder, recovering from a car crash and two strokes, hoping her challenges will inspire other women.

Despite having plenty of love and affection from her family, Dina Pestonji, now 35, still felt different from other girls with “pale skin and blue eyes,” according to her book, Surviving Myself.

The book explores her ensuing decade-long battle with anorexia, a near-fatal car crash and a pair of strokes that nearly crippled her.

Pestonji has gone on to give two TEDx talks and is now a motivational speaker.

Pestonji says she did not talk about her issues as a child, in part, because of her Indian heritage.

“You brush it under the rug and move on,” she told CBC’s Our Toronto. “I never really took the time to heal.”

Surviving Myself is a book about Dina Pestonji’s struggles and how she overcame them. (Lisa Xing/CBC)

Despite graduating from the University of Toronto and later earning her master’s degree at ESCP Europe Business School, as well as successfully working in the financial sector, it wasn’t until she suffered two strokes at the age of 29 and wrote about it that her worldview started to change.

2 strokes

In late 2012, Pestonji was hospitalized after she started slurring her speech, and got severe headaches and shooting pains along her entire body.

Doctors found a mass in her brain. She was in hospital for a week undergoing tests, but the physicians could not pinpoint what was wrong. Pestonji was sent home with medication.

The next day, the first day of her new job, she was hospitalized again.

Dina Pestonji suffered two strokes at the age of 29. (Provided by Dina Pestonji )

“My parents didn’t know when I would wake up,” she said. “I had to have emergency brain surgery.”

When Pestonji eventually awoke, she had lost her speech and ability to function on her right side.

“It was a month or two after when saw myself in the mirror and I remembered I had a job, a condo, everything,” she said.

“I had lost all that. That point was the worst day of my life. I’m literally starting from scratch and I need to learn the alphabet.”

Half marathon

When asked how she went from learning the alphabet and how to walk again to running a half marathon merely 10 months later, Pestonji is humble.

“I needed to be myself again and show myself I could do it,” she said.

“It was just me proving to myself I’m the same person. I had to have something to say at the end of it.”

Dina Pestonji ran a half-marathon 10 months after her strokes. (Provided by Dina Pestonji)

She credits having a loving family and friends and a team of physical therapists who pushed her.

“I was lucky to have a supportive team. I’ve never thought anything I’ve ever done is really remarkable,” she said.

“I was given a circumstance and my body and mind worked together. I’ve learned to love myself and be kind to myself which I never was before.

“I was always going after goals and goals and goals. I never took the time to stop and reflect and be thankful for what I’ve been able to accomplish. Hopefully, that inspires other women and girls to do the same.”

https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/dina-pestonji-book-stroke-eating-disorder-1.4789935

Buddy in New Zealand by Nazneen Bustani – children’s travel adventure book (animated trailer)


Kula… Kulo… Kulapa… Buddy says the magic words. It’s time for a new adventure with best friend Peggy. Join Buddy and Peggy in New Zealand as they discover new friends and new places. Meet the wise Tane Mahuta, the friendly glow worms and a Maori Chief. Enjoy the adventure!

Buy this book at https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/0957335806/ref=ox_sc_act_title_1?ie=UTF8&smid=A19ZSPME1PAISI

Cherish The Natural Feeling


ABOUT THE BOOK

In this delightful medley of short pieces, Hoshang Gustad Dastoor glides effortlessly from humorous stories, slice of life, science, philosophy and divinity, eventually to more closely contemplate the varied experiences and perceptions of a lifetime.

Dastoor’s vision is distinct – inspired by the profundity of ‘plain living, high thinking’, he has an innate capacity to explore the active principle of the Divine.

Reflecting on the diverse dramas that lurk in every corner of our lives, Dastoor invites you to view them with the essential integrity of our being, so that we do not complicate our lives with falsehood, and we Cherish the Natural Feeling more closely, as did the Mule – the anti-hero in his favourite science-fiction classic Foundation and Empire by Isaac Asimov.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Hoshang Gustaad Dastoor was born in Mumbai into a family of doctors. During his career, he worked for three leading Tata Group companies. Later and till recently, he was Director – Management Services with one of the firms in the well-known Sharp and Tannan group of auditors and management consultants. A few years ago, he developed an urge to write short stories and essays largely inspired by incidents from his own life, some of which have been included in this book. He nurtures a lifelong passion for European classical instrumental music, and used to present a monthly programme of recorded selections at the National Centre for the Performing Arts, of which he is a member. He enjoys unintentional, spontaneous humour.

PRINTED “Vividh Vani” by Meherbai Jamshedji Wadia


Dear All,

It gives me great pleasure to make available the PRINTED “Vividh Vani” by Meherbai Jamshedji Wadia.
First published in circa 1867, this mammoth cookbooks of two volumes total 1570 pages and has 2180 recipes, of traditional Parsi Indian cuisine, plus Continental Western and British Cuisines. This cookbook is an antique and many Zoroastrian Parsis hold it the dearly as an family heirloom. (including myself). My original copy is now falling apart like a cracker paper, and is kept in sealed plastic bags. Worms are probably eating away the paper! 30 years back I brought this original copy from Ahmedabad, India. It took me 6 months of work to scan these on a paper scanner, print and collate. I made a handwritten index in English so I could search recipes and then read the Gujarati text and cook for my family here in USA.
Through software and amazon services, We have managed to print the “Vividh Vani” in high quality paper . You can now own a brand-new copy of the Vividh Vani in strong paper bound books. These printed volumes are exactly the same antique and original books of Meherbai Jamshedji Wadia. They include photos and letters of the Wadia family. They are a legacy item for the parsi kom that can be preserved another 1000 years and more!
I have distributed the book as a FREE digital download for years on my website atwww.ParsiCuisine.comand now it is available in 2 four inch thick volumes. See photo (attached) and product details below.
Printed Paperback of the Ancient cooking book “Vividh Vani” by Meherbai Jamshedji Wadia
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Vividh Vani. (Volume 1): In Gujarati Language. Volume 1. by Meherbai Jamshedji Nusserwanji Wadia

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History of the Parsis


HISTORY OF THE PARSIS

including  their Manners, Customs, Religion, and present position

by

DOSABHAI FRAMJI KARAKA, C.S.I.

Presidency Magistrate and Chairman of Her Majesty’s Bench of Justices, Bombay;

Late Member of Bombay Legislative Council; Late Chairman of the Municipal Corporation and Late Sheriff of Bombay

Published in 1884

Volume I

Chapter I – Historical Sketch

Chapter II – The Zoroastrians in Persia

Chapter III – The Zoroastrians in India – their manners and customs

Chapter IV – The Zoroastrians in India – their manners and customs (continued)

Chapter V – Internal Government and Laws

Chapter VI – Education

Click Here to read Volume I

Volume II

Chapter I – Distinguished Parsis of Gujarat

Chapter II – Distinguished Parsis of Bombay

Chapter III – Zoroaster

Chapter IV – The Parsi Creed

Chapter V – Monotheism and Fire-Reverence

Chapter VI – Progress and Present Position

Click Here to read Volume II

New Book – Hello World!


Hello World! is a picture book for children and adults alike that portrays key elements of the Zoroastrian Creation Story.  It engages the hearts and minds of all readers by asking them to consider their role in the renewal of our world.  In this way, it draws a very real connection between the ancient Zoroastrian story of creation and our lives today.

 

The creation story is brought to life with prints of original water color illustrations by Gulshan Pagdiwala that rev up the imagination!  Its universal relevance in this day and age also inspire readers to consider how best to live a good life, worthy of the gifts that our world offers us.

A pre-release review of the book is available here: https://bit.ly/2ILJmU7

Product Specifications:

Full Color

Age Range: 6+

Grade Level: Grade 1 & up

Hardcover: 26 pages

Size: 8.5 x 11 x 0.25 inches

Shipping Weight: 11oz

Availability in India:

Rs. 975 plus applicable shipping/ mailing rates. Call or Whats App 91 9890149666 or 91 9892182343 to order books.

Availability in US:

$17.99 USD plus applicable shipping and taxes. Available here on amazon.com.

Available to members of FEZANA associations for $16 USD plus shipping by contacting the publisher directly at An.Inspired.World.Book@gmail.com

Availability in Canada:

$23 CDN plus applicable shipping and taxes. Available here on amazon.ca

Available to members of FEZANA associations in Canada for $21 CDN plus shipping if applicable by contacting the publisher directly at An.Inspired.World.Book@gmail.com

Availability in Australia:

$20 AUD plus shipping.  Currently sold out, but we plan to replenish our stock.  Email us at An.Inspired.World.Book@gmail.com to save on shipping costs by consolidating your order with that of others.

Availability in UK and Europe:

The book is currently unavailable in the UK and Europe.  If you would like to partner with us to make the book available in those regions, please email An.Inspired.World.Book@gmail.com

Bulk orders will receive a discount based on the quantity ordered; please email An.Inspired.World.Book@gmail.com to inquire.

About the Author and Illustrator:

The illustrator, Gulshan Pagdiwala, and the author, Shazneen Gandhi, are both Zoroastrian moms who currently live in Los Angeles.  Born and brought up in Bombay, they have encountered the challenges of instilling in their American born children a love for Zoroastrianism and their Parsi ancestry.  Both have been involved in teaching religion classes for the children of the Zoroastrian Association of California for several years.  It is their belief that this story is particularly of interest to young Zoroastrians and they have worked to bring it to light with artwork and language that their young audience can relate to. Their goal is to give every Zoroastrian family access to this book.  As first time publishers, they are grateful to several Zoroastrian organizations and individuals who have helped them to bring this book to market.  And they are gratified by the reception this book has received among Zoroastrians and non-Zoroastrians.

 

 

 

‘Zenobia Mistri, Teacher Par Excellence’


 

‘Zenobia Mistri: Teacher par Excellence’ by Shireen Isal is available

Online at www.Amazon.co.uk (£5.99 + postage)

Link:  https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/1527220001/ref=olp_product_details?_encoding=UTF8&me=

In the Parsiana bookshop in Mumbai, India (Rs.399/-)

(K. K. (Navsari) Chambers, Ground Floor, (Opp. St. Cathedral School side entrance) 39B, Amrit Keshav Nayak Road, Fort,
Mumbai 400001. India. Tel: +91-22-2207 8104 * +91-22-2207 7543 * +91-22-2207 2624)

Online at www.parsiana.com (Rs.399/- + postage)

Link: http://www.parsiana.com/bookclub/book-club.aspx

For North America readers: online at www.fezana.org

A young girl, with gritty determination, pursues her college education in Bombay (now Mumbai), then goes on to successfully obtain her doctorate from the prestigious Sorbonne University in Paris, France – not a given in the Bombay of the 1920s and 30s, when most girls were destined to a life of domesticity – thereby defying social conventions of the time!  On her return to Bombay, she, in turn, offers the gift of education to women aspiring to a better life.  Through teaching – her profession of choice from an early age – she acquires something loftier: the power to transform lives, to enhance the independence and self-esteem of young aspirants, rich and poor alike, through learning.

Thus did Zenobia Mistri (née Bamboat) not only pursue an exceptional path all her own but went on to become one of the most iconic teachers of French language and literature in twentieth century Bombay.  Over a period spanning fifty years, scores of her students benefited from her brilliant grasp of the language and her unique ability to teach it.  Her generosity of spirit and commitment to her work touched many hearts.  Through teaching, Zenobia found her own voice which she used to brilliant effect.  In revealing the merits of the language and its poetic beauty, she became a link between east and west, India and France, creating a powerful legacy and proving a unique ambassador for that country.

FEEDBACK:

‘A vivid and sensitive portrait of the aspirations and possibilities as reflected in the spirit of Zenobia Bamboat Mistri, a talented young woman from a Parsi family in Karachi; her inspiring  search for an intimacy with French language and literature; her unwavering commitment to family and friends; and the art of making teaching a compelling experience several times a day. The author has portrayed all this with economy, grace and warmth.’

HOMI K. BHABHA
Anne F. Rothenberg Professor of the Humanities, Department of English
Director, Mahindra Humanities Center
Senior Advisor on the Humanities to the President and Provost
Harvard University

‘For the monumental work you have accomplished with so much love and care and hours of hard work, our deepest appreciation.’

Mehroo Golvala and Gool Mistri, grandchildren of Pirosha and Zenobia Mistri, Mumbai, India

‘What an extensively researched and vivid account of Zenobia’s life.  And how perfectly placed you are to have written it!  Enjoyed the easy and fluid read.  Am sure her spirit rejoices at this publication!’

Yasmin Stafford, student of Zenobia Mistri, Mumbai, India

‘I bow to you. The book is more precious than a Rembrandt.’

Neville Golvala, great grandson of Pirosha and Zenobia Mistri, USA

‘I have already dipped into it and it promises to be fascinating both because of the Karachi connection as well as the link Zenobia forged between India and France, Bombay and Paris and which you now embody.’

Kairas Kabraji, Karachi, Pakistan

‘Ton hommage à Zénobia est remarquable, bien écrit, bien documenté.  Un bel hommage et un vrai travail de recherches. Bravo!’

Geneviève Pascaud Bécane, auteur, Paris, France

‘It’s a true labour of love on your part.  And it takes lots of painstaking research lovingly pieced together to produce it.’

Alaknanda Samarth, actor, London, UK

‘I didn’t know her, and yet you have brought her to life in a way that the reader can actually evoke her from your descriptions. You have also created a picture of her times and the Parsi community in that day…the language is very readable.’

Meher Pocha, London, UK

Zenobia in Paris in the early nineteen thirties

Photo (detail): Collège de France.  Institut d’études indiennes, Rapport d’activités de lCI 1932-1933, Page 5.

(Collège de France, Institute of Indian studies, ICI Activity Report 1932-1933, Page 5)

Shireen Isal

Association Sargam

52 Peterborough Road, London SW6 3EB. UK. Tel:+44(0)7958.312548

E-mail: shireen@associationsargam.com – www.associationsargam.com