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‘You are never too old to set another goal or to dream a new dream!’ 

The above quote may have been said by the British scholar and novelist – C.S. Lewis, but no one can prove it better than the maverick photographer turned actor – Boman Irani, who made his Bollywood debut at the age of 44 and made a mark for himself with his excellent comic timing and signature style of acting.

“If there is passion in your heart and fire in your belly there is no one who can stop you from moving forward,” says the Housefull 3 actor, who has done everything in his life with complete passion and honesty, be it acting in front of the camera, capturing photographs through his lenses or waiting tables at The Taj Mahal Palace Hotel as a waiter.

Yeah, today Boman Irani may be one of the most sought after actor who is known for his versatility and brilliant performances in films like Munnabhai M.B.B.SKhosla Ka Ghosla3 Idiots etc., but there was a time when this successful actor worked as a waiter and even sat in his ancestral shop selling chips.

“As a kid I had a speech defect, I had a lisp, I used to actually talk like my character Virus from 3 Idiots. To make matters worse I was dyslexic, who was not good at academics. People used to call me Boman the duffer. So I decided to do a course to be a waiter and joined The Taj Mahal Palace Hotel as a waiter. I worked there for 2 years and put my heart in it. My granny used to say – ‘gali ka mochi bano, toh bhi sabse acha mochi bano’, basically be the best in anything you do and that has stayed with me always,” says Boman.

However, Boman was not destined to be a waiter forever. His mother met with an accident and Boman had to take over his family shop. “I started sitting in our shop. I sat in the shop for over 14 years. It was a long time. So imagine sitting in a shop and saying to myself that I think I am a creative person, I think I need to do something with my ability to either writer, or to understand, or to put down words, or to breakdown a screenplay and understand it…I think I am passionate about all that. Actually, I was a student of cinema since I was 12-years-old. As a kid my mom used to encourage me to see films every day, over and over again. She told me to observe cinematography, acting, music, camera movements, lyrics, lightening… everything. I used to watch movies 30 to 40 times at Alexander theater, so I was passionate about cinema. So what do I do? At 32 nobody was making me an actor because that’s a funny age, you are neither too young nor too old to play characters. So what’s the next best thing to do? I bought a camera from the money that I had saved from the tips I got at Taj as a waiter and decided to become a photographer,” reveals Boman.

He juggled his photography career along with managing the shop and actually succeeded in turning his passion into a paycheck. Initially, Boman made about 25 rupees per picture but soon his go-getting attitude and talent coupled with his passion for succeeding helped him to make 300 dollars per picture. He recalls, “I needed to do something creatively and photography was my outlet. I started with sports photography, my pictures were getting composed pretty well and I used to make about 25 – 30 rupees per picture. I said this is a great outlet, if I can make a profession out of this, then I will be a happy creative soul. That happened too, I bagged my first big project as an official photographer for The World Cup of Boxing that was happening in Mumbai. Then I did some pictures for an international client, for which I got 900 dollars, 300 dollars for each picture. I was thrilled. I was finally a professional photographer.”

And though Boman was content to have found some creative outlet, he wasn’t afraid to experiment further as he says, “One day while I was doing a portfolio for Shiamak Davar, he told me that I need to be on stage. I was like why not, chalo karte hai. He took me to theater thespian Alyque Padamsee, who told me I had no talent. However, Shiamak coaxed him to take me and I did a small role of a pimp in a play called Roshni. The show was a disaster but the press talked about me. Then I did another play and another play and another play… and then suddenly I became a theater actor with successful plays. I started getting film offers but I said no to a lot of movies and a lot of television work. Then one fine day Vinod Chopra, who had seen an experimental film I had done – Let’s Talk, called me. He gave me a cheque for 2 lakh rupees saying he would like to block my dates for the next year. I humbly thanked him and returned the cheque. Six months later, he called me again for Munnabhai M.B.B.S, I turned down the offer. Few days later he again called me and insisted that I meet Raju Hirani. I was hesitant to meet him, but I still went. I was planning to finish that meeting in 20 minutes but I ended up spending 8 hours with Raju that day, and by the end of our meeting I said yes to play Dr. Asthana.”

The rest we all know is history. And while today Boman has a very successful career, the man hasn’t stopped dreaming. Recently he voiced his desire to direct a film someday. “I don’t want to keep anything unfulfilled in my life, so I will try it.”

Well, like he says — If there is passion in your heart and fire in your belly there is nothing that’s going to stop you, right Mr. Irani?

Image Credits: cochintalkies, magnamags, indiatvnews, talkingmoviez, parsikhabar

By Shweta Kulkarni

Zubin Karkaria named Global Game Changer in UK

Zubin Karkaria, founder and CEO of VFS Global, was presented with the honour by Commonwealth Secretary General Patricia Scotland at the Indian Awards event held in the UK Houses of Parliament complex this week.

A leading Indian entrepreneur who heads the world’s largest outsourcing and technology services specialist for governments and diplomatic missions has been named a Global Game Changer at an awards ceremony in London. Zubin Karkaria, founder and CEO of VFS Global, was presented with the honour by Commonwealth Secretary General Patricia Scotland at the Indian Awards event held in the UK Houses of Parliament complex this week.

“While VFS Global has been working with UK Visas and Immigration since 2003 in supporting their vision and agenda across the world, I would also like to acknowledge the role of the travel industry in the continuous development of UK-India relations,” said Karkaria.

“Driving business excellence through continuous innovation and the highest levels of customer service have been at the core of VFS Global’s philosophy ever since we launched our company in 2001, and prestigious awards such as this one keep us motivated in our quest to constantly raise the bar,” said the CEO, who divides his time between Dubai, India and Europe.

The Indian Awards are organised annually by the India Business Group (IBG) advisory and consultancy. Its Global Game Changer honour acknowledges an individual, based anywhere in the world, for their outstanding contribution to globalising India in any particular field.

Lord Karan F Bilimoria CBE likely to be next CBI chair

We in the ZTFE are delighted to read in The Guardian, FT and other papers on Sunday 27th May 2019, that our patron Lord Karan F Bilimoria CBE DL will be appointed the next Vice President of the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) on 18th June, and next year he will be confirmed as its President. You will agree that it is a huge honour to lead the main apex organisation of UK business and industry.

In his career, Lord Bilimoria has won many firsts and we in the ZTFE and the world wide Zoroastrian community are extremely proud of his achievements. In the last 10 years he has emerged as one of the authentic voices of business in the UK. Lord Bilimoria’s speeches and writings have always attracted attention and comment and now he will be in a position to make a big contribution to the UK economy.Let us raise our bottles of Cobra Beer and covey our heartiest congratulations to Lord Bilimoria.
Yours sincerely

Dorab E Mistry

Global Working Group Representative

Zoroastrian Trust Funds of Europe (Incorporated)

Next CBI chair likely to be Cobra beer founder KaranBilimoria

Angela MonaghanSun 26 May 2019Lord Bilimoria is vocal remain supporter but says his view is ‘completely separate’ to role

The founder of Cobra beer, Karan Bilimoria, is being lined up to be the next president of the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) at a crucial time for the business lobby group as Britain prepares to leave the EU.

Lord Bilimoria, a vocal remain supporter and a campaigner for a second referendum, became the frontrunner to succeed the Tesco chairman, John Allan, as president after the group said he would stand for election as its vice-president at its annual meeting on 18 June.

The CBI confirmed that tradition would suggest Bilimoria’s appointment as vice-president makes him the most likely candidate to take over when Allen’s two-year term ends next summer.

Bilimoria, an independent cross-bench peer, turned Cobra beer into a household name after founding it in 1989 and remains its chairman. He was also the founding chairman of the UK-India Business Council.

“I’m very much looking forward to the role,” he said. “These are very challenging times for the country, the economy, and for British business, and the CBI has a crucial role to play. I’m looking forward to contributing.”

Bilimoria has previously compared the Brexit process to “watching a train crash in slow motion” and campaigned for a second referendumwith the Business for a People’s Vote group.

He said on Sunday his personal view on Brexit was “completely separate” and that he would be aligned with the CBI as an organisation.

He added: “I want a resolution to this in a way that would be good for the UK and for British business.”

A CBI spokesman said: “Lord Bilimoria’s views on whether there should be a second referendum are well known, yet the CBI’s position is unchanged. Passing a withdrawal agreement is the only way to avoid a damaging no-deal scenario and secure a transition period, creating much-needed breathing space for firms of all sizes.

“Failure to break the deadlock – by all politicians compromising to find a deal that commands a majority in parliament, [that] is acceptable to the EU and protects our economy – means the clamour for a general election or a second referendum will grow.”

If elected next month as vice-president, Bilimoria will replace the CBI’s current vice-president, Paul Drechsler, when he steps down at the end of his one-year term. Drechsler was CBI president before Allan, and if tradition is followed, Allan will become vice-president once Bilimoria is confirmed as president next year.

Carolyn Fairbairn, the CBI director-general, thanked Drechsler for his contribution and said Bilimoria’s wealth of business experience would prove invaluable for the organisation’s 190,000 members at a critical time for the country.“Lord Bilamoria has had a remarkable career in British business, during which he has built a deep understanding what it takes to build a successful company,” Fairbairn said. 
The CBI president is a non-executive role that chairs the group’s board and helps to shape the organisation’s policy decisions.

Congratulations to Lord Karan for the prestigious post he will be holding. Makes our community proud.God bless him in all his endeavours.

Rohinton (Ron) Minoo Kalifa OBE, appointed Non Executive Director to the Court of The Bank of England

You will be delighted to learn that our very own ZTFE Life Member Mr Rohinton (Ron) Minoo Kalifa OBE, was appointed by Chancellor Philip Hammond on Friday 31st May 2019, to the Court of The Bank of England as a Non Executive Director.  

Chancellor announces Bank of England appointments

Chancellor announces Bank of England appointmentsThe Chancellor today (31 May) announced one reappointment and three new appointments at the Bank of England.

Yours sincerely

Malcolm M Deboo

67-year-old Mumbai resident makes water from thin air

Dhobi Talao resident Meher Bhandara on launching a pioneering technology that makes water out of air

Meher Bhandara with the home unit. Pics/Sayyed Sameer Abedi

Twenty-five years ago, when Meher Bhandara was told by an astrologer that she’s likely to enter a profession that would involve water, she didn’t think much of it. “Since I was part of the travel and tourism industry, I assumed it might be about beach resorts or cruises,” says Bhandara, whose grandfather founded Jeena Tours and Travels, the country’s first Indian-owned travel agency. Little did the 67-year-old know, that she would eventually helm a pioneering project that involves making water from thin air.

Why Humidity Matters

Bhandara is one of the founders of WaterMaker (India) Pvt Ltd, a company that manufactures atmospheric water generators (AWG). The technology uses optimised dehumidification techniques to extract and condense moisture in the air to produce purified drinking water. While the concept may sound esoteric, the usage is fairly simple. They essentially plug and play machines that provide safe drinking water. “All it requires is electricity to condense, collect, filter and dispense water,” she explains. Given its reliance on moisture, the machine functions best in coastal areas that are hot and humid. The greater the humidity, the better the output. “When we first participated at the Water Asia Expo in 2005 with a 500 litre AWG, visitors were amazed to see water being created out of air. They checked all nooks to find hidden pipe connections,” she laughs.

WaterMaker machine installed at a public study at Cooperage

WaterMaker machine installed at a public study at Cooperage

In 2009, Bhandara set up a 1,000-litre machine in Jalimudi village in Andhra Pradesh for its 500 inhabitants. It became the world’s first rural atmospheric water installation. In Mumbai, it has been installed as a CSR project for an insurance company at a public study centre at Cooperage. “A lot of students throng the space because it’s quiet corner to study and they felt it would help to have free, drinking water handy,” she says. Considering students can be a tad too curious and tinker with buttons, the machine remains locked with only the tap accessible. Over the years, many companies have used the machines for their CSR projects in urban and rural India.

Inventor Who Made It Possible

It was in 2004 that Bhandara and her family first came across the technology. “My brother got talking to Dan Zimmerman, a co-passenger at JFK airport in New York, who mentioned that he was an inventor and had developed these machines that could make water from air, but didn’t know what to do next. Naturally, he was intrigued and felt India could truly do with machines such as these,” she says. The family then decided to collaborate with him and manufacture and sell AWGs in India. For a person who gawked at geeks, Bhandara had to learnt the technology from scratch. “I’m an arts and humanities person. So it was a challenge to acquaint myself with how this works,” she says.

Today, she is so well versed with the technology, that she has helped create smaller, soon-to-be launched home models. These can produce 25 litres in 24 hours. While all water filters need to be replaced every six months, the UV lamps can be replaced once a year. “Cleaning the air filter depends on the ambient air quality. You should check it twice a month.” The home units currently cost R45,000. “It is steep. Once we increase volumes, prices will decrease.” Funding for the
projects come from companies, NGOs, and philanthropists. “We take water for granted. But there are so many who are deprived of it. The initiative is our way of contributing to society.”

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Anju Maskeri

This Self-Made Millionaire’s Story Will FIRE YOU UP

For the latest and today’s episode, we have another crazy motivational and inspirational stories. This episode is another one of the Indian startups and an Indian entrepreneur story. On “The Ranveer Show”, we have an Indian businessman interview – Jimmy Mistry. This interview with Indian business leaders will tell you the business story of the Indian Businessman, who is also an Indian crorepati.

This Indian millionaire is the owner of Della Adventure and Della Tecnica Architects. Della Tecnica is the brainchild of Jimmy Mistry Architect.

This interview with Indian business leaders will tell you the business story of the Indian Businessman, who is also an Indian crorepati. This Indian millionaire is the owner of Della Adventure and Della Tecnica Architects. Della Tecnica is the brainchild of Jimmy Mistry Architect. This success story is all about Jimmy Mistry Della and narrates the Della and Jim story on how Della Adventures came into existence. Jimmy Mistry interview is a true motivation video and inspiration of how this Della started from being a mechanic to owning a multi-million dollar business and empire. He started at the age of 19 and is still hustling as he looks at growing the business and expanding his business.

This success story is all about Jimmy Mistry Della and narrates the Della and Jim story on how Della Adventures came into existence. Jimmy Mistry interview with Ranveer Allahbadia from BeerBiceps, it is a true motivation video and inspiration of how this Della started from being a mechanic to owning a multi-million dollar business and empire. He started at the age of 19 and is still hustling as he looks at growing the business and expanding his business. I am hoping that this motivational video provides the necessary motivation for understanding how facing failure leads to success. Keep going, guys! Never give up!

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Farida Sohrabji, Neuroscientist, Director of Women’s Health at Texas A&M University

Alzheimer’s Is a Women’s Rights Issue: Panelists at SXSW Featuring Indian American Neuroscientist Farida Sohrabji

The diagnosis and treatment of Alzheimer’s is a fundamental women’s rights issue, said panelists at a March 8 South by Southwest Conference event in Austin, Texas on International Women’s Day.


The panelists included Indian American neuroscientist Farida Sohrabji, director of the women’s health in neuroscience program at Texas A&M University’s College of Medicine; Maria Shriver, founder of the Women’s Alzheimer’s Movement; and Broadway star Alexandra Socha. Journalist Ashley Ford of Buzzfeed News moderated the lively discussion.

Alzheimer’s disproportionately affects women; two-thirds of people suffering from the ailment are females. Caring for a family member stricken with Alzheimer’s tends to fall primarily on women’s shoulders, noted the speakers.

More than 5.8 million Americans currently have Alzheimer’s, according to the Alzheimer’s Association. In India, more than four million people live with some form of dementia, according to the organization.

“The stigma of Alzheimer’s has created a bigger problem than what would have otherwise been a more careful, societal way of addressing the disease,” said Sohrabji. She noted that as women lose their ability to recognize family members or the functionality of familiar objects, they become embarrassed because of the stigma associated with dementia, and retreat into themselves, often also becoming depressed.

“Depression should be taken very seriously. It should be brought up with your doctor at any age, and it should be considered as an illness by itself or a precursor to Alzheimer’s,” asserted Sohrabji.

In an interview with India-West following the panel discussion, Sohrabji said that there are very interesting cultural differences in the diagnosis and care and treatment of Alzheimer’s and dementia in India compared to the U.S. The joint family structure allows elderly ailing members to go undiagnosed without much concern.

“Quirks are seen with much more indulgence,” she said.

The joint family structure, with its daily social engagements, is a key factor in managing dementia-related diseases such as Alzheimer’s, explained Sohrabji, noting that simply eating regularly with family and friends can promote healthy aging. She lauded Indian American community organizations such as the India Community Center in Milpitas, Calif., which brings together seniors on an almost-daily basis for lunch, discussions and activities.

Paranoia, along with depression, is also a precursor to dementia, said Sohrabji, noting that family members will start to say alarming things, such as: “People aren’t on my side. They’re all out to get me.”

“Since there is no cure for Alzheimer’s disease right now, a lot of our focus is on lifestyle changes that can stave of the onset of Alzheimer’s such as a diet low in fat and sugar, as well as regular exercise,” said Sohrabji, noting that exercise improves blood flow, and builds proteins that protect brain cells.

Shriver said onstage at SXSW that she was proud to join the panelists in the discussion on International Women’s Day. “Our minds and our voices are our biggest assets. Alzheimer’s is robbing women of both,” she said, adding that women must be strong advocates for both their mental and physical health.

Women don’t get the health assessments they need, said Shriver, stating that their concerns lie more with the health of their families rather than their own well-being. “Don’t put your own health on the back burner,” she urged, adding that doctors also need to be educated.

“Alzheimer’s is 20 years in the making. What you do now affects your brain health in the future,” said Shriver.

Socha, whose mother was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s at age 50 and died from the disease two years ago at age 66, said Alzheimer’s is a “full family disease,” with caregivers, primarily women, halting their own lives to give their ailing loved ones’ full time care.

The entire discussion can be viewed here:

Ad Age Rising Stars: Delna Shroff

Delna Shroff, who comes from a family of engineers, was stubborn about the fact that she did not want to be one. She started her journey in advertising five years ago. ‘Dil mein always kuch-kuch hota hai,’ she says, as her eyes reflect her love for advertising. This embarked her transition into the creative world and since then, she has worked with brands like Rotimatic, IDBI Federal Life Insurance, Future Group’s Ezone.

Whether it’s banner copies or full-fledged campaigns, she thinks, being passionately Parsi guarantees that her writing always comes from the heart. She stepped into this mad universe by interning with L&K Saatchi & Saatchi and now she is the Creative Supervisor of Copy at the agency.

Speaking about her favourite campaign, she said, “Axis Active Fitness Band will always be close to my heart, despite delving into the one topic that’s farthest from it – fitness.”

Courtesy : Parsi Khabar

Pervin Taleyarkhan, ’13, Received Honor from American Bar Association

IU McKinney alumna Pervin Taleyarkhan has received an award from the American Bar Association’s Section of Intellectual Property Law. She received the honor in “Recognition for Outstanding Leadership Contribution” on April 10 during the section’s annual spring conference. The event took place in Arlington, Virginia.

Taleyarkhan is Legal Counsel for Whirlpool Corporation in Benton Harbor, Michigan. She serves on the Board of Editors for the ABA Journal, and is a Young Lawyer Fellow for the Section on Intellectual Property Law. She also serves as an assistant issue editor for Landslide, the publication for the ABA’s Section of Intellectual Property Law. She was editor-in-chief of the Indiana Health Law Review while a student at IU McKinney.

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