Dr. Cyrus Hirjeebadin winner of RMS Medal Series 2018


Dr. Cyrus Hirjeebadin, is the winner of this prestigious award. He is a professor at MIT.

After a difficult decision-making process, the RMS is proud to announce the winners for 2018, spanning all microscopy techniques and applications.

A new series of Medals was launched by Royal Microscopical Society in 2014 to coincide with its 175th anniversary. The series is designed to recognise and celebrate individuals who make outstanding contributions to the field of microscopy across both the life and physical sciences.

RMS Medal for Scanning Probe Microscopy : for outstanding progress made in the field of scanning probe microscopy

Dr Cyrus F. Hirjibehedin, University College London

Cyrus F. Hirjibehedin has made outstanding contributions to the field of scanning probe microscopy (SPM) through his study of atomic-scale quantum nanostructures, revealing new insights into low-dimensional systems. As a Professor of Physics, Chemistry, and Nanotechnology at University College London (UCL), Dr Hirjibehedin applied SPM techniques to study how the local environment affects the properties of quantum nanostructures at the atomic scale. Results from his group are at the forefront of using SPM to study quantum phenomena at the interfaces of atomic layered materials, including novel Dirac materials like silicene as well as thin, polar insulators like copper nitride and sodium chloride. In recent papers in Nature Nanotechnology and Nature Communications, his group has explored how electronic coupling mediated by atomically thin insulators or molecular ligands can be used to tune the properties of a quantum spin system, enable novel forms of charge and spin transport (like magnetoresistance) through an atomic or molecular spin, and even induce bistable polarization in atomically-thin layers of rock salt. Dr Hirjibehedin has also applied SPM techniques to gain new insights on low dimensional systems, ranging from defects in traditional semiconductors like silicon to novel layered materials like graphene and silicene, including recent work published in Advanced Materials showing that silicene domain boundaries are a novel template for molecular assembly. Very recently, Dr Hirjibehedin has moved from UCL, while retaining an Honorary Professorship, to join the Quantum Information and Integrated Nanosystems group to apply his expertise in the field of quantum computing.

The work that Dr Hirjibehedin has done at UCL built on his experience as a post-doctoral research assistant in the group of Dr Don Eigler and Dr Andreas Heinrich at the IBM Almaden Research Center. There, Dr Hirjibehedin pioneered the application of SPM to create spin systems with atomic precision and to perform inelastic electron tunnelling spectroscopy on them. This powerful way of accessing collective, low-energy spin excitations in artificially engineered nanostructures has revolutionised scanning probe studies of magnetism. Today, many world-leading groups utilise this uniquely powerful spectroscopic technique that is analogous to electron spin resonance yet applicable with single atom resolution – work that has received over 1000 citations – to study a broad range of quantum magnetic phenomena. At IBM, Dr Hirjibehedin also contributed to outstanding progress in the development of combined scanning tunnelling microscopy (STM) and atomic force microscopy (AFM) studies of atomic manipulation that directly measured the force needed to move an individual atom across a surface.

Internationally recognised as a leader in the SPM community, Dr Hirjibehedin has given invited talks at 58 conferences, including 2 plenary and 4 semi-plenary/keynote talks, as well as 89 invited seminars, including 10 colloquia, at universities, government research laboratories, and private companies around the world; he is also a member of the Programme Committee for the 2018 International Conference on Nanoscience + Technology (ICN+T), one of the preeminent conferences in the fields of scanning probe microscopy as well as nanoscience and nanotechnology. In the last few years, Dr Hirjibehedin has written “News & Views” articles in Nature Physics and Nature Nanotechnology to provide insights and perspectives on new work in the field of spinsensitive SPM, and was the guest co-editor for a special section in the Journal of Physics: Condensed Matter highlighting recent advances in SPM. From 2010-2017, he also served on the Scientific Committee for the Advanced Microscopy Laboratory in Zaragoza, Spain, providing external advice for their SPM group.

Dr Hirjibehedin has played a leading role in both the development of SPM techniques for the fabrication and spectroscopy of atomic-scale electronic and magnetic systems as well as in advancing the understanding of quantum nanostructures.

https://www.rms.org.uk/study-read/news-listing-page/rms-medal-series-2018-winners-announced.html

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Eminent Parsi botanists


The Marathi Vigyan Parishad has brought out a booklet titled 100 Botanists (in Marathi) listing the achievements of Indian botanists of eminence who have contributed substantially for the advancement of knowledge.

Among these 100, figure six Parsi botanists.

Prof F. R. Bharucha, director, Institute of Science, Bombay and pioneer ecologist of India;

Prof Jamshedji Chenoy, economic botanist and plant physiologist at the Indian Agriculture  Research Institute, Delhi and later at Gujarat University, Ahmedabad;

Dr Ardeshir Damania, currently at the University of California, Davis. His research speciality  is genetic resources;

Prof Rustomji Dastur is best known for his path-breaking research on cotton crops;

Dr Nariman Irani of St Xavier’s College Bombay figures for his noteworthy work on flora;

Dr V. M. Meher-Homji, research director at the French Institute of Scientific Research and honorary dean, School of Ecology, Pondicherry University, for his research on forests and distribution of species.                           

BORNA JARIWALA

Parsiana – 21-Jul-2018

Ms. Bachi Daruwala


“I can and I will”– Here’s the story of a woman who believed that nothing was impossible if one had put his or heart to it. She’ll remain an inspiration to generations of hospitality professionals for her exceptional work and life.  If ever there was a woman in the hospitality industry who consistently re-created herself and pushed towards excellence; it would be Ms. Bachi Daruwala (1932-1988) who dedicated decades of her professional life to the Taj, empowering herself and others by creating opportunities for growth.

She started as an executive secretary at the Taj Hotels and was among the first to push the profession, one predominantly held by women stuck in a back office, into the limelight. She not only represented the secretaries at Taj but in fact all secretaries in India at the Asian Conference of Professional Secretaries in the Philippines in 1976. She brought clout and prominence to the role played by secretaries in the smooth functioning of the industry.

She soon realized how skilled she was at public relations and created a role for herself as VIP Coordinator. She was the iconic first face many dignitaries and celebrities from around the globe met and interacted with when they arrived at the Taj. She re-invented what came to be known as the Taj Touch or the white glove experience that was synonymous with Taj hospitality.

Ms. Daruwala knew right from the start that if the entire organization was to continue to provide service that went above-and-beyond, everyone in the organization needed to be trained with an eye towards detailed and meticulous service. She once again switched roles and took on the task of leading the company’s training and development.In this capacity, she lead regular training seminars and hands-on sessions for all staff — from perfection in making a well-folded bed to bringing in top chefs from around the world to collaborate with kitchen staff. She introduced the professional staff and executives at Taj to a variety of organizational behavior and development concepts and paved the way for excellence in management.It is said that the mind once stretched by a new idea never returns to its original dimensions. She was among the most forward-thinking and gutsy women in the industry. Liked by many and respected by all, she lead the way for so many women and men at the hotel to find their path, shine, and succeed in their chosen endeavours. She was truly exceptional and loved by all.

Ms. Zaver Sepoy who worked with her says, “I had the honour of working with Ms. Daruwala who was a wonderful human being. So kind yet so much in command, I can see those qualities in her children and I can say that she’d have been proud to see them.” Her work and dedication was missed at the Taj.

Ms. Vandana Rajan another colleague of hers adds, “I was truly fortunate to have started my career working with Bachi and I learnt a lot from her. Even now I try to practice her work ethics in the way I handle my work and to this day I am still in awe of her efficiency. Bachi was an amazing person”.

The Early Life

Bachi Burjorji Batliwala was born to Mrs. Pilu and Mr. Burjorji Batliwala. She did her schooling from the Dastur School in Poona. She was a Girl Guide during her school days, was selected to go to Delhi to participate in an Independence Day parade.  She was also chosen to deliver a speech at the post event function. There she met Mr. Jawaharlal Nehru, Ms. Vijaylaxmi Pandit and Ms. Indira Gandhi,  she took their autographs a tiny book that she cherished as a prized possession.
At the age of 17 she would ride her uncle’s 400 cc Norton motorcycle on the quiet streets of Poona, believing in the fact that there was nothing a man could do that a woman could not.

Her father Mr. Burjorji Batliwala, was an avid photographer. But his favourite hobby was crocheting and seeing this she also believed that there was nothing a man shouldn’t do that only a woman usually did. Speaks so much about the conditioning and thought processes that she developed as a young lady.
The one piece of advice she gave freely was, “Do whatever you want to do in life, be a barber if you must, but strive to be the best at it”. Success to her was not a measure of how much money you made but by your skill and moral character. Her extreme kindness and generosity to all was ingrained in her by examples of her grandfather the philanthropist Khan Bahadur Ardeshir Hormusji Mama of Karachi.

From April 1974 to May 1976 she served as the President of NIPS (National Institute of Personal Secretaries). In 1976 she led a delegation to the 2nd Congress of Secretaries in Asia, in Bangkok.
At the time she was working at the Taj Mahal Hotel as a secretary to Mr. Ajit Kerkar. Some years later she was promoted as the VIP coordinator for the hotel.

In her late 40’s she decided to go back to studying and earned an MA degree by correspondence from the Osmania University. After this she joined the HR & Manpower team at the Taj as Training Coordinator, working alongside her colleagues Mr.V. Mahesh and Ms. Ramola Mahajani.

She did a very basic school education in Pune and came to Bombay (Mumbai) to study secretarial services — basic typing and short-hand dictation. She did not receive any formal advanced education, she was self taught and always tried to read up on new ideas and learn from them.

It was in Bombay that she met and married Mr. Noshir Daruwala (NBD). They both served many years at the Taj. Back in those days, Ms. Bachi Daruwala, Ms.Elizabeth Kerkar, and Ms. Mona Chawla became a trio of women who supported each other and paved the way for other women to thrive and succeed. They lead by examples and were crusaders of empowerment.

Ms. Bachi and Mr. Noshir Daruwala have two children – a son Pallon and daughter Nilloufer (Nikki). I am grateful to them for sharing with me some facts and insights from their mother Ms. Bachi Daruwala’s  life. Also, a few valuable pictures that they allowed me to use in this story. This is a tribute to her and the legacy that she has left behind. I am extremely honoured to have been able to cover a few aspects of her life.

Attached photos:

– 1976 when she represented Taj and India at the Asia Conference of Secretaries.

– 1977 with JRD Tata

– 1988 (the year she died) with her close friend Liz Kerkar of Taj.

–  Conducting a training session

–  Delivering a speech at the Scouts and Guides meet at New Delhi.

Movement for sports and healthcare-Dilshad Patel


I have been immersed in the field of Movement Therapy since 2007. As discussed, I’m currently based in the US to further my training and education. However, I will be in India from June 7th-July 13th this year.

I will be conducting educational/experiential workshops at various spaces in Mumbai to spread awareness of movement therapy and it’s benefits.

In 2010, I founded an organization that pioneered the use of movement therapy for professional athletes as well as patient populations in India; via two unique programs.

MTS®- Movement Therapy for Sports uses a scientific approach that enables athletes and sports teams to fully maximize their potential. It is a motivational tool and a training method that uses movement to tap into the psyche, empowering individual athletes, as well as sports teams, to find inner peace, release stress, gain strength and stability, improve their energy levels and create new internal pathways to achieve mind-body synchrony.

While in India, my program MTS®- Movement Therapy for Sports has been adopted by elite sports teams like the Rajasthan Royals in the Indian Premier Cricket League and the Canadian National cricket team during their training for the 2011 World Cup. MTS® has also been adopted by professional golfer Sharmila Nicollet. She is the youngest Indian to qualify for the Ladies European Tour and has even played an exhibition match with Tiger Woods.

Additionally, the main goal of the MFH™- Movement for Healthcare program is to improve the health related quality of life of patient populations by enhancing their psychological and physical well-being through dance and movement. The MFH™ program has been adopted by various hospitals in Mumbai.

I had presented this work as an international panelist at the 42nd ADTA-American Dance Therapy Association’s annual global international conference held in Albuquerque, New Mexico in 2012. Attached, is a copy of my conference paper and an article that was published in the AJDT-American Journal of Dance Therapy documenting my work in India.

In 2016, I moved to Houston, Texas and started working as a movement, fitness and dance instructor with Rhythm-India- a Bollywood dance company. I am also simultaneously pursuing my Masters in Exercise Science/ Physiology from the University of Houston, Clear Lake. I continue to travel to conduct seminars and workshops twice a year in India.

My goal is to spread an awareness of movement therapy which provides relief, health, self-awareness, and joy to people that find themselves in life’s troubled situations. I have attached my flyer for the workshop, a short presentation and an article which was published in the American Journal of Dance Therapy about my work- highlighting my recent qualifications and extensive work experience for your reference. Additionally you can refer to my website www.dilshadpatel.com for more information.

Mahzarin Banaji elected to National Academy of Sciences


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Mahzarin Banaji has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences

The National Academy of Sciences (NAS) is a private, non-profit society of distinguished scholars. Established by an Act of Congress, signed by President Abraham Lincoln in 1863, the NAS is charged with providing independent, objective advice to the nation on matters related to science and technology. Scientists are elected by their peers to membership in the NAS for outstanding contributions to research. The NAS is committed to furthering science in America, and its members are active contributors to the international scientific community. Nearly 500 members of the NAS have won Nobel Prizes, and the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, founded in 1914, is today one of the premier international journals publishing the results of original research.

https://psychology.fas.harvard.edu/news/mahzarin-banaji-elected-national-academy-sciences

Trainer Pesi Shroff achieves rare milestone


Shroff began his glorious 23-year long career as a teenager in the summer of 1981 at this same venue where his talented cousin Karl Umrigar had suffered fatal injuries in a race-track mishap two years ago.

Shroff had to compete with his celebrated Indian and foreign peers like Vasant Shinde, Aslam Kader, Mick Kinane, Lester Piggott, the riding legends of that era, before gaining acclamation as a naturally gifted rider in his extremely competitive profession.

By the time Shroff decided to wrap up his career, he had amassed1736 victories including eight Indian Derbies, an enviable record which will certainly take some beating in the history of Indian horse racing.

Feat replicated

Similar to his initial riding days, Shroff laid the foundation of his horse-training career brick by brick but once he found his mark and claimed the first trainer’s championship title in 2006-07, he has been virtually unstoppable since. Yet it was no walk-in-the-park for the 53-year old trainer as he had to weather many a storm in his 13-year old career thus far. To his credit, Shroff took every setback into his stride and kept his focus on his job rather than get distracted by the challenges fetched by his professional fame.

Be it Deepak Khaitan, Vijay Mallya, Shapoor Mistry, Ameeta Mehra, Cyrus and Zavaray Poonawalla Vijay Shirke or KN Dhunjibhoy, to name a few, it was the trust he earned both as a jockey and trainer which led to him being retained by these big-ticket racehorse owners.

Shroff, probably unconsciously, has mastered the art of training classic fillies including the wonder filly Jacqueline, whose feat of claiming four Indian classics during the 2009-10 Mumbai racing season remains unparalleled. Shroff has already been crowned champion trainer ten times and he is sure to win this year’s title too.

Modest as ever, Shroff dedicated his success to his owners, jockeys, stable staff. He said, “I have been lucky to have good and understanding owners, my hard-working staff without whom it would’ve been difficult to achieve such results and, last but not the least, my family who have supported me all the way.”

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Mr. Khushru Jijina conferred with the ‘Entrepreneur of the year 2018″


Mr. Khushru Jijina felicitated at Asia Pacific Entrepreneurship Awards (APEA) 2018

Mr. Khushu Jijina, Managing Director, Piramal Finance and Piramal Housing Finance recipient of multiple national awards has added yet another feature to his cap with the Entrepreneurship award from APEA, a prestigious Asia region awards platform.

Mr. Khushru Jijina was conferred with the ‘Entrepreneur of the year 2018 in the financial services industry’ by APEA in New Delhi, India on April 13, 2018. The award recognizes Piramal Finance’s achievement and Mr. Jijina’s instrumental role in building the company along its core values of entrepreneurship and trusteeship.

APEA recognizes and honors business leaders who have shown outstanding performance and tenacity in developing successful businesses within the region. Organized by Enterprise Asia, it provides a platform for companies and governments to recognize and be recognized for entrepreneurial excellence, thereby spurring greater innovation, fair practices and growth in entrepreneurship.

Mr. Jijina, expressing his gratitude on receiving the award said, “The award is a testament to our journey of continuous evolution through innovation and leadership in the financial services business. We have adopted and demonstrated these facets continuously by making them a part of our building blocks that we call Piramal Success Factors which have been derived from our company’s values. As a team, we have always been deeply driven by our overarching corporate philosophy of ‘Doing Well and Doing Good’. This purpose and our values have been constant in our journey and serve as guideposts to enable us to become the company that we would like to be. Personally, I am humbled and honored to receive the prestigious APEA award on behalf of my young and motivated team that has been incredibly devoted and resilient during the entire journey of building this platform, to reach the scale and relevance that we enjoy in the industry today.”

Khushru Jijina recognized as ‘Visionary in Real Estate Financing’ award by NDTV Property Awards


In yet another accolade received for consistent outperformance, Mr. Khushru Jijina, Managing Director, Piramal Finance Limited and Piramal Housing Finance Limited has been honoured with a special category jury award – ‘Visionary in Real Estate Financing’ award by NDTV Property Awards, one of the most credible industry recognitions for the real estate sector. The award recognizes Piramal Finance’s contribution towards real estate sector as a whole. This recognition comes close on the heels of Business Leader of the Year award from Global Real Estate Congress and AsiaOne Global Indian of the Year.

NDTV Property Awards honours and acknowledges excellence in India’s real estate, recognizes real estate leaders, and outstanding performances in a wide range of categories which cover everything from environmental friendly projects to residential apartment projects to township projects and commercial projects. Additionally, each year sees the inclusion of a limited number of special category awards which recognizes leaders who have done commendable work for the industry and set new benchmarks.

Appended is a quote from Mr. Khushru Jijina expressing his gratitude on receiving the award.

“The award is a testament to our journey of continuous evolution through innovation and leadership in the financial services business. We have adopted and demonstrated these facets continuously, by making them a part of our building blocks that we call Piramal Success Factors where each team member is urged to Think Big, Serve Customers, Commit and Deliver, Collaborate, Empower and Develop. These success factors have been derived from our Company’s values of Knowledge, Action, Care and Impact where the ethos is to build a dynamic business that anticipates, adapts and endures for generations. I would also like to thank Mr. Piramal for his guidance at every stage of our journey. Personally, I feel privileged to have spent time working in such close quarters and learning from him and I would only humbly accept this award on behalf of Mr. Piramal and also each and every member of our young and ambitious team that has been amazingly committed and resilient during the entire journey of building this platform.”

Sarosh Zaiwalla gets Lifetime Achievement Award


Sarosh Zaiwalla, founder and senior partner of the internationally renowned law firm Zaiwalla and Company LLP has been presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Society of Asian Lawyers (SAL) in the UK.

The biggest BAME (Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic) lawyers’ society in the UK representing over 2,000 members, SAL constitutes partners in high profile city firms, leading barristers and Queen’s Counsels, in-house advocates, solicitors, legal executives, solicitor trainees, pupil barristers, students and employees in legal organizations.

Photo: Zaiwalla (center) with SAL president Ranjit Sond (left)

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Dr Peshotan Katrak receives Australia Day honours


Dr Peshotan Katrak – Rehab Physician and head priest receives Australia Day honours

Dr Katrak was honoured for his significant service to rehabilitation medicine, to medical education and to the Zoroastrian community in Sydney as their high priest.

Born in Mumbai in 1944, he received his MD from Mumbai University, MRCP in London and then completed training in the specialty of Rehabilitation Medicine (FAAPMR) from California, USA. He migrated to Australia in 1975 with post-graduate qualifications from three continents.

It was the fourth continent – Australia – which brought him greatest satisfaction in personal and professional circles. Married to Shernaz he is the father of two sons, Sohrab and Arash. Peshotan was among the pioneers of Rehabilitation Medicine in Australia. “At that time there were only a handful of fully qualified specialists as there was no program for young doctors in this field in Australia”, he said.

Complete article can be read at http://www.indiandownunder.com.au/2018/02/dr-peshotan-katrak-rehab-physician-and-head-priest-receives-australia-day-honours/

 

For the interest of our readers we add a tribute by our ex-Karachiite Hohang Sohrabji Bhandara who now lives in Australia: “I had an industrial accident in 1997 and was hospitalised for over three months, and was very depressed. One morning I saw this gentleman sitting next to my bed and he introduced himself and made me feel very easy. He assisted me throughout the time I was in hospital, and sent me to one best rehab. His presence and words were enough. Dr Peshotan, you did not know me and wonder how you came to know about me, but you came as an Angel in disguise. I will never forget you as long as I live. God bless you and your family.”

Courtesy : What’s On – Karachi