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Maj Gen (retd) Naozar B Patel, Hyderabad

Moustaches have always fascinated me; since I was a boy, I had dreamt of wearing one! Therefore, I was thrilled to be told while undergoing training at the Indian Military Academy that I was being commissioned into the Madras Sappers. Apart from being an elite group in the Indian Army, they were also known to sport the most impressive moustaches!

Historically, moustaches have been worn by military men and the number of nations, regiments and ranks are equalled only by the number of styles and variations. So in April 1976, I decided to sport a full-grown moustache, not a truncated one, little realising what heavy maintenance and care this hobby would entail every day. But then as in life, so in pleasure—no pain, no gain.

So what goes into the upkeep of these long twirls? Well, I spend three hours daily, washing, drying and arranging my curls; often, oiling them too. I have never used artificial gels, styling aids, gadgets, hair clips, snood (hair net) or hair bands. All I have ever used since it all began is a pair of scissors and thatta (cloth band). At times, a magnifying glass helps ensure that a bit of the nose or cheek is not snipped off!

At the World Moushtache and Beard Competition at Berlin in October 2005, where Patel won a medal

I first won a moustache competition at the Desert Festival in Nagore, Rajasthan, in 2001. In 2005, I participated in the ‘3rd World Beard and Moustache Competition’ in Berlin, lasting 12 continuous hours, where 243 participants from across the world pitted their deadly facial locks against one another. I was the sole competitor from Asia. I returned home with a medal and a certificate in the freestyle goatee category. I was a Brigadier then.

My locks have got me into many awkward and even hilarious situations, not least of which was this experience on an early morning Indian Airlines flight from Hyderabad to Delhi. I was late boarding the aircraft, and as soon as I entered, every single passenger looked up at me with great bewilderment. I smiled, took my seat and picked up the newspaper the airlines would keep on each seat those days. To my surprise, the front page headline read, “Notorious Bandit Veerappan Gunned Down in Karnataka Forest”. Every Indian was aware of the bandit’s enviable moustache and hence the amused look on the passengers’ faces!

When I was in service, everyone used to recognise me from the front. After retirement in 2009, I started sporting a Goldilocks-type hairstyle. Now I am recognised from behind too! I am blessed to have such luxuriant hair.

—Maj Gen (retd) Naozar B Patel, Hyderabad

Hair-raising tales

The Distinguished Soldier – Brig (rtd) Furdoon Mehta

Villie and Brig (rtd) Furdoon Mehta with their family at Sunday’s celebration.

“It’s dad’s 100th birthday this year,” erstwhile entertainment tycoon, philanthropist and now impassioned philosophy student Zarina Mehta had texted, adding, “Would love for you to come celebrate it this Sunday, at lunch.” The effervescent Mehta, who along with husband – movie producer and entertainment mogul Ronnie Screwvala – had been responsible for some of the country’s biggest TV and movie hits, was referring to her father, Brigadier Furdoon Mehta, who had distinguished himself during the Second World War when he’d risked his life flying above enemy lines to pinpoint targets. Now long retired, the dapper handlebar moustachioed, ram rod straight dead ringer for Field Marshal Sam Manekshaw, lives along with his elegant nonagenarian wife Villie in an apartment in SoBo, not too far from his daughter, and is the centre of their attention and love. The centenary birthday celebration was full of affection and admiration for the patriarch, and saw the presence of a large circle of his family and friends, including Dr Faroukh Udwadia with wife Vera, Nadir and Rati Godrej, Pheroza Godrej, Siddharth Roy Kapur, Ishan and Anjali Raina, AD and Sabena Singh, and Ricky and Laila Lamba amongst others.

How does one wish a distinguished and much decorated soldier on his 100th birthday? The hosts had forbidden gifts, but Pheroza Godrej appeared to have gotten around it with an ingenious solution. She’d sent a glorious arrangement of exactly one hundred flowers for the birthday ‘boy’.

Dr. Mickey Mehta’s,  “Wellness Wonders of the world” at ET Now World Health and Wellness Congress 2020.

ET Now presented the 4th Edition of World Health & Wellness Congress & Awards ( which was scheduled on 14th & 15th February, 2020 at Taj Lands End, Mumbai. The Congress brings several Global Personalities in Education and Academics under one roof. The Theme for World Health & Wellness Congress & Awards is ” SUSTAINABLE HEALTHCARE – VISION + REALITY FOR THE FUTURE ”


Dr. Mickey Mehta global leading holistic health guru and corporate life coach was invited by Dr. Bhatia the founder of the conference.


Dr. Mehta received an award from Honorable Sarah Achieng Opendi, former Minister of State for Health Republic of Uganda & now Minister of State for Minerals Republic of Uganda, at ET Now presented Wellness Conclave for the highest contribution and pioneering wellness in India.


Dr. Mehta during the course of the day participated at the Wellness Conclave as a solo talk on ‘ Let Wellness Be The Religion No. 1’. The talk was applauded and much appreciated as it mentioned highlights on how Religions divides but wellness units. Wellness makes one sound, gets one integrated, integrity comes to fore. Wellness is inclusive because of one’s mind, body, spirit coming together in an orchestration.


Mickey encouraged all to take a pledge to make wellness your religion no. 1 ( Swaasth ko apna param dharam banaye ) and challenge themselves to evolve into supreme Fitness and Wellness.

He went on to say become the choreographer of your change so wellness gets energized, optimized, maximized, naturalized, wellness gets you in rhythm and flow of life to get you mickeymized !!!


Later in the day there was a panel discussion titled Dr. Mehta’s “ Dis-ease free world ”moderated by  him.


ET Now presented Dr. Mickey Mehta – Global leading holistic health guru and corporate life coach with a panel discussion and HANDPICKED INDUSTRY LEADERS, the chosen stars, the luminaries of the wellness industry.


The whose who of the wellness industry beginning from Maa Hansaji Yogendra, the mother of yoga, the visionary and the founder family member of The pristine Yoga Institute, world’s oldest 100 year old institute with the highest number of yoga trainers turned around.


Adille Sumariwalla president of the Athletics Federation of India and the luminary Olympian of India.


Mr. Vishal Gondal…. On your marks, get set, goooo. The founder and promoter of Goqii a smart-tech enabled, integrated preventive healthcare platform. A visionary, a passionate fitness enthusiast who wants to lead India into vision 2020 and onwards to enable to make it disease free.


Yasmin Karachiwalla, the most celebrated and sort after lady diva, leading lady fitness coach of India and the queen of fitness and last but not the least the ultimate queen of nutrition and diet, the most popular nutritionist, the very successful author,  Pooja Makhija. They both have the highest following in bollywood which speaks volumes about their work.

The title of the panel discussion ‘Disease free world’  a dream of Dr. Mickey Mehta which will unfold live before the world on 14th Feb 2020 at 3 pm.


Lights, camera, action.


It will begin with the philosophy of wellness, each panellist will speak his or her vision of a disease free world and then each panellist will be asked a question by Dr. Mickey Mehta as per the speciality of the panellist and then the floor will be open for Q&A.


End result of this, translated into the ” World of wisdom of the world of wellness”  and once again gratitude to ET Now the presenters and gratitude to the conclave 4th Edition of World Health & Wellness Congress & Awards, Dr. Bhatia the promoter and do join us for sharing Dr. Mickey Mehta’s vision of the ” Wellness revolution for human evolution”.



Sarosh Zaiwalla’s book launched by Adi Godrej on 6th Feb 2020

After a fantastic London launch, the highly acclaimed book ‘Honour Bound – Adventures of an Indian Lawyer in the English Courts’, was released in Mumbai at a special event at Mumbai Press Club, Azad Maidan, on Thursday 6th February 2020. The book was released by the illustrious Chairman of the Godrej Group, Mr. Adi Godrej.
The release was followed by a panel discussion which was a literary feast as it included many aficionados of the writing world. The eminent panellist’s included the talented author himself Sarosh Zaiwalla along with renowned Indian journalist and columnist Bachi Kakaria.
Harper Collins India’s Honour Bound is the official story of one of India’s leading lawyer in the United Kingdom, Sarosh Zaiwalla, the Mumbai-born founder and senior partner of the City of London solicitors’ firm Zaiwalla & Co LLP.
Within this elegantly written, detailed account of legal adventures, success, mishaps, trials and tribulations, Sarosh Zaiwalla’s story spotlights the journey of an Indian solicitor vying for the biggest cases overseas as a non-English national. His memoirs will bring readers closer to the world of a highly successful Indian lawyer in a foreign land, with an international client base. It is an insightful diary of the adventures of the international law firm based at the heart of London’s legal district. Honour Bounds recites the company’s most high profile, challenging and controversial cases, as Sarosh Zaiwalla shares his wealth of engrossing anecdotes.

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Zubin’s Art

Zubin does painting in his spare times, a mobed by profession. He is a full time Mobed at Patel Agiary, Andheri West, Mumbai.

Zubin suffered a right side paralytic stroke in 10th std. Being handicapped he still performs his mobed duties very well and paints too immaculately. Really commendable.

If people buy his paintings,  he will be benefitted.

Just spread the word by forwarding this link to Parsi Irani brethran in India and abroad.

Please do visit his website and have a look at his exquisite creations – Click on the link below!

Zubin Vaid


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Pureganic is socio-economic enterprise, having their own farms (into agriculture for more than a decade) are committed for upliftment and betterment of needy farmers at Gujrat & Maharashtra. Their objective is to conserve and spread traditional home remedy knowledge. Their range of products is a unique fusion of ancient traditional knowledge with modern technology. To them, the formula for good health is very simple – Detox + Immunity = Good Health.


The technocrats of Team Pureganic have researched several ancient books, combined it with traditional farmer knowledge of herbs and have developed tasty formulas, which are free from any harmful chemicals & preservatives. Highly beneficial for all ages right from 6 months to Senior citizens, these are not medicines but diet additions that promote good health. These yummy convenient to use superfoods D-toxifies, immunize, provide balanced nutrition, act as natural vitamin and mineral supplements, which are easily absorbed by the body.


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Groundbreaking Avesthagen Study Aimed at Early Detection of Cancers and Other Diseases Announced

Avesthagen Limited, a leading systems biology life sciences company, announces the acceleration of its Avestagenome Project®. This research study focuses on the Indian and Parsi communities and the aim is to understand the linkage between genes, environmental factors, and disease, with an initial look into the role of smoking in developing lung, oral and oesophageal cancers.

Since 2008, the Avestagenome Project® has been collecting a biobank of Parsi blood samples and extensive patient data from over 4,500 members of this community with a target of 15,000 Parsis globally by 2021. The molecular basis of longevity and age-related disorders, prioritising cancers, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and neurological disorders will be investigated in this cohort specifically. The project will provide insights into disease prediction and accelerate identification and development of biomarkers, predictive diagnostic tests, new drugs, and therapies.

Recognising the importance of the Parsi cohort and the unique systems’ biology approach to research, the U.S.-based Foundation for a Smoke-Free World, whose mission is to end smoking within this generation, recently awarded a grant to Avesthagen Limited® to prioritise research into lung and tobacco-related cancers. Avesthagen will combine liquid biopsy, next-generation sequencing (NGS), state-of-the-art bioinformatics, artificial intelligence and machine learning to identify predictive and early-stage biomarkers of cancers in smokers. The project will use non-Parsi smoker and non-smoker samples from the wider Indian and other populations to gain further insights into the evidence behind such data.

The Parsi people, followers of Zoroastrianism, strongly advocate a responsible attitude towards the environment and respect to the elements of creation – fire, water, air, earth, and ether/space – with a special emphasis on fire, the purest of elements and an essential for all rituals and prayers. Veneration for fire has kept the vast majority of Parsis from smoking for centuries. Family pressure coupled with religious restrictions ensured a nearly smoke-free community. This makes the Parsi people and Avesthagen’s Biobank the ideal control population to act as the reference standard for research into tobacco-related cancers and diseases

The endogamous Parsi community is characterized by greater longevity, fewer cases of lung, head, neck and esophageal cancers. At the same time, there is increased prevalence of Parkinson’s & Alzheimer’s diseases, cardiovascular disease, breast and prostate cancer, and male and female infertility.

Dr. Villoo Morawala-Patell, Founder and Chairman, of Avesthagen said, “More than one million people die each year due to tobacco in India and currently there is limited research to help identify early biomarkers of smoking-related disease. We believe our study will identify novel biomarkers that could be used as predictive diagnostics for susceptibility to lung and other cancers. We are committed to employing the most advanced research methods available to drive the development of treatments that truly save lives. I am dedicated to improve the lives of people across the world,” added Dr. Morawala-Patell.

“The work that Villoo and her team are spearheading has the potential to revolutionize the way that we detect cancer,” said Dr.Derek Yach, President of the Foundation for a Smoke-Free World. “Their findings may also provide key insights about the causes of Parkinson’s Disease and cancers unrelated to smoking and thus common among the Parsi population. “

About Avesthagen Limited
Founded in 1998 by Dr. Villoo Morawala-Patell, Avesthagen is a leading global systems biology innovation company uniquely positioned to help solve some of the world’s biggest health challenges. Since its inception 20 years ago, Avesthagen has introduced new products and patent applications every year, serving the life science, food and pharmaceutical markets. Today, Avesthagen is proud to build on this heritage by partnering the Foundation for a Smoke-Free World to tackle unprecedented health, wellness and other challenges facing our world today.

To learn more about Avesthagen and its research project, please visit:

Inquiries, please contact: Mamta Jaiswal
+91 9029496268

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Fortune India’s 2019 List of Most Powerful Women in Business

Every year, the prestigious ‘Fortune India MPW (Most Powerful Women) Summit’ celebrates India’s foremost women executives and entrepreneurs, alongside discussions of ideas and issues related to gender, women in the workplace, the economy, and the society at large. This year, the Fortune India MPW (Most Powerful Women) Summit was held in Mumbai on 8th November, 2019, and recognized the excellence of three extraordinary Zoroastrian women – Zarin Daruwala – CEO, Standard Chartered Bank (India); Nisaba Godrej, Executive Chairperson, Godrej Consumer Products; and Meher Pudumjee – Chairperson, Thermax – amongst India’s foremost fifty women, who made it to Fortune India’s 2019 Annual ranking of the most powerful women in business who are making an impact by virtue of their business acumen and social and cultural influence.

“In a country where women are still up against several socio-economic challenges, the 50 women who make our 2019 MPW list are examples of how determination, drive, creativity, and compassion can make a potent recipe for success. These women have proven themselves to be role models in diverse fields, charting out their own paths and, in the process, shattering the glass ceiling. As they do so, they are bound to inspire millions of other women—who are battling their own surroundings across the length and breadth of the country—to follow their path and realise their dreams. This, in the truest sense, is why we call them “powerful” women—they have the power to make several others take the road less travelled,” read Fortune India’s statement, having collated a list as diverse as it was interesting, given that it has representation from various sectors, including banking, technology, law, media, entertainment, hospitality, manufacturing and more!

The leadership of CEO Zarine Daruwala helped the Standard Chartered Bank, which was struggling until a few years ago, turn the corner, ensuring a consistent and sharper trajectory of growth and profitability, an improved credit culture, and a focused approach on priority sector lending. The Bank’s net profit for FY19 rose 13.5% to ₹2,169 crore, at a time when the banking industry is besieged with bad debt, keeping the Non-Performing Assets under check.

The daughter of Adi Godrej – Godrej Group Chairman, Nisaba Godrej is steering the flagship company of the consumer goods-to-real estate conglomerate at a time when the macroeconomic situation has turned unfavourable for consumer growth. Under her leadership, the company plans to focus on innovations and enhancements to drive profitable growth in India and overseas. Despite the headwinds, the company managed to grow sales in the first quarter of FY20.

Trained in Chemical Engineer, Meher Pudumjee joined Thermax in 1990 and took over as Chairperson in 2004. Last year, she led the company in its expansion and increased its product footprint despite a global economic slowdown; with revenue from the international business rising 20% this year. Under her tutelage, Thermax inaugurated its manufacturing facility in Andhra Pradesh in 2019.

Courtesy: Parsi Times


Minoo Jokhi is a Mathemagician par excellence. A
student who till 9 th standard struggled to even do 3
times 4= 12 today can instantly tell you the square root
of 6,22,521 is 789. Encouraged by his mother Kety;
Minoo who made his weakest point his greatest asset.
To the amazement of all his school mates; teachers
and others he mastered the very subject where he was
a TOTAL FAILURE to learn Tables up to 1,00,00,000
and remember Cube Roots up to 1000000000 among
other skills.
Minoo has performed over 850 Mathemagic Shows.
He has performed abroad 11 times which includes 7 visits to Sri Lanka and once to USA, Canada, Spain and Indonesia besides performing in various parts of India like Ahmedabad, Bangalore, Chennai, Kerala, Kolkata, Rajkot, Lonavala, Navsari and Dharampur.
Minoo believes that Memory is either good or bad and in reality is either trained or untrained. Over 90 Leading Indian Magazines and Newspapers have featured him. He has written over 40 articles on Memory  Development in various newspapers. Also he has come more than 10 times on Television. He has been invited to many schools, colleges, clubs and
Minoo remembers tables up to one crore, can also multiply huge figures mentally at amazing speeds, can remember over 2000 Telephone numbers, Mobile  Numbers and Date of Births of Individuals and can tell you the day of any date from 1 st January 1600 to date. E.g. 5 th August 1973 was a Sunday. Now he has also say Cube Roots from 1 to 1000000000(100 Crores) very quickly.
Minoo Jokhi is the second person after General Sam Maneckshaw to have been a Honorary Rotarian of the Rotary Club of Bombay Hills South. He has performed abroad too at the 7 th World Zoroastrian Congress, USA in the year 2000 and at the International Medical Congresses held in Sri Lanka in 2002, 2003,2004 2005, 2007 and 2012. He also spoke in
Sri Lanka in 2014. He was invited to attend and participate in the Parliament of World Religions held in Spain, Barcelona in July 2004 and represented India as the only youth Speaker at the Quest for Global Healing Conference in Indonesia in May 2006.
He also performed at the 14 th North American Zoroastrian Congress held in Toronto, Canada in July 2007. In December 2008, he traveled to Kolkata where he performed a series of shows enthralling the audiences there. He was the only Zoroastrian from India at the United Religions Initiative Global Assembly where he performed before 400 Delegates from over 60 Countries.
Minoo is also a very Successful and Dedicated Memory Development Trainer having taught over 6,000 students. His classes are FUN CUM LEARN. His mother Kety has single-handedly alone encouraged and motivated Minoo and brought up him and his younger brother very well. Minoo’s website is
Minoo has a great passion for Acting and has acted in the T.V.Show Nagin 3 in 2018. He has also acted in Short Films as well as Dramas. He has also won several Public-Speaking Competitions and is an avid Lawn Tennis Player.
Minoo Jokhi is a friendly and a helpful person by nature. He conducts classes in Memory-Development, which is his specialty where he has over 35 levels of Memory Enhancement Techniques Courses and also teaches Personality-Development, Public Speaking, Mathematics, English, History and is not just a teacher but also a friend cum guide to his students. He can be contacted by anyone who desires his services.
He also is a Numerologist and provides Numerology Consultations. He has a passion for giving speeches and has given speeches at public forums and he loves children more than anything else. He had a horrible childhood full of unhappiness and Minoo ensures that all the children he teaches get lots of happiness and he goes about his job with utmost dedication.
The best thing about this Mathemagician is that he is hungry to learn constantly and is amazingly versatile. He is a brilliant public speaker having won 15 first prizes, is an LIC Agent, has been a Green Belt in Karate and is an avid Yoga Performer. He has also made a name for himself in Lawn Tennis where he has won various trophies at the club level
and wishes to go further in it. He is a brilliant tutor who specializes in teaching Memory-Development to people of all ages and has taught children of 4 years age to elders of 75 years age. People of all ages have learned the Memory Development Program from him and all have immensely benefited. He sees to it that his students understand how the Memory has to be trained and how things learned once can never be forgotten. He can be contacted on Mobile No
9821407519 and his email is
Do see his website: where you  can know much more about this talented Mathemagician
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