Justice SJ Kathawalla of the Bombay High Court was given a grand farewell by two advocates’ associations on Tuesday as he is slated to demit office on Wednesday after more than a decade on the bench.
The judge in his farewell address spoke at length about what the “judgeship” meant to him and also had some advice for young and budding advocates.
At the farewell event organised by the Advocate Association of Western India (AAWI), Justice Kathawalla spoke of how his “pilgrimage” was ending.
“To me, Judgeship was never a savvy career move or a professional high point. But in fact, it has been a pilgrimage that is coming to an end tomorrow,” he said.
He added that he felt blessed for having completed his pilgrimage and was in awe of the glory of the institution that he venerated deeply.
Putting to rest the million dollar question of why he gave up a lucrative practice to be a judge, he stated that his desire was always to ensure that justice should be dispensed effectively and efficiently to every litigant so that the “faith of society in the temple of justice never wanes”.
“Is money everything? When you come with nothing, and leave this world with nothing, should money be your master? What about soul satisfaction and the warmth in your heart when you realise that those cheated, defeated, miserable litigants who came vexed, crying and begging for justice before you are leaving with a smile, basking in the sheer delight of having their faith restored in the rule of law? Or their joy when they realise that the legal system is fair, just, humane and gives them their due when most needed it,” he said.
He added that it was more important to answer to the higher calling to dispense justice to every strata of society, which he described as being the collective “karma and dharma” of the legal profession.
While speaking at the farewell organised by the Bombay Bar Association, Justice Kathawalla spoke of how he cultivated the practice of wiping his mind clean of any and all prejudices that he may have harboured against opponents.
While speaking at both events, he dispensed the following pearls of wisdom to young and budding advocates who aspire to join the Bench:
This profession calls for burning the proverbial “midnight oil,” as not only fortunes of litigants, but sometimes their life and liberty, depends on the hard work;
One may attempt to escape the blame of defeat, especially where it is on account of not doing one’s best by blaming the judge or calling it a bad case, but deep down, your lack of effort will be your real defeat;
An over simplified principle – do your best and leave the rest. He described one’s “best” as being till you can honestly tell yourself that you cannot do more or better;
Answer the higher calling and move from Bar to the Bench in the larger interest of justice;
One cannot fall prey to either fear or favour, nor is one sitting on the dais to win a popularity contest. “It is a tightrope walk and there will always be many who you will displease, including the powers that be – whoever they may be!”
Nobody will remember us for our fancy cars and designer watches. We will be remembered for our dynamic work ethic, our uncompromising quest for righteousness and aptitude for empathy;
The legal profession is thriving, but we need to safeguard against the quantity versus quality dichotomy. There needs to be more pro bono work. “Just because some people cannot afford the high costs of litigation does not mean that justice should be denied to them,” he said.
Justice Kathawalla was born on March 24, 1960 and enrolled as an advocate of the Bar Council of Maharashtra and Goa on September 30, 1985. After having a lucrative practice for more than two decades, he was appointed as an additional judge of the Bombay High Court in July 2008. He was made a permanent judge in July 2011.
Condiments are based on secret heirloom recipes and bring the taste of Parsi food into kitchens around the world. Branded as “A Parsi Affair,” she will begin with two varieties of condiments based on recipes perfected and handed down from generation to generation since 1969.
New York, NY February 21, 2022 –(PR.com)– Acclaimed Parsi culinary legend and entrepreneur, Tanaz Godiwalla, also known as the “Queen of Parsi Catering” in India, today announced the foray of her products into the North American market. Tanaz will be partnering with TGFPL USA, Inc. owned by Cashmira Sethna (Director), who will be the sole distributor of A Parsi Affair’s ready-to-cook and ready-to-eat delicacies in the United States and Canada. These coveted condiments can now be used by everyone, in their own way, to bring the delectable taste of Parsi cuisine into their kitchens.
Commenting on the launch, Tanaz Godiwalla said, “My culinary journey began more than 30 years ago, when I took over the reins of Godiwalla Catering, today a household name in the Parsi community. Soon, I realized there was a definite market for Parsi condiments that could be easily incorporated into home cooking. With that in mind, I launched ‘A Parsi Affair’ and it was an instant success in India and in the UK. I’m now delighted to be able to share the unique taste of Parsi cuisine to the sizeable Indian and Parsi community in the United States and look forward to increasing the range of our offerings soon.”
The first product that will be available is the Gajar Meva Nu Achaar, a traditional Parsi carrot sweet and sour pickle that incorporates raisins and dried dates. The second is the Gor Keri Meva Nu Achaar, the unique Parsi raw mango pickle. Vegetarian and with no added preservatives, the flavors are a game-changer in the market as they are the first to include premium dry fruits and nuts like cashews and dates. A dash of red chili pepper, ginger, and mustard powder add some spicy notes while the sambhar masala boosts the aroma. Each of these condiments uses wholesome ingredients such as ginger, garlic, chilies, jaggery, cinnamon, and turmeric — all of which possess scientifically proven health benefits as well as contribute to the distinctive flavor that makes Parsi food so famous. They are addictive with chips and stand out on charcuterie boards. Endlessly versatile, they can be paired to rev-up rice, roti flatbreads, naans, parathas, sourdough, crackers, garlic bread, and everything from theplas (flatbreads that are made with spices) to khakras (thin crackers).
Both condiments will be on retail shelves at select Patel Brothers retail locations in February, 2022. Patel Brothers are the largest Indian American supermarket chain in the United States with 57 locations in 19 states, primarily in New York and New Jersey. The condiments are expected to become available on Amazon in July 2022. They will be priced accessibly for all that are looking for a simple yet sumptuous way to add true Parsi zest to their meals.
About Tanaz Godiwalla
Tanaz is the most celebrated Parsi caterer in India, beloved for her mouth-watering feasts. Her extraordinary career has been featured in Conde Nast Traveler, The New York Times and Upper Crust India to name a few. As the second-generation owner and an award-winning chef, she has been running the business successfully for more than three decades. She is the go-to chef for Mumbai’s Parsi community, and her awe-inspiring banquets burst with color, flavor, and texture. Over the years, she has catered for hundreds of events, sometimes being booked years in advance. She also runs a cloud kitchen that does food deliveries across Mumbai in India and has launched her catering services in the United Kingdom in the Spring of 2021.
“Her research has helped establish and quantify the role that unconscious processes play in governing human social actions and judgments of others,” according to the official announcement from NAS. “Banaji’s work on implicit, group-based attitudes and beliefs continues to pave the way toward a more rigorous and quantitative approach to understanding the human mind in social context.”
Banaji has long been revered for her contributions to the psychological sciences and is considered a leader in research regarding implicit social cognition and “implicit bias,” a term she coined with colleague Anthony Greenwald in 1995.
The NAS announcement also noted her contribution “to the future of the field through her mentorship, public education, and ongoing leadership on science boards, committees, and organizations.” According to her Harvard University profile, Banaji continues in her role as the Richard Clarke Cabot Professor of Social Ethics at Harvard University to research the social attitudes of adults and children, beliefs and stereotypes, and individual responsibility.
Established in 2013 by APS William James Fellow Richard C. Atkinson, the Atkinson Prize is a biennial $100,000 award designed to individually honor the work of two experts who have significantly contributed to the advancement of the psychological and cognitive sciences.
In addition to Banaji, APS Fellow Leah Somerville has been recognized by the NAS with a $75,000 Troland Research Award for her research on the adolescent brain and psychological development.
About the Atkinson Prize in Psychological and Cognitive Sciences
The Atkinson Prize in Psychological and Cognitive Sciences (formerly the NAS Prize in Psychological and Cognitive Sciences) is presented to honor significant advances in the psychological and cognitive sciences with important implications for formal and systematic theory in these fields. Two prizes of $100,000 are presented biennially. The prize was established by Richard C. Atkinson in 2013.
Banaji is recognized for her groundbreaking contributions to understanding implicit social cognition. Her research has helped establish and quantify the role that unconscious processes play in governing human social actions and judgments of others.
Her landmark collaborative research defined implicit social cognition, introduced the term “implicit bias,” and developed the Implicit Association Test.
Banaji’s work on implicit, group-based attitudes and beliefs continues to pave the way toward a more rigorous and quantitative approach to understanding the human mind in social context.
In addition to her scientific accomplishments, Banaji has contributed to the future of the field through her mentorship, public education, and ongoing leadership on science boards, committees, and organizations.
The Atkinson Prize in Psychological and Cognitive Sciences (formerly the NAS Prize in Psychological and Cognitive Sciences) is presented to honor significant advances in the psychological and cognitive sciences with important implications for formal and systematic theory in these fields. Two prizes of $100,000 are presented biennially. The prize was established by Richard C. Atkinson in 2013.
Awarded the Padma Shri, the Padma Bhushan and the OBE, Dr Tehemton Erach Udwadia is widely regarded as the father of laparoscopy in India. From 1951 as a medical student to the present day, he has not only witnessed first-hand the avalanche of surgical progress, but has also seen lives saved as a result of these advances, be it a disposable plastic syringe or a liver transplant.
In this, his memoirs, he painstakingly maps his journey from his student years through residency, research, surgical practice and surgical teaching with a view to sharing the lessons he has learnt. And what they can teach you.
More Than Just Surgery is a warm personal account of people, incidents, mentors, failures and absurdities against the backdrop of surgery. It is also an engrossing historical account through the eyes and hands of someone who has lived through the journey.
The concept of the IITs originated even before India gained independence in 1947. After the end of the Second World War and before India got independence, Sir Ardeshir Dalal from the Viceroy’s Executive Council foresaw that the future prosperity of India would depend not so much on capital as on technology. He, therefore, proposed the setting up of the Council of Scientific and Industrial Research. To man those laboratories, he persuaded the US government to offer hundreds of doctoral fellowships under the Technology Cooperation Mission (TCM) program. However realizing that such steps can not help in the long run for the development of India after it gains independence, he conceptualized institutes that would train such work forces in the country itself. This is believed to be the first conceptualization of IITs.
Adershir was born on 24 April 1884 in Bombay to Rustomjee Dalal, who worked as share-broker. In 1905 he applied for J. N. Tata Scholarship for higher studies went to London and finally appeared for ICS examination and joined Indian Civil Service in 1908.
He served as Collector in various areas of India before he became the first Indian to become Municipal Commissioner of Bombay in 1928.
He was the founder of IIT’S. He joined Tata Group as a Director of Tata Steel in 1931 and served Tata group till 1941 and again from 1945 his death in 1949. He was knighted in 1939.
He was one of the signatories to the Bombay Plan formulated in 1944.
In June 1944, he resigned from Tatas as the Viceroy, Lord Wavell, invited him to join the Viceroy’s Executive Council as Member-in-Charge of Planning and Development. His contributions as one of the architects of the Government of India’s post war economic plan formulated in 1945 have been noted.
He was knighted again as a KCIE in 1946 died on 8 October 1949.
A hospital-cum-nursing college in Jamshedpur has been named after him as Ardeshir Dalal Memorial Hospital.
In this memoir, Zaiwalla looks back on his passage to England at a time when diversity had barely begun to take root in England’s legal circles, to now leading a groundbreaking law firm. His is a story of a solicitor who made his way on his own terms, with creativity but without ever compromising on his values.While he still has many chapters ahead (a lawyer never retires after all), the ones that have concluded have created a storm in India, and feature a diverse cast including Rajiv and Sonia Gandhi, P.V. Narasimha Rao, V.P. Singh, the Hinduja brothers, the Dalai Lama, Benazir Bhutto, and Amitabh Bachchan. In this bold yet measured tale of trial and triumph, Zaiwalla tells all — as much as lawyer-client privilege permits of course.
About the Author
SAROSH ZAIWALLA is the founder of Zaiwalla & Co. Solicitors, based in London. With a succession of high-profile victories in the English courts for individuals and corporations from across the world, he has been regularly consulted by political, business and religious leaders. In 2002, he was honoured by Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee on Indias National Law Day for his contribution to the field of international arbitration law.
Sarosh Zaiwalla, a quietly spoken Indian lawyer living in West Sussex, claims that he could have facilitated a deal between Hussein’s government and the West through former UK prime minister Tony Blair, avoiding a huge loss of human life.
At the time, Zaiwalla was in a unique position to act as mediator between the two sides. He had represented Hussein’s government in a legal case in 2001 and is also a personal friend of Blair. Zaiwalla was the future prime minister’s boss for a short time in the 1980s.
Iraqi government representatives told Zaiwalla that they were prepared to do a deal with the US government, and that “everything was on the table” — including the resignation of Hussein.
Zaiwalla sent letters (below) to Blair explaining the potential for a peaceful solution, but the offers in them were declined.
With the long-awaited Chilcot report on British involvement in the conflict due to be released on July 6, we caught up with Zaiwalla.
Zaiwalla was one of five boys raised in a Parsi family in Mumbai, India. His father, Ratanshaw Zaiwalla, was the first Asian to qualify in the UK as a solicitor. After qualifying, Zaiwalla senior returned to start his own small firm in India. From a young age, his son believed in the importance of change.
“My ambition was to become prime minister of India,” Zaiwalla said. “I’ve always believed in evolving the change, not in revolution.”
Coming from a middle class family, Zaiwalla was shocked by the wealth disparity in India. As a child, he insisted that he would eat with the servants.
After graduating from Bombay University, Zaiwalla moved to London to complete his legal training at Fleet Street law firm Stocken & Co. He arrived in the UK from India in 1980, with just £60 in his back-pocket.
Zaiwalla enjoyed his time at the firm, but, at the end of his training his mentor, Cedric Barclay, offered some advice: “You’re smart and good. In a big firm, a senior partner will take you for lunch at the end of your first year and say, ‘Good job, old boy.’ Every year, he’ll take you for lunch again and say the same thing. You will still be there while others are going forwards.”
Barclay told Zaiwalla that the colour of his skin would hold him back in the mainstream firms.
So, within seven days of qualifying, using a £10,000 overdraft from Natwest bank, Zaiwalla started his own firm: Zaiwalla and Co.
“It was a brave move, but I believed in changing things,” Zaiwalla said. “I had a silent courage and a clean heart.”
Zaiwalla’s first clients were the Hinduja brothers, who are now ranked second in The Sunday Times rich list, thanks to a staggering £13 billion fortune.
After meeting at a drinks party, one of the brothers asked Zaiwalla to join their business. Zaiwalla declined, saying that he wanted to focus on creating his own law firm. Nevertheless, when the brothers decided to set up a bank in Geneva, Zaiwalla was employed as the legal advisor and negotiator.
From there, Zaiwalla’s business grew. His firm employed 23 lawyers at its peak. Zaiwalla & Co.’s tactic was to undercut the rates of more established law firms, while producing work of equally high quality.
In the mid-nineties, Zaiwalla’s firm collapsed. His managing partner, a “nasty chap” who Zaiwalla did not want to name, embezzled around £1.6 million, hid the money, and then declared bankruptcy.
“I just trusted him blindly and carried on with the legal work,” Zaiwalla said. “I had given him the signing power, so I accept responsibility.” He added: “I had to downsize my firm. I had about 19 or 20 lawyers at that time. I had to get rid of all of them.”
After paying off all of his employees, Zaiwalla was on his own and in debt. He was forced to start again. “There’s one thing you learn starting a business from scratch: you know where the bottom is,” Zaiwalla said. Zaiwalla rebuilt his firm and now employs 11 lawyers, with an annual turnover of around £4 million.
One of Zaiwalla’s earliest employees was a young Tony Blair, whom he instructed as a barrister. However, Zaiwalla fired Blair after his first case.
“I don’t want to go into that,” Zaiwalla said. “We were all young. When I write my book, I’ll tell the whole story. Tony and I are still good friends.” (In fact, Zaiwalla told London Loves Business in 2014, it was because Blair failed to prepare a shipping case properly.)
Zaiwalla believes it was his relationship with Blair, as well as his reputation for representing international underdogs, which led Hussein’s government to reach out to him for legal advice.
“I believe that the Iraqi government knew that the war was coming and that they had no chance and they wanted to find a solution,” Zaiwalla said. He added: “I believe even Saddam would have gone and that would have saved the Iraq war.”
“They wanted to send a message that everything was open for discussion with the US through Britain,” he said. “Saddam would have stepped down. Everything was on the table. They knew there was no hope. They were putting on a brave face.”
Zaiwalla met with Blair in spring 2002, when the prime minister was working with US president George W. Bush to decide on the best course of action in Iraq.
This is Zaiwalla’s letter to Blair, written several months before Bush called for military action in September 2002:
In the letter, Zaiwalla explained his belief that the Iraqi side were looking to find an “amicable settlement.”
Downing Street sent this letter to Zaiwalla in response:
Zaiwalla was told that the Foreign office would respond to his letter. In turn, he was sent a long document justifying British involvement in the war in Iraq.
Nevertheless, Zaiwalla persisted, and sent another letter directly to Tony Blair:
On this occasion, Zaiwalla send a more detailed letter. In the letter, he said that “Iraq would be willing to compromise and agree to resumption of weapon inspections.”
The London lawyer added that he had gained experience in “off the record” communication with foreign governments, during two trips with former deputy prime minister Michael Heseltine to China.
Zaiwalla added: “All of us have a duty to achieve just objectives without shedding of lives wherever possible. I would be happy to facilitate a dialogue between Iraq and the West…”
Tony Blair’s office responded, declining the offer:
So why didn’t Tony Blair listen?
“I think by that time Tony had already made a commitment to president Bush,” Zaiwalla said. “Really it was a personal war between Saddam and president Bush.”
So, was the war illegal?
He said that there is “no doubt” that Iraq was an “unlawful war.”
I asked Zaiwalla if this made his friend Tony Blair a “war criminal.”
Zaiwalla denied this. He said: “It’s a matter of opinion. I don’t want to make any allegations.”
Zaiwalla is currently representing Bank Mellat in a case against the UK government, after Britain imposed sanctions on the bank in 2010 for alleged connections with Iran’s nuclear programme. In 2013, Britain’s Supreme Court said that the sanctions were wrongly imposed.
Now Zaiwalla is attempting to prove that the damages from the wrongful sanctions are worth $4 billion.
“We are going to get something out of it,” Zaiwalla explained, but the amount depends on the proven loss.
Zaiwalla praised this as example of the brilliant independence of the British justice system. He said that “no other court in the entire world” would make such a ruling against its own government.
Zaiwalla’s reputation went on to attract other international clients. In 2004, the Dalai Lama got in touch, hoping he could act as a mediator in the conflict between China and Tibet.
The Chinese decided against the process.
Zaiwalla has abandoned his childhood dream of becoming the prime minister of India.
“I will continue as I am,” Zaiwalla said. “I believe in life that one has to have a clean heart in order to one’s best in an honest manner.”
It is rightly said: “Willpower is a superpower.” Indeed in life however tough situations a person faces in life; Willpower is what is needed to survive and excel in life and an amazing example of this is Mathemagician Minoo Jokhi.
As a 14-15 year old shy timid unhappy boy who couldn’t even calculate basic tables of 4 or 5 to be able to calculate Tables till One Crore; be able to tell you any day of any date for over 400 years to many more spectacular Math Memory Skills which one can’t imagine; Minoo has come a long way in life.
Minoo Jokhi wasn’t a child prodigy? He was the weakest student in his school days. He had practically lost hope that he would ever do something in his life till his 10th grade when an amazing transformation took place.
Facing many adversities in life; Minoo has never lost courage. People many a times ignore their weak areas. But Minoo was different. Deeply hurt by snubs everywhere and amidst lots of problems; Minoo was encouraged by his mother Kety who single handedly guided Minoo and his younger brother Hoshang and she spurred him never to give up in Maths. Minoo loves both his mother and brother a lot. And with his Commitment and Hard Work; he mastered the very subject Mathematics where he was a TOTAL FAILURE. And Became Zero Se Hero. Minoo started to learn basic TABLES uptil 20. He would add and subtract bus numbers and car numbers. These small exercises when done regularly became a Number Crunching Habit with Minoo. And once the amazing transformation took place; people were stunned to see Minoo’s skills.
Today 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 1st January 1600 to date. E.g. 19th July 1989 was a Wednesday. He has learned Cube Roots from 1 to 1000000000(100 Crores). Over 100 Leading Indian Magazines and Newspapers have featured him. He has written over 60 Memory Enhancement Articles on Memory Development. He has come more than 15 times on Television. He has been interviewed on ALL INDIA RADIO 3 times. He has been invited to many prestigious schools, colleges, clubs and companies. He has performed more than 950 MATHEMAGIC SHOWS. Also Minoo is the second person after General Sam Maneckshaw to be the Honorary Member of the Rotary Club of Bombay Hills South.
Corona virus came as a devil since 2020 beginning and the super hardships; unhappiness; havoc it caused to PLANET EARTH; the way people have suffered on account of the pandemic has made the deepest impact on Minoo’s mind. Even though Mumbai where Minoo lives; where the cases have reduced a lot; Minoo urges all to follow all precautions like wearing mask; get double vaccinated; do steam inhalation; drink hot water and above not to show PANIC but STAY OPTIMISTIC that the pandemic will be over by 2022. And not only in India but whole world will be Corona free.
Not just India; Minoo has travelled abroad too. He has travelled once to USA, Canada, Spain and Indonesia and 7 times to Sri Lanka and everywhere people have been dazzled by his Math Powers. In India too Minoo has mesmerized audiences in Bangalore, Ahmedabad, Rajkot, Dharampur, Chennai, Kerala, Chennapatna, Mayapur, Kolkata,Navsari, Lonavala and of course aamchi Mumbai where he has been all around.
Minoo has taught over 8,500 students of all ages writing from toddlers of 3-4 years to seniors 75 years plus. He specializes in his MEMORY DEVELOPMENT COURSE where he has created many levels starting from the Basic Course; Advanced; Third Level and many more. He is a REAL MOTIVATOR for all his students. For his students some of his Tips to excel include:
RIGHT TIME TABLE
START SMALL PROCEED TO BIG
AVOID STRESS AND WORRIES
FOLLOW THE RIGHT DIET
SELF-INCENTIVE FOR DOING GOOD WORK
BE MENTALLY READY FOR TOUGH SITUATIONS
DO DIFFICULT AND CRITICAL TASK FIRST
DO YOGA EXERCISES ESPECIALLY BRAHMAMUDRA.
Minoo does Meditation also as it helps with memory. He advises to sit quietly in a comfortable position and start silently counting backward from 50. As your concentration improves he says, you can move the starting count higher, to 100, 200,300,400,650, 800 and more. This exercise improves concentration and helps a person remember things better. Also he says try to recite ABCD from Backwards i.e. ZYXWV. Try slow first and then increase the speed; he thinks a person may make some mistakes initially but later will be fast.
Minoo is also into Numerology; he provides 7 pages Numerology Consultations which includes one year report and many useful aspects which help immensely. His future plans include writing books on Memory-Development and to act. He made his Acting Debut in the T.V.Show Nagin 3 playing the role of a Pandit and has also acted in Dramas, Short Films and Webseries. 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 and is a LIC Agent and Mediclaim Agent. He has also made a name for himself in Lawn Tennis where he has won various trophies at the club level. He has won the Intra Vazirani Sports Academy Singles Title a record 8 times. He is a brilliant tutor who specializes in teaching Memory-Development to people of all ages. . He loves sharing Math Tricks. E.g. what is 235 multiply by 235. First multiply 5 and 5 which is 25 and take the first digits 23 and multiply it by the next number 24 and the answer is 552 and total answer is 55225. People of all ages have learned the Memory Enhancing 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 has a youtube channel and a facebook account by his name: Minoo Jokhi. He can be contacted on Mobile No 9821407519 and his e-mail is email@example.com He also has a website: http://www.minoojokhi.in
Dr. Shahida Jaffrey reminisces her relationship with the esteemed Mrs. Meherbano Marker who formed the Quetta Girl Guide and All Pakistan Women Association (APWA) Quetta Wing and worked till her last breath at the age of 103 for the betterment of the underprivileged women.
Mrs Meherbano Marker
Mrs. Arnaz Marker, the wife of Mr. Jamsheed Marker, called me from Karachi saying:
“Will you plant 100 Chinar trees somewhere in Quetta to commemorate Mama’s 100th birthday? We will pay for all costs”.
Mama was Mrs. Meherbano Kekobad Marker, wife of Mr. Kekobad Marker, and mother of Mr. Jamsheed Marker, Mr. Khursheed Marker and Mr. Minocher (Minoo) Marker.
Mrs. Marker turned 100 years in the month of August 2001.
Mrs. Marker had dedicated her entire life working for the poor and underprivileged people of Quetta, “The trees will provide shade to the people and also keep the land, and environment of the city
clean and healthy”, said Arnaz.
Sikandar Jamali, my husband, was appointed Chief Secretary Balochistan and later was Federal Secretary Environment. It was the month of August 2001, and Quetta was very hot and dry.
On Arnaz’s request, Sikandar arranged for one Chinar tree through Balochistan Forest and Environment department and a simple ceremony was arranged in the Askari Park, Airport Road Quetta. Mrs. Marker arrived in her chauffeur-driven Mercedes Benz accompanied by her granddaughter, Mrs. Meher Marker Noshirwani, and her nurse. She was in her wheelchair.
All of us – Sikandar Jamali, Director Environment, his staff and I were present.
The tree was planted, photographs taken and prayers said. Unfortunately, the tree soon died: it did not survive Quetta’s August dry heat. Mrs. Marker left for Karachi beginning of winter that year, as was her routine, but was unable to return to Quetta due to illness.
She passed away in her Karachi home in 2004 at the age of 103, with her loving family beside her.
Brief on Kekobad and Meherbano
“Kekobad was the son of Ardeshir, born on February 25, 1896, in the house of his maternal grandfather Mr. Jamshedji Eduljee Chinoy in Secunderabad, Deccan, India.
“He married Meherbano, daughter of Aimai and Dadabhoy Ferozshah Pestonji, on March 28, 1921, at Secunderabad, and Meherbano accompanied her husband to Quetta. The newly married couple settled in an annex specially built for them in the compound of the Marker Cottage on Lytton Road and they have been in Quetta since.
“They lived in a very beautiful house on what was Lytton Road, which was also known as the ‘Thandi Sarak’, (the cool road) as it was lined with huge Chinar trees. A Boot House was built in the compound by Kekobad Marker for his granddaughter Aban in 1958. The unique structure is visible from the main road and is affectionately referred to as the ‘Joote Walla Ghar’.”
The Marker home was and has always been very socially active; with classy lunches, garden parties, and dinners attended by the renowned Quetta families.
Mrs Meherbano Marker
It was also a home where Mrs. Marker hosted and held discussions and consultations with her workers and project beneficiaries, women and men who worked on numerous projects, that she personally funded and supervised, under the umbrella of All Pakistan Women’s Association, APWA Balochistan.
APWA Balochistan and Girls Guide Balochistan were established by her at Pakistan Independence, 1947, and she was Life Time President of both.
Initially, some funding was received from small donors, later, all projects were funded by her personal and family monies. Wives of well to do and affluent Quetta families were very actively involved with these organisations, and gave their all. Numerous institutions were established and run; large and small free schools; free health and family planning centers; and many income generation activities.
I remember, once accompanying her to a small mud building, a girls school in Killi Ismail – a small village, on the outskirts of Quetta, with a sparkle in her eyes she said:
“One day some of these girls will become teachers, nurses, and LHVs. I will be very happy.”
Thousands of poor girls have gone through those small schools improving and changing their lives.
Another area she felt strongly about was population planning and always worried about the population growth in the country. Her great contribution was the establishment of the Idara -e- Niswaan, the APWA hand embroidery center, that was the first of its kind, that introduced Balochistan embroideries as a cottage industry.
Prior to that, local exquisite embroideries were created by women for personal and family use only, and there was no concept of selling their embroidery work.
Idara-e-Niswan created table linen of top quality that adorned the homes of upper-class customers and provided income to needy skilled women artisans, trained by APWA. Currently, Quetta markets are loaded with hand-embroidered different products providing income to poor skilled rural women.
I would often remember Arnaz Marker’s request of planting 100 Chinar trees and felt guilty, as I failed to fulfill her request.
The opportunity came when in 2004, I was appointed by Governor Balochistan/Chancellor, Engineer Owais Ahmed Ghani, the Vice-Chancellor of the newly established university for women, the Sardar Bahadur Khan Women’s University, SBKWU, at Quetta. The old TB hospital, Sardar Bahadur Khan Sanatorium with beautiful English style buildings spread over 45 acres of the mountain on Brewery Road, the property of Pakistan Railways, was given to me to establish a university.
Students at SKBWU Campus
As the Vice-Chancellor I was able to execute Arnaz Marker’s tree plantation request.
She had asked me to arrange to plant the Chinar trees and the family will pay all costs of tree procurement, maintenance and care.
The sanatorium and its land were once rich with vegetation: pine groves, fruit orchards, and beautiful flower gardens. Hazara pine trees were brought by the then Medical Superintendent, Dr. Saeed Hai from Abbottabad. Gardens and orchards were watered with fresh water from there on the premises tube wells. After Dr. Saeed Hai left the hospital and Quetta, and the tube wells dried, the area became a sad desert.
The university was able to recharge and sink new tube wells, very good water from the aquifers watered the land, and the soil was very rich. During Spring 2005, I took my personal old Toyota Prado, from Islamabad to a Haripur plant nursery, and purchased 110 young Chinar plants. I was amazed to see, the nursery owner had set aside 1000 Chinar plants to be taken to Afghanistan.
I took my trees to Quetta by road, about 1000 km, and planted them on the campus grounds.
The trees did remarkably well and all survived and flourished in rich healthy soil, abundant clean groundwater, and particularly, attention and care of the team of a university dedicated staff and gardeners.
In a span of three years, the trees grew fast, their tops touching the roofs of the buildings, and today 16 years later, the old hospital buildings are camouflaged by the thick Chinar jungle – trees having wide trunks and their thick foliage provides oxygen, cool shade to the over eleven thousand students, faculty and staff and it is a pollution-free mountain island!
Chinar trees have grown over the years
Chinar on campus, autumn colours
The SBKWU gifted and dedicated the trees, their maintenance, and upkeep to the memory of Mrs. Marker who gave so much to the women and children of Balochistan.
As was my commitment to the Markers, I organized another tree plantation ceremony on campus grounds. The Markers, graciously attended, Mr. Jamsheed Marker, Mr. Khursheed Marker, and Mrs. Arnaz Marker, who specially came to Quetta on my invitation, and planted one ceremonial Chinar tree. Sikandar Jamali too was present.
Planting a Chinar tree: Jamsheed Marker, Khursheed Marker and Arnaz Marker
Prayers after the tree plantation
When the Markers arrived for the tree plantation ceremony
As the Vice-Chancellor, I lived in a very beautiful house occupied by the Medical Superintendent, Dr.Saeed Hai, which was once a fruit orchard that too had dried.
Author at Chinar Cottage
I planted more than a dozen Chinars and gave the cottage the name “Chinar Cottage”.
Marble Plaque and Inscription
A marble plaque was created by the granddaughter, Mrs. Aban Marker Kabraji and family, and sent from Karachi to Quetta, which was erected at a strategic location in the grounds of Sardar Bahadur Khan Women’s University campus where 110 Chinaar trees were planted in 2005 – with this inscription:
These trees were planted in memory of
Mrs. Meher Bano Kekobad Marker
August 1901-January 2004 who did her utmost to improve the lives of the poor and unfortunate.
Her spirit remains in the mountains and in the Quetta valley which she loved and with its people.
Marble Plaque erected on SBKWU campus
As Arnaz had wished, “Young women will enjoy the shade of the trees, and Mama will be very happy.”
Arnaz’s wish was fulfilled.
Allah blessed mama with a few more years, and she passed away in January 2004 at the age of 103 – constantly saying, “I miss my work and I miss my Quetta”.
The mantlepiece of her Karachi home often displayed vases full of fresh-cut flowers brought from her Quetta home.
Mrs. Marker taught me a lesson, that I often quote: “When does one stop working?” She worked and devoted her full time to it, till she passed away at 103, even when she was unable to be in Quetta.
Mr Khursheed Marker
She directed Baji Razia, her Quetta based supervisor/employee on the phone, and knew all that was happening, she was fully in control.
She is a role model not only to her family but to all of us.
Mr. Jamsheed Marker passed away, June 21, 2018, And Mr. Khursheed Marker passed away, 11 December 2010.
When Arnaz made the request to plant 100 trees, Sikandar Jamali, commented:
“This noble family thinks and works for humanity. By their request for planting 100 trees to celebrate Mrs. Marker’s birthday, they are thinking of humanity, environment, and the trees will benefit and provide shade and comfort to thousands of people and for several generations; not many people think like this”.
Author planting a tree
And since I executed this project, I wished to document and share with the world, the humanitarian and noble face of the Marker family.
Dr. Shahida Jaffrey was the first woman Vice Chancellor and founder of the Sardar Bahadur Khan Women’s University in Balochistan. She holds a Master’s Degree in English Literature from the University of Punjab Lahore and PhD in Education from the University of Philippines. She is the Chairperson of Behbud, Balochistan, which provides preventive healthcare to underprivileged women in the rural area of District Mastung. She has also served as the Chief Executive of the largest Rural Support Programme in Balochistan, the Balochistan Rural Support Programme.
Nagporewalla has been with KPMG in India for over two decades. His key areas of experience include manufacturing, infrastructure and construction
He had earlier served as the sector head for industrial markets and automotive
Yezdi Nagporewalla, a KPMG veteran, will take over as the new chief executive officer (CEO) of the firm in February, KPMG in India said in a statement.
Nagporewalla succeeds Arun M. Kumar, the current chairman and CEO who completes his five-year term on 6 February, 2022. Nagporewalla’s appointment as the CEO is for a term starting 7 February to 31 December 2026, the statement said.
He was nominated by the KPMG India Board. Nagporewalla has been with KPMG in India for over two decades. His key areas of experience include manufacturing, infrastructure and construction. He had earlier served as the sector head for industrial markets and automotive. He has also been a member of KPMG’s global automotive steering committee and had served as a member of the KPMG India board for six years, the statement said.
He has also been a member of a committee of the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) and a member of the managing committee of the Bombay Chamber of Commerce.
“Yezdi’s deep understanding of our business in the Indian market, proven track record serving clients undergoing complex change, and strong leadership skills make him the clear choice to lead the India firm. He is an inclusive leader who inspires trusted relationships at the highest levels of our clients and stakeholders,” the statement said quoting Bill Thomas, Global Chairman and CEO of KPMG.
KPMG in India has seen brisk growth in revenues and workforce has grown by 70% over the last four years, the statement added. The firm has inducted over 90 partners laterally to broaden its skill base and strengthen its delivery capabilities, the statement said.
On August 29 2021 – Dr. Mickey Mehta will be stepping into super sixties.
Four decades normally seem very long, but for Dr. Mickey Mehta it seems they flew pass like a breeze. Yes this year as he steps into 60th birthday, he also completes 40 years as the pioneer of wellness industry on many counts. The first holistic health columnist in India , first fitness TV radio presenter , first one to bring fitness to reality shows ( Indian idol junior , fame gurukool , nach baliye, channel V get gorgeous ,channel V pop stars and many more ) , first personal trainer of India , first one to promote equipment free training in India , first one to coach miss India / Mr. India / supermodels etc. He also has a world record in teaching swimming in 24 hours.
Incidentally he also completes 51 years of practicing yoga. Yet when we ask him are you a yogi? Pat comes the answer, “no am just an ordinary bhogi.”
He feels very fortunate as being appointed the FIT INDIA MOVEMENT champion and he also got the original Indian Olympics t-shirt to make videos for cheering the Indian Olympians.
Being a part of Indian merchant steering committee for holistic health there is lots India can expect post pandemic with his intended ventures HEALTHY INDIA WEALTHY INDIA.
As he steps into his 60th year, the Fit India movement turns three- . Is it a coincidence you ask? “And he says … I am simply blessed! ….”.
So what’s new we wonder? “Every moment, newness depends on your creativity driven by your own enthusiasm and getting inspired from within “. And he quickly opens up his cell phone with childlike enthusiasm, shows me the cover of his new book with global super chef Sanjeev Kapoor and the book is called, “IMMUNITY PLUS” where Chef Sanjeev Kapoor has contributed with health food recipes. Immunity plus also has a 4 week program of workouts, breathing, meditation, mind science, affirmations and prayers. In his own words it is a fully loaded club sandwich of well-rounded IMMUNITY all the way.
And knowing our mighty Mickey we certainly knew that wasn’t it at all. He once again pulls out his research paper on IMMUNITY FOR HUMANITY ‘by UGC- UNIVERSITY GRANTS COMMISION’ for which he was assisted by Dr. Havovi Rana under the guidance of Dr. Ali Irani- HOD PHYSIOTHERAPY NANAVATI HOSPITAL, DEAN NMIMS COLLEGE OF PHYSIOTHERAPY and his assistant Dr. Mansi Mehta. And yes this is Dr. Mickey ,Mehta’s second medical research paper , the first being the monu- mental code – Vedic Wisdom, published in SCI VISION JOURNAL.
Wow now we have 2 global Parsees in the business of immunity from our community. One – Mr. Adar Poonawala and second – Dr. Mickey Mehta. He quickly remembered his first meeting with Adar Poonawala at the Serum institute of India 2020 march 17 just 5 days before the lockdown to be precise and he says the idea of work on immunity germinated there.
Let’s say GET IMMUNIZED…GET MICKEYMIZED!!!
And in his own words he says, work and communicate, to the world and let maximum people get the benefit. So what’s the noise we ask? And yes he says a campaign of wellness revolution for human evolution on radio one, fever and nasha parallelly around STEPPING INTO SIXTY, and that’s not it, hold on; a campaign on Tata sky by Dr. Mickey Mehta “freedom from fat” was launched on the Independence Day.
On his birthday itself 29th August, Tata sky will run a special tribute for the legendary global leading holistic health guru Dr. Mickey Mehta – SUPER FIT SIXTY…completing 40 years of professional journey.
Parsees are known for caring and sharing and Dr. Mickey Mehta has just launched a brand new 360 degree holistic health healing center at Bhulabhai Desai Road Mahalaxmi chambers south Mumbai.
And you ask him any community related service ,and he says “ I serve the Maharashtra police , the BMC, the immigration , the customs , army , navy , air force time to time and have now started serving senior citizens from Zoroastrian community every Friday 6 pm at captain colony.
So does legendary mean THATS IT? And he says “I have just begun, I plan to live forever and contribute forever. I share my passion of social impact with my brother Jimmy Mistry and yes we both are driven by purpose. “
Then comes the line from the wordsmith’s mouth, “don’t chase your dreams …pursue your purpose and the universe will fulfil your dreams”
The project closest to his heart is DELPHIC GAMES of Greece it’s like the Olympics of art and culture. This was launched at the governors house on Saturday the 21st of August by joint commissioner Gst Sahil Seth, Hema malini ji , veteran actor Paresh Rawal, music directors Salim Suleiman , choreographers Bosco – Ceasar, MD BMG Crescendo and above all the grandmaster of physiotherapy Dr. Ali Irani, just to name a few. As a chair of holistic health for Delphic games, it seems he has the responsibility of starting a “SWAST BHARAT MAST BHARAT MOVEMENT”
It was time we had to close the interview and he appealed like a child that I have four more lines please and of course who could refuse that innocent face with a charming and a mesmerizing smile.
And then he says, “My vision is, LET WELLNESS BE THE RELIGION NUMBER ONE.
My mission is START A WELLNESS REVOLUTION FOR HUMAN EVOLUTION.
My objective is LET’S HAVE A DISEASE FREE WORLD. And my motto is SLEEP EVERY NIGHT WITH A WISH TO HEAL YOURSELF …. AND WAKE UP EVERY MORNING WITH A PROMISE TO HEAL THE WORLD.”
Yes of course Mickey – we are mesmerized and are Mickeymized ….
Mickey Mehta – Chairman & Managing Director.
DR. MICKEY MEHTA’S 360 DEGREE WELLNESS TEMPLE PRIVATE LIMITED
Awarded as Health and Wellness Icon of India by Economic Times.
Awarded as one of the World’s Top 100 Impactful Wellness Leaders at the World Wellness Congress.