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More Than Just Surgery

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.

Did you know the conceptualiser of IITs in India?

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.[2] 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.[1]

He served as Collector in various areas of India before he became the first Indian to become Municipal Commissioner of Bombay in 1928.[2]

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.[2] He was knighted in 1939.[3]

He was one of the signatories to the Bombay Plan formulated in 1944.[4]

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.[1][2] His contributions as one of the architects of the Government of India’s post war economic plan formulated in 1945 have been noted.[1]

He was knighted again as a KCIE in 1946[5] died on 8 October 1949.[1]

A hospital-cum-nursing college in Jamshedpur has been named after him as Ardeshir Dalal Memorial Hospital.[6]

Honour Bound – Sarosh Zaiwalla

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.


A section of one of the letters Zaiwalla wrote on behalf of the Iraq government in an attempt to get Blair to consider a peace settlement prior to the war. 
Sarosh Zaiwalla

Between the years of 2003 and 2011, more than 461,000 people died as a result the Iraq war. In the aftermath of the second Gulf War, a power vacuum allowed the ISIS/Islamic State death cult to flourish.What if this catastrophe could have been prevented?

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.

Sarosh Zaiwalla with Rajiv Gandhi, former Prime Minister of India. 

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.

Zaiwalla with Margaret Thatcher. 

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 and secretary general of the UN, Ban Ki Moon. 

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.”

Zaiwalla with colleague Ms Zoya Burbeza in the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg. 

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 and footballer Diego Maradona both trustees of the charity, “Unity of Faith.” 

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.”

“Anything could happen. In the past, Idi Amin [the deposed dictator of Uganda] was sent to Saudi Arabia with a house and hareem. Something like that.”

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:
Sarosh Zaiwalla

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:

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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:


Sarosh Zaiwalla

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.”

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Zaiwalla and Co.’s 30th anniversary reception in the House of Lords. 

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.

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Zaiwalla with the Dalai Lama. 
Sarosh Zaiwalla

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.

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Zaiwalla with his son (Varun) and daughter (Freya). 

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:


  • ASK WHY?


                          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   He also has a website:







A Tribute To Mrs. Meherbano Marker

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. 

Quetta, 2001

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.

The Story

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.

Chinar Trees

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.

Mr Jamsheed Marker

Ms Arnaz Marker

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.

Yezdi Nagporewalla appointed as chief executive of KPMG in India

Nagporewalla succeeds Arun M. Kumar, the current chairman and CEO who completes his five-year term on 6 February, 2022
  • 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.

Dr. Mickey Mehta will be stepping into super sixties

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.
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.
Yes of course Mickey – we are mesmerized and are Mickeymized ….
Thank you.
Warm Regards,
Mickey Mehta – Chairman & Managing Director.
+91 9223405929
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. 
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Shahrukh Tarapore – promoting purposeful technology

Archetype Solutions Group’s new CTO, Shahrukh Tarapore, spent a lot of time in academia before realizing he didn’t want to become a tenured-track professor.

He was on the road to getting a Ph.D in computer science, but wanted to be able to apply research in a more direct way. So, he finished a master’s program at the University of Virginia instead, and dove into work at a Cherry Hill research lab for Lockheed Martin, focusing on machine learning and simulation modeling. He become a software developer by training, conducting research in advanced systems engineering and advising the corporation of the future of its technology.

“That is where I made the bridge between technical and business-focused background within a larger enterprise,” the 2020 RealLIST Engineer told

Tarapore was eventually tapped to run all of the company’s R&D programs in India, fostering the relationships required for corporate responsibility and offsets. But after a few years, he started to feel the pull back to the United States.

He talked to about how he’s navigated his career since coming back to the Philly region. This interview has been edited for length and clarity.

### What made you want to come back to Philadelphia after working in India?

Shahrukh Tarapore: It was a great experience, but I was getting burned out, I never saw my wife. Philadelphia was where my stuff was and I’d decided I’d had enough. I wanted a small org where I had more influence over a lot of aspects, over being a cog in a large machine. Chris Cera with Arcweb and I had been friends, and he talked to me about joining the company in a growth stage. I finally accepted and joined as a product architect, and eventually took over engineering team as head of engineering.

This was in 2015. We were a fledgling boutique consulting company, and what Chris and I did there from a tech perspective was professionalize strong developers into a streamlined process so we were able to deliver a quality software development process. I spent five or six years doing that, helping mature the process within an organization. I got to see a lot of finance, tech, engineering in a great environment. I had a lot more influence on software development and engineering.

And at the same time, because I was in a small org, it was really Philly-centric, and it was great entry point into getting more into Philadelphia. I got into civic culture, nonprofits and the tech ecosystem. Chris is a huge supporter of people engaging at that level. Then, fast forward to May of this year, for a lot of different reasons, it was a good time to move on — good growth for me and for others who could level up.

Tell me about your new role. How does it compare?

Now, at Archetype Solutions Group, I’m helping to build a tech org within the company. We target mid-market companies in the employee benefits space and healthcare with a goal with doing that management consulting work, to create an avenue for deal flow into the venture capital arm of our work. It gives me a view into a lot of different companies, and I get to play matchmaker to different orgs that might have value to other companies experiencing those products. A lot of work is in maturing and building tech and serving as a CTO to early-stage portfolio companies.

I’m still very much the new kid on the block, and I still have the luxury of coming in with some humble ignorance and asking how things work and why. I think that creates a safe space to talk about “why are we doing what we’re doing?”

What about a tech career drew you in?

I’m in a minority set of technologists where in my career, I’ve been less interested in tech for the sake of it being cool, and more motivated by it serving some purpose, whether that be to improve user experience or help them get something done. I’m actually usually the person in the room advocating for technology to be the last thing to do if you cant find another way. We’re always looking for that next technology, and I think I come from a perspective of exhausting all options before introducing new technology. Because in the world of tech, there’s always unintended consequences with new technologies.

There’s a mantra out there — “move fast and break things.” I think it’s created a lot of problems beyond technology. I think there’s a way to learn and not cause chaos for chaos’ sake. That’s the way I build teams.

Do you have advice for others who are considering a career move that’s intimidating or scary?

The thing I try to remind people of is, we’re in such an exciting time in an exciting industry. We’re in a place of privilege. A lot of other people don’t have the breadth of opportunities we have as technologists. And no matter where you are in your career, if you’re actively improving yourself and looking to be a good contributor to your team, and you’re making a career choice between Job A or Job B, its really not what’s good or what’s bad — they’re usually both really good choices.

It’s more opportunity costs. Both A and B are fantastic. Trust that if it turns out that Job A wasn’t all it’s cracked up to be, you’re still in a great space and you have a great perspective of Job B and can go and be successful over there. It’s about making that choice and riding it to its conclusion and then finding the next one.

Dr. Shireen Irani featured in D Magazine’s top list of 2021 Best Dentists

Frisco orthodontist Dr. Shireen Irani featured in D Magazine’s top list of 2021 Best Dentists

Frisco, Texas – August 09, 2021 – Leading Frisco orthodontist Dr. Shireen Irani has been acknowledged as one of the top dentists by the esteemed D Magazine 2021 Best Dentists list. The prestigious honor has been bestowed upon Dr. Shireen in recognition of her exemplary contributions towards provision of best orthodontics experience for  adults and children in the Dallas area. The award-winning dentist extends industry-leading orthodontic treatment through her Frisco-based clinic mBrace Orthodontics.

D Magazine is a leading publication covering topics pertaining to the Dallas, TX area with an average readership estimated at just under 500,000 per issue. The magazine reviews dental and orthodontic providers in the Dallas / Fort Worth region and names a handful to their best of list every year.

“It’s a huge honor for me to be acknowledged by the esteemed D Magazine in their top list of 2021 Best Dentists. As a dedicated orthodontist, I have always been focused on providing the highest quality orthodontic care for my patients and it feels special to know that my hard work and commitment have been recognized by such an elite body like D Magazine”, stated Dr. Shireen Irani.

Dubbed as “Frisco’s favorite orthodontist”, Dr. Shireen Irani earned her degree in Doctor of Dental Surgery from Texas A&M University Baylor College of Dentistry in 2007. She followed up with a fellowship in Advanced Education in General Dentistry where she served as general dentist for 4 years.  She has further earned her Master of Science in Orthodontics from St. Louis University.

Over the years, Dr. Shireen has received several awards, including the International College of Dentists Leadership Award and the Eleanor J. Bushee Senior Student Award for academic excellence and outstanding leadership by the American Association of Women Dentists. The leading Frisco dentist was also on the prestigious Cumulative Dean’s Honor List. Dr. Shireen holds membership with American Association of Orthodontics and Southwestern Society of Orthodontists.

Dr. Shireen Irani and her team at mBrace Orthodontics specialize in extending advanced Invisalign aligners for both adults and teens. These clear aligners are a more aesthetic and comfortable alternative to traditional braces and enable patients to pursue their lifestyle goals without any major change in social or eating habits.

mBrace Orthodontics also specializes in providing braces and offers them in various modern options. Patients can choose from colored braces, clear braces for a cleaner aesthetic experience and so on. For those who want a personalized experience, the clinic extends cutting-edge WildSmiles braces that can be customized into various shapes, like hearts, diamonds, footballs and more.

“We assure you best-in-class orthodontic treatment backed by the latest technologies and tools, amid a relaxed and fun environment.”

As a dedicated professional, Dr. Shireen is committed to excel in orthodontics through continued education and upgradation of her treatment as per the latest techniques and technologies in orthodontics.

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Justice Nariman Retires

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