Mahzarin Banaji elected to National Academy of Sciences


Mahzarin Banaji has been elected to the National Academy of Sciences

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


Trainer Pesi Shroff achieves rare milestone

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sarosh Zaiwalla gets Lifetime Achievement Award

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

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

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

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Dr Peshotan Katrak receives Australia Day honours

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

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

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

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

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

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Dr Nergis Mavalvala becomes first recipient of Lahore Technology Award

Fumbling, stumbling, grumbling, lost in the world of physics and walking on the unplanned paths, Professor Nergis Mavalvala from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) was able to solve the centuries old mystery about gravitational waves.

“I used to repair bicycles and did hours long chemistry concoction in Karachi. My first forays of research were in college time when I got to know there is a whole field of science where I could pursue my career,” she said.

Dr Nergis Mavalvala is a professor of astrophysics and head of physics department at MIT . She is a Parsi celebrity scientist. Mavalvala is best known for her role in first observation of gravitational waves, the team in which she was working also got the Nobel Prize in Physics.

She delivered a lecture on ‘The Warped Universe: hundreds years quest to detect gravitational waves, Ligo and Virgo Collaborations’ at Arfa Software Technology Park on Sunday. She was awarded first ‘Lahore Technology Award’ institutionalised by the Syndicate of Information Technology University (ITU) on her discovery of gravitational waves.

She was born in Lahore and raised in Karachi.

In her lecture Dr Nergis narrated in a story style about the warped universe, discussing the cosmic address, story of the exploded black holes, explaining gravity messages, device to measure detectable gravitational waves. A large number of audience took keen interest in her scientific observations.

She said the journey of gravitational waves starting from Newton and reached at its optimal level in the time of Einstein. She said through the discovery on the gravitational waves we will be solving some of the unsolved mysteries of the universe.

It was a time when you think, gravitational waves are faint and they ripple of space-time travelling at the speed of light. They even stretch and compress space-time itself.

She mentioned that detector Ligo and Virgo are not only two detectors in the world, there are three in Italy and a 3km detector is under construction in Japan.

With the advancement in physics, Einstein’s General Relatively theory seems to be correct that black holes exist and they even form pairs, she said.

“But there are puzzles too. How does nature makes heavy black holes and how they form pairs is still a question,” Dr Mavalvala said.

The recent discovery has solved some of the mysteries too like heavy metals like gold and platinum are formed in neutron star and mergers.

She said with using gravity alone or with light a new tool for unimagined new discoveries in universe can be unearth.

ITU Vice Chancellor Dr Umar Saif said in his welcoming remarks that Pakistan does not have major academic award to acknowledge and celebrate the services of Pakistani scientists.

“Lahore Technology Award first recipient sets the bar extremely high and signaled what we believe is a befitting example to emulate for Pakistani scientists,” he added.

“Lahore Technology Award backed by $30,000 is a token of gesture to our distinguished guest.”

The example of Dr Nergis would encourage more female to come forward to offer distinctive services in the field of technology, he said

The 101 on Fitness Trainer Sohrab Khushrushahi’s Sohfit

The best gym in Mumbai could very well be your playground. At least that’s what fitness trainer and self-confessed enthusiast Sohrab Khushrushahi believes. He launched Sohfit in October with the clear objective of making your average gym workouts fun.

Khushrushahi gave up a thriving career practicing law, for his love of fitness. He left the glassy confines of leading law firms such as Linkalaters (Singapore) and Trilegal (Mumbai) to strike out on his own, and start afresh.

For his bootcamps he chooses classic playground games, and weaves in an element of exercise. So a regular game of ‘Catch and Cook’ or ‘Dog and the Bone’ ends with the loser doing 15 burpees or squats. Though his brand was officially launched last month, he’s been helping his friends achieve their fitness goals for almost a year now – one of whom remarkably went from 80 kg on the scale to 56 kg.

“For me, it’s always been about having fun. You can’t be stressed about that one hour you spend in the gym. A lot of people treat it as a chore,” he says. His personal tryst with fitness began at 12 years of age, when he started training for cricket and he hasn’t looked back since.

Anywhere between Bandra and South Mumbai. You sign up for sessions closer to home, at the nearest gym, or join his bootcamp at Shiamak Davar’s studio in Mahalaxmi.

Bootcamp, Rs 750 per session (if you sign up for a month). Reach him at +91 8355-817-453 or visit

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The renowned Parsi artists contributed to the theatre and Indian Film Industry.

The theatre is blended with Indian culture for such an extended period. You’ll be amazed to know that Indian theatre has started near about 5000 years back and since then so many talented actors and actresses have given outstanding performances on this platform. Various Parsi actors and actresses are noted on this list. They have made an invaluable contribution to Indian Theatre and Hindi film industry.

Source: Indian Express

The development of the Indian theatre is primarily divided into two parts, the classic period and the modern period. The classic time is known up to 1000 A.D. Now we are standing in this modern era or the age of Bollywood. But the British had significant influence in Indian theatre. In the 1850s a small community of great Parsi actor and actresses started acting Shakespearean plays in India. The dance and the song become so popular that they began to perform the same act in Hindi, Gujarati, and Urdu.

So today we are going to explore the distinguished Parsi actors and actresses who have contributed to the theatre and movie since long.

Boman Irani

Boman Irani is one of the most accomplished actors in Bollywood. With his most unusual and compelling roles, he has proved that you can achieve your dreams anytime in your life. Boman was born on 2 December 1959, and before getting success, he struggled a lot in his life. His mother encouraged him a lot to watch films. When he was in school, he went to the Alexander cinema to watch movie regularly. Very few people know that Boman is not only an excellent actor but also a competent photographer and a skilled vocal artist and singer. People got surprised when came to know that this multi-talented person once sold sports pictures just to earn twenty to thirty rupees per day. But today he has already proved that dreams can be real if you have that patience and passion towards achieving your goal.


He started his career in theatre. And in 2000 he made his first debut with the film ‘Everybody says I am fine.’ He proved his versatility by playing so many different characters like Jolly LLB, Khosla Ka Ghosla, Three Idiots, Ferrari Ki Sawaari and a lot more. Last but not the least how can we forget Dr. Asthana from the hilarious movie Munna Bhai M.B.B.S? This Parsi actor will always remain in our heart because of his spectacular performances.

Kurush Deboo

Another versatile Parsi actor Kurush Deboo was born in Mumbai on 12th September 1963. He is not only a great artist but also counted as one of the well-educated actors of Bollywood. At first, he completed his Graduation in Commerce in Commerce in 1984. After that, he did his Post Graduation in Advertising and Marketing from Xavier’s Institute of Communications, Mumbai. On the very next year, in 1987 he completed his Diploma in Marketing Management from Mumbai University. Before his debut in Bollywood, he also finished the diploma in acting in 1988.

This talented Parsi actor made his debut with the film “Percy.” Soon after his first appearance, he got the recognition of the Best Actor in National Awards. But he had become a celebrity after playing the role of Dr. Rustom Pavri in “Munnabhai MBBS.” With his extraordinary performance, he won many hearts and proved his versatility as an artist. Apart from that, he performed in various other films like “Apne,” “Kasoor,”  “Page 3”, “Taxi No.9211”, etc.

Dinyar Contractor

Dinyar Contractor, the famous multi-talented personality, was born on 23 January 1946. He was not only an excellent actor but also a successful stage performer and a great comedian. Dinyar is also acclaimed as a renowned theatre artist. He acted in various Gujarati as well as Hindi theatres. Later on, in 1966 he started working in Hindi films and impressed everyone with his witty acting skill.



When Mumbai Doordarshan launched their DD-2 channel, it became one of the most prominent hits. That time this Parsi actor started acting in Gujarati program named Aavo Mari Saathe. Another renowned Parsi theatre artist Adi Marzban also joined him in this program which was exceptionally loved by the audience. Apart from that, no one can forget his magnificent acting in the films Chori Chori Chupke Chupke, Baadshah, 36 China Town, Khiladi and a lot more. Sometimes he appeared on the screen as a Principal, sometimes a Casino Manager or a servant. But every time he proved his versatility in front of the Indian audience. Now, this 71 years actor is much famous for his hilarious performance as Sodhi’s Father-in-Law in Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah.

Adi Marzban

If you are a theatre lover, you must have heard about the Parsi Theatre and the renowned theatre artist Adi Marzban. Nothing can be more exhilarating than the Parsi Theatre which was established in Bombay near about 50 years ago. Though he was an Indian theatre artist, he was a Parsi by birth. That is why acting and the passion was in his blood. This eminent personality was born on 17 April 1914. He was not only an exceptional actor but also a great director, and a celebrated playwright and broadcaster. The government of India was honored him in 1964 with the Padma Shri award.


Source: Mumbai Theatre Guide

This renowned dramatist was also the author of various remarkable plays such as Maasi no Maako, Mazandaran, Makhai Mohoro, etc. Not only that but he was also the founder of two Gujarati newspapers Mumbai Samachar and Jam-e-Jamshed. This unparallel artist acted over 100 plays, and more than 5000 scripts were written by him for the All India Radio. In the year 1970, he also received Sangeet Natak Akademi award. In February 1987 the Indian theatre lost this multi-talented personality. Till now he is ruling many hearts because of his extraordinary performances.


Shammi, a renowned actress of Bollywood, was born on 1931 in a Parsi family. The father of this artist was a priest in a Parsi temple. Her father died when she was just three years old. So to earn money, her mother used to cook in various religious functions. The Parsi communities usually organized these functions.


Source: Beete Hue Din

After a lot of struggles, ups and downs in her life finally she got selected for Begum Para. The producer of this film Mukhtar was very much worried about her Hindi speaking skill that time as she was a Parsi by born. But he got utterly impressed with her because she spoke Hindi like it was her mother language. She is indeed an inspiration because this 84-year-old actress still wants to continue her work on a daily basis. This versatile actress played various impressive roles in the movies like Khuda Gawah, Coolie No 1, The Burning Train, Shirin Farhad Ki Toh Nikal Padi and the number goes on and on.

Remembering Dr. Zinobia Madan


 It has come as a great shock to learn about the untimely demise of Dr. Zinobia Mahiar Madan,a  well known expert in healthcare, Founder  and managing director, ClinOma Healthcare, Honorary  consultant – Lifestyle Medicine, Jaslok Hospital and Research Centre,  A Co-founder of Jiyo Parsi scheme, and above all a good human being,  kind, compassionate always eager and ready to help anyone in distress, or needing care and guidance.

       Giving a helping hand to the poor and suffering is our reason to exist said Zinobia, 


who was very passionate about this social cause. In December 2009 when she met Dr. Shernaz Cama at the 9th World Zoroastrian Congress in Dubai where she presented a paper on ” The medical problems concerning the Parsi Community”, she with Dr. Shernaz Cama conceptualised and planned a scheme to solve the problem of the declining trend in the community.



 She presented a research data of the community and insights into the causes of decline of the Parsi community. After discussion with the infertility expert Dr. Anahita Pandole, a plan was submitted, which was approved by the Ministry and a foundation was laid for a scientifically designed programme ‘Jio Parsi’.

       “Time for Focused Action, Not for Unwarranted Reactions” was the introductory message from Dr. Zinobia.

       Dr. Zinobia was a Mumbai-based expert in healthcare, and had garnered more than 20 years of experience through clinical research, new introduction of healthcare products, teaching, writing and mentoring. In the pharma industry she held key leadership positions as Medical Director of leading multinational pharma companies.



 In recognition of her outstanding contribution to the field of Medical Science & Nutrition, she was awarded MAMS (Membership of The National Academy of Medical Sciences), FIMSA (Fellowship of the International Medical Science Academy) and FICA (Fellowship of the International College of Nutrition). Dr Zinobia Madan was also the recipient of “Rajiv Gandhi Excellence Award for Innovations in Healthcare, 2014” & “Jewel of India Award for Landmark Contributions in Healthcare, 2014”.

She was identified by the Mumbai University as an outstanding Undergraduate to undergo an intensive research training orientation course at National Chemical Laboratory, Pune in Basic and applied Biochemistry related areas pertaining to research orientation in various departments of NCL.



After she was awarded doctorate for her original cardiovascular research work at Jaslok Hospital and Research Centre, she actively pursued a career in the Pharmaceutical Industry, in the Medical Divisions of  leading Pharma companies like Abbott and Wockhardt, in areas of clinical research pertaining to several therapeutic areas, Pharmacology, Nutrition, Medico marketing, Regulatory and Medical Information.

       She was a member of several medical societies in India, and has no less than 30 key publications, some being coauthored with eminent Doctors like G. S. Sainani, G. B. Parulkar and others.


She was a speaker at many national and international forums for increasing awareness on wellness and healthcare.

       In 2010, the Indo- American Society invited Dr. Zinobia to deliver a presentation on “Lifestyle Changes for a Healthy Future”.

       A new leaf in her career opened in the year 2010 when she conceptualised the novel idea of providing quality healthcare for Indian citizens with a lifestyle concept through her organisation, ClinOma healthcare with a focus towards imparting quality and meaningful healthcare to make a significant impact on human life. In the area of pharmacovigilance & Clinical Research ClinOma Dr. Zinobia was Panelist and Chairperson and participated at two forums speaking on Patient Empowerment.



Individuals at this clinic with stress and associated problems like obesity, diabetes, hypertension, gastrointestinal problems, osteoporosis and several others, received care and counselling with a scientific and holistic approach.

       Having a disability should not discourage one from leading a useful life. True to her words, in spite of the crippling disabilities she suffered, she worked till her last breath helping the poor and the suffering making it her reason to exist. She further emphasised, “We need to elevate our souls by shifting our life’s curve more and more towards our positive attitudes & to eliminate all negativity from our life, as this will ultimately give us the satisfaction of having lead a life as per the tenets of our great religion. We must ultimately learn to involve ourselves more in caring for others rather than having an attitude of being self-obsessed, so that our existence will become more and more meaningful.These very words speak of the great emphasis she laid on Service Before Self!


       She further bemoans, ” It is so true and we have live experiences that the greatest wealth in the universe cannot bring back all the lost health or lost happiness. So true for one who had the spirit and the will to rise and excel, but no physical strength to combat.

       “As a good human being how far you go in life, depends on your being gentle with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic to the striving, and tolerant of the weak and the strong.. Because at some juncture in life, you would have been all of those.” These words narrated by her speak a volume about the way she faced the world with rare courage and determination till the end.

       May her soul rest in heavenly bliss and inspire others to tread the path of renunciation and righteousness.

By Piroja Homi Jokhi