Forwarding YouTube link featuring Sanaya Veraf Khambatta, our YZ Vice President & 8WZYC Co Chair, on ‘Finding True North’.
Sanaya works for IBM as a Technical consultant. She is also part of the Tech Allies committee- a group of industry young professionals focused on providing cross industry knowledge and development surrounding technology to professionals. Her aim is to inspire the next generation into choosing a career in technology, through her work with schools and universities, as well as releasing their own podcast series and internships.
Their newest venture is ‘Finding True North’- a virtual series of inspiring career stories delivered through interactive YouTube Live sessions. Here is last week’s session featuring Sanaya as the first guest speaker. She discusses her journey to date and gives out advice and guidance on how to be successful and reach your full potential.
For more information please do see see her LinkedIn.
the 16th East Bombay Zoroastrian Bharat Scout Group engages with cubs, scouts and their parents during the lockdown period
~ The 16th East Bombay Scouts go online to adapt to ongoing coronavirus lockdown
Social distancing may have put a stop to community meet ups but that hasn’t meant a break to Scouting for the 16th East Bombay Zoroastrian Bharat Scout Group, where scouts and cubs have gone online to adapt to coronavirus lockdown.
Technology may have changed, the scouts themselves haven’t, despite the current lockdown. The 16th East Bombay Zoroastrian Bharat Scout Group (a hundred-year legacy and counting) has been engaging the cubs and scouts daily through WhatsApp groups and on Sundays through meetings conducted on Zoom… From daily challenges and activities on the WhatsApp group like Snack Art, Dalgona Coffee, Improvise your Chapatis, Fork Painting, Safe Hands, Make a Mask, Clown Face, Musical Band with Household Things, Floss Dance, Paper Toss, Bottle Flip, Scavenger Hunt, Singing Tree Pose and multiple Puzzles/Quizzes to First Aid, Knot Tying and Observation like sessions during the Sunday scout meetings on zoom.
The Scout Group successfully conducted a Virtual Entertainment Programme for Parents & Family Members (of Scouts and Cubs) on Friday, 1st May which included fun activities like Queen of Sheba, Bollywood Buff (guess and sing the song), Antakshari Party, Dumb Charades and Double Trouble (Fun Games for Couples including thread the needle with one hand, peeling onions and potatoes without knife, dress the child in a saree etc).
Replacing the annual summer camp scheduled to be held from 1st to 5th May, the Zoroastrian Scout Group took up the challenge to conduct a one-day virtual camp for the scouts and the cubs on Sunday, 3rd May. The schedule of the virtual training camp included Prayers, Exercises, Breakfast Preparation & Eating Together, First Aid & Disaster Management session (attended by the boys and their parents), Recreation Activities (Scavenger Hunt and Making T-shirt, Pant & Cap from newspaper and wear the same), Scouting Games (Kim’s Game – Observation) and an Online Campfire with one round of family performances (Skits, Singing, Dancing etc) and the other round of boys singing together patrol wise.
“Our Scout group, the 16th East Bombay Zoroastrian Bharat Scout Group (ZBS), was founded on 1st August 1920 to train our Parsi youth in various physical, mental & other skills so as to become good citizens and positive human beings and contribute positively to society. We are in our Centenary year and will complete 100years on 1st August 2020! Under normal circumstances we conduct our activities on Sundays as also hold outdoor camps normally at least twice a year! We have a dedicated team of Scouters & Rovers who have been trained during their scout days & are now devoting their time to train the younger lot! Kudos to them!”, Scout Master Mr. Freddy Khapoliwala elaborating on the origin of the scout group, the activities conducted and the benefits of Scouting.
Highlighting the steps taken by the Zoroastrian Bharat Scout Group to adapt to these times, he further adds “This has been a unique situation and our Scouts/Cubs/Scouters have risen to the occasion by having Virtual activities over laptop, phone & videos through zoom & other mediums. Besides upgrading skills through web-sessions, demos etc., they have been lending a huge hand in household chores making us & their parents proud. We have also conducted a virtual entertainment programme for parents on 1st May evening and a virtual camp day on Sunday 3rd May besides our normal troop & pack meetings at our normal Sunday meeting times! This is over & above at least 2 activities and homework done every day!”
Parents of the scouts and cubs have appreciated the activities conducted:
“My son is really enjoying the daily activities and challenges which are fun, creative and fitness oriented. Thank all the Sirs for their motivation and encouragement and the efforts they have put in especially during this lockdown period.”
“The energy and enthusiasm the cubs and scouts brought to the screens during the virtual camp was awesome. The inspiration, guidance and the encouragement towards the young minds was simply fantastic”
“The one-day Virtual Camp and the Parents Entertainment Programme were so well organised and engaging, with laughter and fun making us forget the current situation”
“During this lockdown period, the cubs and scouts have learnt and are helping in household chores thanks to the motivation and encouragement from the Scouters & Rovers.”
The 16th East Bombay Scout Group, under the arch of Young Zoroastrian Society (YZS), welcomes all young boys between 5 to 17 years of age (join before 14) who wish to join the group and fill their lives with excitement while growing into independent adults leading happy lives and having a group of good Zoroastrian friends for life.
Scouter Khapoliwala adds “We invite all to have their youngsters join us during/after the lockdown. We have our meetings on rainy days from 8am to 10.30 am at Gamadia School & on non-rainy days we also have a game of baseball starting 7am at Parsi Gymkhana grounds before proceeding to Gamadia school to end at 10.30. We are sponsored by & belong to the (YZS) Young Zoroastrian Society & are happy to also say that 25 years ago our society has also started a girl guides group- the 71st Guide Company (ZBG) who are doing an excellent job in training the girls of age 6 years up in similar skills! They also celebrated Silver Jubilee on 1st August 2019 amid a great Celebration year! Look forward to Parsi families of Mumbai taking full advantage in training their children through the 16th & 71st Scout & Guide groups!”
For further details, visit http://www.yzsg.in/ and may call: Scout Master – Mr. Freddy Khapoliwala – 9820153066 / Cub Master – Mr. Pesi Patel – 9819937318 / Asst. Scout Master – Mr. Firdous Satha – 9167626268 / Asst. Cub Master – Mr. Burzin Tavadia – 9892176624
The following is a “Short 2 minutes Survey” by WZCC, for the collecting the basic current status of Zoroastrians employed across India. Please note this is a simple “Quantitative Survey” to assess the data of Parsis/Iranis/Zoroastrians who are either employed or unemployed and looking for a job. This is a WZCC Initiative – World Zarathushti Chamber of Commerce. Kindly please note, we presently are not providing any jobs. This survey is done to collect the numerical data to provide better support to the Zoroastrian Community.
Post the Survey, we shall assess and initiate the latter as per the demand. Further, if you are keen to apply or looking for a job, please mention below the details and your details on which we can effectively communicate at a later date. “Kindly please note we are not providing any jobs at this point”
For the Parsi community in the city, Sunday was Bawas’ morning out on bikes. Hundreds of Parsis, both young and those young-at-heart rode their way on their motorcycles from Parsi Gymkhana (Marine Drive) to Worli Sea Face, Bandra and back to Parsi Gymkhana (Marine Drive) that was organised by ZYNG 2.0 (Zoroastrian Youth for Next Generation) not just to showcase their love affair with bikes, but also to bring the community together.
On the morning of Sunday 23rd February 2020, Zoroastrian Owners of Super Bikes and Vintage Bikes ride together in memory of those we have lost too soon and for the road safety cause. Under the supervision of ZYNG 2.0 volunteers (marshals), all bikers and pillion riders with helmets and necessary protective gear, followed the guidelines of safe riding.
The participants flashed their Supersport, Adventure, Cruiser, Vintage, Cafe Racer, Sidercar, Classic, Tourer and Offroader bikes including the Aprilia, Yamaha, KTM, Honda, Suzuki, Ducati, Triumph, Kawasaki, BMW, Royal Enfield, Bajaj, BSA, Norton, TVS, Jawa and Harley Davidsons of the world. Members of Parsi biker groups like Bawasaki and Vintage Zoroastrian Bikers of Mumbai turned up in large numbers. What added to the attraction were the beautiful women as pillion riders on some of the bikes and the women bikers themselves.
United Way Mumbai, premier non-profit organization with a mission to improve lives by mobilizing the caring power of communities to advance the common good, supported this Zoroastrian Bike Ride and collaborated with ZYNG 2.0 for this noble cause.
Post the bike ride, all were delighted with some sumptuous breakfast at Parsi Gymkhana.
ZYNG 2.0 is a whole new beginning with new ideas and a new committee to continually provide a platform for bringing the Zoroastrian youth closer.
The FEZANA UN-NGO Committee is pleased to announce that there will be a team of 4 speakers attending the 64th Commission on the Status of Women conference at the United Nations from March 8th to 20th, 2020. FEZANA, in partnership with Aahung, Asha Centre, Pakistan Business Council and Shirkat Gah, will be presenting a workshop on:
Empowering Women through Health, Education and Enhancement in the Workplace
Speakers from NGOs/NPOs based in UK, New Zealand and Pakistan will share examples of their work covering a woman’s journey from adolescence through to the workplace and the challenges women face during these stages of life. We encourage you all to attend the workshop as it is open to the public.
Date: March 13, 2020
Time: 6:15 PM
Venue: 4 W 43rd Street New York, NY 10036
Room: Green Room
Ferzeen Dadabhoy (Auckland, New Zealand) Analyst by profession, with a Bachelor’s in Business, majoring Management and International Business. Ferzeen is passionate about giving back to the community and raising awareness on the work done by various NGOs. In her leisure time, she likes to use her event planning skills to create fundraisers to support various NGOs and is always looking for unique ways to support NGOs that work with kids.
Miraal Mavalvala (Pakistan/Canada) Graduate student at McGill University pursuing a Master’s degree in Public Health. Born and raised in Pakistan, Miraal has worked with organizations including the Aga Khan University, WHO Sri Lanka and Palladium in the areas of Maternal and Child Health and Sexual and Reproductive Health. She recently completed her graduate placement at the Pan American Health Organization in Washington D.C., where she worked in the Department of Public Health Emergencies.
Sanaya Master (New Zealand/Canada) Sanaya conceptualized and organized the first World Zoroastrian Youth Leaders Forum at the ASHA Centre in Mar 2018. She has been a speaker at global and local Zoroastrian events including the 7th World Zoroastrian Youth Congress in LA, USA and the Jamshed K Pavri Seminar in Vancouver, Canada. In Aug 2019, Sanaya attended the 68th UN Civil Society Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah and compiled the Rapporteurs Report. She has also been the Guest Editor of the FEZANA Journal twice.
Shirin Mehri (Karachi, Pakistan) Shirin’s passion for an equitable educational and social landscape continues to be evident in her professional and volunteer work. After successfully completing projects in education in UAE, Tanzania, Azerbaijan and the US, Shirin is leading a project on family-friendly workplaces in Pakistan focusing on availability of childcare services. She holds a Masters degree in Entrepreneurial Leadership from Babson College and an undergraduate degree in Economics & Finance from SUNY Plattsburgh.
17th Z GAMES Postponed To Summer 2021 Metro Washington, DC
In these unprecedented times, public health and safety require the postponement and rescheduling of the 17th Z GAMES to Summer 2021. The ZAMWI Board of Trustees and the Z Games Advisory Committee will continue to plan for and host the 17th Z Games, and look forward to working with the Zoroastrian Sports Committee, FEZANA member associations, and all volunteers to host an exceptional games when the pandemic has ended and the economic uncertainty has subsided.
ZAMWI would like to thank the FEZANA Executive Committee, the Zoroastrian Sports Committee, the volunteers from different associations serving as Z Games Ambassadors, and all the ZAMWI volunteers who have been working tirelessly in preparation for the Games.
Please reach out to email@example.com if you would like to become an ambassador for your community or volunteer for the Games. . Please stay safe, stay at home, and practice the advice of experts to prevent and slow the spread of the virus. A quote from a physician in Chicago says it all: “Without taking drastic measures, the healthy and optimistic amoung us will doom the vulnerable.” Postponing the Z Games is the right thing to do.
All registrations completed to date for the originally scheduled Z Games will be refunded.
Sent on behalf of : FEZANA Executive Committee Zoroastrian Sports Committee ZAMWI Board of Trustees 2020 Z Games Advisory Committee
For Zoroastrians, all roads led to Rustom Baug on the 25th of January for The BuzZYNG Flea, the launch event of ZYNG 2.0 (Zoroastrian Youth for the Next Generation), in a hip and happening new avatar. On Saturday evening, Zoroastrians of all age groups witnessed a complete makeover of the sprawling Rustom Baug Ground with ecstatic bohemian decor, scintillating performances, food and fashion indulgences and kids activities.
The shopaholics indulged in some of the latest fashion trends from boho clothing to stylish bags, funky accessories to glittery and artsy makeovers and much more offered by brands like the The Bubble Loft Co, The Hair Story, The Colour Nest, Dazzle, Bliss, Kaalon, Mint & Oak, Fabshield and more.
The crowd treated their taste buds and made their bellies happy with multiple cuisines and tasty treats offered by brands like Kaavo, Baosum, Nothing But Chicken, Wonder Popcorn, Za’atar, New York Burrito Company, Good Fettle, The Mystery Box, The Dessert Avenue, Bourzin’s Big Bites, The Junction and more.
Cerana Meads, Gymkhana91 and Grover Zampa Wines added buzz to The BuzZYNG Flea for the youth to unwind and relax by sipping on the best of the best cocktails, meads and wines while they enjoyed the scintillating performances by young Zoroastrian talented singers like Shanaya Boyce, Khurshed Mogrelia, Sarosh Sidhva, Rehan Balaporia and Hushad Khan along with great sets played by DJ Zubin Fanibanda. To top it all, Burzin Engineer and his dance crew (Dance Out India) enthralled the crowd with their energizing performance.
The 16th East Bombay Zoroastrian Scout Group (1920 – 2020) engaged the kids and preteens with unique and creative base games along with the application of teamwork and leadership skills which included cooking, tent pitching, commando crossing, observation focused games and more. Besides the bouncy castles entertaining the little ones, few kids also tried their hands with mosaic bottle and mandala dot painting offered by Art Inc.
Party games for all like smash my face, can knockdown, 7up7down, twister and more along with simulator racing (Ajmera Indikarting) were other fun activities, many enjoyed with their friends and family.
Actor Jim Sarbh from Padmavat and Neerja fame graced the event, interacting with the crowd and giving an opportunity to all to click some great memories with him. Some other eminent personalities in the Zoroastrian community like MTV VJ Benafsha Soonawala, Dance Master Marzi Pestonji, Model & Actress Sanaya Pithawalla, BPP trustees – Mr. Xerxes Dastur, Mrs. Armaity Tirandaz and Mr. Viraf Mehta along with BPP ex-Chairman Mr. Dinshaw Mehta were present to encourage the new committee of ZYNG2.0 to continually provide a platform for bringing the Zoroastrian youth closer.
ZYNG wants to thank the Sir Ness Wadia Memorial Pavillion (SNWMP) committee as well as the Rustom Baug Residents Association for always lending their support and the BPP trustees for their encouragement towards youth activities.
The Zoroastrian Association of Metropolitan Washington, DC, Inc. (ZAMWI) is excited to welcome athletes, spectators, volunteers, friends and family from across the globe to the 2020 Z Games, July 1 – 5!
The Z Games Advisory Committee, chaired by Farshid Behmardi, has been working hard to prepare for this great event. This email provides important updates, deadlines, and ways you can get involved.
The early-bird registration is now open! To save money, we highly encourage you to take advantage of this early-bird opportunity. You can start your registration by visiting our website https://www.zgames2020.com/register.html. Bahar Boroumandrad chairs the registration subcommittee. Please reach out to Bahar at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Stay informed about 2020 Z Games updates and deadlines by following our Instagram @2020zgames. In our Instagram account, you will also learn more about our volunteers, event developments, and you can reach out with suggestions and questions.
Hosting a well-organized and unifying event can only be possible with the help of volunteers. ZAMWI volunteers are partnering with volunteers from ZAPANJ to support the Games throughout the 4 days. If you are interested in volunteering, please click the link to complete the volunteer from https://www.zgames2020.com/volunteer.html or by going to our website, and submit the form under Get Involved.
The Z-game promises to be filled with intense competition, camaraderie, and lots of fun. Our mission is possible with your donations. For donations, please visit our website’s donation page, https://www.zgames2020.com/donate.html.
If you are a business owner, this is the perfect opportunity to promote your business by becoming a sponsor. Our fundraising group has worked hard and put together several great sponsorship packages from which you can select what works for you. For more information
please visit https://www.zgames2020.com/sponsor.html.
We are super excited for 2020 Z Games and hope that you join us!