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Tata most valuable brand, Airtel at number 2

Image result for tataTata group has held on to top spot, brand value dropped by 4% over 2016: Brand Finance India 2017

The House of Tatas has retained its position as India’s leading brand in valuation firm Brand Finance’s annual study of the country’s top 100 names. But the 150-year-old group’s has fallen four per cent to $13.1 billion in 2017 over 2016, according to findings shared exclusively by the UK-based valuation firm with Business Standard. The firm, however, says the drop is not a result of the boardroom battle the diversified conglomerate witnessed in the last few months, which saw erstwhile chairman Cyrus Mistry ousted in October last year.

“There has been intense speculation as to whether has fallen due to Tata’s boardroom drama,” David Haigh, CEO, Brand Finance said. “In our view this is emphatically not the case. Tata’s brand strength index score in fact improved significantly this year and its rating was upgraded from A+ to AA+,” he said.

Haigh says the drop seen this year, while not being positive for the group, is lower than the decline of nearly 11 per cent seen between 2015 and 2016. In 2015, Tata’s was pegged at $15.3 billion, which fell to $13.7 billion in 2016. But a comparison of Tata’s based on Brand Finance figures released over the years shows that the group’s 2017 valuation number is the lowest in five years, which some experts say, points to the impact of the boardroom battle on the brand.

The battle saw Mistry and the group trading allegations and counter-allegations in public with the matter finally dragged to court. The national company law tribunal, however, dismissed last month a petition filed by minority shareholders of Sons linked to Mistry, which alleged that the group holding company had committed acts of oppression and mismanagement against their and public interest.


Haigh says the drop in this year is due to challenges faced by the salt-to-software group in multiple industries. “Operating conditions in these industries are challenging for all participants. In this context the slight decline can be seen as a stabilisation in challenging times,” Haigh said. “We expect to return to growth soon as the new chairman settles in and attempts to streamline operations,” he said.


In fact, the four per cent and nearly 11 per cent decline witnessed by the brand in the last five years is not the only one seen by the group in that period. The sharpest fall was in 2014, when the eroded 19 per cent to touch $14.7 billion versus $18.1 billion in 2013. Back then, this drop in was ascribed to the many challenges the group faced in industries such as steel and telecom.
Viveat Susan Pinto  |  Mumbai
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Performance of the First Year Necessary Death Ceremonies

The Association for Performance of the First Year Necessary Death Ceremonies of the Parsi Zoroastrians.

  1. E. Mithaiwala Agairy Compound, Jehangir Daji Cross Lane, Slater Road,

Grant Road (W), Mumbai 400007. Registration No. F-80 (Bom)


A Society by the name of The Association For Performance Of The First Year Necessary Death Ceremonies Of The Parsi Zoroastrians was founded in the year 1942 for the purpose of performing the essential death ceremonies of Parsi Zoroastrian individuals who desire to have the same performed for themselves, but do not have any relatives who will get it performed.


The Society is headed by Ervad Dr. Ramiyar Karanjia, Chairman of the Association, and ably guided by Ervad Aspandiar Dadachanji, Panthaky, Vatcha Gandhi Agiary, Mrs. Shernaz D.Mehta, Director, Zoroastrian Co-operative Bank Ltd. and other Trustees.


The Society has arrangements with a few Agiaries for the Performance Of The First Year Necessary Death Ceremonies in different areas in Mumbai and Pune. The Society has received a heartening response from many Zoroastrians and who have since become its members.


The Society  offers two Options:

Option 1 is the economical scheme priced at Rs. 30,000/- and covers the essential after death ceremonies for one year.


Option 2 covers the essential after death ceremonies for one year including Muktad and is presently priced at Rs.55,000/-.


Zoroastrian individuals desiring to become members of this Scheme or for further details can contact :

Mr. Ariez Kharas. Administrator. Tel.: LL 23870283. Cell 9769761284.


Ervad Aspandiar Dadachanji, Panthaky, Vatcha Gandhi Agiary, Huges Road,

Tel. 022 23803826 or 919820493812.

Ervad Kersi Bhadha,Panthaky, M.J.Wadia Agiary, Lalbaug. Tel. 24702207.

Ervad Viraf Pavri, Panthaky, B. C. Batliwalla Agiary, Tardeo Road. Tel. 23530142


Ervad Hormuz A.Dadachanji,Mithaiwala Agiary,Jehangir Daji Street, Grant Road (West), Tel.9820493812.

Ervad Pervez M. Bajan,Mewawala Agiary,Byculla.LL: 23716799 or Cell: 9820379781.

Zoroastrians who desire to get their first year after death ceremonies performed should first become members of the Society by paying a nominal sum of Rs.51/- and thereafter can opt for either of the schemes mentioned above.


The Society is registered as per the Society’s Registration Act and also under the Bombay Public Trust Act and is being looked after by its Board of Trustees. Community members may take advantage of this Scheme depending on their needs.

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“God could not

Be present everywhere

So He made Mothers”

They are hard as steel

As well soft as wool

Whatever one does or did

Mothers, one cannot fool

They are loving tender kind

The best gift to all humankind

Lastly I wish to quote:

“A Woman’s love is in action. She looks with her heart & feels with her eyes. A woman is the bank where her family deposits all anger worries & hurt  A woman is the cement that keeps families together & her love lasts a life time”. Mother Teresa

Choicest Happiness


April 5th 2017


Amar Akbar Akoori

Gujarati Play


Sunday 14th May, 2017 at 7.00 pm

An NCPA Production in collaboration with Silly Point Production

Amar Akbar Akoori is a hilarious Gujarati play meant not just for the Parsi community, but to be enjoyed by anyone who speaks the Gujarati language. The play is about a Gujarati, a Bohri Muslim and a Parsi, who are staying as paying guests in the house of a Parsi widow, Mrs. Pinto. The problem is, neither of the three are ready to pay any rent. So Pinto makes them do the housework in exchange for a room. The landlady is dead against this as non-Parsi paying guests aren’t allowed in a Parsi building. The play takes you on a roller-coaster ride as all three try and portray themselves as Parsis.


Written & Directed by Meherzad Patel

Cast: Danesh Irani, Danesh Khambata, Sajeel Parakh, Pheroza Modi & others

5 Restaurants In Mumbai To Have Authentic Parsi Food

We’ve Shortlisted 5 Restaurants In Mumbai To Have Authentic Parsi Food & They’re Delicious

The Parsis take their food very seriously. No wonder, since Parsi cuisine perfectly braids together Iranian, Gujarati, British, even Portuguese and Goan influences. Think dhansak with its roots in the gently-spiced meat and rice dishes of Iran, layered with Gujarati spices and dal. Or imagine saas ni macchi, transforming an insipid béchamel sauce into a flavourful egg and vinegar-based fish dish. Naturally, the best food is to be had at Parsi homes. But there’s hope yet for those without Parsi friends; luckily, Mumbai is dotted with charming Parsi restaurants and Irani food. We explore a few favorites –


The legendary Indian contemporary dancer and choreographer Astad Deboo returns to New York for two performances this month.


Astad Deboo | Eternal Embrace

May 25, 2017 – May 26, 2017

La Mama Theatre| 66 E 4th Street, New York, NY

Thursday & Friday at 8PM

Choreographed and Performed by Astad Deboo

Music Composed and Performed by Yukio Tsuji

Eternal Embrace is inspired by the poem Maati, written by Sufi poet Hazrat Bulleh Shah. Embodying the poem’s central themes, the piece explores the tensions between annihilation and infinity, the ephemeral and the material worlds.


About the Artist

Astad Deboo’s name is synonymous with Contemporary Indian Dance. He pioneered an innovative style of Indian Dance in the late 70’s. Diverse influences have given Astad Deboo a rich vocabulary as a successful soloists. It has also given him the resources to engage in creative collaborations with musicians, puppeteers, theatre directors, visual artists and dancers. His significant legacy offers innovative models for younger Indian artists whom he exhorts with characteristic clarity: “to be Contemporary Indian Dancers we must be Indian Contemporary, not simply imitate the west.” Astad’s dynamic career has lasted over 48 years with performances in more then 70 countries.



Courtesy :  Parsi Khabar

The Sassanian Empire – From Oxus to Euphrates

June 7th,  2017 Library of Congress, Washington DC
All Day Symposium –The Sassanian Empire – From Oxus to Euphrates


Nisaba Godrej named chairperson of Godrej Consumer

Nisaba Godrej will take over as the executive chairperson of the Godrej Consumer Products from her father Adi Godrej.


Nisaba Godrej will take over as the executive chairperson of the Godrej Consumer Products from her father Adi Godrej. Godrej Group patriarch Adi Godrej stepped down from the post and the Godrej Consumer Products Ltd (GCPL) decided to name his daughter Nisaba Godrej for the post of the executive chairperson. Nisaba will take over as the company’s chairperson on May 10. The 75-year-old Adi Godrej will assume the Chairman Emeritus position.

 The elevation of Nisaba Godrej comes a couple of months after Pirojsha Godrej replaced his father as the Executive Chairman of Godrej Properties. Adi Godrej’s elder daughter, Tanya Dubash, is the executive director and chief brand officer at Godrej Group. “The foundations of GCPL are extremely strong. This is an opportune time to transition to a new chairperson, who will lead the company in its next phase of growth. Over the last decade, I have worked closely with her (Nisaba) and seen her deliver tremendous results,” Adi Godrej was quoted as saying.
  1. Nisaba Adi Godrej is also known as Nisa.
  2. After completing primary education from The Cathedral & John Connon School, Nisaba Godrej completed her Bachelor of Science (BSc) from The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.
  3. Nisaba Godrej holds Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree from Harvard Business School.
  4. Nisa has been part of the GCPL board since 2011.
  5. Nisaba initiated Project Leapfrog in 2007, which helped the Godrej group to grow in the domestic market and also expand outside India.
  6. The company expanded to UK, Indonesia, Latin America and Africa under Nisaba’s Project Leapfrog.
  7. Nisa has overseen various projects in, innovation, strategy and HR for Godrej Industries and its associate companies.
  8. Nisaba is married to Kalpesh Mehta and has a son.

Tata Trusts, TTD ink pact for cancer centre in Tirupati

Tata Trusts today signed a pact with Tirumala Tirupati Devasthanams (TTD) for setting up a cancer centre in Tirupati to address increasing cases in the region.

“Given the rising cancer burden in the region, Tata Trusts has joined hands with TTD to address this concern by bringing affordable cancer care closer home to the people of the region,” Tata Trusts and TTD said in a joint statement.

The centre will strive to provide care to the patients without denying it to those with financial constraints, it added. It will be constructed on 25 acres of land provided by the TTD, the statement said.

As per the MoU, Tata Trusts will set up a project management vehicle that will be responsible for all aspects of construction, execution and operationalisation of the facility.

The Trusts will also rope in a team of experts from Tata Medical Center, Kolkata and Tata Memorial Hospital, Mumbai to provide technical assistance to the project, it added.

Tata Trusts Managing Trustee R Venkataramanan said: “Our aim is to ensure the provision of equitable, affordable, high quality cancer care for the masses. We are positive that this centre will be a landmark institution in this part of the country”.

TTD is happy to welcome an institution like Tata Trusts to work on this pressing issue of rising cancer prevalence in the region, Tirumala Tirupati DevasthanamsExecutive officer Sambasiva Rao said.

The centre to begin with will address the increasing numbers of cancer cases in the region and will evolve to become a centre of excellence in oncology education and research as well, the statement said.

“Today is another important milestone where the Tata Group and primarily the Tata Trusts are embarking on another important project a charitable state-of-the-art cancer hospital, which will help patients in Tirupati and outside”, Tata Sons Chairman N Chandrasekaran said.

“We have worked together with them to make the pilgrim experience better through technology,” he added.

The proposed facility will be a comprehensive centre, with in and out-patient facilities, diagnostics, therapeutics, rehabilitation and other such support services. AKT SA