Manashni from AZA – March 2019


Here is the latest issue of Manashni – the official publication of Australian Zoroastrian Association – AZA. Enjoy!



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Once Upon a Try – Epic journeys of invention and discovery


Explore humanity’s greatest inventions and discoveries in a new interactive online project by Google Arts & Culture, in collaboration with Parzor Foundation.

Wednesday, March 6th – Today, Google Arts & Culture launched Once Upon a Try – the largest online exhibition about inventions and discoveries ever curated. Collections, stories and knowledge from over 110 renowned institutions across 23 countries, including from Parzor Foundation, are brought together, highlighting millennia of major breakthroughs and the great minds behind them.

Everybody can now explore more than 400 interactive exhibitions that pay tribute to humanity’s greatest leaps in science and technology progress, and the visionaries that shaped our world, as well as tales of epic fails and happy accidents. Once Upon A Try also lets you dive into Street View to tour the sites of great discoveries, from deep underground inside CERN’s Large Hadron Collider to high in the sky onboard the International Space Station. Zoom into more than 200,000 artifacts in high definition, including the first recorded map of the Americas from 1508, and Albert Einstein’s letters, never before published online.

Parzor Foundation contributes the exhibition Breaking New Ground: Darashaw Nosherwan. The Story of Geologist Extraordinaire D.N. Wadia. The exhibition allows users a glimpse into the Indian Geologist’s life and his pioneering contribution to Indian and world geology. The exhibit includes images from the diaries he maintained on his field trips, his geological drawings and even a peek into his bookkeeping habits. Google Arts & Culture Technology will now allow this material including images from Professor Wadia’s personal rock collection, to be preserved for posterity.

Online visitors can discover

·      A special interactive story about the geologist pioneer Prof. DN Wadia with rare material to interest scientists, artists and just about anyone looking to study a fascinating life.

·      60+ new archives and objects related to Prof. DN Wadia (courtesy Wadia Institute of Himalayan Geology, Dehradun, photography by Krish Bhalla.)

Dr Shernaz Cama, Director of Parzor Foundation said “our collaboration with the Wadia Institute of Himalayan Geology and the innovative technology provided by this Google platform has allowed the work of Prof. D. N. Wadia to be made available for the benefit of the global geological and scientific community the world over. We are thrilled to be able to contribute to this global project with our exhibition on India’s forgotten Father of Geology.”

Ms Kritika Mudgal, Curator of Parzor Foundation’s exhibition Breaking New Ground: Darashaw Nosherwan, expressed gratitude to the Wadia Institute of Himalayan Geology for sharing their resources. “ Access to Prof. Wadia’s meticulous notes, his rather artistic geological sketches and his awe-inspiring rock collection was a wonderful opportunity. I am glad that the Google Arts & Culture Platform will now allow more of us to know about institutions such as the Wadia Institute in Dehradun, their remarkable collections and the significance of the pioneering work of those like Prof. Wadia to various fields of human endeavours across ages. ”

Mr Krish Bhalla, photographer for the exhibit, iterated the significance of digitizing artefacts through photography in an effort to preserve our heritage, as also of the contribution of the Google Arts & Culture Platform to the end of safeguarding artistic, cultural and scientific heritage in the modern world.

We invite everyone to participate in the first phase of an online collection that celebrates innovation and science. Through inspiring, and at times surprising, stories from over 100 partners, you can explore the inventions and discoveries that have shaped our world. Once Upon a Try is all about that first attempt, the idea, the journey of fulfilling a dream, and we hope it’ll give people that extra boost to find their very own eureka moment,” said Amit Sood, director of Google Arts & Culture.

The Parzor Exhibition may be accessed through: https://artsandculture.google.com/exhibit/RQKSorHWtx43JQ

Explore Once Upon a Try on Google Arts & Culture (g.co/onceuponatry) or using our app on iOS or Android, and join the conversation with #onceuponatry.

About Google Arts & Culture

Google Arts & Culture puts the collections of more than 1,800 museums at your fingertips. It’s an immersive way to explore art, history and the wonders of the world, from Van Gogh’s bedroom paintings to the women’s rights movement and the Taj Mahal. The Google Arts & Culture app is free and available online for iOS and Android. Our team has been an innovation partner for cultural institutions since 2011. We develop technologies that help preserve and share culture and allow curators to create engaging exhibitions online and offline, inside museums. Read about our latest projects on the Google Keyword blog.

POWER OF A WOMAN



One is aware of the saying

“Woman has her wiles“

She can bring about total ruin

Or make one smile

Cleopatra ( Queen of Egypt)

Brought about the

Destruction of Rome

So too you can

Bring about change

Where there is no hope

Do not underestimate

The power of a woman

Whether she be of

Any religion

She doesn’t have

To bow to human egoistic  men’s dictates

Which are total & utter disgrace

The “people” who practice

Racism Discrimination & Bigotry

Should be ones to be excommunicated

As they are to our religion

A utter  total disgrace

Staying silent is emboldening them

Enabling them to Subjugate many more

Have a spine

Stand up & take back

One’s religion

In which one was born

They may dictate terms to you

You should know

We have No Rules

One may be married

To a Non-Zoroastrian

You are still  Zoroastrian to boot

Asho Zarathushtra it seemed

Sacrificed His Life for nothing

Apparently to His Message

We are deaf dumb & blind

As we continue down

Slippery slope

This beautiful religion

Will be lost to all human kind

Lastly:

Do not let them intimidate you

Go on practicing your religion

One does not have

To go to a Fire Temple

To light the Light & pray

One can do it in the

Comforts of your home

That is the Zoroastrian Way

Follow what one thinks its best

Let the Power of Prayers

Take care of the rest.

Farida Bamji

Dr Rupa Bai Furdoonji – The World’s First Female Anaesthesiologist!


Furdoonji’s tryst with the medical field began in her hometown at the Hyderabad Medical School (HMS), in the erstwhile capital city of the Nizam’s dominion in the South.

Hyderabad’s Furdoonji has the distinction of being the first lady anaesthetist of the world!

Rupa Bai Furdoonji. Source: Facebook/Parsee Paanu

Furdoonji’s tryst with the medical field began in her hometown at the Hyderabad Medical School (HMS), in the erstwhile capital city of the Nizam’s dominion in the South. The medical school or Osmania Medical College as it is known now was set up by the fourth Nizam, Nasir-ud-Daulah in 1846. During his reign, the Nizam focused on getting men, as well as women, enrolled in the medical field.

A vision that Nawab Mir Mehboob Ali Khan, who ruled during Rupa’s time, shared along with Surgeon Major (IMS) Edward Lawrie, the Chief Surgeon of British residency, and also the Principal of Hyderabad Medical School.

It was on Lawrie’s motivation that five lady scholars of Hyderabad joined the medical course. Rupa Bai was one of these five women.

Rupa, who joined HMS in 1885, graduated in 1889 with the degree of Hakeem—a western medical qualification—so named because the medium of instruction at the time in HMS was Urdu—the state language. The English lecturers had Urdu translators during the classes.

Thanks to Lawrie, the medium of instruction changed to English in 1885 which opened up avenues for women scholars to study abroad later.

During the four-year course, she studied subjects like anatomy, physiology, materia medica, medicine, surgery, and midwifery. During the years 1889-1917, Rupa worked as an anaesthetic at the British Residency Hospital (BRH) (now known as Sultan Bazaar hospital), Afzalgunz Hospital and Zenana Hospital, Hyderabad.

Rupa’s academic as well as professional work, so impressed Lawrie that he encouraged her to travel to the UK for further studies. And so in 1909, Rupa took a break from her work and enrolled in Edinburgh University from where she earned a diploma in Physics and Chemistry. These subjects were useful for doctors handling anaesthetics as there was no separate course for anaesthesiology.

Later, Rupa also pursued a degree in medicine at the John’s Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, USA. This was when many medical schools in England and America refused admission to women candidates. Even the renowned paediatric cardiologist Dr. Taussig who founded the ‘Blalock-Taussig’ surgical technique for ‘Fallot’s tetralogy’ was refused admission in Harvard Medical School of Boston.

One of these historical letters is Dr. Annie Besant’s handwritten recommendation addressed to Mrs. Drummond dated 27th April 1909.

The Letter of recommendation that Dr Besant wrote. Source: Facebook/Parsee Paanu

The founder president of the Theosophical Society of India and Rupa Bai set sail from Bombay to Edinburgh in the same ship. It was at this time that Dr. Besant wrote a letter recommending Rupa for a course at the University of Edinburgh.

Such was the impact of Rupa’s work in Edinburgh that when the time came for her to return to India, Mrs. Drummond wrote to Rupa’s associates in Hyderabad. She persuaded them to relieve Rupa of her duties as her expertise was required in Edinburgh. Upon returning to India, after two years in the UK, she served as a full-time anaesthetist at the BRH.

While not much is written about her career post-1920, she is said to have retired from Nizam’s Medical Service as superintendent of the BRH.

When the Hyderabad Chloroform Commissions, under the supervision of Lawrie, conducted anaesthesia experiments on animals, many students from HMS participated in it including Rupa. Thus she finds mention in Lawrie’s book, A report on Hyderabad Chloroform Commissions (1891).

Dr. Rupa became an anaesthetic during a time when only surgeons were considered capable enough to administer anaesthesia. In a majorly male-oriented field, Rupa made her mark with her determination to excel in her field of study.

(Edited by Saiqua Sultan)

by Jovita Aranha

https://www.thebetterindia.com/174072/hyderabad-rupa-bai-furdoonji-first-female-anesthesiologist-india/

Khushru Jijina Felicitated at EPC World Awards and Brand Vision Summit


Khushru Jijina Felicitated at EPC World Awards and Brand Vision Summit

·          Recognised as  ‘CEO of the Year’ at the 8th EPC World Awards

·          Conferred with ‘The Extraordinaire Game Changers’ Award at the Brand Vision Summit

·          In addition, Piramal Capital & Housing Finance receives as ‘Outstanding Company in Infra Finance’ at the 8th EPC World Awards

19th February 2019, Mumbai: Mr. Khushru Jijina, Managing Director, Piramal Capital & Housing Finance has been conferred with the ‘CEO of the Year’ award at the 8th EPC World Awards and ‘The Extraordinaire Game Changers’ award at the Brand Vision Summit. Mr. Jijina received these awards in light of his exemplary work in the field of financial services. In addition, Piramal Capital & Housing Finance received the ‘Outstanding Company in Infra Finance’ award at the 8th EPC World Awards.

EPC World Awards is an annual property of EPC World magazine which widely covers infrastructure and construction-related news, analysis and business information. EPC World Awards is one of the most widely recognised and credible awards that commemorates outstanding performers in the Indian infrastructure and construction sector.

Brand Vision is India’s highly coveted platform that honours individuals and companies who have done exemplary work and continue to be extraordinary. Brand Vision recognises varied personalities and companies from the fields of business, entertainment, sports, art & literature, philanthropy & media. These awards are widely recognised as they are chosen by the consumers and industry stalwarts.

Commenting on these achievements, Mr. Khushru Jijina, Managing Director, Piramal Capital & Housing Finance said, “I am truly humbled to have received both these awards for my contribution in the financial services space. I would also like to thank the jury for recognizing our efforts not only in real estate but also in infrastructure finance. These awards serve as a testimony of our evolution as one of the leading players in the financial services business that provides innovative and a customer-centric end-to-end financial solutions.  These recognitions motivate us to continue raising the bar in the industry, achieve newer goals and stay ahead of the changing times.”

Looking for Gev Bharucha


I want information of Gev B Bharucha he is in his late 50s brother of Katty Bharucha n Nelly Bharucha. Nelly is my friend married in 1978 after that no contact. Nelly n l were to gether in J B Vachha high School in Dadar Parsi Colony they use to live behind JB Vachha Parsi Colony their father had expired long back n mother use to give tuitions to small kids now Gev Bharucha has shifted from Parsi Colony Dadar to Ghatkopar some yrs back their neighbors do not know Gev’s were abouts so pls pls help me in finding Gev Bharucha’s mbl no or address as Nelly is married l do not know her present surname so through Gev l will know her wereabouts thanks a lot

Gev Bharucha has done is schooling from Dadar Parsi Youth Assembly High School in short DPYS

One the right side is my best friend Nelly Bharucha

Mayuri Ranjan Patel – +91-96627 47169

Mission Safeer wins Best Documentary-Jury Award and this historic evacuation features in The Limca Book Of Records 2019


We are proud to announce that our Documentary
” Mission Safeer ..Thirty seven Days to Freedom”has won the prestigious Best Documentary-Jury Award at the 6th International Film Festival at Noida 
Attached are the pictures of the award
We would like more people to view our documentary 
and share it with others and give comments 


https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/mumbai/evacuation-of-722-indians-on-a-cargo-ship-enters-limca-records/articleshow/68420012.cms


Thank you!

Capt. Viraf Kekobad

KAINAZ Jussawalla wins Shiksha Award


KAINAZ Jussawalla from Bandra, an author blogger, journalist, travel vlogger and International flight attendant won the Shiksha award, at the 14 th ‘International press community awards.’

Her award for literature was given to her for her outstanding contribution to the field of writing, journalism and her recent successful debut novel – Coffee days, Champagne nights

The event was held at St. Paul’s media complex Bandra and was attended by few bureaucrats, officials  and film personalities including actress Nagma and singer Anup jalota 

Awards were also given in the field of radio, television and social work.

Webinar to be hosted by Liz Bapasola – 21st March 2019


Hello,

I’m the daughter-in-law of Khursheed and Noshir Bapasola, Sam Bapasola’s wife, and a member of ZAPANJ. I’m the Founder, CEO, and Gallup Certified Strengths Coach for my new company, Liz Bapasola & Associates, LLC. It’s an executive and life coaching/consulting company, formally founded last October.

I would like to share this exciting and FREE webinar, occurring on Thursday, March 21st at 12pm, held online. It’s a webinar to celebrate the Persian New Year and coach participants on how to “Be Better Than Before.”

More details are here: www.lizbapasola.com/liz-bapasolas-events

Thank you for your consideration and support! I really appreciate it.

Best,

Liz