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Farokh Tarapore clinches Silver at Asian Games 2010
F arokh Tarapore clinched the silver
medal in sailing at the Asian Games
2010 in the match racing event. Farokh has
focus on the next move so that when
opportunity came, they should be ready to
grab it. Farokh and his team made several
manoeuvre to perfection, confused the
Chinese and went on to win the third race
and the fourth and, finally, the fifth to
represented India at eight Asian Games in moves and the Chinese countered all of clinch the silver.
a row since 1982 and has now won a gold, them. Finally, the Indian team got one Farokh believes that the will to win is
two silver and two bronze medals at the small chance and they managed to confuse important but the will to prepare to win is
Asian Games in three different kind of the Chinese with a double gybe. This even more important. He also believes that
boats. A feat achieved by none in Asia. manoeuvre Farokh and his team had success is all about having the ability to get
The Asian Games this year was special practised more than a thousand times but, up just one more time after you are down.
to Farokh in many ways, and also the most in the last six months, had never used it in He is a strong believer that the Dream is
memorable one. Farokh strongly believes a single competition. Hard work finally everything. If you can Dream it you can
that if you apply the same formula of paid off and the team executed this achieve it.
success that you applied at the previous
games, you will be in the last 25 per cent
of the fleet. If you are not making
progress every day you are already behind
the game. Past performances have little
effect on the present result. One has to
grow every day to ensure that you increase
your chances of a medal.
The match racing event that Farokh
participated in at the Asian Games is like
the T-20 of sailing. Fast, exciting and
nerve-wracking. India was facing China in
the semi finals and the story – 0-2 down
and losing the third race till the half-way
point, Farokh kept telling his teammates to
The BPP Review 08 December 2010
BPP athletes excel
T he Bombay Parsi Punchayet athletes put
up a scintillating performance at the
Annual Athletic Meet for schools organised by
the Education Department of the Government
of Maharashtra at the Priyadarshani Park on
October 8 and 10, 2010.
The six BPP athletes, who participated
through their schools, secured 12 medals – six
gold, five silver and one bronze.
In the Under-16 category, Zenrookh Davar
won a gold medal in the Shot put event and a
silver each in the Discus and Javelin events.
Meanwhile, Aatush Kalyaniwala bagged the
gold in Discus. Four of our athletes shone in
the Under-14 category. Urwan Zaiwala won
gold in the Shot put event, with a throw of
11.88 metres. He also stood first in Discus with a heave of
25.5 metres. With these performances, he was declared Aatush and Urwan
Outstanding Athlete of the Meet in the Boys Under-14
category. What’s more, he has been selected to represent
Maharashtra at the Junior Nationals to be held at Hardwar.
Meanwhile, Piroza Master won a gold medal for Discus
and silver in Shot put. Khushnum Wadia bagged the gold Piroza and
in Shot put and silver in Discus. Zarastyn Mistry stood 2nd
in the 200-metre run and 3rd in Long Jump.
These sterling achievements have been made possible by
the inspiring guidance imparted by Chief Coach Dara
Doomasia and his devoted team.
All these athletes will now take part in the Greater
Bombay Meet. We wish them well.
Natasha General shines at YMCA athlete meet
T he 35th Bombay YMCA Open
Annual Athletic Meet was held from
November 26 to 28 at the University
Coaching programme conducted at
Rustom Baug under Chief Coach Dara
Doomasia. She is a student of J. B.
stadium and one of the star athletes at the Vatcha High School, Dadar.
meet was nine-year-old Natasha General. The meet saw many other Parsi
With a gold medal for the 50 metres sprint, children performing admirably.
100 metres sprint and long jump in the Urzan Zaiwala broke the shot put Other medal winners were Khushnum
under-10 group, Natasha really shone. In record, throwing 11.27 metres in the Wadia, who won a silver medal in the
fact, praising her performance, a write-up Boys under-14 category. Farzad Dastoor Girls under-14, Shot put; Zenrookh
in the DNA described little Natasha as ‘a won yet another gold medal for the Davar, who won bronze in the Girls
notable performer at the meet.’ BPP Team by winning the 100 metres under-16 Shot put; and Aatush
Natasha is part of the BPP athletic team sprint in just 12 seconds in the Boys Kalyaniwala, who bagged a silver medal in
and trains at the BPP sponsored Athletic under-18 group. the Boys under-16 Discus competition.
The BPP Review 10 December 2010
Father-daughter duo shine
Benaifer Sanjana – Young Parsi Karate kid
Benaifer Sanjana might just be one of the youngest Parsis to have secured first
place at the State Level and second place at the National Level in a karate
competition. Aged four, she participated in the Mumbai Mayor Karate
Tournament, which was organised by Maharashtra Karate Association, and
secured first place in the Kata Competition in the under-6 category. She also
participated in the All India National Karate-Do Competition organised by film
actor and martial arts expert Akshay Kumar at the Andheri Sports Complex on
October 29, 2010. Here, she came second and won a silver medal.
Benaifer started her karate training at the tender age of three and, within the
span of one year, she has achieved so much. She is currently being trained by
Sensei Vipool Dasani — Joint Director of Global Martial Arts Academy — and
by her father, Zubin Sanjana, who is a Black Belt himself, under the GojuRyu
Style of Karate, currently training under the same category.
Way to go Benaifer! We wish you all the very best and hope you win many
more medals and accolades in the future!
Zubin Sanjana makes Parsi an amazing 53,364 votes for his entry. He by the panel of judges and he chose to
community proud was the only Parsi who got selected from sing Khaike Paan Banaraswala from the
Mahindra XYLO, along with media partner all the corporate entries. film Don. This won him the Grand Finale
94.3 Radio One, organised a corporate In an interesting turn of events, at the Prize of a trophy, an Onida Blu-ray Player
karaoke contest this year. Starting August Grand Finale in Mumbai, the special wild and a trip for two to Paris for three nights
12, 2010, the ‘Time of your Life Karaoke card entry — Zubin Sanjana — won both and four days.
Contest’ was organised over 35 days, the ‘Wild Card Entry’ and the ‘Grand Finale’! Zubin Sanjana has indeed made the
covering 75 top corporate houses across The contest started off with each whole Parsi community proud and has
Mumbai, Delhi and Bengaluru. participant having to sing a song of their shown that we are no less than anyone, be
This year, the contest saw many firsts. choice on a karaoke track for two minutes. it in sports, entertainment or elsewhere.
Not only was the contest taken beyond He was one of the seven finalists selected Way to go Zubin! We are proud of you!
Mumbai, but a new category was
introduced – the Wild Card Entry! Anyone
who wanted to participate had to upload
their videos on YouTube and the one who
got the maximum votes would be the 26th
participant in the grand finale. The wild card
entrant would win a trip to Goa and, if he
won the grand finale, a trip to Europe too.
The wild card entry, Zubin Sanjana from
Apax Partners India Advisors Pvt. Ltd., got
The BPP Review 11 December 2010
A t the Cambridge
IGCSE Board Exam
Certificate of Secondary
Education) held in May
2010, Zenia Rumi Tangri of Dhirubhai
Ambani International School, scored
As in all the nine subjects she appeared
for. At the same examination, Zenia
topped the World in Hindi as a second
language (97%), an unparalleled feat for
a Parsi student. She also topped India
in Co-ordinated Sciences (Double
Award) with 96%.
Bore Wells at Bharucha Baug
O n October 2, 2010, MLA Ashok Bhau
Jadhav inaugurated two bore wells at
Bharucha Baug, Andheri (West). The wells
had been sanctioned by Mr. Jadhav from his
MLA’s Fund and he, along with BPP Trustee
Khojeste Mistree, participated in the
coconut breaking ceremony.
These two bore wells will prove to be a
boon by supplying water to 12 buildings in
the colony. The entire effort was initiated by
Mr. Aspi Pagdiwala, General Secretary of
the Congress (I) Committee, who is a
well-known social worker.
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The BPP Review 12 December 2010