Adil Nargolwala: 28 Marathons and Counting

By arZan ParsiKhabar on Feb 15, 2017 03:04 am

When you meet this 47-year-old human resource professional from Delhi, his fitness will inspire you to make new goals for your health. Having made it to the Limca Book of Records, Adil S Nargolwala now aims to be the sixth Indian in the world to complete the Abbott World Marathon Majors — the six major marathons across the world. “My Limca Book of Records came when I completed 39 long distance running events, between July 1, 2015 and June 30, 2016 — the calendar that is followed by the record book,” says Adil.

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From recruiting people to running marathons, his life has been a self-discovery. “In 2009, I read about a marathon, while working in Pune. Though I didn’t participate in that marathon, I did take part in the half marathon in Mumbai and since then I haven’t stopped,” he adds.

To be able to run for so many hours, one has to be fit. It has been months since I ate a burger. One has to make a lot of sacrifices but in turn it makes your life disciplined.

As a college-goer, Adil used to indulge in motor sports. “But, as I got involved in my professional life, I became a couch potato. Once I started participating in marathons, my entire lifestyle changed. To be able to run for so many hours, one has to be fit. It has been months since I ate a burger. One has to make a lot of sacrifices but it makes one’s life disciplined. Also, running gives me 4-5 hours to think. When I run, I think about a lot of things,” says Adil, who is a self-trained marathon-runner.

Until last week, he had completed 28 marathons including the Abbott World Marathon Majors in New York, Chicago, London and Berlin. He says, “My registration for the marathons in the rest of the two cities, that is, Boston and Tokyo has also been accepted. Once I complete all six cities, I will be one among the only six Indians in the world to have done so.”

Boston marathon fund raiser – Support for Adil S Nargolwala

In Nov 2015 Adil set a goal to run the major world marathon series and he has so far run the marathons in New York, London, Berlin, Chicago & will run in Tokyo in two weeks on the 26th of February.

Adil was recently listed in the Limca book of records as the national holder of running the maximum long distance races in a year.

The Special Olympics team has chosen him to run the final major marathon in Boston on the 17th of April 2017 with them.

Till date only 5 Indians out of 1292 marathon runners in the world have accomplished running all 6 majors marathons.

With your help he hopes to be the 6th Indian.

To accomplish his goal by running the final world major marathon in Boston is the icing on the cake.

He has committed to the Special Olympics team a fund raising goal of USD 8500. The special Olympics team uses funds for working with disabled athletes to achieve their goals.

To kick start his fundraiser he has donated USD 2000 and requests you to please donate generously to help him achieve his fund raising goal.

To donate click the link – https://www.crowdrise.com/SpecialOlympicsMassBoston2017/fundraiser/adilnargolwala

Nowruz​/Navroze Event March 25, 2017

Dear ZAGBA Community,
Due to an overwhelming response from our enthusiastic community, in the past week we, the ZAGBA Board have been struggling to get a new venue for the March 25th Navroze/Nowruz Event.  We finally succeeded in booking a new Venue.  
Please note, that now the March 25th Navroze/Nowruz Event WILL NOT BE HELD at the Sharon Community Center.  
Instead the event will now be held at the:

Saint James Armenian Apostolic Church 

465 Mount Auburn Street 
Watertown, MA 02472
 
 

Saint James Armenian Apostolic Church Parking: There is parking lot right at the venue which can accommodate 22 cars. Another additional parking lot is diagonally opp. to the Church(if you are facing the church, it is behind you to your left, or if you are coming on Mt. Auburn St., and the church(its a large property) falls on your right, then this additional parking lot will be a few yards ahead of the church, diagonally opp. to it. Also, there are several spots available on the street, provided you park in legal spots. (a Cop will be making rounds, we are told). Please store this parking information in your car/phone, as it will not be on the EVITE (We can only type in a limited number of words on an EVITE).

 
Updated EVITE will be sent: Please note that we will send an updated EVITE with the new address mentioned above.  This is not a new EVITE, so do not RSVP again, if you have already done so.   All those who have already sent their RSVPs are all set, provided your checks are in. The EVITE is now open to all those who need to RSVP and the cut off date is still March 7, 2017.  So all of you who were on the Wait List, or who could not RSVP last time, please do so now.
If your response is going to be a Maybe, then please do not RSVP until you are sure it is a Yes. (but before March 7th).
To all those who have RSVP’d and not mentioned your kid’s ages, please do so. 
 
Your Payments: If your checks are not received by March 7th, then even if you are on the EVITE, your registration will not be considered complete. This will be enforced, to be fair to all. No Exceptions.
Please make sure that your 2 separate checks, (i) Annual Membership & (ii) Dinner dues are sent to our Treasurer.
Thank you  all for your patience.  Look forward to seeing most of you now.
ZAGBA BOARD
Dear ZAGBA Community,
We have now closed the Evite, as we have reached full capacity.
Please read the instructions in this email and the one below on sending your checks by March 7th, 2017.
If your checks are not received by March 7th, then even if you are on the Evite list(within the 135 cutoff), your registration will not be considered complete.  The Board will then put the people on the “Wait List”, in your place and you will lose your registration.  This will be enforced, to be fair to all.
So a message to all the families who have already put their names on the ZAGBA Evite for the Navroze/Nowruz function, please make sure that your 2 separate checks, (i) Membership & (ii) Dinner dues are sent to our Treasurer.  (I have copied all the details on payment again for you below).
Also, many of you have not specified the ages of your kids.  Please make sure, we have them on the Evite & Checks.
Wait List:  For those who still want to come and got late in sending their RSVP, please inform ZAGBA’s Secretary, Yasmin Bhumgara at Bostonzagba@gmail.com, by way of a new email (please don’t hit reply to this one and send us a fresh email).
Yasmin is maintaining a Wait List and will put your name on it, and will inform you just incase a guest cancels their RSVP, or fails to make their payment on time. This Wait List will be in order of emails received by Yasmin.  First come First serve basis, only.  No exceptions.
Please note that by sending your name for the Wait List, it does not confirm your reservation to the Navroze/Nowruz function on March 25th, unless ZAGBA confirms it for you by email.
This old ‘hotmail’ email does not exist: We recently found out that some of you still have in your contacts, this old hotmail email: zagba@hotmail.com. Please make sure that you remove this address from your address book.  Even if the Evite for some reason shows this email(which it shouldn’t), ignore it.
ZAGBA’s correct email is, and has been for many years: Bostonzagba@gmail.com .
A Cut & Paste from the Evite on Dinner & Membership Dues:

Member-Dinner Rate*

$30.00–Per Adult

$25.00–Per Senior

$20.00–Full Time Students and Kids (ages 10-17 )

$15.00–Kids ages 5 to 9 years.

Free–All kids below 5 years

Non-Member Dinner Rate*

$10.00 extra per person in each of the above categories

*Late Fee: ZAGBA will charge $5.00 per person in all categories if your payment is not postmarked by 03/07/17.

Cancellation Policy: Full refunds for any requests received by 03/07/17. No refunds after this date.

IMPORTANT: The registration cutoff date is Tuesday, March 7th.

In your RSVPs please let us know the age of each of your kids.

This is the first event of the 2017-2018 membership year.  Please make sure you send in your membership dues along with the Navroze/Nowruz event money.

Membership:

ZAGBA Membership rates for March 2017-18

$75 for family

$40 for individual

$25 for full-time student

$25 for individual senior (65 and above. For a couple who are both seniors, please pay $50)

Please mail your event and membership payments (SEPARATE CHECKS by March 7th.

All checks must be made payable to “ZAGBA” and mailed to: Kaiomarz Dotivala, 11 Buckboard Dr., Westford, MA 01886

Thanks,

ZAGBA BOARD

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Nominations of FEZANA Officers & Call for Agenda Items

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Dear Respected Presidents and Representatives of Member Associations:

This is a final reminder that the deadline for nominations of FEZANA Officers is only 5 days away:
The deadline for receiving all nominations is midnight (US EST) on February 15, 2017.

At the link below, please find the nomination form for the election of the following FEZANA Officers:
2017-2019 Term of office:  1) Vice President,  2) Secretary
2017-2018 Term of office:  1) Treasurer

Member associations who wish to bring forward any item on the agenda for the FEZANA AGM are requested to send a brief description of the item to theFEZANA Administrator and the Secretary by March 1, 2017.

Please note that only those associations in the membership lists, whose membership dues form and payments for their 2017 membership dues have been received (which are due by March 1, 2017), will be eligible to participate in nominating and voting for FEZANA offices, or setting the AGM agenda, as per terms of the FEZANA Constitution.  Please do not hesitate to contact me should you have any questions.

Best Regards,
Percy M. Master
FEZANA Secretary
secretary@fezana.org

Nomination Form Link:

https://fezana.org/wp-content/uploads/2017_FEZANA_Officer_Nomination_Form.pdf

FEZANA Scholarships

FEZANA ACADEMIC SCHOLARSHIPS (in alphabetical order)

  • BANOOBAI AND MANECKSHAW KAPADIA ENDOWMENT SCHOLARSHIP
  • DOWLET MINOCHER VESUNA / WZO Canada  Endowed Scholarship for academic excellence and proven financial need to an undergraduate student.
  • FEZANA 25th ANNIVERSARY ENDOWMENT SCHOLARSHIP
  • FEZANA ACADEMIC SCHOLARSHIPS FOR UNDERGRADUATE AND POSTGRADUATE STUDIES (SIX SCHOLARSHIPS)
  • MEHRABAN AND MORVORID KHERADI ENDOWMENT SCHOLARSHIP – THE FEZANA SCHOLAR
  • Dr. MINOCHER RUSTOM VESUNA / WZO Canada Endowed Scholarship for academic excellence and proven financial need to a graduate student.
  • MORVARID GUIV ENDOWMENT SCHOLARSHIPS (TWO SCHOLARSHIPS)
  • PURVEZ AND ABAN RUSTOMJI ENDOWMENT SCHOLARSHIP
All scholarships are open to Zarathushti applicants who have obtained admission for attendance at institutions of higher learning (accredited degree-granting colleges or universities) in USA or Canada.

ZAGBA: FUNDRAISING and COMMUNITY-BUILDING CALENDAR

Dear ZAGBA Family & Friends,

(PS: this email is lengthy, but please patiently read through it all to be fully informed.  It contains relevant information.)

You will also find attached a PDF of this email, in case you want to print it out and read through it at your convenience

For the last several years, ZAGBA has been creating a unique FUNDRAISING and COMMUNITY-BUILDING CALENDAR with photographs and captions of members of our community and their extended families and friends on specific dates.  By also listing ZAGBA, Zoroastrian, national and international holidays and observances along with Fasli and Shehenshahi dates, these have been calendars for all to use and great for gift-giving.  Additional information about our religion along with meaningful quotes has made this calendar educational as well over the years.  Besides the annual membership fee, the ZAGBA Calendar is our biggest single source of funds.  It helps pay for (or subsidize) almost all ZAGBA activities.  It is the funds that we raise from the calendar initiative that have helped us keep our membership fees the same for many years now, and also keep our event fees low.  So please show your continued support for the calendar by purchasing spots and calendars.

Please support the April 2017-March 2018 Calendar:

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1)  COST OF SPOTS/DATES YOU RESERVE ON THE CALENDAR:

(A)  Early Bird Special Cost (Discounted Cost for orders ​received ​by January ​31st): Please reserve Calendar spots/dates for a $20 cost per Calendar spot.  For this you must send in no later than January ​31, 2017 the following information to ZAGBA: (i) our requests for the specific dates/spots, (ii) captions for each spot, (iii) high resolution digital photos and (iv) the number of Calendars you want to purchase. Additionally, for every 4 Calendar spots you buy before the January ​31st deadline, you will get the 5th Calendar spot free. If you have to share your spot/date with someone else, the cost will be $15 for that spot.
(B) Cost after January ​31, 2017:  If you reserve the Calendar spots/dates after the January

​31st deadline stated above, the cost of each spot/date will be $25 cost per Calendar spot.  If you have to share your spot/date with someone else, the cost will be $15 for that spot.

The Final deadline for ALL submissions is February 28, 2017.  Please note that there is no Early Bird Special rate for entries submitted after January 31, 2017.
2) SPREAD THE WORD: Please tell your extended friends and family about this project so that they too can participate if interested.  Please forward this email to them.
3) TOPICS FOR THE SPOTS: Calendar spots in the past have been for birthdays, wedding anniversaries, in memory of loved ones, Navjote dates, special Calendar dates (Mother’s Day, Father’s Day, Grandparent’s Day), recognition of places (Atash Behrams), special Zoroastrian dates (Nowruz/Navroze, Pateti). We encourage you to be creative and also use less well-known holidays, events and observances (i.e. from other countries, United Nations Day, Friendship Day, Health-related, Peace-related, History-related dates, etc.).

4) ​MEANT FOR ALL: Consider reserving spots for every member of your family-your children, yourselves, your parents and grandparents, your pets, siblings, nieces and nephews, cousins and extended family and friends.  It is a nice reminder of every one’s special dates and a unique gift for all that are included in it or know people who are part of it.

5) ​COST TO PURCHASE THE CALENDAR: Calendars are available for sale at $15 per Calendar, or you can buy 3 Calendars for $40. You must order your Calendar(s) in advance. You can pick up your Calendar(s) at the Nowruz​/Navroze event on March 25, 2017.

Please send an email to bostonzagba@gmail.co​m by January ​31st, 2017 (if you want the benefit of the discounted cost), containing ALL of the following (Please send your orders by way of a new email and not by way of  ‘Reply’ to this message or any other follow up messages)

1) Your requests for specific dates/spots.
2) Captions for each spot.
3) High resolution digital photos for each spot.  If you want to use the same photograph that you submitted last year, please do let us know. We have it and can use it.

​​4) Number of calendars you would like to purchase (so we can print enough).

Please hold off on sending in any payments to ZAGBA for the Calendar spots and for the number of Calendars you order. We will let you know in a separate email when to send in your payments.


If you want to take advantage of the Early Bird Special pricing, please send in your spot requests/photos/captions/calendar orders as soon as possible, but no later than January ​31st.

Please note that if you only send an email by Jan 31st to reserve your spot, but do not send your photos along, that will not be considered at Early Bird Pricing, we need all 1-4 above stated information to complete your entry.

 

If you cannot submit by the January ​31st Early Bird deadline, then please send in your spot requests/photos/captions/calendar orders as soon as possible after this deadline, but no later than February 28, 2017, so that we can have this Calendar ready for our Nowruz/Navroze event in March 2017.

Thank you and look forward to your early responses.

Warm regards,
ZAGBA Board

Badam ni Bois Fundraiser for ZAKOI Worship Center Fund

Dear Friends,
I have been doing this fundraiser for years at this time of the year to raise funds for our community’s dream project – our  future ZAKOI Worship Center.  The Badam ni Bois are made for us by no other than our very own Roshan Rivetna (one of our most prominent Zoroastrians in NA, and a wonderful person) who has continuously inspired us to pursue this dream.  This fundraiser would not be possible without Roshan’s help, for which my community and myself are deeply grateful.
Our Zoroastrian Association of KY, OH, & IN (ZAKOI) consists of approximately a population of about 150 Zoroastrians in the tri-state region of KY-OH-IN, but we are a close knit and very active group that tries its best to meet the religious and cultural needs of all our people, youngest to the oldest, though celebrations, jasans, muktad prayers, religion classes & camps, and lots of social gatherings.
I choose to do this fundraiser at this time of the year – around the auspicious occasion of Norooz (Navroze) coming up in March, because the ‘Fish’ is a symbol of Happiness, Prosperity & Abundance in the Zoroastrian culture, and is often used to give as a gift among friends and family on many good occasions.  Please see the attached note on the badam ni Boi for its symbolism, ingredients, storage instructions etc.
The Badam ni Boi (a sweet pastry made with crushed almonds and flavorings), is a great addition to your Norooz Table and a yummy treat for your family and friends.  You can order it for yourself or for sending it to your friends around the country.  We will pack and ship it to your friends/family with a personalized note from you.  All the profits raised from the sale of these Bois will go to our ZAKOI Center Fund.  This fund has been established and is continuously being raised to enable our community to have our own Worship Center someday.  We have raised over $80,000 in the last eight years through our fundraising efforts, and this Badam ni Boi fundraiser contributes greatly to our Center Fund every year.  We are deeply grateful to all our fellow Zoroastrians who support this cause year after year by buying our Bois.  Thank you most sincerely!
People from the Greater Boston area, please contact Yasmin Bhumgara (ybhumgara@gmail.com) if you wish to order.

The Bois are $32 for a Pair, or $18 for 1 Boi
The S & H rates for the Bois through USPS will be
$8 for 1 Boi (Small Flat Rate Box)
$15 for 2 – 8 Bois (Medium Flat Rate Box),
$18 for 9 – 20 Bois (Large Flat Rate Box)
Please place your orders by mid February, if you would like to purchase the Badam ni Bois and help our community with this great cause.  If you are not interested in buying the Bois but still want to help with our fundraiser, we will gratefully accept your tax-deductible donation check made to the ZAKOI Center Fund, and mailed to Bakhtavar Desai, 6383 Jamesfield Ct., Fairfield, OH 45014.  A receipt with our Tax ID number will be mailed to you upon receipt of our donation.
Looking forward to receiving your orders and your help with spreading the word about our ZAKOI Worship Center fundraising, and thanking you in anticipation!
With Best Wishes on behalf of our ZAKOI Community,
Bakhtavar Desai
Zoroastrian Association of KY, OH, & IN (ZAKOI)
email  bfdesai@aol.com
513-560-0581 (cell)