From Roots to Wings

October 8, 2009

My brother, Riyad

Filed under: Fezana, Fall 2009,In the Spotlight — LM Alphonse @ 10:42 am

Note: This is an expanded version of the article that appeared in the Fall 2009 issue of FEZANA. It is available online for a limited time only. 

By Roy Wadia 

Riyad_at_deskI clearly remember the day my brother Riyad, barely a week old, came home from Breach Candy Hospital on a hot and wet September day in Bombay.  The monsoon had lingered late in 1967, and the Arabian Sea waves still washed over the parapet on the Worli Sea Face promenade across from the bungalow that my grandfather the filmmaker Jamshed “JBH” Wadia had built in the 1940s. I had anticipated Riyad’s arrival for many months, from the time he protruded steadily from our mother Nargis’ once razor-thin waist to the tiny creature swaddled in white at the hospital nursery, wailing noiselessly behind the thick glass I stuck my face against in an attempt to fathom how it was that I had a new baby brother.  The miracle of birth made an impact even then on a five-year-old, and I viewed the new arrival at first with awe, and then, upon closer inspection, with a surge of protective love tinged with the realization that I no longer had the roost to myself, that a new chick had hatched, breaking the shell that I had constructed around my hitherto unchallenged dominion. (more…)

September 29, 2009

Dr. Niaz Kasravi: A Conscience for Compassion

by Jim Engineer

dr_niaz_kasraviChances are if you know Dr. Niaz Kasravi, you know you have a friend, a leader, and a mentor. For those who don’t know her, there couldn’t be a better time to briefly shine a spotlight on the life of the selfless and conscience-driven Kasravi, who represents and leads her generation by example.

Currently an Independent Consultant to the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) in Washington, D.C., Kasravi earned a doctorate in Criminology, Law & Society from the University of California at Irvine, where she also earned a Master of Arts in Social Ecology, and Bachelor of Arts degrees in both Criminology, and Psychology & Social Behavior.

But it’s not just her extensive education that makes her story compelling – it’s her passion for social justice and human rights that transcends every corner of her life. Most notably and arguably, she has been influenced and affected by the incredible life of Shirin Ebadi. (more…)

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