Former Aucklander marries in Dubai

Venkat Raman – 

Eleven years after they left New Zealand (reluctantly for business reasons), Roosi and Pheroza Modi are happy to announce that Ellen, their lovely daughter, married Cyrus Commissariat, a young man of her heart on January 15, 2016 in Dubai

Ellen, who we knew as a little girl in school, has grown to be a beautiful young woman and works in the fashion and modelling industry in Mumbai, from where she globetrots on assignments. One such was to Dubai four years ago when she met Cyrus and as Roosi told us, “that is when the romance started.”

Carl Patel, Ellen’s cousin gave her away at a simple wedding ceremony.

Interestingly, we wrote about Carl in our April 1, 2004 issue in which we had hoped that he would achieve his ambition of being a flight attendant in Emirates.

That prophecy came true and today the young man looks as prosperous as the airline.

Progressive career

Former Aucklander marries-Cyrus and Ellen 2 WebCyrus has been in Dubai for the past ten years, employed as Regional Sales Manager at UBM- Sea Trade Communications Limited.

Interestingly again, he was a student in New Zealand when the Modi family was here. The bridal couple were too young to think that they would one day be man and wife.

“His parents, Banoo and Naushir Commissariat are from Poona. Cyrus has a brother (Adil) who lives in Australia and works as a Master Mariner and a sister (Niloufer) who lives in Singapore with her husband Abhijeet, owner of a software company” Roosi said.

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Memories are good for the body, soul and the mind, especially the last, they say.

We wrote the following story about Ellen’s mother Pheroza in our April 15, 2004 issue:

Years ago she was one of the best known models in India, working hard at a career.

Years on and two children later, she is still a hard working woman, pursuing excellence in whatever she does.

Qualities of a good host and a sincere concern for others is what makes Pheroza Modi tick and be it a simple tea for a visiting friend or a banquet for 20 or more, culinary art comes alive with all the planning it takes.

Which is perhaps why, Pheroza is welcome into any group, soon to become its core attraction. Some take to her simplicity, some to her humility but most for her alacrity.

Those high-flying, razzle-dazzle modelling days saw Pheroza in every fashion show, well, almost. She was at the receiving end of accolades and film offers, not to forget the privilege of being a brand ambassador.

Today’s Pheroza is somewhat different.

Migrating to New Zealand three years ago was a major move in her life (and that of her family) and just how she ‘caters’ to the needs of her entrepreneur husband Roosi, teenage son and daughter (Keki and Ellen) and keep pace with entertaining visiting and resident friends, is a story in itself. It takes determination and effort.

That is not all. She pursues her own career (at En Cue Catering in Auckland’s Western Springs and Coopers Creek Winery, arguably one of the best in the country, set to celebrate its silver jubilee next year) and yet manages to be as fresh at dusk as she was at dawn.

Which speaks for her beauty care and state of mind.

Photo :

Cyrus Commissariat and Ellen Modi after their wedding

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