XYZ is back.
This time with an on-going programme.
Xtremely Young Zoroastrians is an initiative to encourage and foster religious, social and cultural awareness amongst the kids.
XYZ groups will be set up area-wise, in Colaba, Tardeo, Byculla, Parel, Dadar, Bandra and Andheri. That is, each area (for eg. Byculla, will include Rustom Baug, Jer Baug, Mazgaon and buildings in the surrounding neighborhood) will form an XYZ group.
Zoroastrian kids between 5 -15 years (these are our XYZ) can enroll and be part of any group that is close to their house.
Every child will register online and pay an annual membership fee of Rs. 1,000/- to the designated volunteer of their group.
Those who had registered for the XYZ summer camp and XYZania must once again register online.
Others, too, are most welcome and can register online onwww.xyzfoundation.net
These XYZ groups will meet twice a month (Sunday mornings) to partake of various activities ranging from games to social service to religious knowledge to performing and literary arts, field trips and camps and the list is endless!
As in all organisations, this one too will have its own office bearers, who will be among the XYZs aiming to inculcate leadership qualities and along with it, commitment and responsibility.
XYZ is officially launching on :
DATE: Sunday, Dec. 21, 2014
VENUE: Birla Matushri Sabhagar, Next to Bombay Hospital
TIME: 10:30am to 12:30pm
For any more information or clarifications, please feel free to contact:
Hoshaang – 9820683398
Visit www.xyzfoundation.net to remove all doubts and register!
Friday, November 28, Roj Tir and Mah Tir is the celebration of Tirgaan and also the second Gahambar, “Maidyo-Shahem“, dedicated to the Creation of Water!
This article on Tirgaan and Tir Yazad is by no means a detailed explanation. Also, the attachment regarding “Gahambar” in general, is fairly brief. Both subjects are vast and need a lot of time, understanding and concentration. It is sincerely recommended that one reads these two topics, Tir Yasht and Gahambars from Doctor Saheb Faramroze S. Chiniwala’s two books, Tir Yasht and Nikiz -e Vehdin, Vol. 2. Both are in Gujarati.
With best wishes,
In the starry Heavens, Ahura Mazda has positioned 4 Guardians, i.e. the 4 Fixed Stars in the 4 Sacred Directions to protect the Good Creations from the armies of Angre-Mainyu. The sky is the sacred garment of Ahura Mazda and also of Ardibehesht Ameshaspand.
The 4 Guardians of the 4 Directions are:
1) Teshtar Tir (Sirius) in the Eastern Sky, affiliated to Planet Mercury,
2) Satvas (Vega) in the West, affiliated to Planet Venus,
3) Vanant (Antares) in the South, affiliated to Planet Jupiter,
4) Haptrang (Pleiades) in the North, affiliated to Planet Mars.
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The Parsis are a unique community. Everyone knows how they reached the shores of Gujarat fleeing religious persecution, charmed the Jadhav Rana by promising to be like sugar that completely dissolves in milk, not altering its color, or consistency in any way, just blending in and sweetening it forever. Much has been written about their immense contribution to the economic status of India, the social fabric of Mumbai, their charming little eccentricities, their orientation towards philantrophy and their general goodness. I have personally witnessed many of the attributes of Parsis in the shape of a very dear friend whom I have known closely for over four decades. And yet, as a community, their numbers have been dwindling alarmingly. This is obviously because of an amalgam of many reasons but the thought that this community is hurtling toward possible extinction in the pure form we know, is alarming. And any effort to improve their numbers is very welcome. One such effort is by the Ministry of Minority Affairs and Parzon (UNESCO) in the shape of a print advertising campaign aimed at this little community that is scattered across the country, with a concentration in Mumbai. Created by Madison BNB the campaign uses a combination of the self-deprecatory humor that Parsis are so sportingly known for to urge them to get married and have more children. In fact the ad mentions that if a married Parsi couple is childless they could be entitled to financial assistance to explore the possibility of an IVF procedure. The headline of one of the ads reads “Panni ja isn’t a spell from Harry Potter. It means get married”. The tone of the advertising is casual and to-the-point. Apart from the advertising being something that could be effective we are pleasantly surprised to see this noteworthy effort from the Ministry of Minority Affairs. And happily though the creatives are the work of Raj Nair, the owner of Madison BNB is a good Parsi, Sam Balsara. May their tribe grow. I hope Parsis all over the world read this interesting advertising, or are told of it by their friends. And I hope they are inspired to act upon it. As for me, I am happy to report that my own dear Parsi friend has done his bit for the community as evidenced by his two lovely daughters.
Ramesh Narayan is a communications consultant. Mail your comments to email@example.com
Vesu (originally Village Vesu) is a flourishing suburb of Surat with a functioning Agiary and has its own resident panthaki. Although the number of Zarthusti families living in the village has been slowly declining, the number of Zarthustis staying in the surrounding areas and using the Agiary is growing.
The Agiary is close to a hundred years old and inspite of all the efforts of the trustees and well wishers, over the years the structure has gone weak and in need of major repair. A local family has pledged a decent sum for the repair / renovation of the agiary and is requesting the assistance of philanthropically inclined Zarthusti professionals to come forward and be a part of the team to take the project forward.
We need a company or individuals qualified in civil construction work to assess the work required and offer their services (own &/or company) to take this project to the next level.
Please urgently contact Sorab Vesuna <firstname.lastname@example.org>
“In earlier times some families were cricket teams. Surely you can manage a carom foursome?” This provocative message was among a series of 17 print commercials ingeniously created by Madison World to draw the attention of Parsi couples to the Jiyo Parsi initiative that hopes to reverse the decline in community numbers with a change in mindset and medical intervention. The launch of the media awareness campaign at the Sir J. J. Modi Hall of the K. R. Cama Oriental Institute on November 10, 2014 mirrored the eccentricities and lifestyle of this fun and food loving community that accords a low priority to marriage and procreation.
As reminded Dr Shernaz Cama, director of the UNESCO Parzor project, “Jiyo Parsi is not just to increase our numbers but to value ourselves. We need to grow by laughing again.” Referring to the Jiyo Parsi logo specially created by Behram Sidhwa of Poona who won their logo competition, Cama commented that his adaptation of a fravashi is “open-hearted and all embracing. That’s what we Parsis were and hopefully will be again.”
Yezdi Tantra (above) and Pearl Mistry; a section of the audience
As part of Crafts Council of India’s golden jubilee celebrations, efforts are being made to revive the exquisite Parsi Gara embroidery. Apoorva Sripathi meets the people behind the initiative
For a group that hasn’t seen an increase in its population over 80 years (there are roughly 125,000 of them in the world), the influential Parsi community’s hand-embroidered gara saris are a link to their history, culture and, of course, commerce.
When the Parsis started trading opium and cotton with the Chinese some 200 years ago, according to author and curator Pheroza J. Godrej, the men sent home to their wives heavily embroidered saris in Chinese silk. “Sir Jamsetjee Jejeebhoy, as a 17-year-old, discovered embroidered silks from Canton and he introduced the gara sari to Indians,” Pheroza says. While the commonly found motifs are the ‘Chinaman’ and woman, birds, and a lot of flora and fauna — designs that signify fertility and good omen — there have been transformations with motifs such as kaanda-papeta (onions and potatoes) and chakla-chakli (male and female sparrows).
Designer Ashdeen Lilaowala’s collection ‘Ashdeen’ specialises in hand-embroidered saris, cocktail dresses and gowns featuring a unique take on the traditional Parsi Gara embroidery. In the city, along with Pheroza for a conversation on Parsi culture, tradition and craft, Ashdeen, a graduate of the National Institute of Design, Ahmedabad, says that gara embroidery is an amalgamation of culture and art. “Basically, it’s combining Chinese embroidery with Persian, Indian and British traditions; it is embroidery where birds look like birds and not abstract shapes. We often call it ‘painting with a needle’,” says Ashdeen.
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