All-India Directory of Parsi institutions

All-India Directory of Parsi institutions compiled by Marzban J. Giara.
280 pages, hard bound Published March 2010. Price Rs.200/-

N. M. Wadia Charities has published an All-India Direectory of Parsi institutions compiled by Marzban Giara. This directory was released by Justice Shahrukh J. Kathawalla at Malcolm Baug, Jogeshwari on Sunday 2nd May 2010. It is a handy reference book of over 500 Parsi institutions.

It contains useful information about all Atash Behrams, agiaries, anjumans, associations, clubs/gymkhanas, colleges. cultural societies, dharamshalas, funds/trusts, foundations, hostels, Parsi newspapers and magazines, convalescent homes/infirmaries, charitable dispensaries/ hospitals, libraries, museums, orphanages, religious societies, schools, Parsi/Zoroastrian websites.

A survey questionnaire was prepared and mailed to various Parsi organisations. Announcements were also made in Jame Jamshed, Bombay Samachar and Parsiana requesting heads of institutions to send their information to N. M. Wadia Charities .

Over a hundred years ago in 1911 Shams-Ul-Ulama Ervad Dr. Sir Jivanji Jamshedji Modi published a book in Gujarati listing the names of Parsi institutions existing at that time. It is hoped that this book will spread awareness among our community members about the resources and facilities available. It will also serve as a guide to philanthropists big and small who desire to contribute for causes dear to them.

This book is available from N. M . Wadia Charities, N. M. Wadia Building, 123, Mahatma Gandhi Road, Fort, Mumbai 400001 Tel. 022- 22674271 e-mail: nmwadiacharities@

Courtesy : Zareer Giara

8th Pravasi Bharatiya Divas-2010

8th Pravasi Bharatiya Divas-2010
Indian Govt plans to woo Overseas Indians to be partners in economic growth
Assurances for protecting investment and private property will be given
 By: ASHOK B SHARMA on: Wed 23 of Dec, 2009 13:34 UTC
New Delhi, Dec 23 : At the beginning of the year 2010, the Indian government has planned to woo its diaspora spread across to globe into the mainstream of its emerging economy. A three-day redesigned gala event – 8th Pravasi Bharatiya Divas – is being organised by the Union Ministry of Overseas Indian Affairs in partnership with the Delhi government and the Confederation of Indian Industry from January 7.

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Parsis Award Young Entrepreneurs

How Parsis Promote New Businesses.

At a glittering Awards Night held on Sunday 20th December, 18 Parsi about to become businessmen were felicitated and of which, six were awarded with cash prizes. The cash would come handy for them. The World Zarathushti Chamber of Commerce – India whose Mission is to encourage Entrepreneurship recently conducted its first all-India Business Plan Contest. Applications were invited from Parsi / Irani who wished to start to start their own business. After an initial response of 40 entries, training and coaching in writing a business plan, and presenting it to group of investors was provided. Many went through it for the first time in their life and so had lot to gain from it. 18 finalists were shortlisted, who presented their Business Plans to a group of Investors. Nearly 25 investors, many of whom are experienced professionals and businessmen, evinced keen interest to invest in the several proposed ventures. Several Parsi professionals in areas of HR, Legal, Finance offered free services for web hosting, company registration and finding right people. Cyrus Bagwadia, ex-M.D. and CEO of Essel Propack who conceived and led the program said “The Contest intended to encourage those with business ideas to develop their Business Plans in a professional way and be able to interact directly with Investors for funding of their projects. There are angel group funds in India, but none offers the kind of coaching and mentoring that we did. Also, this is the first one in India which is promoted and run by a community. The whole program took 6 months but the results and outcome are terrific.” All youngsters were unanimous to say that it was a great learning experience and are much more confident now than ever before. Parsis are known to be entrepreneurial and have been worried about the recent trend in drop of new companies being registered by community members. So they came up with this very innovative method. Dr. J. J. Irani was the Chief Guest for the function and he gave away the prizes.

Click Here for the details and Videos of the Final Presentations

Click Here for the Pictures of the Function

Religions for Peace

 ECRL – Religions for peace – Interreligious council launched in Belgium.htm

Contributed by Jehangir Sarosh.

Dear Fellow Zarathushties

 Two days ago I returned from Brussels, full of joy. In 2007, My colleague and I went and met each religious leader personally to ask them to meet and consider forming a council so that we can change the world TOGETHER.

 Working together for the common good is seen as the most important way for the well being of Ahura Mazda’s creation, it is for this reason the King sent his representative, Princes Mathilde,  the Vice-president was present herself and the Prime minister sent his representative, and Mr Jos Chambert was there from the European Union.   

 A month before that, we inaugurated the Interreligious Council of Albania (IRCA) and the President of Albania was himself present there and officially inaugurated the IRCA.

 I write this in the hope that it will convince my Zarathushti sisters and brothers the importance of working together and  to be involved in the building of an international Network of Zarathushties.  

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National Inter Faith Week

Faith Based Regeneration Network and the Zoroastrian Trust Funds of Europe
partner in celebrating Interfaith Week in England on 18 November 2009.

Faith Based Regeneration Network UK  


Zoroastrian Trust Funds of Europe

warmly invite you to contribute in the discussions on

 why faith communities undertake to perform charity and

what impact it has on the local and national landscape.



Zoroastrian Centre for Europe,

440 Alexandra Avenue, Harrow HA2 9TL

Diagonally opposite Rayners Lane London Underground station


Wednesday 18th November 2009 from 1.30 pm to 5.30pm

(light refreshments will be served throughout)

All are welcome

Details in flyer attached.  ZTFE FbRN_National Inter Week_18th November 09_Detailed_Programme 

Courtesy : Behram Pastakia


Bangalore Zoroastrians

The Bangalore Zoroastrian comminity having relatives and friends in all corners of the world, would like to reach out to them with little snippets of the happenings in and around Bangalore. Come share in our joys of being one big zoroastrian family.


UNESCO PAZOR’s exhibition & festival…

UNESCO PAZOR’s exhibition & festival…… ROSHAN: A Journey of the Parsi Zoroastrians

Dear  Friends,

I attach below mail from Dr. Shernaz Cama,  Director of UNESCO’s sponsored PAZOR Foundation in New Delhi,  regarding the proposed Zoroastrian Exhibition & Festival scheduled for early 2011. 

Shernaz’s draft proposal for the event is  attached,  Draft Proposal for Exhibition on the Parsi Zoroastrians

I urge you to please read it  and should you have any comments or inputs, she will be delighted to hear from you.  Dr.Cama states, “it is a huge endeavor and I request the support of every member of our community across the Globe”.  “The more ideas we gather, the better it is and finally it is meant as a participative exposition on, by and for the community”.

I am sure many of you will have some important comments & inputs to offer towards making the event a big success.

I shall also be greatly obliged if you’d pass this request  on to others whom you know who would be in a position to help.

Thanking you,

Rusi Sorabji



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