11th Annual Asian American Celebration

Hello All
I would like to invite you all to the 11th Annual Asian American Celebration. This free event will be held on May 3, 11 am to 9 pm, at the Richmond Convention Center.
I have attached the flyer for this event. Please help us distribute it to your neighbors, friends, co-workers and family. aasocv_poster2008
Btw, both Cyrus & Eric will be performing that evening at 6 pm. See you all there.
Rumy  Mohta

P.S. The same Event is also planned for 2nd May 2009.


WZCC Houston Chapter Presents – The Global Business Connection


As an integral part of the Zoroastrian Association of Houston, we, The Houston Chapter of WZCC is proud
to play an active role in the celebrations. This is important for us since this is the actual birthplace of
WZCC which was launched here in the year 2000 when we made our moment in Zarathushti history!
It is our honor that ZAH has dedicated May 25th, 2008 as “THE WZCC DAY”. Hence, it is our great
pleasure to invite you to be a part of our celebrations and share in our moment of Rejoicing Our Heritage.
Sunday, May 25, 2008
10:00am – 10:15 am                  Registration
10:15 am –10:30 am                  Benediction – Young Ervards of Houston
10:30 am –10:40 am                  Welcome Message – ZAH EC – Mr. Kaemerz Dotiwalla
10:40 am –10:50 am                  Houston Chapter Chair – Ms. Behroze Daruwalla
10:50 am –11:00 am                  WZCC Board Member – Mr. Rustom Engineer
11:00 am –11:15 am                  WZCC Global President – Mr. Bomy Boyce
11:15 am –11:45 am                  Keynote Speaker – Ms. Homai Daruwalla
Chairperson & Managing Director of Central Bank of India
11:45 am – 12:15 pm                 Consul General of India, Houston – Hon. S M Gavai
12:15 pm – 12:30 pm                 Award Ceremony – Mr. Firdosh Mehta -WZCC Board Member
12:30 pm – 1:30 pm LUNCH – ($10)
1:30 pm – 2:30 pm                      Panel Discussion – Multiple Business Chambers
Moderators- Zarir Sethna & Ken Bhappu
2:30 pm – 3:20 pm                      Open Forum – Mr. Rohinton Rivetna
3:20 pm – 3:30 pm                      The Closure – Dr. Darius Wania
RSVP By May 10, 2008 –
Cyra Kanga @ 281.969-8057 or email her at crkanga@yahoo.com



Instant Hotel Reservations & Package Tours

604 – A. “Annexe”, 1st Floor, Dr. Ambedkar Road, Dadar, (East) Mumbai – 400 014

Tel : 2415 3216 / 2416 4824 / 2418 4815 / 6505 3796 Fax : 2418 2204

E-Mail : hotelcon@hotelconnections.net / hotelconnection@mtnl.net.in

Visit us at www.hotelconnections.net


Hotel Connections is the “Marketing Representative” of various hotels all over India. It ties up with hotels not having any sales representations at Bombay and then promotes these hotels to Travel Agents, Corporate Houses and the Individual Traveler.

There are many small and large individually owned (non-chain) hotels that do not have the infrastructure or the expertise to promote their properties in cities all over India. Similarly Travel Agents, Corporate Houses and the Individual Traveler too find it inconvenient to book different hotels at different places for one particular traveler visiting various places. For example, if a family is going to Delhi, Agra, Jaipur and Udaipur and he has different requirements for the type of hotels at each place, then the Travel Agent booking this family may have a tough time sourcing different hotels in different categories at each place. He cannot risk booking his client in just about any hotel, for fear of the hotel to not be upto the mark of his client and thereby loosing the client. Similarly if the family itself would like to do the booking directly through the Internet, they would still be wary, because they would not be having much of an idea about the hotels. This is exactly where Hotel Connections comes into the picture. When a Travel Agent, or even an Individual family makes their bookings through Hotel Connections, they are assured that the hotels that they are being booked into are hotels that have all being properly checked and meet the requirements of the guests.

Besides Hotel Reservations, Hotel Connections also takes care of all other tourist requirements, like air ticketing, booking a car or bus for sightseeing, planning an itinerary, or even arranging an entire package tour.

The network of Hotel Connections is not restricted just to Bombay, its clientele comprises of Travel Agents from cities all over Maharashtra and Gujarat and also from a few cities in Madhya Pradesh and states down South.

The hallmark of Hotel Connections is to provide prompt and personalized service and more importantly to patiently cater to each and every query that a person may have and also offer suggestions – something that booking through the internet will not provide. For this a person does not have to necessarily go to the Hotel Connections office. All his inquiries can be answered to over the telephone and the booking too can be made over the telephone. Then once the bookings are taken care off, the vouchers are delivered to the person and the payment collected.

Hotel Connections is led by Ashdin H. Dodhy, whose educational background is in “Hotel & Tourism Management” and “Marketing & Business Management” and with an experience of over Two Decades in this industry. The other team members of Hotel Connections also comprise of committed professionals with educational backgrounds and training in the tourism industry.

Parsis- The World’s Smallest “Nation”

This the story of a people, who out of a steadfast love of their identity, religion, beliefs, customs and ancient traditions and much more that goes to forming a people/nation, decided they would rather find refuge in a new land, than give up all that was precious and invaluable to them.

These were the Persian Zoroastrians, who after the debacle of the Sassanid Empire and the victory of the Arab conquerors, found they had lost king and country.

HSBC 2008 Scholarships Program

The HSBC 2008 Scholarships Programme is open till 10 May 2008.

The HSBC Scholarships Programme aims to nurture leaders around the world and help build global knowledge with the accompanying expectation that the lifelong careers of the scholarship recipients will be marked by significant contributions to the community in which they live and work.

Over time, the HSBC Scholars will form an influential international alumni network, bringing vision and commitment to improving lives of citizens throughout the world. The scholars are thus expected to use their education for the benefit of others.

Upakar Scholarships – 2008

2008 Upakar Scholarship Application

(click above link to open application form)

SABA-DC/AAPI Happy Hour Fundraiser, Thursday, May 1, 2008

Join the American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin (AAPI) and the South Asian Bar Association of DC (SABA-DC) for an evening of networking that will benefit Upakar, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing college scholarships to Indian Americans who require additional financial assistance to pursue their educational, artistic and athletic goals.Take a moment to mix and mingle with young professionals in the area and support Upakar (


). Happy hour specials start at 6:00 PM.A recommended donation of $10 per person will be collected on admission and further donations are welcome. All proceeds will be donated directly to Upakar. Feel free to bring all your friends to support this very worthy cause!

When: Thursday, May 1, 2008

Time: 6:00 PM
Where: IndeBleu707 G St, NWWashington
, DC 20001
Metro: Gallery Place/Chinatown (Red, Yellow, and Green Lines)
Phone: 202-333-2538
Cost: $10 donation

Ceremonies for a Child

Most of the following functions may be adapted from Hindu customs, but quite a few Parsis, mostly the elderly ‘bahnnar gannar’ do follow them. Perhaps it stemmed from having a social gathering & to obtain blessings of the elders and perhaps since each ceremony has some significance in its own way, caused no harm to follow it and thus gradually became a part of the Parsi ceremonies followed in quite a few homes, though not all.

1) A lady in the 5th. month of pregnancy (Panchmasu / Pachmasiyu, Panchmasiu)

2) A lady in the 7th. month of pregnancy (Agharni)

3) Birth of the child

4) When the child first begins to sit down (Besna)

5) When the child first begins to walk (Pag Ladoo)

6) Any other relevant ceremonies

As recommended by Ervad Marzban J. Hathiram,

Kindly refer to Er. Jivanji J.Modi’s book “The Religious Ceremonies & Customs of the Parsees” where these ceremonies, their origins, adaptations as well as similarities with other cultures have been explained in great detail.

This book is available at Parsi Vegetarian and Temperance Society, 4th floor, Vatsa House, Janmabhoomi Marg, Fort, Mumbai 400001 Tel. +91-22-22870795.