Seminar on Zoroastrian Religion, History and Culture

WZO is pleased to inform all about their Annual Seminar on Zoroastrian Religion, History and Culture in London on 1 June 2008.

 The Speakers for this Seminar are :

 – Mr Shapour Suren Pahlav from SOAS

 – Prof Stanley Insler from Yale University

 – Prof Kejia Yan from Fudan University, Shanghai

 – Dr Takeshi Aoki from Tokyo University.


For more details follow this link to the WZO website  http://w-z-o. org/wzo/componen t/option, com_eventlist/ Itemid,39/

You can book your place at the seminar on line. The Seminar is open to all.


 Kind regards,

Darayus S Motivala

President, WZO

Email:  President@w-



Thoothi Agiary

Thoothi Agiary: Resplendent & Renovated

By Shernaaz Engineer

The spanking new 149-year-old Thoothi Agiary, refurbished and redone by the efforts of a committed Zarathushti family, is all aglow with the glory and grace of Dadar Ahura Mazda’s bounty, as every Agiary should be

It’s a landmark, almost beside the Raj Bhavan, down the ambling arc of Walkeshwar, but one that was easily missed because it lay unkempt and worn out, like so many of our Agiaries.

But the Sorabji Thoothi Agiary deserved better – and its recent revamp does it full credit. Undertaken by the Bapuna siblings – Niloofer, Neville, Filly and Keki – who voluntarily came forward to take on the task of renewing the Agiary, the initiative of funding and getting the Fire Temple fully renovated under their personal supervision was, indeed, a labour of their love and commitment toward preserving the sanctity of our faith.


As a result, the 149-year-old Agiary has been restored and beautified. The manner in which it has been accomplished, with hours of painstaking involvement, is inspiring. For over ten months, devoting their time and finances and co-ordinating with like-minded persons who came on board to help partially to the extent they could, the Bapunas pulled out all stops to ensure that the glory of the Agiary was not compromised upon by ensuring the execution of every detail to high standards.

There are many who pitched in to assist in the materialising of this dream. Percy Master got the painting done. Shahnaz Mahimtura and Jamshed Guzder also substantially aided the effort. As a result, the Bapuna siblings could accomplish the task, undertaken in the memory of their late grandparents, Ratanbai and Faramroze D. Bapuna, with remarkable success.

Not undertaken with the intention of garnering any personal publicity or fame, the Bapuna siblings are hopeful that this act will encourage more like-minded people to come forward and join them in their ongoing endeavour to renovate more such Agiaries that are in dire need of urgent attention.


They hereby appeal to all Zarathushtis who would like to be part if this good cause, to come forward and contact them, outlining the quantum of the support they can offer so that they could consolidate such help and start with the immediate restoration work of other fire temples. Keki Bapuna can be contacted on 98335 39222.

Meanwhile, the Trustees of the Sorabji Thoothi Agiary would like to invite all members of the Zarathushti community to the Agiary and its sacred well, at Walkeshwar, which is now in a beautiful condition and worthy of visiting and offering prayers in the most salubrious of surroundings.

Ervad Kersi Gonda, who presides over the Agiary, is himself a devout and devoted keeper of the faith and firmly affirms that no righteous wish made at the Thoothi Agiary ever goes unfulfilled. Amen!


Dilshad Ukaji

‘My work instills self-confidence in people’

May 22, 2008


Meet young makeup artist Dilshad Ukaji. At the age of 25, she is assisting one of the biggest names in the Indian makeup industry — Cory Walia — and travels the world on assignments. Here, in an interview with she discusses her successful career and gives us a peek into the functioning of the makeup business

Informative Homoeopathy Website



Consultant Homeopath and Bach Flower Therapist, Dr. Zubin P.Marolia has created a useful and informative website


Dr. Marolia is a prolific writer and his articles have been posted on this web-site. He has worked at the Lucas Cancer Clinic in Switzerland and the HELIXOR Cancer Institute in Germany in the field of MISTLETOE Therapy of Cancer. He has been invited to lecture at various institutions in India and abroad to spread the gospel of Homeopathy and Holistic Healing. He has also lectured on Mistletoe Cancer Therapy and Bach Flower Therapy.


Dr. Marolia believes hat homeopathy and holistic healing is the avenue to encompass the totality of man and thus is the complete approach to healing.


Do visit the website for interesting nuggets of medical information and holistic healing.


Noshir Dadrawala.

Parsi Wedding (Lagan)

Pre-Wedding Rituals:

Wedding Rituals:

Post-Wedding Reception:

Parsi weddings are well known for their enormous receptions. Everyone enjoys as food, drink and music flows freely throughout the night. The traditional dinner is a lavish four-course meals comprising delicious Parsi bhonu like sarya (crisps), achaar – rotli (pickle and rotis), patra ni macchi (steamed fish), salli margi (chicken with potato crisps), lagan nu custard, pulao-dal and ice cream.

The wedding day finally ends with the couple being escorted home by the bride’s family and the achumichu being performed once again by the groom’s mother for the newly wed couple in togetherness ……….. More