Monthly Archives: February 2009

Connecting the Diaspora:

Connecting the Diaspora:
Service opportunities for South Asian youth in India


I am posting this information on behalf of Roshni Kasad , of the wonderful opportunities awaiting any South Asian youth interested in doing service work in India.  InSPIRE is a short summer program  while Indicorps is a 1-2 year service program which Roshni did  in 2003.  Both are amazing opportunities that allow the youth  to explore India  through service.  Please contact  Roshni Kasad  if you have any
Dolly Dastoor
“Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we’ve been waiting for. We are the change that we seek.”
– US President Barack Obama.

Indicorps announces over 30 competitive new projects for the August 2009 Indicorps Diaspora Fellowship.  Indicorps seeks a few dozen dedicated young Indian leaders who are willing to challenge themselves and “be the change.”  Tackle real issues in education, microfinance, social entrepreneurship, environmental conservation, public health, urban infrastructure, and much more.  Live simply and dig deep to learn about real India (and yourself); projects span from Kanpur to Pondicherry, Gujarat to Madhya Pradesh.  To learn more, visit

In the spirit of Obama’s campaign to create “Change you can believe in,” Indicorps is a real opportunity for CHANGE YOU MAKE HAPPEN.  The August 2009 fellowship model will mobilize passionate, sincere fellows to become strong team players and leaders who will build sustainable new initiatives.

Applications are due 15 March 2009.  Please email us at if you have any questions or technical difficulties. 

JOIN US so that you can make change happen!  (see attached flyer for more info)
Applications are due soon! Download yours today.
India Service Program Inspiring Reflective Exploration
QUESTION assumptions.
EXPLORE your values.
CONNECT to your roots.
RELATE to humanity.
LIVE what you believe.

Spend your time this summer doing something meaningful in India.

InSPIRE College (India Summer Program Inspiring Reflective Exploration) is a 5-week long summer program in India for South Asians between the ages of 18 and 24, who are genuinely interested in exploring themselves and India.

Program Dates:    June 26 to August 2, 2009

It is a travel, study-abroad, volunteer, self-discovery, and immersion program all rolled into one!

See our video:

Applications are due March 9 and are available on the website for download!

The InSPIRE team consists of young Indian-Americans and young Indians who live in India . We have all spent significant time traveling in, serving in, exploring, and learning from India.

For more information, please email us at

Courtesy : Behram Pastakia

Matters of Heart and Faith Guide a Zoroastrian Matchmaker

 Published: February 6, 2009 

Click above to know what happened next!
Courtesy : Behram Pastakia

Archaeology, Diaspora, and Identity:

The Zoroastrian Studies Lecture Series at Stanford

Archaeology, Diaspora, and Identity:
New Frontiers in Zoroastrian and Parsi History and Culture

Dr. Yuhan Sohrab-Dinshaw Vevaina

Friday, Feb 27, 2009 at 7 p.m.

Piggott Hall (Bldg 260), Room 113, Stanford University,
Northern California, United States of America

This lecture will explore the ways in which the experiences of diaspora and migration have acted as powerful factors in Zoroastrian history, culture, and religious identity in both the past and the present. The first half of the lecture will survey the recent archaeological discoveries in rural Gujarat that are transforming our understanding of the early history and religious culture of the Parsi community in India. The second half of the lecture will discuss issues of demography, immigration, and changing religious practice in the most recent diasporas of Zoroastrians out of India and Iran to England, North America and beyond. The truly global nature of Zoroastrianism in the 21st century can be best appreciated by a deeper understanding of the rich migratory patterns and cultural adaptations of Zoroastrian communities through the centuries.

Yuhan Sohrab-Dinshaw Vevaina received his Ph.D. from the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations at Harvard University in 2007. After completing his dissertation, Studies in Zoroastrian Exegesis and Hermeneuticswith a Critical Edition of the Sudgar Nask of Denkard Book 9, Dr. Vevaina served as a Core Fellow in the Core Curriculum in Harvard College and as a Lecturer at Harvard from 2007-2008. He has taught a number of courses related to Zoroastrianism including, Old Persian and Middle Language and Literature, an Introduction to Zoroastrianism and a seminar course on Contemporary Zoroastrianism. His research interests include: critical approaches to the study of Zoroastrianism; the history and development of Zoroastrian interpretation; the interplay between text and liturgy in ritual practice; colonial and post-colonial constructions of religion; and religion in diaspora. He is currently working on a number of articles and a book project.

Courtesy : Behram Pastakia