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IVth Coming Together RoundTable – Minutes



Zarathushti Heritage and Cultural Center, Houston, TX
December 31, 2008


(Compiled by Roshan Rivetna)



 The IVth Coming Together Roundtable was hosted by the Zoroastrian Association of Houston, at the Zarathushti Heritage and Cultural Center, Houston, TX, on Dec 31st, 2008, from 10 am to 5 pm. The list of attendees is attached [Att. I].att I_ctr-houston_dec08_attendees    


The meeting was simultaneously webcast through facilities provided by Yazdi Tantra of On-Lyne Systems, Mumbai.  Webcasting equipment in Houston was provided by Zoroastrian Association of Houston, with technical assistance provided by Percy Master.  Among those present on the webcast were Yazdi Tantra, Zarine Commissariat, Ader Gandi (all from Mumbai), and Dr. Zareen Karani Araoz (from Boston).


The meeting was conducted by Rohinton Rivetna, with Firdosh Mehta and Behram Pastakia.

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PhD Experience

So here I was, finishing my Masters course and looking forward to a PhD.  and here I am now, after having finished the PhD. And as you might read in many other articles and blogs on the internet, the experience was very different than what I thought it would be. To tell you how your PhD will go is like telling you what your life would be after marriage, or perhaps how to fight a war (i.e.: impossible to know). But with a bit of advice, you could arm yourself with the knowledge of what to expect and how to go about your PhD.                                   ………….Click here for more

Experience Sharing by  Nauzad Tantra

Freer and Sackler Galleries in Washington, D.C. Celebrate Persian New Year March 7


Freer and Sackler Galleries in Washington, D.C. Celebrate Persian New Year March 7

Gold coins and goldfish, fire jumping, dancing clowns, the banging of bowls and spoons and many other joyful sights and sounds will fill the Smithsonian’s Freer and Sackler galleries during an early celebration of “Nowruz! A Persian New Year Celebration,” Saturday, March 7, from 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

The celebration of “Nowruz,” or “new day,” dates back to 3,000 B.C.E., and marks the first day of spring or the vernal equinox—March 20. It is rooted in Zoroastrianism, the religion of pre-Islamic Iran, and the celebration is also observed by communities in Afghanistan, Bahrain, parts of Lebanon and Syria, Kurdish communities in Iraq and Turkey and many countries in Central Asia.

“We are delighted to host this festival of spring marking the Iranian New Year and hope to make this a signature event for our visitors every year ,” said Claire Orologas, head of Education and Public Programs at the Freer and Sackler galleries.
“Wild Fire Eve and Stories from the”‘Book of Kings'” in the Sackler Gallery

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The Last of the Zoroastrians

Postcard From Yazd – By Deena Guzder – Time Magazine

Walking across the wind-whipped plains of the forgotten city, a young Iranian woman dressed in colorful floral garbs points out a sand-dusted tower hovering in the distance like a dormant volcano under a relentless sun. “This is where we put tens of thousands of corpses over the years,” she explains with a congenial smile.  …..Click here for more