Oosh and Aash on the menu

Article from the Sunday Times of India, Mumbai – August 30, 2009

by Pronoti Datta / TNN


Irani food is berry good and Mumbai is finally waking up to it.

Lights of Persia Cafe Universal serves Irani staples …..

Click here to read the Iranian Gourmand’s delights …. Oosh and Aash on the Menu



Mutton Bafat

(a  sweet and sour tasty Parsi Dish)

500 gms. Boneless Mutton cubes
1 tabsp. Ginger Garlic paste
2 Onions chopped fine
6 potatoes chopped into big pieces
5 tomatoes pureed
2 tabsp. Pure Ghee or Butter
250 gms peas or sweet corn (optional)
1 tabsp. Jaggery chopped (or acc. to taste)
Salt to taste

Grind to a fine paste without water:
1 lemon size ball of Soaked tamrind (squeeze out water)
8-10 kashmiri red chillies soaked in 100 ml. vinegar for 30 mins.
(use the same vinegar for grinding)
5 cloves, 5 cardamoms, 2″ piece of cinnamon, 10-12 Black Pepper,


In a non-stick pan fry  the potatoes cubes remove and keep aside
In the same ghee fry  onion till golden,
add ginger garlic paste and sauté for few seconds,
add Masala paste grounded in vinegar, sauté for a minute or two
add tomato puree and stir for 5 minutes
Add mutton cubes and stir on a high flame stirring continuously.
Add water and cook till mutton  is  semi cooked
Add salt to taste

Add corn or peas (optional)

Add fried potato cubes

Add chopped Jaggery and stir till it melts
Stir well and let it simmer till gravy becomes thick.

Jaggery and vinegar can be adjusted according to sweet and sour taste.

Courtesy : Thrity

ZOSTA Annual Award Function


Venue : Albless Baug

Date : Saturday, February 13, 2010




a)      Students who have appeared in HSC (Science) examinations held in the year 2009 and have secured admission (only on merits) in the First Year MBBS in any of the following medical colleges:

1)      AIIMS, Delhi

2)      Christian Medical College, Vellore

3)      AFMC, Pune .

4)      JIPMER, Puducherry.

5)      Maulana Azad Medical College, Delhi

6)      Madras Medical College, Chennai

7)       Grant Medical College, Mumbai

8)        Seth GS Medical College, Mumbai

9)        Kasturba Medical College, Manipal

10)     Lady Hardinge,Medical College, Delhi

b)     Students who have appeared in HSC (Science) examinations held in the year 2009 and have secured admission (only on merits) in the First Year Engineering (degree course) in any of the following colleges:

1)         Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Delhi/Kharagpur/Kanpur/Chennai/Mumbai/ Roorkee

2)         Birla Institute of Technology and Sciences, Pilani

3)         Institute of Technology, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi

4)         Indian Institute of Technology, Guwahati

5)         Vellore Institute of Technology, Vellore

A cash Award of Rs.1,00,000/- (Rupees one lac only) will be given to every eligible applicant in the above two categories.

Note: i) The above colleges are rated as India’s ten best colleges for the year 2009 in the field of Medicine and Engineering as per the survey conducted by India Today and published in its issue dated, June 22,2009.

ii) Students applying for both the above categories should have cleared the HSC examination in first attempt only.

iii) All eligible awardees (students) should submit their Bio-data, photostat copies of mark-sheets, proof of admission to medical/engineering college as aforestated duly attested by the Principal in triplicate, along with the application.

iv) The recipients of the awards / prizes shall remain present at the venue latest by 5.30 p.m. and have their names registered. Any recipient who fails to remain present at the said function will be able to collect his/ her award/ prize only in the function that will be held in the following year on presentation of a Photostat copy of the Application alongwith its Annexures submitted earlier, to ZOSTA.

ALL APPLICATIONS must be submitted preferably by hand delivery latest by 10lh November. 2009 to :

Mrs. Silloo Commissariat ZOSTA Vice-Chairperson,

C/o. Bai R.F.D. Panday Girls’ High School 14-B, Gilder Lane, Mumbai – 400008 Telephone Number – 23075591

Parsi Colonies Never Sleep


Parsi Colonies Never Sleep

 After the British colonies, still left are the Parsi colonies, on which the sun never sets!

Because at 2 am old ladies are chasing stray dogs with sticks,

at 3 am somebody’s TV is loud enough to keep the watchmen awake,

at 4 am the granny’s wake up to pee,

at 5 am the doodhwala comes from ‘parsi’ dairy farm
Continue reading Parsi Colonies Never Sleep

Khordad Sal

Today (24-Aug-2009) is Khordad Sal and I wish all my friends and family “Khordad Sal Mubarak”. It is the most auspicious day for us all. Hope you will read the following although it is long but could not help it. If I have made mistakes, I apologize. I found it very difficult to translate the following into English because Gujarati is a more spiritual language and comprehensive than English. I thank my friend and mentor Ratamai Peer who insisted I speak in Gujarati. I am also grateful to my friend Marzban Giara who encouraged me to speak in Gujarati. I am glad I listened! Gujarati expresses feelings more than English does. 


Khordad Sal:

By Pervin Mistry


Paigambar Saheb Vakhshur-e Vakhshuran Ramzgu Spitaman Asho Zarathushtra ne Naman Hojoji!


Introduction: The following was first written in part, many years ago, in the articles “Yaan, Gnyaan and Agnyaan” and “The Gathic Gohar”. Subsequently, a speech was delivered at Bangalore Agairy on Khordad Sal in 2002 regarding the Divine Status of Asho Zarathushtra. In June, 2006 my friend Mr. Marzban Giara requested me to speak on the subject, “Asho Zarathushtra”, at the Cama Oriental Institution, on behalf of the Rahnumaye Mazdayasnan Sabha,

Read the complete article here ….Khordad Sal_Pervin Misrty



The Parsiana Lodge

A safe haven for people who transcend boundaries. 

Thursday, August 20, 2009

By : Farida Master

 I have always believed that emigrants are a bunch of terribly brave people. To begin with, they are ready to commit professional suicide in exchange of a mouthful of sky and are willing to transcend boundaries and divorce their close-knit families back home for a lungful of fresh air. Starting from scratch, suffering from an identity crisis, coping with a huge dent in their self-esteem when they grab the first job available, adjusting to cultural differences in the way they dress, speak and present themselves, the list is endless…

Click here for more …. The Parsiana Lodge

Courtesy : Rusi J Mistry

Aussie Perth Tours

Some info on Zoro happening in Perth. 

On 15 August 2009, the Children of Zoroastrain Association of Western Australia (ZAWA ) participated in the Indian Charishma programme, an annual event ,held by the Indian society which showcases various programmes from different Indian cmmmunities celeberating the Independence day.

Click here and read on….. Aussie Perth Tours

Courtesy : Phil  / Firoz

Free Counselling For Entrepreneurs


By Aspi N. Katgara, CEO & Managing Director, The Zoroastrian Co-op. Bank Ltd.

The Zoroastrian Bank would like to encourage and promote business opportunities for young Parsi entrepreneurs. We have decided to give free consultation to anyone interested in setting up a business. Our team will be available at the Bank’s Corporate Office at 5th floor Nirlon House, Annie Besant Road, Worli, Mumbai 400030 on every Wednesday from 4 p.m. onwards without any appointment.

The assistance will not be limited to bank finance (which in any case will be considered) but we shall also network with several others to help the prospective persons in ensuring business viability and future growth. I have been assured of the support by Prof. Faredoon Kapadia of the Parsi Resource Group, Mr. Yazdi Tantra, Technical Director of WZCC, Mr. Phiroze Patel of Bombay Parsi Punchayet and Zoroastrain Venture Capital Fund and my other associates  in this activity. Mr. H.N.Sinor, Chairman of Zoroastrian Bank and a prominent banker who is well connected with many business houses has also encouraged me in this undertaking. By this communication we invite all such budding entrepreneurs to take advantage of this offer. Continue reading Free Counselling For Entrepreneurs