Monthly Archives: April 2010

Beloved Khorshedji

Beloved Khorshedji

The venerated fire temple of the Parsis, Dadysett Atash Behram near Chira Bazar, has a little animal farm with goats and pigs roaming their en­closures and occasionally sharing din­ner with the most honoured guest on the premises.

Khorshedji is a special albino bull that fire temples or Atash Behram have on the premises, especially for the use of gomutra or taro, which is sipped before weddings and Navjote ceremonies.

Brought in a few years ago by for­mer trustee Ratan Lalkaka, Khorshed­ji is a blue-blooded albino, certified not by a veterinarian, but a priest. “Its hooves are white too,” says Lalkaka. “In fact, after its birth, it is kept for two and a half years to see that it does not grow a single black hair. Only then is it sanc­tified, with the first ceremony lasting seven days, for four hours each.”

Shriram Vernekar- Times of India, Mumbai,12 April 2010

Jamsheed Marker

Jamsheed Marker of Pakistan is in the Guinness Book of Records as having been Ambassador to more countries than any other person. Though he was a non-career diplomat, Marker holds the record of serving as ambassador of Pakistan continually for thirty years, in ten top capitals of the world. In each country, he left a mark.

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Courtesy : Jehangir Bisney

Appeal for – Navsari Atashbehram

Dear Friends,

Our Holy Atashbehram located at Navsari is in dire needs of funds for its maintenance and upkeeping.

Attached herewith is an Appeal from the Hon. Secretary of Navsari Atashbehram Trust, along with my request note.

You are requested to circulate the same to all our Zoroastrian colleagues, requesting their maximum support for this noble cause.

Thanks & Regards

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Letter  Appeal for Navsari Atashbehram_5Apr10    is self explanatory. .. Pls do the needful.. every penny does count….

 Courtesy : Yezdi S Sabavala

Kharel, Gujarat – Gram Seva Children’s Update

My dear Friends,
I just returned from India & would like to share our Children’s progress with you.
Attached is a summary of our Projects in the year 2009.  Gram Seva Foundation_Report 9Apr10
With Gratitude, Love & Blessings from us & our Gram Seva Children,
Very affectionately,
Roda Patel 

Footnote : Dr Roda Patel who lives in midwestern United States, spends a good part of her year working for the underprivilged children in rural Gujarat, India. She is a member of FEZANA’s UN-NGO team.

Courtesy : Behram Pastakia

Does Nonviolence Work ….

Does Nonviolence Work in an Era of Violence?

An Interfaith Discussion
with an opening panel offering diverse faith perspectives followed by facilitated small group dialogues

Hosted by
The InterFaith Conference of Metropolitan Washington
In Partnership With
Andrew Rankin Memorial Chapel
Howard University

Sunday, April 25th 2010
3 pm – 7 pm
(Registration begins at 2:30 pm)

 Howard University,
Armour J. Blackburn Center
 2400 Sixth Street, NW, Washington, DC
$15 general admission
$7.50 student admission (with valid ID)
(including boxed supper)

 Thanks to the generosity of The Washington Post, the IFC will offer three $500 scholarships for the best 3-5 page critical essays submitted by a high school student, by a college student and by a graduate student who attends the dialogue.  Application forms will only be available during the event.

 And please help spread the word about this delightful event:

Email this to your friends & fellow members. 
Send it out to your list-serves. 
Read it or ask for it to be read during announcements at your worship. 
Put it on your Facebook page. 
Add it to your blog or send it to your favorite blog.

Courtesy : Behram Pastakia

Impact ! – Make one for Breast Cancer

Impact ! – Make one for Breast Cancer in Washington DC –  5th June 2010
Nancy G. Brinker promised her dying sister, Susan G. Komen, she would do everything in her power to end breast cancer forever. In 1982, that promise became Susan G. Komen for the Cure® and launched the global breast cancer movement.
How to Participate
You can run or walk the 5K route, or if you can’t make it to the National Mall on June 5, register to Sleep In for the Cure®. Kids ages 5 to 12 can register as Kids for the Cure® and participate in their own special race and activities. If you prefer to work behind-the-scenes, you can be one of our all-star volunteers. 
Today, Komen for the Cure is the world’s largest grassroots network of breast cancer survivors and activists fighting to save lives, empower people, ensure quality care for all and energize science to find the cures.

Click for more information. 

Courtesy : Behram Pastakia

Opportunities in Education

We are pleased to announce that our WZCC Director for Global and External Relations, Dr. Zareen Karani Araoz, has been invited to be the Director of the Lexicon Global Business School in Pune. Lexicon has an MBA program, AICTE accredited and affiliated to Pune University, and a proposed Post Graduate Diploma in Management. Attached is an ad for a variety of faculty and language teachers for this unique program that will be educating global managers. We encourage qualified and interested individuals from this group to apply. They are looking for faculty with a passion for excellence, global experience, energy to work and develop an innovative program and educators with creative teaching methods, and practical experience with industry. Please send a copy of your cover letter and resume to <>

Zareen is committed to making this an outstanding global management program, and is seeking a team of educators to work together to build and grow these programs in Pune, and eventually at other campuses. The School will have an Advisory Board of internationally respected corporate and academic leaders, and will connect with universities and corporations globally. Zareen can be reached at <>

Ad For MBA + LGBS Faculty at Lexicon Institute of Global Management

Invitation for free Webinar – Sudreh-Kusti

Hi Everyone

We would like to invite you to attend a dynamic LIVE webinar for all Mazdayasni Zoroastrians on 24th and 25th April 2010.
“Relevance and Importance of Sudreh Kusti in Your Daily Life”

Tune in from anywhere in the world and from the comfort of your home.

You will learn the dynamism of our divine faith as we deliver you great content leveraging the power of social media and cutting edge technology.

Here’s the Link for all Guests:

Please log in 5 minutes before the event to make sure you have your spot as we are expecting high numbers of attendees.

Webinar timings are.
San Diego (U.S.A. – California) Saturday, 24 April 2010 at 8:00:00 PM
Auckland (New Zealand) Sunday, 25 April 2010 at 3:00:00 PM
Brisbane (Australia – Queensland) Sunday, 25 April 2010 at 1:00:00 PM
Mumbai (India) Sunday, 25 April 2010 at 8:30:00 AM
Canada Saturday, 24 April 2010 at 11:00:00 PM

For other time zone please click link below

Our key note speaker is Ervad Hoshang Bhadha who will empower and educate you with great information about our faith and share with you simple truths you can implement in your daily life for peace, attunement and prosperity.

Come along with an open mind and your high energy and I look forward to welcoming you at the event. If you have any questions please let me know and I would be happy to help out.

Sending you energy of success and abundance.
Dainaz S Illava

Please share the event link with other Zoroastrian friends and family on social and offline network.
Click the link 5 minutes before the event.