Monthly Archives: April 2010

Gift and Loan Scholarship for 2010-2011


Applications are invited from Zoroastrian Parsi / Irani Students for award of Gift and Loan Scholarship for the Academic Year 2010-2011 for Post~Graduate Studies Abroad as well as in India, for the Fall 2010 or Spring 2011 Semesters in all disciplines and subjects preferably Engineering, Technology, Science, Medicine, Management, Commercial and Education Courses. Candidates must be a Graduate of a recognized Indian University with a consistently good Academic Record.

Students in the Final Year of Degree course and awaiting results and / or admission / offer Letters from Foreign Universities are eligible to apply. However, the sanctioned Scholarship will be subject to their passing the Final Degree Examination and securing admission.

Prescribed Application Forms are available at Committee’s Office at Bombay Parsi Punchayet, 209, Dr. D. N. Road, Fort, Mumbai – 400 001 effective April, 2010. The completed Application Forms should be submitted at the Office ofthe Committee not later than May 7,2010.


Totem Pole, Ottawa — Also a Salute to Parsis

Totem Pole, ByWard Market, Ottawa ——ALSO A SALUTE TO ALL PARSIS

Look at the top of the Totem pole. It is the Farohar which we  wear round our neck or place in our homes

Click for more…Totem Pole at the Byward Market




(An extract from a leading Indian publication)

No Indian community internalized the civilizing mission of the
British as did the Parsis.

Only 50,000 remain in Bombay today, mainly in South Bombay, the most disciplined and cultured part of India


In South Bombay, the cutting of lanes by drivers is punished,  jumping a red light is impossible, parking is possible only in allotted areas, roads are clean, service is efficient, the restaurants are unmatched – civilization seems within reach. South Bombay has some of the finest buildings in India

, many of them built by Parsis.

The Parsis came to Bombay after Surat ‘s port silted over in the 17th century. Gerald Aungier settled Bombay and gave Parsis land for their Tower of Silence on Malabar Hill in 1672.

The Parsis made millions through the early and mid-1800s and they spent much of it on public good.

The Parsis understood that philanthropy – love of  mankind -recognizes that we cannot progress alone.  That there is such a thing as the common good. They spent as no Indian community had ever before, on building  institutions, making them stand out in a culture whose talent lies in renaming things other people built.The Parsis built libraries all over India , they built the National Gallery of Art.

The Indian Institute of Science was built in 1911 by Jamshedji Nusserwanji Tata, the Tata Institute of  Fundamental Research was built by Dr Homi Bhabha, the Tata Institute of Social Science was built in 1936 by the Sir Dorabji Tata Trust.

The Wadias built hospitals, women’s colleges and the five great low-income Parsi colonies of Bombay .

JJ Hospital and Grant Medical College were founded by Sir Jamsetjee Jejeebhoy.

By 1924, two out of five Indians – whether Hindu, Muslim or Parsi – joining the Indian Civil Services were on TATA scholarships.

They gave Bombay the Jehangir Art Gallery, Sir JJ School of Art, the Taraporevala Aquarium.

The National Center for Performing Arts, the only place in India where world-class classical concerts are held is a gift of the Tatas.

There are 161 Friends of the Symphony Orchestra of India (SOI) – 92 of them are Parsi. For an annual fee of Rs 10,000, Friends of the SOI

get two tickets to any one recital in the season, they get to shake hands with artistes after the concert and they get to attend music appreciation talks through the year.

The  Parsi dominates high culture in Bombay are always full in halls and this means that a concert experience in the city is unlike that in any other part of India . Classical concerts seat as many as two thousand.

Zubin Mehta, the most famous Parsi in the world, is director of the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra  since 1969. He conducts the tenor Placido Domingo, the pianist Daniel Barenboim and the soprano Barbara Frittoli. Four concerts are held at the  Jamshed Bhabha Opera House and then one at Brabourne Stadium with a capacity of 25,000.

No other city in India has this appetite for classical music and in Bombay

this comes from the Parsi. Despite their tiny population, the Parsi presence in a concert hall is above 50 per cent. And they all come. Gorgeous Parsi girls in formal clothes – saris, gowns -children, men and the old. Many have to be helped to their seats. Most of them know the music.

The people who clap between movements, thinking that the ‘song’ is over, are non-Parsis. Symphony Orchestra of India concerts begin at 7 pm. Once the musicians start,  latecomers must wait outside till the movement ends.

The end of each movement also signals a fusillade of coughs and groans, held back by doddering Parsis too polite to make a sound while Mendelssohn is being played. No mobile phone ever goes off as is common in  cinema halls: his neighbors are aware of the Parsi’s insistence of form and his temper.

The Parsis were also pioneers of Bombay ‘s Gujarati theatre, which remains the most popular form of live entertainment in Bombay

. Any week of the year will see at least a half dozen bedroom comedies, murder mysteries, love stories and plays on assorted themes on stage.

The Parsis were the pioneers of this, writing and acting in the first plays of Bombay. They also built the institutions that supported  this.. Bombay

‘s first theatre was opened by Parsis in 1846, the Grant Road Theatre, donations from Jamshetjee Jejeebhoy and Framjee Cowasjee making it possible.

The  Parsi in Bollywood caricature is a comic figure, but always honest, and innocent as Indians believe Parsis generally to be, rightly or wrongly.

In the days before modern cars came to India the words ‘Parsi-owned’ were guaranteed to ensure that a second-hand car  listed for sale would get picked up ahead of any others. This is because people are aware of how carefully the Parsi keeps his things. His understanding and enthusiasm of the mechanical separates him from the rest. Most of  the automobile magazines in India

are owned and edited by  Parsis.

The Parsis are a dying community and this means that more Parsis die each year than are born (Symphony concert-goers can also discern the disappearing Parsi from the rising numbers of those who clap between movements).

As the Parsis leave, South Bombay will become like the rest of Bombay

– brutish, undisciplined and filthy. The British left when they had to, but they left some of their civilisation behind and the best of it remains in the possession of this great Indian community, the Parsis!

Preserve this race…..You are privileged if you have a Parsi Bawa as your friend…He/She is indeed a “Heritage” to be treasured for ever.


Courtesy : Jimmy Mehta

Holiday Program for Youth (HPY)

“Striving for Excellence”

24th Holiday Programme for Youth – 2010 invites Parsi Irani Students who have appeared for their S.S.C., I.C.S.E.; C.B.S.E. Exams in March 2010 to enroll as Participants for a Vocational-cum-Educational-cum ­Leadership Training Programme, full of fun and learning, specifically designed to suit their needs.

The duration of the programme is from Sunday 2nd May 2010 to Sunday 30th May 2010 will be held at The B. J. P. C. Institution, 33, M. Karve Marg, Opp. Charni Road Rly. Station, Mumbai 400 004.

Registration Forms are available on any working day between 10.45 a.m. & 1.00 p.m. and 2.45 p.m. & 5.30 p.m. with-

Mrs. Bakhtavar P. Dastur Assistant Executive,

Bombay Parsi Punchayet Office,

209, Dr. D. N. Road, Fort, MUMBAI 400 001.

Kindly register before 23rd April 2010.

Click Here to visit the website

Katy Dalal

Obituary: Dr (Mrs) Katy F Dalal In Memoriam
My first glimpse of Katy Dalal was when I just joined the K. R. Cama Oriental Institute (KRCOI) as Jt. Hon. Secretary. She was on the mezzanine floor of the library hidden behind a mound of books, peeping out at me with her plump, smiling, rosy yet dignified face. That was the beginning of our friendship in 1982 which grew stronger over the years.

An archaeologist is how I first knew her as she was a regular research scholar at the KRCOI library. Katy obtained a PhD in Archaeology from Poona University in 1972, her subject being “Pre-historic Pottery Industries along the ‘Lost’ Saraswati River of the Great Indian Desert”. She went on to publish several Research Papers including one on Sothi and Malva ware cultures – both pre-Harappan.

As a speaker par excellence she was often on the platform of the KRCOI. She also participated in the Institute’s International Congresses as well as the National Congress on “Ferdowsi and his Shahnameh”. Her pet topic however was Alexander the Macedonian – a topic she was researching till the very end.

Whatever Katy did, it was with passion and excellence as was her catering. She was always the KRCOI caterer where her generosity spilled over. In fact, to those who had been kind to her family and those who were deprived and needy, Katy silently sent food to them regularly and totally free of cost. For her, catering was much more than just a business.

The Community best knew Katy as a caterer and hence I shall dwell more on this area. It is said, that behind every successful man is a woman, but for Katy, her husband Feroze and her children Kurush, Darius and Freny stood shoulder to shoulder with her and shared in her culinary activities. In fact, it was Feroze who first introduced Katy to diverse culinary delights. Her catering activities culminated with her publishing six cookery books.

The first book brought out in 1998 was “Jamva Chaloji – Parsi Delicacies for all Occasions”. This book, dedicated to her grandmother, was sold out within 6 to 7 months of its release. These words “Jamva Chaloji” brings to my mind the man who in the 1950s and 60s used to always announce at Albless Baug in a booming voice heralding the guests to dinner, “Jamva Chaloji – Thank you for your kindly kindness”. This may not be correct English, but there was a graciousness about it and everyone waited for this announcement before proceeding to dinner. These small courtesies are missing in our crowded and stressed lives today.

“Jamva Chaloji” – book Two consisted of recipes which today are not as commonly made as they were 50 years ago. It was a revival of long forgotten tasty dishes which your grand and even great grandparents enjoyed which were reproduced to tickle our palate, such as: ‘Papau-ma-gos’ & ‘Gor-amli-na-ras-ma-patra ni macchi’. Katy’s advice was: Don’t do everything cook books tell you, pander to your palate, for it is only by experimenting on existing recipes that new ones are made.

Following “Jamva Chaloji” – books One & Two, were Vitality Cook Book, Delicious Encounters, Pulaos and Biryanis, and Seafood Fiesta. Seafood Fiesta published by Vakils, Feffer and Simons Pvt. Ltd. contains recipes of such vast varieties of fish. This book contains recipes from Maharashtra, Karwar, Goa, Kerala, Tamilnadu, Bengal, Kashmir and even France, Italy, Spain and Morocco!

Katy saw to it that along with her recipes our general knowledge was increased. As a result of painstaking research, this book informs us of the nutritive value and health benefits of a fish diet and its use in Pharmaceuticals and other industries. E.g. Did you know that Napoleon Bonaparte first realized there was a great need to preserve food and that sardine was the first fish to be preserved in Oil and Tomato Sauce? Did you know that Squid and Octopus have the largest brain of any invertebrates? Did you know that ‘Fish is brain food’ and ‘Sea food is heart food?

Katy came from a family of good cooks and we found similarities between her relatives and mine. Her paternal grandmother and mine, shared the same first name – Cooverbai, both widowed while young. Katy’s Cooverbai as mentioned in “Jamva Chaloji” had a sister-in-law named Meherbai who was not only a good cook but the uncrowned Queen of Rawalpindi. She had given orders to the Victoriawallas that any Parsi alighting at the station was to be brought home at her expense. My Cooverbai’s sister, also called Meherbai (my maternal grandmother) was also a good cook whose orders were that all Parsis who came to her Central Hotel at Darjeeling stayed free and had free meals. These are not lone incidents to Katy’s family and mine. This is what the Parsis in the past were all about – courtesy, graciousness and generosity in the extreme. This forgotten world of graciousness is somehow brought home to us from time to time in Katy’s books. In her 3rd book “Delicious Encounters” published in 1999, a section is devoted to “An English Tea in your Rose Garden” – One is transported back to those sleepy, lovely, leisurely days under a sun umbrella with the aroma of flowers and luscious cakes, pies etc. In fact, you can travel the world and taste the choicest tea menus through Katy’s book by sitting in her Rose Garden. One just has to open that garden gate!

“Pulaos & Biryanis – A Tribute to Indian Cuisine”, takes you down “History” Lane – if I may coin this word – and through Moghul Courts where cooking became an art as did its presentation with flower petals, essences, wispy sheets of beaten silver and gold and gorgeous displays of roasted peacocks with their feathers decorating the salvers. One is transported to the courts of Lucknow, Awadh and Hyderabad where chefs vied with each other to produce original recipes. From Awadh comes the story of a live bird flying out from a fried puri and one is reminded of the song ‘Sing a song of six pence a pocket full of rye, four and twenty black birds baked in a pie …”. The influences on Hyderabadi food of the Arabs, Egyptians, Europeans and Negroes who formed a part of the Nizam’s security guard are stated while taking us further down “History Lane” and we are enlightened about Moghlai cuisine, Kashmiri, Konkan, Parsi, Punjabi, Bengali, Coorji, Keralite and Karnataka foods.

Katy kept smiling through her last years of illness and pain even as her generosity increased as did my bond with her.

Last year the Red Cross Funds Sub-Committee; a Committee of which she was a member since 1997, (and where her largesse was also felt both through funds and delicious snacks), had organized a medical camp in Khandala. Kurush did the catering and I mentioned to him at lunch that I wished to visit Katy and Feroze at their home in Lonavala. He informed me that they were on their way to visit me bearing gifts as usual. We had a happy get-together after which they insisted I go to their home in Lonavala for tea. It was as if I was transported back through her cookery book into a lovery quiet cottage in a cul-de-sac with a rose garden. As Feroze prepared the typical English Tea, Katy sat in “her” chair surrounded by a mound of books, just as I had first seen her at KRCOI. She was working on Alexander the Great! I had a strange feeling of going back in time. Hospitality, calm content and happiness seemed to be exuded in this home with a rose garden. I was plied with more gifts of jams, pickles and fruits as I got up to leave. Katy and Feroze stood waving at the gate as our car slowly went out of sight. That is how I always remember her, even though I later met her in hospital and we had several talks over the phone.

I would like to end on the note: “Thank you Katy for your friendship and your abundant generosity, of which I was so often a recipient.” To all those whose lives she touched with her love and generosity, I just wish to say, that the best way to keep her memory alive is to remember: If you have had a kindness shown, pass it on.

Homai N. Modi

Trustee & Jt. Hon. Secretary

K R Cama Oriental Institute

to mourn the death of

Dr (Mrs) Katy F Dalal

Convened by:

The K R Cama Oriental Institute,

The Bombay Parsee Association


The Rahnumae Mazdayasnan Sabha

will be held at 6.15 pm

on Thursday, 8th April 2010

at Dr Sir Jivanji J Modi Memorial Hall of

The K. R. Cama Oriental Institute

136, Bombay Samachar Marg

Opp. Lion Gate, Fort

Bombay 400001

Members of the public are invited to the condolence meeting

Courtesy : Jehangir Bisney

Five presidents celebrate Persian New Year in Tehran

Five presidents celebrate Persian New Year in Tehran

The Persian New Year (Noruz) festivities were held in Sadabad Palace in Tehran on Saturday with participation of the presidents of Iran, Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Iraq, and Turkmenistan.

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad along with his Iraqi counterpart Jalal Talebani, Afghan President Hamid Karzai, Tajik President Emomali Rahmon, and Turkmen President Kurbanguly Berdymukhamed attended the event convened for the first time as the United Nations recognized Noruz as an international day on February 23, 2010.

Several foreign ministers and high-ranking officials from ten countries are also guest to the celebrations.

A similar ceremony will be held in the ancient city of Shiraz on Sunday where they will tour the mausoleums of Saadi and Hafiz – the two great Persian poets – and the Persepolis (Takht-e Jamshid or Chehel Minar).

Noruz is celebrated by 300 million people. In addition to Iran, it is celebrated in the two Persian-speaking countries of Tajikistan and Afghanistan as well as Turkmenistan and the Republic of Azerbaijan. It is also celebrated by Kurdish populations in Iraq and Turkey and other regional countries.

President Ahmadinejad told the ceremony that Noruz is an “inseparable part of our common culture”.

Courtesy : Pervez Jussawalla

NOU ROUZ the only scientific New Year

NOU ROUZ THE ONLY SCIENTIFIC NEW YEAR   What many Parsi/Iranians are not aware of NOU ROUZ.   The Persian New Year has crossed all religious and national boundaries and is celebrated by all the people that once formed the great Persian Empire. Even opposing religions that originated in Iran, like the Bahai’s and the Ismaili Muslims have both incorporated Nou Rouz into their religion. The word Nou Rouz, is made up of two Persian words, Nou meaning New and Rouz meaning Day. The question that should arise is; why is the New Year called New Day? However, nobody raises that question for it has gradually taken the form of a proper name. During the last millennium the Persians have preferred not to discuss this matter; for fear that the rulers may ban the celebration of Nou Rouz all together. A look at history and science will reveal the truth and the reason.

Read more

Sir Mehernosh Shroff

I am Knight of the Order of Royal Honor ( Spain ) , I received  my letters of Patent and Privilege  in march end  I am also The Royal Chancellor for the Order of Royal Honor for India

Professionally I am a  Chief Engineer , Fellow of  Institute of marine Engineers , Owner of Marine Tugs ,Port vessels , Managers of Ports and terminals + owners of Ship Yards , I own three Marine Group companies :Seaworthy International Ports and Tugs  ,International Towage + salvage , Port and Terminal managers , supply of full Port & terminal Vessels + manpower Growmor I P Ltd ( Iso 9001 -2000 ) International Infrastructure Projects Owners and suppliers of Port and offshore Marine Vessels and International Manpower supply + International Trading , Mumbai Houseboats and yachts : Builder Designer and Owner of Houseboats + Yachts  in India with Exquisite carvings , Our Houseboat is the most famous Houseboat in Bombay ..with 200+ articles in news papers ..

I write Books on Environmental Safety ( Ahimsa Warships of Peace and Eco sense ) and novels my spare time .. nine books written ( none published trying I need editors  )  , trying to Enhance Environmental  movement as Good Will Ambassador to get Senators and Presidents to Join me

I also write articles for Various Shipping news papers on Environmental safety & Give Interviews on various T V Channels on Ship safety /  Towage and Salvage

I work to raise funds and awareness for  with Autistic spectrum Disorder ,  Mentally  challenged children & adults and raise funds for various Schools like S P Jain Sadhana School ,this is also a cause as a Good will Ambassador ,

Best regards

Sir Mehernosh Shroff

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