ZAH Library….. Essay Competition

The Zoroastrian Association of Houston Library, home of FEZANA Information Research & Education System (FIRES), is holding an essay competition in order to promote Zoroastrian scholarship among our youth. We welcome your participation in this contest and encourage you to share this announcement with eligible members of your association.

 Thank you.

Click here for details … ZAH Library_Essay Competition 

Courtesy : Meher Amalsad


Medical Help needed

Date: Friday, 23 July, 2010, 12:10

Dear Friends,

I forward this letter to you for Medical help for Miss Zenobia Kersi Shroff 17 yrs. old, studying in Std. XII at Tapiben Chhaganlal Lalji Valia Junior College at Vile Parle(West), as this college is very close to Nanavati Hospital where Zenobia has to go thrice a week for dialysis. She has secured 75% in Std. XI.

Zenobia is suffering from End Stage Renal Failure and had been advised a kidney transplant to which her father, 54 yrs. old, had agreed to donate his kidney and several tests were being conducted for the same. Unfortunately, he suffered a paralysis stroke and was advised against donating his kidney. She has now been registered with Bombay Hospital and Nanavati Hospital for Cadevar Transplant. Till such time a donor is found she will have to continue on dialysis.

She has to go to Nanavati Hospital thrice a week for Dialysis to Dr. Sharad M. Sheth M.D.M.N.A.M.S. Head of Dept. Nephrology and the cost for each including the medications is Rs.1,050. Therefore the cost per month comes to Rs.20,000 which the family finds it very difficult to finance.

Zenobias mother Dinaz, is a housewife, and used to go home to home for cooking and making chappatis to make ends meet. Now she is unable to do the same as she has to look after her ailing husband and two daughters. Her younger daughter has just finished her SSC securing 90%. Both the children are very hardworking and clever.

They live at the below add ress :
Miss Zenobia K. Shroff
R / 28, Shapurji Bharucha Baug,
S. V. Road , Andheri (West),
Mumbai 400 058
Tel.: 9224120518

If you or any of your friends, family, acquaintances would like to ease their financial burden and help this family to meet the cost of education and Medical bills, please send your cheque directly to them.They will be most obliged and humbled by whatever little help you can give.

Thank you, God Bless.

Bombay Parsi Punchayet (BPP) – New Website

Welcome to the new website of the Bombay Parsi Punchayet (BPP). The new site aims to make it easier for the Zoroastrian community to be aware of the wide range of activities being carried our by the BPP. Various sections have been introduced to make communication open and easier.

Modules such as a Blood Bank, Matrimonial section and Careers are aimed to help the community and will be up very shortly. Finally, the site also acts as an “umbrella”  as it aims to be the central starting point for the various BPP websites that had been developed earlier.

Click Here for the website

5th World Zoroastrian Youth Congress, Vancouver

2011 – 5th World Zoroastrian Youth Congress, Vancouver, Canada
Organized by: 5th World Zoroastrian Youth Congress Committee
Sponsored & Hosted by: Zoroastrian Society of British Columbia (ZSBC)
Supported by: Federation of Zoroastrian Associations of North America (FEZANA)
The Congress Theme:
 United We Stand Building Bridges Across Oceans
Clearly articulates the intent of this event.
We ask you to support this event
to build future leadership in our
For more details please visit the Congress Website at
If you have any specific questions pertaining to this event
please write to us at
Courtesy : Meher D. Amalsad 

Dr. Dadabhai Naoroji Scholarship

Jamshed and Shirin Guzder Trust

Dr. Dadabhai Naoroji Scholarship

Trustees of the Parsi Punchayet Bombay and Trustees of Jamshed and Shirin Guzder Trust (through the Parsi Punchayet Bombay) have initiated two Scholarships each (i.e. 4 in all) called DR. DADABHAI NAOROJI SCHOLARSHIPS of Rs. 2,000/- each per annum per Scholarship for the year 2010-2011 for Parsi Zoroastrian boys and girls who have secured 80% and
above in aggregate (NOT Best of 5 subjects) of any recognized Std. X Examination, such as S.S.C., I.C.S.E, C.B.S.E., or any other equivalent recognized examination passed in March 2010:
Two of the above Scholarships of the Bombay Parsi Punchayet are reserved for students who have preferably taken up Arts Faculty, whereas the other two Scholarships from Jamshed and Shirin Guzder Trust are open to students from any faculty i.e. Arts, Commerce and Science. The criteria of eligibility for all the 4 Scholarships is the same. College Admission proof of joining a College study starting from July 2010 will have to be produced by the applicants.
Applications should be forwarded to Mr. C. S. Panthaki, Sr. Executive (WelfareL Bombay Parsi Punchayet, 209, Dr. D. N. Road, Fort, Mumbai – 400 001, latest by August 27, 2010. Those awardees who continue to achieve similar excellence during subsequent academic years will be eligible, on
application being made, to receive the Scholarship from year to year, till completion of their Graduation.
The desired candidates should either collect the requisite application form from Mrs. B. P. Dastur, Asstt. Executive, Bombay Parsi Punchayet, 209, Dr. D. N. Road, Fort, Mumbai – 400 001, or write to the Bombay Parsi Punchayet with a self addressed envelope requesting for the application form by post or download from website : load section).

Muktad – Farvardegan

The attached file has a good article explaining the days celebration at the end of the Zarathushti religious year, when we invite the Fravashis of departed souls to our homes and recite prayers at home in a clean environment in their remembrance. The article is written by the head of the Parsi Athornan Madressa of Mumbai, Ervad Dr. Ramiyar Parvez Karanjia. The article was forwarded by Mr. Hushang Vakil on another alias previously.

Maneck Bhujwala

Click Here for the full article

Zoroastrian Etiquette – 2

Adil F. Rangoonwalla has come out with a wonderful book on Zoroastrian Etiquette. The book includes explanation of Kusti Prayers, Atash Niyaesh, Hoshbam and Chithrem Buyaad. The book is available at Parsiana Publications.

Mr. Adil F. Rangoonwalla has kindly consented to upload excerpts from the book for the benefit of the Community at large.

Chapter 2 on Dressing Appropriately is uploaded herewith.

Enjoy and post your comments.

Ratan Tata on his school days

Life was quite a drudgery in my childhood: Ratan Tata
Soumyadipta Banerjee / DNA
Tuesday, July 20, 2010 13:48

Unless you talk to the man, you don’t get a taste of the subtle sense of humour that he has.

Industrialist Ratan Naval Tata has a very simple definition of going to school. “It seems terrible when you are there, questionable when you get out of it, and cherishable in the later years of your life,” he told DNA at the fiftieth anniversary of The Old Campionites Association on Saturday.

With the business icon in a mood for nostalgia, it was but natural to ask about memories from his school life. So, was he interested in sports when he was a child?

Click Here for the full story in DNA India

Persian Poetry

Dear Mahjubah: As-Salam Alaikom!

This is Prof. M.S. TAJAR in Manila (Philippines), the translator of the Persian Sufi, Baba Taher’s poems into English and Filipino (published by Al-Hoda, in Iran).

I thank you for your beautiful article about my beloved ideal poetess “Parvin” E’tesami (the best poetess in Persian History, and the best of the Middle East, Asia, and one of the best in the world). May her soul rest in peace, and may she also join with Blessed Fatimah Zahra (A.S.) in Heaven! (=Sayyidato Nisa-e Ahlil Jannah).

And here is my own little dedication, as a small guy in the field of Persian poetry, to the memory of our beloved “Parvin”:


پروین که افتخارِِِ زنان سخنور است

درآسمان شعر تو گوئی که” انور” است

تنها  نه شاعرات  جهان مفتخر از او

“پروین” کهکشان هم از او به مفخر است!

د.صادقی طجر-مانیل 2010


“Parvin” brought honor to all the women of literature;

In the sky of poetry she shines like “Anvari” (the classic Persian poet);

Not only the women poetess of the world are proud of her;

Even the planet Parvin (=Pleides ) is proud of her namesake!”

Dr. Saadeqi Tajar- Manila, 2010