Boonak Pasbani and DeenChasidari

The need of the Hour for Parsi Community Boonak Pasbani and DeenChasidari

By Late Jehangirji Sohrabji Chiniwala (originally written in Gujarati)

Dini Avaz January – February 1979 Volume 4 – No.1
Reprinted from Parsee Avaz dated 13th February, 1972

Asha means Divine Order which is the irrefutable Law existing in nature. Earth is not permanent residence of mankind. He only takes birth on this earth for his spiritual evolution and thereby to achieve salvation in the end. The span of his life on this earth is dependent on number of breath force in his destiny and he finally leaves this earth after his physical death. All religion of this world teaches that man has descended on this earth only for his spiritual evolution (Ruvan Bokhtagi) which is his final goal.  More… 

Courtesy : Firdosh Sukhia


My First Zoroastrian Prayer Book

A delightful book for little children, with Navjote prayers.
“My First Zoroastrian Prayer Book” by Jamshed Rivetna with illustrations by Ava Mehta. This glossy, hard cover volume, with full-color illustrations, presents the story of Zarathushtra, the teachings of the religion, the navjote ceremony, and all the Navjote prayers with meanings, in simple language for children.
Excellent for teaching navjote prayers and for children’s religious classes. Makes great bedtime reading – a wonderful family gift.

Click Here to read the book online. Printed copies are available in India from Parsiana Book Shop in Mumbai (tel: 2207 4335). Outside India, it is available from Roshan Rivetna at

New Travel Pics Site

I have launched a travel and tourism photograhy webiste named and the same was launched on Sep 27, 2010 World Tourism Day.
It covers certain regions of India and also International destinations.
There is good coverage of Maharashtra, Panchgani, Mahabaleshwar, Ganpatipule, Ahmadnagar, Boisar, Silvassa, Karnataka, TamilNadu, Goa, etc
As an add on it has Cricketing stars and music stars of the 80’s autographs of some stars and nature and abstract photographs too.
The govt. is going to give a great impetus to tourism and infrastructure in India for the next 10 years.
The idea is to sustain and enhance this site and add on new destinations by receiving advertising on the spaces that are available on various pages.
By visiting this site, the community can view the pictures, as they have one line or paragraph descriptions of each picture and its story. Do visit the Mumbai, Austria, Switzerland and Portugal pages, as a picture tells you more than what thousand words would.
Kind regards Adi Daruwalla.

Such a long Journey

While the controversy over Rohinton Mistry’s first novel, ‘Such a Long Journey’, continues to rage in literary, academic and political circles, very few have read, or know much about, the book itself. The Times of India presents a summary of the plot.

Rustom UAV

India’s pilotless (Drolate ne) aircraft named “Rustom” in honor of the late Parsi project manager, Rustom Damania, who led the team that designed this aircraft was in the news as it completed its second maiden flight successfully.

NEW DELHI: India said on Sunday it had completed a maiden test flight of an indigenously-built unmanned drone developed as part of the country’s efforts to reduce military imports.

“The aircraft was flown in a manner exactly as planned, up to a height of 3,000 feet, remained airborne for 30 minutes and completed all mission requirements,” Defence Research and Development Organisation spokesman Ravi Kumar Gupta said of Saturday’s flight.

The drone, named Rustom, has a maximum flight time of 15 hours and is a prototype that the military intends to develop into more advanced models, officials said.

Israel, which in 2005 signed a 220-million dollar deal to sell 50 unmanned spy planes to India, remains one of the country’s largest suppliers of drones.—AFP



“RUSTOM” the Medium altitude long endurance Unmanned Aircraft being developed by Aeronautical Development Establishment, a premier DRDO lab specializing in UAVs and flight control systems, was successfully flown in its maiden flight. The aircraft was flown in a manner exactly as planned, up to a height of 3000 ft. and remained airborne for 30 minutes and completed all mission requirements. It taxied, took off and landed (among the most challenging maneuvers for a UAV), using a runway at an air field owned by Taneja Aerospace and Aviation (TAAL), Hosur, like a normal aircraft.
Lt Col VS Thapa of Indian army, an experienced External Pilot for UAVs who was situated at the edge of the runway and he controlled it without any difficulty throughout its flight which included the pilot assisted takeoff, flight in air and a copy book style landing. The subsequent flights will test and demonstrate these capabilities such as GPS controlled Way Point Navigation, Get U Home, altitude and endurance parameters, the systems for which have been already incorporated in the aircraft.
Rustom with a designed endurance of 12-15 hour, 25000 ft. altitude ceiling and 75 kg pay load is forerunner to the more advanced Rustom H and UCAV. The data link for this aircraft has been developed by DEAL, another DRDO laboratory and the airframe has been built by Zephyr Aerospace, Coimbatore. Rustom UAV can be used by all the three armed forces of our country. Such Unmanned Aircrafts help to avoid the risk to the human pilots in operations that involve flying in hazardous zones.
Dr. Prahlada, Distinguished Scientist and Chief Controller R&D (Aeronautics & Services Interaction) who was present their briefed the mission details. The flight was witnessed by Dr. G. Elangovan, Distinguished Scientist & CCR&D(R&M), Shri PS Krishnan, Distinguished Scientist & Director ADE, Shri G. Natarajan, Program Director, Shri G. Sreenivasamurthy, Project Director, and, Shri Ajoy Raman, Chairman FRR.
Ravi Kumar Gupta
Scientist G & Director
Directorate of Public Interface,
DRDO Hqrs, Room 117, DRDO Bhavan
Rajaji Marg, New Delhi-110105

The drone is named after Prof. Rustom Damania who died in 2001.

Courtesy : Jehangir Bisney


The RUSTOM UAV is a Rs. 1000 crore project now (200 million US$).

Would you like to know how much government money Rustom Damania spent to build the first plane?

Read all about it in the attached file dated 1987 Jan.28.


Courtesy : M. B. Damania.

Tata Hall, A New Center for Executive Education

Harvard Business School (HBS) today announced receipt of a $50-million gift to fund a new building on its campus for executive education. At the same time, the University announced that it would convert one of the buildings it owns in Allston—the former WGBH facility on Western Avenue—into a Harvard Innovation Lab, meant to involve HBS, the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS), students from throughout Harvard, and ultimately the surrounding community in entrepreneurship and the growth of small business ventures. Together, the new and renovated facilities signal changing approaches to campus growth and the ultimate plans for development in Allston.

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Archbishop’s first official visit to Zoroastrian place of Worship

Archbishop makes first official visit to a Zoroastrian place of worship

Friday 01 October 2010










The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, has visited the Zoroastrian Centre in Harrow, the first time in the history of Christianity and Zoroastrianism that an Archbishop of Canterbury has made an official visit to a Zoroastrian place of worship.

The Archbishop speaks at the Zoroastrian Centre, Harrow.

 Archbishop of Canterbury_1st October 2010-Address to Zoroastrian Community

On arrival, Dr Williams was greeted by Lord Karan Bilimoria of Chelsea, the first Zoroastrian in the House of Lords, and was welcomed to the Zoroastrian Centre by Malcolm M Deboo, President Zoroastrian Trust Funds of Europe (ZTFE).

Archbishop was then introduced to Senior Zoroastrian Priests, ZTFE Trustees and Managing Committee and was given a tour of the building and facilities by ZTFE President Malcolm Deboo. He was garlanded with flowers and showered with rice upon arrival by Zoroastrian women and observed Zoroastrian traditions including Atash Nyaish, where prayers are said while consecrating a fire as part of a ceremony. As a mark of respect, the Archbishop was wrapped with a shawl around his shoulders at departure and presented with gifts including a Persian carpet and a 6kg book titled, A Zoroastrian Tapestry.

The ZTFE was founded in London in 1861 with the intention of, amongst other things, advancing the study and dissemination of information and knowledge of the Zoroastrian Faith and protecting and enhancing the interest of Zoroastrians in Europe. It is the oldest religious organisation in the UK of South Asian origin.

Zoroastrianism is one of the world’s oldest monotheistic religions. It was founded by the Prophet Zoroaster (or Zarathushtra) in ancient Iran approximately 3500 years ago. For 1000 years Zoroastrianism was one of the most extensive religions in the world. It was the official religion of Persia (Iran) from 600 BCE to 650 CE. It is now one of the world’s smallest religions with around 150,000 followers worldwide.

With love and peace

Jehangir Sarosh

Source : From the website of Lambeth palace


Dishoom! London revives Bombay cafe culture

Bombay’s old Irani cafes are dying a slow death, and the only people doing anything about it are in London
Irani cafes — of which Mumbai has less than 20 original examples left — have recently been the subject of various books, websites and documentaries such as “Inheritance of Loss,” all attempting to paint the fatalist portrait of a unique Bombay cafe culture in rapid decline.

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Parsiism from a 1934 Swedish Encyclopaedia.



Recently received from Sweden and is being sent on to you guys!

My dear Shirin

I have finally translated what was written in my old encyclopedia fro 1934 about Parsism.

Since it was that old, a lot of words and expressions are out of date and  I had some difficulties in translating a few things.

My oldest dicitionary was from 1957 but I think I have managed to get it correct.


Parsism (or Mazdaism after Ahara Mazda.), the old Persian religion, which still counts about 100 000 followers in India and about 8000 in Persia.

The main contents of the faith is in their holy documents, Avesta. An important document is Bundehesh.

Parsism whose essence goes back to Zoroastra is a try to break with the oldest Persian religions polytheism and gather all worship of God around one single God, Ahura Mazda, “The wise Lord. He is described as the creator of heaven and earth, the King of light, purity and truth, from which all good in life comes.

He is surrounded by a great heavenly hierarchy of angels and servants, among which, above all, the 6 Ameshas Spentas and Saroscha , The Spirit of Obedience, Reushurvan, The Spirit of the Cattle and Atar, The God of the purifying fire are noticed.

In the later Parsism again a lot of the from the oldest religion elbowed out Gods appeared, above all Mithra , the watergodess, Anahita and Haoma, the personification of the Haoma juice, which was the foremost sacrifice.       Together with the endeavour towards monotheism ,  Parsism is characterized by a pronounced strongly expressed dualism.

Against Ahura Mazda (or Muzd) is the Prince of Evil, Angra Mainyu(Ahriman) who created all the unclean, the taint and evil in life.

These two were found since the beginning of the existence and will fight each other till the end, when the good power will conquer and the evil will be defeated.

Angra Mainuys evil hordes of demons will try to force themselves upon the bright world of Ahura Mazda. But here they will meet his good angels, above all The Angel of Truth who is trying to force them away.

But the fight is not only a fight between the spiritual powers in space.

In the center of the fight is man.

Man must join the fight on one side and after death man has to give accountance before Ahura Mazda in which way he or she has lived their lives.

There are two ways in which he or she can help the good to victory.

The first is, above all, by taking part in the religion, the service, which in itself is an act of  purification.

The center of it is the Holy Fire, which originally was burning on altars under the open sky, but later was turned into the most holy thing, which was never allowed to go out and kept in Fire Tempels.

When the Parsis migrated to India during the 6th century, they brought their Holy Fire which is still burning in their temples there.

The second way is for man to promote the good in daily life, partly by being on guard for all evil and infected, partly by positive useful work.

If you got in touch with something unclean, above all disease and death, detailed purifications must be done.

Even the “clean” elements, earth, fire and water must be protected from contamination. Hence the bodies must not be burned nor buried but be put on high stands or towers where they will be eaten by vultures.

All useful work is considered as good deeds and Parsism is the first religion which consider the daily vocational work as a sermon.

Finally Parsism is charaterized by a strongly developed escatology.

The whole worldspan is 12000 year, divided in four periods. During the first the spiritual powers are resting side by side, during the second the fight in the spiritual world starts and in the beginning of the third earth and man are created.

The final period starts with Zoroaster being called upon as a prophet.

A thousand years after him a new prophet will come and after another thousand years yet another and finally a third saviour will come,  Saoshyant, who like his predecessors is born by a maiden through Zoroaster´s holy semen, which has been kept in a holy pond.

The arrival of Saoshyant is the start of the final fight in which the evil spirits are finally conquered. A meteor falls down on earth and melts the metals hidden in the mountains, which then spread over the surface of the earth as a floating gel.

For the pious this is felt like mild milk while the evil ones are severely tormented by it but are purified from their sins.

Finally the gel is floating down into hell where the devils and such people who didn´t want to convert to being good are annihilated.

A new earth arises where only the good is ruling.

 Some of you may find all this of some use. 

Shirin J. Mistry