Adi Marzban – A gentle genius


Adi Marzban – A gentle genius – by Hormazdyar Shahpurshah Dalal

“…. I am happy to write about Adi’s life and work. The task was not easy, since Adi was close to me. And also because he was a silent man who did not talk about himself….. ”

Read this interesting account of the history, foundation and growth of Jame Jamshed which is intrinsically linked with the Marzbans.

Click Here for the full book online.

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15th North American Zarathushti Congress


PRESS RELEASE – 15TH NORTH AMERICAN ZARATHUSHTI CONGRESS, DEC 29-31, 2010

Tthe 15th North American  Zarathushti Congress is to be held from December 29-31, 2010 in Houston at The Intercontinental Hotel in the Galleria area. This is a biennial meeting, with an expected attendance of over 500 scholars, doctors, lawyers, technocrats, educationalists, businessmen from the U.S. and Canada as well as other parts of the world.  This Congress is organized by the Zoroastrian Association of Houston (ZAH) under the umbrella of the Federation of Zoroastrians in  North America..
The theme of the NAZC is “Preserve the past, Protect the present, and Perfect the future”. The three-day event includes a comprehensive program of workshops, seminars, presentations on religious identity in a diverse society, youth leadership, and community-building starting with an inaugural ceremony performed by Zoroastrian priests from North America. Highlights include exhibits, book launching, leadership awards, and cultural entertainment.  Confirmed speakers include noted scholars and community leaders from the U.S., Canada, England, and India.
As we are sure you already know, Zoroastrianism is the world’s oldest surviving monotheistic religion, predating — and influencing — Christianity, Judaism and Buddhism.  It was once the state religion of the ancient Persian empires (including modern-day Iran and parts of the central Asian republics). Many scholars believe that the Biblical “three wise men from the East” that sought out the infant Jesus Christ were Zoroastrians from Persia.

This years Congress includes wonderful speakers and it is a great opportunity for Houston Chronicle readers to not only learn about the adherents of our ancient religion Zoroastrianism but also learn about how Zoroastrians network and contribute to the larger communities they live in. Keynote speaker Niaz Kasravi has decades of activism and is  an insightful and entertaining speaker. Other speakers are academic scholars, young entrepreneurs. The dynamics of intergenerational needs and concerns are a focus of the program. And there is evening entertainment that will trace the cultural heritage. I am attaching 2 flyers  which has details of the Featured Speakers and the program.

Attending the Congress may be a rare opportunity for you and your readers/viewers to learn about the Zoroastrians in their midst – their religion and culture, and the significant contributions they have historically made in the diverse host societies among whom they live. We have negotiated specially discounted room rates for conference delegates and the press, of only $89 + tax per night.

I look forward to hearing from you and would be happy to work with you if you choose to interview speakers or alternately to do a feature on our community.

Thank you for your time and coverage of an important event that I am sure will be of interest to your readers.

Thank you

 

Sincerely,

Ms  Mani Surkari
Press Relations/North American Zarathushti Congress
Tel: 832-633-5466
manisurkari@hotmail.com
www.zah.org
Preserve the past, Protect the present, and Perfect the future.

NAZC 2010 – Featured Speakers and Program

NAZC 2010 – Featured Academic Speakers

 

Mumbai’s best Parsi meal


Crispy, meaty, coconutty, juicy, tangy … these three restaurants in Fort provide a flavorsome foray into the eclectic cuisine of India’s Parsi contingent :

Click on each of the photos to read more regarding each dish at CNNGo.

 

Mumbai’s best Parsi meal — Recommended: Ideal Corner’s mutton cutlet
Mumbai’s best Parsi meal — Recommended: Britannia’s bombil fry

Mumbai’s best Parsi meal — Recommended: Jimmy Boy’s saas ni machhi

Mumbai’s best Parsi meal — Winner: Ideal Corner’s patra ni machhi

 

Courtesy : Jehangir Bisney

Zoroastrianism thrived among other faiths


Finding Religious Acceptance

In sixth century B.C., when the Zoroastrian king Cyrus the Great established the Persian empire, Zoroastrianism was the major religion of the empire. But he allowed his conquered subjects to continue following their native religions, thus introducing the principle of separation of church and state, which was generally followed for over a 1,000 years under successive Zoroastrian kings and queens.

When some Zoroastrians migrated to India, they assured the Hindu king who gave them refuge that they will not convert his subjects. For over 1,300 years the Parsis (Persians), as Zoroastrians are known in India, kept their promise and lived in harmony with other communities in the Indian subcontinent.

Click Here for the full story at IndiaCurrents

Dishoom: An Irani Cafe in London


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.
By Amana Fontanella-Khan / CNN Go

Click Here for the full story

Courtesy : Roshan Pastakia

HUM BANDAGI – 2011


A unique event……A Universal Hum Bandagi – PLEASE PASS ON THIS MESSAGE TO YOUR ZOROASTRIAN FAMILY AND FRIENDS OVERSEAS

We Zoroastrians are a microscopic community but have “our presence” throughout the world . We therefore feel that Zoroastrians all over the world should offer ” HUM BANDAGI” for ” Hama Anjuman” the entire Creation all over for Peace , Prosperity and Happiness .

The Idea is simple : at 11:55pm on 31st December 2010 (YOUR LOCAL TIME), visit the ZYNG(Zoroastrian Youth for the Next Generation) website – www.zyng.org and on the HOME PAGE ( first page) on the top left is our video section. The Hum Bandagi video shall be ready to play at exactly 12 midnight. Click on the play button of this video to start playing the same and join in , in our endeavour to spread a message.

You can opt to play the Hum Bandagi Video at 11:55pm INDIA TIME – OR AT 11:55PM – AT YOUR LOCAL TIME in case the former is not convenient – but do use this ready “borderless” platform to unite and to create a great Spiritual Fusion…

See you on www.zyng.org – AND PLEASE SPREAD THIS MESSAGE BY EMAIL / ANY CONVENIENT MEANS TO YOUR ZOROASTRIAN FAMILY AND FRIENDS OVERSEAS.

Thank You
Viraf B Hansotia

Courtesy : Kaivan

Christianity may have roots in Persian religion


From NorthWest Indiana TImes:
This Christmas season picture a peaceful, 2000-plus-year-old scene of the Zoroastrian priest Artaban standing on the balcony of his Persian home while gazing into a midnight blue sky. He views a bright star that was to herald the birth of the Messiah. He hastily sets off to join the other three Magi in a prearranged location to begin the journey to follow the star to Bethlehem.
more…
http://www.nwitimes.com/news/local/lake/article_d27d799b-76b4-5fd7-9557-a20b00f739f5.html

Courtesy : Roshan Rivetna

Children of Intermarried Parsi Women


SHOULD CHILDREN OF INTERMARRIED PARSI WOMEN BE ADMITTED INTO OUR FOLD?
by
Dr. Homi Dhalla
The question about children of mixed marriages, i.e. between a non-Parsi father and a Parsi mother has been simmering for decades and even today it continues to remain as tangled as ever.
Being a neutral voice, I am neither an orthodox nor a reformist but a pragmatist. And I believe that in this discussion, questioning, criticism and dissent must be valued.

Click Here for the full article by Dr. Homi Dhalla