Monthly Archives: January 2011

Urgent Financial help for Zarthosti

Dear Zarthosti friends,
Our Malcolm Baug resident, 69 years old PESI ERUCHSHAW GORWALLA, a retired Zarthosti of modest means, sufferred a brain stroke at 3-30 p.m. today at his home in Divecha Building. His cartoid artery was blocked which prevented any blood to go the right side of the brain. This caused left sided paralysis. He was immediately taken to the Kokilaben Dhirubhai Ambani Hospital. After undergoing all necessary tests and MRI Scan, he underwent Cerebral Angiography later in the evening. Doctors attending on him are Dr. Ms Anu Agarwal and Dr. Manish Srivastava.
Total cost of this hospitalisation has been estimated around Rs.6,00,000/-.
The hospital is asking for a deposit of Rs.3,00,000/- from which the family managed to raise Rs.48,000/- today and paid the hospital, being towards Rs.8,000/- for MRI Scan and blood report and Rs.40,000/- towards ICU ROOM DEPOSIT. THE BALANCE Rs.2,60,000/- IS REQUIRED TO BE PAID BY TOMORROW (FRIDAY) towards Operation Clearance Deposit.
From the total cost estimated around Rs.6,00,000/-, the family can provide about Rs.2,50,000/ by liquidating their bank fixed deposits, thus there is a deficit of Rs.3,50,000/- which need to be raised urgently.
Financial help is therefore solicited from kind donors. Cheques can be drawn in favour of KOKILABEN DHIRUBHAI AMBANI HOSPITAL, (mentioning on the reverse – for PATIENT ID NO. 1000105762 (MR. PESI ERUCHSHAW GORWALLA), BED NO.4, ICU, 3RD FLOOR.) Or in favour of his only son ERUCH PESI GORWALLA, who can be intimated on mobile 9619035681 or email All help received will be acknowledged individually.
Thanks and regards,
Rusi Mistry
Mobile : 9867120234

Kersi Dubash attire attracts customers

Kersi Dubash attire attracts customers

By Mahtab Bashir

A weeklong dazzling variety of Indian saris, shalwar kameez, jewellery and bags in an exhibition by Kersi Dubash of Nazakat Collection at Jacaranda Guest House, continued to attract a large number of visitors especially women interested in good taste of dressing in capital.

Displaying a wide range of exclusive Indian Saris, antique Parsi Garas, Gara borders and Gara Shalwar Kameez suits, Tancholi, French chiffons, Lucknow saris and shalwar kameez suits, Kantha Saris and pure cotton saris, Satya Paul Crepe De-Chine Sari’s and Shalwar Suits, evening bags.

Besides, Indian Jewellery, with their striking colour combinations and trendy designs, Kersi Dubash under his brand name ‘Nazakat Collections’ from Mumbai, presented a seamless transition from Indian Banarsi and Lucknowi formal and casual wear to delicate wedding saris and dinner wear.

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Courtesy : Jehangir Bisney

Parsi club serves cricket at 85

Parsi club turns 85, continues to serve cricket

Dadar Parsi Zoroastrian Sports Club (DPZSC) is one of the well known maidan clubs in the city.

It may not be on par with the traditional Dadar Union Sporting, Parsee Cyclist, Shivaji Park Gymkhana or the three gymkhanas at the Kennedy Seaface — Hindu, Islam, Catholic or Parsee — which have rich cricketing history but the Matunga’s Dadkar Maidan club is still sought after in Mumbai.

The club, which came into being in 1926 under the leadership of a cricket-loving Parsi —Jahangir Pithawala — celebrated its 85th anniversary on Monday.

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Courtesy : Jehangir Bisney

Parsi demographic study by Unisa, et. al.

Dear all,

As a follow-up to the paper on Zoroastrian demographics that I presented at the Houston Congress, and have distributed over email, please see the attached study on the Indian Parsis authored by an actual professional demographer.  Unisa’s findings were incorporated in my paper, but I’ve just noticed that her article is online and available to the public.

It is extremely valuable to read what actual scholars of demography have to say about our steep population decline.

Best regards,

Dinyar Patel

Center for Advancement of Philanthropy

Center for Advancement of Philanthropy (CAP)

CAP today, occupies a unique niche, as a support organization for all kinds of incorporated charities, including grant making trusts & foundations, NGOs engaged in development work and NGOs providing support to other NGOs. It has remained focused on legal and regulatory matters pertaining to incorporation, taxation, accounting and statutory reporting.

CAP also guides and assists corporates with their CSR (Corporate Social Responsibilty) initiatives often helping them find credible NGO partners or guiding them with due diligence issues. CAP has also helped companies like Titan, Thermax, Forbes Marshal, Zensar, Atlas Copco etc., set up their own corporate foundations.

Mr. Noshir H. Dadrawala is the Chief Executive of the Centre for Advancement of Philanthropy. He has been with the Centre since it’s inception in 1987.

Currently, he serves on international boards as; one of the Directors of the Hong Kong based Asia Pacific Philanthropy Consortium (APPC), member of the Coordinating Committee of Philippines based Worldwide Initiatives & Network of Grant-makers (WINGS), Fellow of the Centre for Study of Philanthropy (New York) which is affiliated to the Graduate School & University Center of the City University of New York, member of the Advisory Council of the U.S. based International Centre for Not-for-profit Law.

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WZO Welfare Activities in 2010


We are pleased to attach for your information a file which provides a synopsis of welfare activities undertaken by us during the course of the calendar year 2010.

We are very grateful to our donors and well wishers for the support they have been extended over the years and look forward to the same in the years to come.

Best wishes and kind regards,

Dinshaw K. Tamboly;

Trustee – WZO Trust.

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The Parsi Theatre

The Parsi Theatre : Its Origins and Development

Contents: Foreword. The Parsi Theatre: its origins and development. Dedication. A few words. Preface. 1. Before the Parsi Theatre. 2. The origins of the Parsi Theatre. 3. The development of the Parsi Theatre. 4. Urdu dramatists of the Parsi stage. 5. The Parsi Theatrical companies. 6. Parsi actors. 7. Other elements of the Parsi Theatre. 8. The Indar Sabha and its influence. 9. Impact of the Parsi theatrical companies. Appendix: The beginnings of Hindu drama in Bombay and Maharashtra.

“From its inception in 1853, Parsi theatre rapidly developed into a mobile, company-based entertainment that reached across colonial and princely India and extended overseas into Southeast Asia. Like its counterparts in modern Bengali and Marathi, it employed the prevailing local languages (Gujarati, Urdu and Hindi), used the European-style proscenium with richly painted backdrop curtains and trick stage effects, and depended on spectacle and melodrama to create audience appeal.

Simultaneously, it ushered in the conventions and techniques of realism, marking the transition from stylized open-air presentations to a new urban drama. Although largely displaced by motion pictures after the advent of sound in the 1930s, Parsi theatre remains a vital component of the subcontinent’s cultural heritage, significant for its long-term impact on diverse regional theatrical styles and the popular cinema.

There is a great need for reliable information in English that would shed light on the history and practice of this important theatrical form. A vital source is a Hindi book that appeared in 1981, Somnath Gupt’s Parsi Thiyetar, the best single reference for the early period of Parsi theatre history. It covers the antecedent phase of English theatre in eighteenth-century Bombay and extends through the end of the nineteenth century. Gupt consulted a range of source materials in several Indian languages as well as in English. The type of material is diverse, including advertisements, reviews and letters from English and Gujarati newspapers; early autobiographies and memoirs; and compendia of theatre lore published in Gujarati and Urdu.

Through translation, editing and annotation, Kathryn Hansen has sought to make Gupt’s Parsi Thiyetar — one of the most frequently consulted studies of the seminal Parsi theatre form–available to the general reader and the theatre specialist, thus making way for further research.” (jacket)

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Ratan Marshal

Parsi scholar Ratan Marshal passes away

Eminent Parsi scholar Dr Ratan Marshal, who turned 100 in October last year, passed away on Sunday morning. He was not keeping well for the past three days. Marshal was the first to chronicle the history of Gujarati journalism from the 19th century. In this mammoth research, ‘Gujarati Patrakaratvano Itihas’ — in 1950, Marshal talks about various social reforms and nationalist movements triggered by journalism.

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Courtesy : Jehangir Bisney

S is for Shahrevar

S for Shahrevar, is also S for Service and S for strength
Er. Dr. Ramiyar Parvez Karanjia
(published in Jame Jamshed dated 16th January 2011)

Shahrevar Ameshaspand presides over the fourth day of the month and the sixth month of the year in the Zoroastrian calendar. The word Shahrevar comes from Avestan khshathra vairya which means “desirable power/kingdom.” The Avestan word khshathra can be seen reflected in the Sanskrit and later Hindi words like khshetra “territory” and khshatriya “warrior class”
Shahrevar Ameshaspand presides over industry, labour and hard work. Thus the desirable or ideal kingdom of Ahura Mazda can come up if people are involved in honest labour and hard work.

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Burjorji Umrigar Memorial Trust Funds

A Private Fund has been established under BURJORJI UMRIGAR MEMORIAL TRUST FUNDS in 2010  for the Parsi and Iranian Zoroastrian Youth – between 18 to 25 years of age, born of both Zoroastrian Parents who desire to pursue studies in Avesta, Pahlavi and Ancient Iranian Languages in the Western Universitites. The youth must reside in the USA or Europe, THEY MUST BE USA CITIZENS.

In pursuance of above clauses, applications will be invited from April 2011 and consequently every following years in the month of April. The annual scholarship is in the amount of US$4000.00

The Trustees of the said fund will decide in granting of this scholarship. Their decisions will be FINAL AND LEGAL BINDING.

In pursuance of the establishment of Burjorji Umrigar Memorial Trust Funds, recommendations from the university presidents,deans of the applicants plus two references from the academic professors will be needed. The Trustees reserve the rights for thorouh investigations the candidates’ backgrounds.

This scholarship is only for studies of Avesta, Pahlavi and ancient Iranian languages and not for the study of ancient History.


JANUARY 15, 2011 – USA

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