Monthly Archives: April 2011

7th Unity Cup Soccer Tournament

Subject: 7th Unity Cup Soccer Tournament – Early-Bird Deadline

Dear Friends,
The Zoroastrian Sports Committee (ZSC) cordially invites you to join us for the 7th Unity Cup Soccer Tournament to be held Labor Day Weekend in beautiful Southern California.  Come spend the last days of Summer with friends and family, play soccer, or cheer on your favorite teams and athletes.
The deadline for early-bird registration (Adult and Youth Divisions) is June 13, 2011. We encourage you to sign up quickly as space tends to run out fast.
Application as wells as rules and regulations for this year’s games have been attached for your reference.
Please note that our website is under construction and this year, as an exception, we ask that you mail in your applications to ZSC at:  P.O. Box 1064, Redondo Beach, CA 90278. Thank you in advance for your patience as we move through this stage. So:What:      The 7th Unity Cup Soccer Tournament

When:      September 3 – 4, 2011
Where:     Aviation Park, 1935 Manhattan Beach Blvd, Redondo Beach, CA  90278
If you have questions, please contact us at:
See you in September!
Zoroastrian Sports Committee

N.M.Wadia Dharamshala, Udwada

N.M.Wadia Dharamshala, Udwada.
Now enjoy your stay in Udwada at low, affordable cost under new Management. Just outside the Udwada Railway Station on your right – N.M.Wadia Dharamshala offers good facilities of accomodation and delicious veg./non-veg. food to Parsi/Irani families travellers in lush-green and peaceful surroundings. Food and Accomodation Rates/day as well as Food without Accomodation Rates available on request.

They have started deluxe ac and non-ac rooms too at a very very challenging  price.
Contact : Mr. Shahin Irani.
C/O. N.M. Wadia Dharamshala,
Besides Udwada Railway Station,
Taluka – Pardi,
District – Valsad.
Gujarat. India.
Mobile: +91-9377069996

Email Address:

N.M. Wadia Dharamshala needs donation to build a New Wing of more 10 rooms in the extra space that we have in Udwada for Zoroastrians who come on a pilgrimage. All donations are welcome in cash or cheque in favour of Mr.Shahin J Mehershahi, A/C # 02510100017032, Bank Of Baroda, Branch: Udwada R.S.

Rashna Chinoy

Rashna  Chinoy of Rashh Creations  takes care of all your tailoring  needs with expertise of trained and experienced  seamstresses be it for :  Birthday Dresses,  Navjote Dresses,  Wedding: Saree Petticoats,   Saree Blouses plain or fancy – n -trendy, stitched to perfection.

Tailoring orders for Indian and western outfits undertaken. Wide selection of patterns to choose from.

Come try us once for  Perfect Fit  and total satisfaction!

Contact me on : 9821348390/9223292990

Rashna Kaizad Chinoy

U.P.Nivas Next to star laundry

Dr.S.S.Rao Road,

Opp . Nawroze Baug,


Mumbai 400012

Narendra Modi in Udvada

Chief Minister Shri Narendra Modi today wished recognition of ‘World heritage centre of religious harmony’ for Parsi pilgrim place Udvada while speaking at Udvada in Valsad where he was a special guest in 1290th birth celebration of Parsi Atash Behram Iranshah.

Chief Minister Modi was felicitated by head Dasturjees and leaders of Parsi community. Chief Minister prayed at sacred fire Atash Behram and viewed the display of Zoroastrian Information Centre that showcases the lifestyle of Parsi people. Shri Modi said he is indebted to Parsi community and that he seeks the blessing of Humta-Hukhta-Huvarshta (Good thoughts-Good words-Good deeds) from Iranshah.
Modi said it was a matter of utmost proud for him that world’s smallest of the small, micro minority gave away him a standing ovation because whether a regime is working well or not, whether the approach of the regime is same for all or biased to someone is answered and hailed by world’s micro-minority here. Modi said there’s no other certificate needed now.

“I sometime think that if Parsi community had not arrived here, what could happen to us Gujaratis here? We could not learn to have a smile, we could not have learn to face and overcome our problems with smile,” Modi said.

“This is the community that doesn’t want anything from government. They even don’t want election ticket. This shows that their love is without condition, without any expectation, and therefore purest possible. I haven’t heard any Parsi going to jail. All other communities have tasted jail term, but not Parsis. Some tradition some ‘Samskar’ must be there to make this possible, and Gujarat is benefited by it. One would find Parsi on the top of every area, be it industry, science, army or any other area. It is fact that Parsis didn’t increase population, but i think if Parsis had done it, the nation could get great benefit out of it, and I pray Iranshah for more and more contribution of Parsis to this nation,” Modi further said.

Modi said he came to Iranshah with a motive to get blessings for three things that he wanted good thoughts, good words and good deeds.”I want blessings so that I don’t commit mistake, and I don’t do anything that is harmful to anyone.”

Modi appealed Parsis to visit Shyamji Krushna Verma monument in Kutch’s Mandvi where one section is devoted to Madam Cama. “Madam Cama’s glorious history has been showcased in Mandvi, you will be proud of your heritage after visiting that place.”

Modi said once the government of India was facilitating once-a-year tour to Iran for Parsis living in India, however it is unfortunate that this tradition has been discontinued by present central government. “We would put a demand before the centre to hold talks with Iran and start facilitating such tour again.”

Modi recalled how he had urged then Tourism Minister Jagmohan in Ahmedabad to start the tours of Udvada and Sanjan. He said, “In the era of religious and sectarian conflicts, Sanjan and Udavada are the biggest global destinations showcasing religious harmony.”

Modi appealed Parsis all over the world that they should visit at least once a year to Udavada and Sanjan.

Dastur Kurshedjee Kekobad wished that a decade later Shri Modi would also attend the 1300th birth celebration of Iranshah as the Prime Minister of India.

He said that Parsi people are highly secure in Gujarat. ‘Foundation for development of Udvada’ is the result of Chief Minister’s farsightedness. Zoroastrian Information Centre has also been developed with the help of Chief Minister’s funding.

Head Dasurjees and Parsi dignitaries expressed gratitude towards Chief Minister and gave standing ovation to him. Standing ovation from a micro-minority community is the real certificate for the good governance practices of his government, said Chief Minister.

Noted Hindi film actor Boman Irani described Shri Modi as the guardian of the sacred fire Atash Behram and of pilgrim place Udvada, second after King Jadav Rana of Sanjan who gave shelter to Parsi people.

BJP national office bearer Smruti Irani, religious leaders, Parsi community leaders and Collector Sushri P.Barthi were present on the occasion among others.


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Courtesy : Jehangir Bisney

Patuck Memorial Scholarships



Sir Ratan Tata Institute

35, N.S. Patkar Marg, Mumbai – 400 007

Scholarships will be given to Zoroastrian women to pursue Non-Academic, Job-Oriented Professional Courses such as:

  1. Teaching / Nursing / Tailoring and Fashion designing / Catering and Hotel Management / Hair dressing and Beauty Culture / Computer Science / Secretarial Course / Travel & Tourism / Commercial Art / Technical Drawing / Gems & Jewellery Designing / Fitness Training & Physical Fitness Courses for Gym. Instructors / Bio-technology & Bio-engineering Courses / Laboratory Technicians Courses in Medical Centers.

These Courses should be done after Std. XII and some specialized courses after graduation.

2.  QUALIFICATION: S.S.C./Graduate.

3.  Out-station students who apply, must send along with their application forms, a recommendation from the Head of their Local Anjuman and a list of help, received from other sources.

4. Submission for request for application form should be in applicant’s own handwriting, supported by a complete bio-data, at the above address on Tuesdays’ and Fridays’ between 2.15 p.m. to 5.00 p.m.

5.  Granting of Scholarships is entirely at the discretion of the Committee.

6. Incomplete Application Forms will not be entertained.

Bakhtawar S. Tarapore

Hon. Secretary


Michelle Pavri – Fashion Designer

I am a Fashion / Apparel Designer based in India, I have been working with several export houses for the last 7 yrs designing for various brands across USA EUROPE AND UK. I have now decided to create my own brand label in the world of fashion and put up my ladies and kids styles in various stores in USA UK and the European Market, since my fashion sense is not based on the Indian domestic market. European silhouettes along with beautiful traditional embroideries, fabric weaves, dyes and workmanship from different countries and cultures combining the middle eastern, eastern and western backgrounds is what my clothing will be like.I believe this will be an ideal collection for the markets over there.I have also seen techniques and work being done by artisans in remote villages of India. Being so skillful however they are not paid well and live in poor conditions. I believe i could team up with organisations in India, and through my brand help give them employment support them and their families by bringing out their work which is so different beautiful and untapped.

What i am really looking out for is , contacts of people  who can introduce me to stores in UK USA and Europe that would be interested in putting up my ladies and kids collections from India and selling it in their stores. Small or medium scaled stores that showcase various brands would be ideal. Or maybe people who would like to team up with me like, designers , agents abroad who would be able to showcase my brand.

You may contact me at

Here is a brief sample of my work which has been much appreciated

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Suva – for the new mother

Method to make SUVA to be had after delivery of a baby.

Suva 500 gms.
Variali (saunf) 100 gms.
Khuskhus (poppy seeds) 100 gms.
Thin  Powa   (flat rice) 50 gms.
Sukka  Kopra (dry coconut)  one cup or  2  vati
Ajwain 2 tabsp.
Chaar Jatna Magaj 100 gms.
Mamro Badam(mamro almonds) 150 gms.
Charoli(chironji) 150 gms.
Kaju   (cashew nuts) 100 gms.
Elaichi Jaiphal pwd.(cardamom/nutmeg) 2 tsp.
Pure ghee (hot, melted) 2 tablespoon
Salt to taste but not too much.
  • Ø Cut the  dry coconut in to very tiny pcs. Or pref. grate it,
  • Ø Pick and clean Suva, Variyali,  khuskhus , powa.
  • Ø Cut very fine Mamro Badam (American will also do, but Mamro is better)
  • Ø Cut very find Cashew nuts
  • Ø Dry roast all of the above   (except elachi/jaiphal powder) individually/separately on a  medium flame on tawa/non-stick pan.
  • Ø As you roast  each  ingredient put it in large plate and mix everything well.
  • Ø Put the entire mixture in a big steel/non stick vessel, make a little solution with salt and water and sprinkle all over and mix well.
  • Ø Now add 2 tablespoons  melted ghee and mix well on a slow flame till everything mixes well.  Keep stirring for 2 to 3 mins.  till nice aroma fills the room.
  • Ø Add cardamom/nutmeg (elaichi/Jaiphal powder) mix and remove from  the stove.
  • Ø Let it cool and store in 2 to 3 airtight bottles.
  • Ø Eat it as and when you like, after meals is a must, as it betters the quality of breast milk and you and the baby will have less gas to deal with.


Courtesy : Thrity Tantra

Nowruz Celebrations across the world

Here are  some  very interesting videos & clips  from the  internet on the  Navruz  celebrations you  might  have  seen these before,  but  I would  like   to observe how people in different countries celebrate and follow the  practice of  arranging / decorating the Haft  Seen Table and the emphasis on Feasting.

Good Food.  Sweets, Fruits and the best of sweet dishes

Rusi Sorabji

                       Novruz, Nowrouz, Nooruz, Navruz, Nauroz, Nevruz

      Novruz  Fest

    Novruz Bayrami 2011

      Novruz Bayrami

       Navruz in Tajikistan

        Azerbaijan Cuisine for  Novruz


     Türk Dünyasında Tabiatın Dirilişi Nevruz Hıdrellez

    Dünyası ‘nda Nevruz Bayramı ‘ Eğlence’

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