The ZOROASTRIAN ASSOCIATION OF PENNSYLVANIA, DELAWARE & NEW JERSEY (ZAPANJ) USA
is in the process of building a Darbe Mehr in New Jersey, USA.
The plan is to build a Darbe Mehr that houses a library, classrooms, prayer room and a hall. The purpose is to hold seminars and conferences of religious and cultural scholars to promote understanding of our religion, culture and heritage to their respective children and local communities.
The estimated project cost is $1.43 Million USD. A two-acre land parcel has already been bought through donations in the past 7-years. They still need to raise another $600,000 USD to achieve the financial goal for completing this laudable project. (Please refer to the attachments for more details).
Any donations from individuals, corporations, associations and trusts to help out ZAPANJ would be truly appreciated. After all a Zarathushti in need is a Zarathushti indeed.
I am happy to announce that a new scholarly resource on Dadabhai Naoroji is currently in the works. Along with S.R. Mehrotra, formerly professor of history at SOAS as well as at the University of Himachal Pradesh, I am co-editor for a volume of selected papers from the Dadabhai Naoroji collection at the National Archives of India. The volume is being published by Oxford University Press, in conjunction with the National Archives, and should be out by the summer of 2012.
The Naoroji papers at the National Archives are massive in size and scope. Two volumes of correspondence were published by RP Patwardhan in the 1970s. The current volume focuses on Naoroji’s communication with several Indian and British leaders, as well as family members and friends. These individuals include pro-India voices in British politics such as Henry M. Hyndman and William Wedderburn along with A.O. Hume; Indian political and economic thinkers such as Romesh Chandra Dutt, Gopalkrishna Gokhale, and M.G. Ranade; British Indian administrators; correspondents in America; and contemporary scholars of Indian history, languages, and religion.
Sadly, many of Naoroji’s own letters have been lost, and the great majority of what survives today consists of letters to Naoroji. This volume tries to bring together as many of Naoroji’s own letters as well as those that reflect on his career and activities. Material by Naoroji’s correspondents carries the added bonus of giving us an insight into contemporary Indian and British society, and particularly the lives of those Indians who studied, worked and lived in the imperial metropole during the late Victorian era.
Further information on this volume can be found on Oxford University Press’ website:
Mr. Ratan Tata is going to be in Houston to accept an award given to him by the University of Houston, specifically induction into the Hospitality Hall of Honor. Previous inductees have been Ray Kroc, founder of McDonalds, Bill Marriott, Barron Hilton and Michael Eisner of Disney, to name a few. Please look at the attached invitation for more information, charges and cost.
Please note that we, WZCC Houston are just making you aware of this event and not sponsoring or organizing it. If you have any questions, there is a telephone number on the invitation. If you are going to get one of the main tables, which is the $5,000 or $10,000, I would call before sending in any money and confirm that these tables are still available. For other tickets you could get a group together and send in checks for 10 seats and requests a table. Again, please look at the flyer for further information.
H.R.H. The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh – 6th October 2011 visit to Zoroastrian Centre
Thursday 6th October 2011 – 10am
A Reason to Celebrate
Join the Zoroastrians of the United Kingdom for our sesquicentennial celebrations when
His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, K.G., K.T. will be visiting the Zoroastrians Centre for the first time for a Service of Thanks Giving to mark the 150th Anniversary of the Zoroastrian Trust Funds of Europe.
If you wish to join us for the service of thanks giving, please register your name ASAP with the ZTFE Administrative Secretary Mrs Roshan E Avari by phone 020 8866 0765 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. More information will follow including the cost of tickets.
A reminder of the heyday of Parsi theatre, which is said to have heralded the modern theatre in India.
LAUGHTER in the House: 20th Century Parsi Theatre is a much required documentation of a theatre that was once a sparkling combination of wit, flippancy and parody but is now all but dead. The book written by Meher Marfatia and having photographs by Sooni Taraporevala, offers full-fledged nostalgia for all those who flocked to watch this cultural phenomenon that was referred to as Parsi nataks (plays) or just nataks. This theatre was so popular about 25 years ago that it had an audience that reached beyond the Parsi community. Special plays would always be put up on festival occasions but audience demand through the year kept playwrights, song writers and actors busy through the year.
Laughter is a serious effort at preserving, passing on and making Parsi theatre available to those who missed its heyday.
The book is a good substitute for those who never had the good fortune to be “evicted” after a performance to the trademark strains of Adi Marzban’s closing song in which he gently pokes fun at life, society and all human frailties.
Only at the end of the interview does Indian New Zealander Darius Karani reveal this surprising fact: Auckland boasts the third-highest population of practising Zoroastrians in the world, outside Iran.
And in recent times, adds Karani, a sizeable proportion of India’s Zoroastrian population migrated to New Zealand.
Zoroastrians boast a strong tradition of creating successful businesses, and in 2008 Karani bought the global distribution rights to Koura Bay wines.
He then created his own company, Exotica Enterprise, and began exporting award-winning Marlborough pinot gris, pinot noir and sauvignon blanc under the Exotica label, primarily to India and Southeast Asia.