CZC Newsletter

Cheherenama  No.159
(A publication of the California Zoroastrian Center)
(52 pages – In Farsi and in English)
Courtesy : Behram Pastakia



ZAGNY Newsletter

Zoroastrian Association of Greater New York

The ZAGNY Fall 2011 Newsletter is out !!
Catch up on all the fun activites ZAGNY hosted right through the summer and mark your calendars for a packed fall and winter schedule of events.  All this and more in our newsletter, fantastically edited and put together by Sheroo Kanga, Secretary ZAGNY and Nina Mistry, Jt. Secretary ZAGNY


Topography of Faith: Mapping the USA

Topography of Faith: Mapping the USA

‘USA Today’ recently published a fascinating graphical depiction of faith in the USA: The Topography of Faith. Based on research done by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life, the map presents the overall view of the US and yields individual views for each state as you scroll over.  Makes for a fascinating few minutes as you try to guess the religious topography of different states and regions.

Shoma Beramji

To give you a brief about myself, I am married to Yezdi Beramji and he is working as a Manager in a Training & Development Organization.We are living in Greater Noida.  Wife n a mother of 3 daughters and a fulltime atrist..thats what i am.

I am an artist by profession and love to learn and teach different forms or paper and color art.. My In-laws live in Mumbai and have been a real support and inspiration in my life.  I started in 2004 with designer candles that I made at home and soon added things like paper flowers, stamping, wedding albums, scrapbooks, card making, paintings, personalized gift items etc , and Now from past 2 years I am trying to promote the art of Paper Quilling in the common masses through exhibitions and classes. I also sell some art products online you can visit my online store.  Through this I even take online orders n get the things couriered to my clients.

I had taken part in an exhibition at Delhi Anjiman on the 13th Feb 2011 where people really loved this art form. I am keen to do exhibitions in Mumbai or any place where there is a Parsi fest. I have also seen that there are lots of events happening so if there’s a way we can get to know about these to take part in it, would be a g8 help for people like me. Please help me where ever you can into promoting my blog and products..
Thank You

Shoma Beramji

150 years of Zoroastrian Studies weekend conference

You may wish to share the attached information on the forthcoming conference at SOAS and Zoroastrian Centre in London on 20th, 22nd and 23rd October.

Best wishes
Malcolm Deboo

150 years of Zoroastrian Studies inaugural lecture 20 Oct 2011 – Registration form

150 years of Zoroastrian Studies weekend conference 22 & 23 Oct 2011 – Registration form

Ancient Pahlavi Nirang Meaning in English

Hello all:

Thanks to Pallan Ichaporia, I now have the whole Nirang in Gujarati as well as in English with the transliteration and translation of the Pahlavi Nirang, thanks to the contribution of Pallan. I have attached a WORD file for the complete Nirang.

Love and Tandoorasti, Soli

Pahlavi Nirang for the Home Front Door – Click to Open

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Sam Balsara, Chairmanof Audit Bureau of Circulations (ABC)

By Audience Matters News Desk 

Tuesday, September 27, 2011 

Mr. Sam Balsara, Chairman & Managing Director of Madison World, has been unanimously elected as the Chairmanof Audit Bureau of Circulations (ABC) for the year 2011-2012.

Mr. Sam Balsara has been a Member of the Bureau’s Council of Management since 2002 and was the Deputy Chairman of the Bureau for the year 2010-2011.

Mr. Balsara is the recipient of the Advertising Agencies Association of India’s Lifetime Achievement Award and the Ad Club of Kolkata’s Hall of Fame Award. Mr. Balsara also featured in Campaign’s Global Power List 2010 – a list of over 150 most influential people in the world in the field of media, marketing and advertising.

Mr. Balsara was earlier the President of Advertising Agencies Association of India [AAAI], The Advertising Standards Council of India [ASCI], The Advertising Club of Bombay and IAA India Chapter.

Mr. T. Venkattram Reddy [Deccan Chronicle Holdings Ltd.] Publisher Member on the Council was unanimously elected as the Deputy Chairman of the Bureau for the year 2011-2012.

Members on the Bureau’s Council of Management for the year 2011-2012 are:

Advertising Agencies’ Representatives

1. Mr. Sam Balsara, Madison Communications Pvt. Ltd. – Chairman

2. Mr. Shashidhar Sinha, Universal McCann Erickson (India) Pvt. Ltd.– Hony. Secretary

3. Mr. Madhukar Kamath, Mudra Communications Pvt. Ltd. – Hony. Treasurer

4. Mr. Vikram Sakhuja, Group M Media India Pvt. Ltd.

Publishers’ Representatives

1. Mr. T. Venkattram Reddy, Deccan Chronicle Holdings Ltd. – Deputy Chairman

2. Mr. Shailesh Gupta, Jagran Prakashan Ltd.

3. Mr. M. Venkatesh, Hindustan Media Ventures Ltd.

4. Mr. Amit Mathew, Malayala Manorama Co. Ltd.

5. Mr. Aritra Sarkar, ABP Pvt. Ltd.

6. Mr. I. Venkat, Ushodaya Enterprises Ltd.

7. Mr. Hormusji N Cama, The Bombay Samachar Pvt. Ltd.

8. Mr. Devendra V. Darda, Lokmat Media Ltd.

Advertisers’ Representatives

1. Mr. S.M. Ahmad, I.T.C. Ltd.

2. Mr. Ravi Pisharody, Tata Motors Ltd.

3. Mr. Debabrata Mukherjee, Coca Cola India Pvt. Ltd.

4. Mr. Anil Dua, Hero MotoCorp Ltd.,


Mr. Hormuzd Masani – Secretary General 

SSZ Conference

Zoroastrian Association of Metropolitan Chicago
proudly hosts the
Society of Scholars of Zoroastrianism (SSZ) Conference
“Zoroastrian Connections with Christians and Jews”
Zoroastrianism-101: “Celebration of the life and work of Sir Jivanji Modi ”
supported by
Federation of Zoroastrian Associations of North America (FEZANA)
World Zoroastrian Organization (WZO)
at the
Arbab Rustom Guiv Darbe Mehr, 8615 Meadowbrook Drive, Burr Ridge, IL 60527,
Saturday November 12 and Sunday November 13 , 2011
The Society of Scholars of Zoroastrianism (SSZ) is an initiative to promote study and scholarship of the Religion of Zarathushtra, formalized during the Eighth World Zoroastrian Congress in London in 2005.  The mission of the Society is to revive the tradition of scholarship within our community among athornans and behdins alike, and to promote interaction among academicians, theologians (priests), educationists, lay scholars and practitioners of Zoroastrianism, through roundtable discussions, conferences and publications.  The aim is to make SSZ a prestigious organization on par with scholarly organizations of other faith communities, and merit affiliation with international bodies such as the American Academy of Religions.
SSZ Conferences have been held in Chicago each year since 2006, when noted scholars and students present their research papers.  To encourage Zoroastrian studies within the community, these SSZ conferences also include sessions on Zoroastrianism-101 delivered by community members, especially the youth. Persons/Associations interested in the mission and vision of the Society of Scholars of Zoroastrianism, are invited to host future Conferences in their areas.  SSZ will provide assistance as needed. The organizers enjoy complete autonomy in regard to programming and organizing the Conference.
All community members, students and scholars are invited and encouraged to participate.  You will no doubt be enriched, your presence gives support to the speakers, and your feedback is invaluable so that future research efforts may be directed in a constructive manner for the benefit of both the academicians as well as the community.
Registration.  Suggested donation is $7 for Saturday dinner and $7 for Sunday breakfast, lunch and tea.  Please RSVP by October 31, 2011 to Dinaz Weber (630-830 3430,  For program information contact Rohinton Rivetna (630-325 5383, or Kayomarsh Mehta (630-654 8828, and visit
Saturday November 12, 2011 6:00 pm
6:00     Benediction, Monajat, Welcome
6:30      Life of Sir Jivanji Modi, an inspiration – Jivanji’s grandson Jamshed Modi
7:00      Works of Sir Jivanji Modi – Khurshid Ichaporia, student of Zoroastrianism: Yasnaaicha,
             Vahmaaicha, Khnaothraaicha, Frasastayaecha; proper study and understanding,
              absorption and contemplation, gaining knowledge and imparting of knowledge.
7:30       A record of Sir Jivanji Modi’s travels to heritage lands where formerly Zoroastrianism
              flourished – Ervad Soli Dastur, FL
8:45       Dinner
Sunday November 13, 2011 8:30 am
8:30       Registration and Breakfast
9:00        Benediction, Monajat, Welcome
9:30       Zoroastrian Connections with Christian and Jews, Session I
              Life after  death in Zoroastrianism, Christianity and Judaism – Dr. Pallan Ichaporia, PA
Zoroastrian connection and influence on Judaism – Rabbi Harold Kudan, founding rabbi of Congregation Am Shalom in Glencoe, IL.
11:30      Jashan Participation with Understanding, a legacy of Late Dastoor Dr. Nowrooz
               Minocher – Homji, a beloved of ZAC; an interactive session – Ervad Soli Dastur with
               local association members.
12:15      Launch of FEZANA publication “Zoroastrian Connection with Christianity and
                Judaism” – Roshan Rivetna 
12:30      Lunch and Keynote address: The Future of Zoroastrianism – Keki Bhote
1:30        Zoroastrian Connections with Christian and Jews, Session II
   Zoroastrian connection with Armenian Christians – Very Reverend Aren Jebejian,
               St. Gregory the Illuminator Armenian Church, Chicago, IL
Concepts from the book under preparation on Zoroastrian connections with other faiths,     Dastoor Dr. Kersey H. Antia, IL
3:00        Tea
3:30        Zoroastrian Connection with Christian and Jews, Session III
   Zoroastrian connection with Christians – Tony Evensen, St. Ignatius, Chicago, IL.
               2nd speaker – TBA
5:00       Closing followed by “Roundtable”: Actions and Assign Responsibilities.