Dadabhai Naoroji and the Naoroji Papers

Dear all,

I’ve written a post on the Naoroji Papers on, a still-under-construction site put together by a few other scholars and me.
Best regards,

Dinyar Patel
Ph.D. Candidate, Modern South Asia
Department of History
Harvard University
+91 87672 03572

XVI North American Zarathushti Congress 2012

Dear North American Zarathushti Participants and Guests,

As Co-Chairs for the XVI North American Zarathushti Congress, it is our pleasure to announce and invite all of you to be part of an extraordinary event from August 2-5, 2012 at the Rye Town Hilton, in Rye, NY, a beautiful suburb of Westchester County.

In the next few days, you will be receiving our information packet and registration forms to register for this unique opportunity to meet friends old and new, learn of our past and contemporary worlds, and nurture a strong sense of Zarathushti identity.

As part of our efforts to reach Zarathushtis all across North America and beyond, you have been added to our mailing list.  If you prefer not to receive future mailings, please click the unsubscribe link at the bottom of the email and you will be removed from future correspondences.

We look forward to your registration and participation as the days get closer to the congress.

Additional information will be made available on our website at and through our Facebook page and Twitter feed

With Best Wishes,

     Gev Nentin    Ferzin Patel

Co-Chairs of the 16th North American Zarathushti Congress

Zubin Mehta Recalls Shah of Iran’s Invitation to India’s Parsi Community

World famous Parsi conductor, Zubin Mehta,recalls about his meeting with the Shah of Iran in 1967 suggesting him to come to Iran and proposing him the Iranian Passport as well as to the entire Parsi Community in India.

Click Here to see the Video

Courtesy : Jehangir Bisney


Hera Havewala

hera havewala, studying in std ten, at the queen mary school, mumbai, has been chosen as the” horlicks whizkid” from bombay and will be proceeding for the south asia final to bangalore.

if she wins that round, she will go to geneva for the international contest.she is the only child chosen from over 25 schools in mumbai.

she has done a project on “right to education”, before the 30th of october. she will be given marks for the same.

since all schools are closing for the diwali vacations on 22nd october, 2011, she HAD to this before then.

she started on wednesday, 19th october, 2011, as she was in akola the previous week for state level athletics selection.[by the way, she has qualified for the nationals in shot put and discus and we will be going to ranchi from 31/10/11 to 4/11/11 and  to rourkela from 7/11/11 to 10/11/11for the nationals.]

the project she did was with underprevileged kids, hailing from extremely poor families.

she was at cuffe parade slum area on wednesday 19/11/11, and friday 21/11/11, and at  crawford market area on thursday 20/11/11,, doing  projects with slum children and street children,on “right to education”.

the children are between the ages of 5 and 13 years.

she gets marks for press and t.v. coverage. please help me in involving the press, local or national, and tv channels,like sahyadri or ndtv etc,to cover her projects.

i am attaching 

1.pix of the mumbai rounds of Horlicks whizkid” contest, held over two days at bhaidas in mumbai.

2.the pix of the project done so far.these are pix of street children in a mobile a bus, at crawford market.

hera played educational games with them, to enhance their vocabulary and mathematic skills, plus a quiz on general knowledge  on the previous day, she was at the cuffe parade slums area, for a story-telling and action recitation.

on friday, she  conducted an on-the-spot painting/colouring competition on the theme of “right to education”.this was again,at the cuffe parade slums.

i need you to run a report on hera, her activities with underprevileged schoolkids and help her to win the next round.she is the only one from mumbai. if she qualifies, she goes to the international contest at geneva.

please get back to me urgently, as this needs to be done today numbers are 9221291669 and 9821426910.
thank you.

Dr.arnavaz havewala


Dear Sirs/Madam,
My dad Mehernosh Kapadia has met with an accident and lost vision in his right eye due to retinal detachment.
An emergency operation has to be conducted on him and all specialist we and our family doctors know are out of  Bombay ( for conference/diwali)who specialise in this retinal operation. If any one of you know of someone please do let us know on +91-9870327564
kind regards
kapadia family

Petit Reading Room & Library

                  616-West View – Jame Jamshed Road – Mancherji Joshi 
                     Parsi Colony-Dadar.- Mumbai 400014.

Our Library has been serving the Parsi Irani Zoroastrian community for over 80 years at very reasonable rates. The Library is open from 9 a.m. to 12.30 and 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday to  Saturday  and 9 a.m.  to  12.30 on  Sunday  mornings.  It is  one  of the few  Parsi Institutions still serving the community and we should do all we can to keep it flourishing.

We subscribe to 7 newspapers and 13 magazines.

The Times of India                        Femina                       Health
Mumbai Mirror                               Woman’s Era               Dignity Dialogue
Economic Times                            Film Fare                     Cosmopolitan
MID DAY                                      Business India             Good Housekeeping
Afternoon                                     Parsiana                      Savvy
Mumbai Samachar                                                           Autocar
Jame Jamshed Weekly                                                     Overdrive
Parsi Times                                                                    Ghar Shobha
We have books (around 10000) in English and Gujrati on a wide variety of subjects ranging from adventure, art, astrology, biography, children’s books, cookery, fiction, romance, health/wellness, history, humour, literature, management, computers, general knowledge, memorial volumes, novels, personal improvement, philosophy, poetry, politics, prayers, psychology, science, Shah Nameh, yoga, Zoroastrian Religion & history. We also receive a variety of magazines comics and books as donations from well wishers.
Even in this age of  TV and computerization the Library is a boon for book lovers, senior citizens and students.
Any Parsi Zoroastrian can become a patron member by paying a lump sum of Rs.10000/-  or a life member by paying Rs.6000/-.  Subscriptions received from life members and patrons help us to augment our corpus, the interest on which is used for running the library. 
We earnestly appeal to philanthropic individuals and trusts to donate generously for the upkeep of the library and inculcate good reading habits for all age groups – children, students, housewives, senior citizens.

Just think – one spends more than Rs 100-00 a month for only 1 newspaper. While for Rs 50-00 per month one can read all the above newspapers and magazines + carry home 4 books a month.

Rustom C. Chothia

Patra ni Machhi

Steamed fish in banana leaves

A typical Parsi delight, fish in banana leaves is cooked and rejoiced in many Indian households. 

Fish is a rich protein source and has a balanced amount of essential amino acids, fatty acids, phospholipids and fatty acids optimum for development and growth. An excellent source of omega 3 fatty acids, this recipe is served along with green pudhina chutney wrapped in steamy hot banana leaves which gives it an extra flavour and texture. An excellent dish for main course, Steamed Fish in Banana Leaves or Patrani Machhi can be cooked in 12 minutes flat.

– Fish of your choice. Divided in large chunks. Pomfret is a popular choice here.
– 3-4 banana leaves
– 4 tablespoons of lemon juice
– 2 tablespoon of shredded coconut
– 4 green chilles
– 1 cup fresh coriander
– 8 cloves of garlic
– A pinch of cumin seeds and salt
– For the marinade, take a large bowl and mix together fish chunks and salt. Leave aside for 15 minutes.
– Now, in a grinder mix together coriander leaves, coconut, green chillies, garlic and cumin seeds to a fine paste.
– Spread banana leaves on a flat kitchen slab and lay the marinated fish on it. Now spread the chutney over it.
– Fold the banana leaves neatly and steam them in a steamer with plenty of hot water.
– Serve hot. Bon appetit!


Courtesy : Jehangir Bisney



Fourth All Florida Z Religion Seminar – videos

A Zoroastrian Religion Class was held by Telephone on September 18th by Ervad Soli P. Dastur from his home, Hira Villa, in Sarasota, Florida. About 50+ people joined in by calling a Tele-meeting phone number. The people were from both Canada and USA, from NY to Dallas, Montreal to Miami. The class material was a PowerPoint Presentation on The Religious Scriptures of the Zoroastrian Religion, side by side with the Zoroastrian Religion History from Antiquity to current times. In the end, the relevance of all the scriptures in our daily lives were discussed by comparing a Zoroastrian daily life in Mumbai and comparing that with the daily life of a Zoroastrian in the diaspora especially in North America. In the end, the permanent question: “We do not understand what we are praying in our daily prayers” was answered by suggesting some alternatives. The final prayer in English, from Dr. Dhalla’s book: Homage Unto Ahura Mazda”, was recited by all together ending with our signature Zoroastrian greeting of: “Hamaa Zor, Hamaa Asho Bade” (May we be united in righteousness) performed by all attending the Class, a cyber Hamaa Zor all over North America!

The PowerPoint Presentation slides and 2 explanatory files for our Scriptures and daily prayers were sent out to all participants one week ahead of time. In most homes, families gathered in front of their computers seeing slides of this presentation as I spoke about them from my home. In Orlando, a group of 20+ of our Central Florida Group members came together in a conference room and the slides were projected on the screen for all to see. These three files are attached to this message.

Yazdi Tantra and his associates in Mumbai volunteered to place the one hour video I recorded in my home on his excellent website and so I sent him by FedEx a flash drive with the video and other files. He was kind enough to place this video on YouTube and it is available on:

We want to thank all who participated in this learning experience and especially Yazdi for taking pains to make it available to all!

Here is the entire full-length video series of the Fourth All Florida Z-Religion Seminar, conducted by Soli P. Dastur which was held on Sunday, September 18, 2011. For the benefit of viewers, we are also enclosing the pdf and other files of the slide show that was presented thereat. Our grateful thanks to Soli for graciously sharing this online for the benefit of the community.

Click Here for the entire presentation in PDF format

Dhalla Homage Unto Ahura Mazda background

FEZANA Journal Zoroastrian Scriptures

Courtesy :  Soli P. Dastur

Gathas of Zoroaster for IPhone & IPad

Gathas of Zoroaster for IPhone & IPad


The Gathas application is the first multilingual (English, Avestan and Persian) Gatha’s teaching app designed for cell phones, specially for IPhone

In this App, Gathas & Praise are sorted in two formats as scriptures & audio files, which will be installed completely on your cell phone

Available on the App Store