The Great Iran……….

This is probably one of the best presentations of Iran; beautifully condensed from ancient times onwards.

Courtesy : Noshir Parlewalla



FEZANA Bulletin for July 2012

Attached please find the FEZANA Bulletin for July 2012.

Please feel free to forward it to your family and friends.

All the FEZANA Bulletins are available on-line at Bulletin Archives – 

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Best Wishes

Katayun Kapadia
FEZANA, Vice-President
Chair, Coordination & Planning Committee


Customized Tapestries

The Labour Of Love, is a social entrepreneurship project that we have started over a year ago, in the slums of Mumbai.

The objective of this project is to create a self-help group of women from the weaker sections of society, and empower them to earn a respectable & sustainable living, by working from their home. This helps the women to use their time productively, and contribute to their family’s income, which enables them put nutritious food on the table & also provide a better quality education for their children.

Now we have trained over120 women, in the fine-art of creating hand-embroidered tapestries, with intricate patterns, using a wide palette of lively colors & a high thread count that makes the designs come to life.We provide this group of women, the requisite training, designs and all the raw materials for making the tapestries and also the marketing support to sell their produce.

Every inch of the tapestry, consists of 100 hand embroidered cross-stitches! The sizes can vary from A4 size to 3ft x 3ft., with a stitch count of over130,000+ stitches. The A4 sized framed tapestries are priced fairly at Rs.3,000/- onwards, on a not-for-profit, sustainable basis.
You may want to check with your mother, sister, wife or daughter, how intensely demanding & strenuous this kind of work can be and is.

These hand embroidered tapestries are then dry-cleaned and aesthetically framed. When viewed from a distance of 6 to 10 feet, its hard to tell, if its a photograph or a tapestry.

We are sure that you will admire the hard work and efforts of these women in creating these master pieces, to make a decent living and hope that The Labour of Love tapestries find a place of pride in your heart and home.

If you so desire, you can get a custom-made tapestry, with the subject & size of your choice. Mostly people like to get tapestries of their parents, children, family, heroes & icons and of works of art. Just send us a picture of your loved & revered ones, and see what magic these women weave for you.  It is very simple to order a customized tapestry. Just follow the steps mentioned:

1) email the image that you want to make a tapestry to

2) Let us know the approximate size you want
3) We agree on the the cost & time framework.
4) You make payment
5) Tapestry gets made & sent to you by courier. Shipping costs extra.

Voila !

Attached are pictures of some of the tapestries that have been created & framed. It would be nice if you buy a tapestry and help in this making this endeavor sustainable. And, yes, it would also be wonderful to have you tell your friends & colleagues about The Labour of Love.

Thank you.

Manish Shukla & Nerissa Framroze-Ellaboudi


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Assistance for joining Coaching Classes

Bombay Parsi Punchayet invites applications from Parsi Students who have appeared for the S.S.C., I.C.S.E. Examination held in March 2012 from a recognized School in proper Mumbai and Suburbs and have secured 75% marks and above in aggregate, each in Mathematics and Science subjects for being partly assisted on Merits mainly by way of classes fees for training at Private Coaching Classes. Object is to help them secure sufficiently high marks in the above-mentioned subjects in Std XII-Science Examination for entry into Medical and Engineering Degree Colleges.

Application Forms can be had from Mr. Yezdi R. Mowdawalla, Asst. Executive (Education), Pars; Punchayet Office, 209, Dr. D. N. Road, Fort, Mumbai 400 001. Last date for receiving application forms duly completed is September 10, 2012.

Appeal for Donations




C/o. Mrs. Zareen Jimmy Engineer 623, Marker Mansion, Lady Jehangir Road, Parsi Colony, Dadar, Mumbai – 400 014.

Our Fund was established in 1969, has made steady progress. Our financial year ended 31-3-2012.(Includes Katpitia Trust Figures) Educational Aid Disbursed was Rs. 20,71,000/- to 662 Students. (Last year Rs.19,42,050/- to 643 Students) who are poor and deserving boys and girls of the Parsi community from Mumbai, Surat, Navsari, Pune and other parts of India.

Our establishment expenses are kept to the bare minimum of Rs. 32,258/- (Last year Rs. 22,055/-) for inevitable expenses which works out to 0.01% (Last year 0.98%) of our total income of Rs.29,79,284/- (Last year Rs. 24,22,528/-). Our Fund has received Corpus Donation of Rs. 34.01 lakhs in 2011-2012 compared to last year Rs. 13.69 lakhs. This Corpus Donation is invested in approved securities and only the income derived from such investments are to utilized for giving Education Aid.

On our Investment of Rs.1,73,52,355/- interest received was Rs. 29,79,284/- Last year on investment of Rs. 1,41,14,178/- interest received was Rs. 24,22,528/-.

We firmly believe that educating our young people is the most essential factor in the progress of our community. We, therefore, count upon our generous donors to give us substantial general or corpus donations that will enable us to grant maximum amount of Educational Aid to poor and deserving students to meet the ever increasing cost of education.

Kindly draw your cheques in favour of Mancherji Joshi Memorial Education Fund & forward them to the above address. All donations will be promptly acknowledged.

Mrs. Zareen J. Engineer Grand daughter of the Late Mancherji Joshi, Founder of Parsi Colony, Dadar.

Ms. Katy R. Bharucha Barrister-at-Law,

Trustees and Jt. Hon. Secretaries

Piroja Fali Forbes Award


Donated by her daughter Sherie Adi Ashburner
Applications are invited for the above two awards from Parsi Boys and Girls who have achieved highest marks in aggregate (NOT best of 5 Subjects) in the I.C.S.E/ C.B.S.E./S.S.C examinations held in March 2011, from a recognized School in Proper Mumbai and suburbs.
Both the Awards consist of Rs. 5,000/- in Cash and an engraved Silver Plaque.
Applications giving details of academic and extra curricular activities alongwith a xerox copy of the marksheet and certificates, should be forwarded to:

Mr. C. S. Panthaki, Sr. Executive (Welfare),
209, Dr. D. N. Road, Fort, Mumbai 400 001
The last date for submission of the application is September 10, 2012.

Appeal for Saronda Dispensary Charity Trust

The Saronda Dispensary Charity Trust, established in 1919, thanks to generous contribution of Rs. 1 Lakh given by Late Dhanbai Jiwanji Bhiladwalla has served the sick and the needy in and around the tiny village of Saronda, (near Sanjan, Gujarat) for the past 93 years. The income from the meagre corpus is not sufficient to meet the expenses incurred on medical relief given.

This is an earnest appeal for funds to the corpus of the Trust so that it can increase its efforts and services to the socio-economically deprived sections of society. The Donations may be marked as “Donations to the Corpus of the Trust“.

Cheques may be drawn in favour of “The Saronda Dispensary Charity Trust” addressed to:

MR. JAMSHED KATHOKE 9, Kavarana Building, Sant Gadge Maharaj Marg, Dadar Cross Road, Mumbai – 400 014.

For & on Behalf of Co-Trustees The Saronda Dispensary Charity Trust.


Our Town – Khardi

What made over 1200 families choose OUR TOWN as actual users and investors

Dear Friend,


1. OUR TOWN is Mumbai’s Hot New Destination in the Pollution-free Khardi Hills, Only 2 hrs/100 kms from Mumbai’s City Centre. The project touches local railway station KHARDI.

2. It has a Winning Location, 700ft high, in the pollution-free hills, near Bhatsa, Vaitarna & Tansa Lakes , which provide almost all of Mumbai’s water supply and hence no polluting industries will ever be allowed here.

3. OUR TOWN is very easily accessible being only 2 hours / 100 kms from Dadar, both, by Suburban local train at KHARDI HILLS (one station before Kasara) as also by road along the well maintained by Mumbai – Nasik National Highway No. 3.

4.  Existing facilities within walking Distance like Veg. and Non Veg. Markets, a Govt. Hospital , Computerized Banking facilities, DTH Television with over 70 channels . . . are all available within walking distance…plus…the location is scenic & picturesque and boasts of dry climate, which is very beneficial and ideal for asthmatic patients .

5. OUR TOWN is an Established Township with possession given of over 1100 developed plots and over 120 custom designed bungalows already constructed, with several families permanently residing at OUR TOWN and the other use it as a vacation homes / getaway destination today & residence tomorrow.

 Click Here for more and the website

Kaiyomerz C Palia and Nilufer K Palia

Ramiyar Karanjia Updates

This is to inform you about the new content added on the website

There’s the usual updating of TMY (Tell Me Why) column from Jame Jamshed.

ZOROPEDIA is also shaping well. It now has almost 50 entries. It covers some of the Yazads and Ameshaspands. Very shortly I hope to make it the place where most things pertaining to the Zoroastrian religion, Iranian history or Iranian languages can be found.

Also check the Courses section in the General category since one more session is added to Yashts.

With the upcoming Muktad, Pateti and Navroz (Parsi New Year) we have new sections  about celebrating Muktad in the house and the significance of Pateti and Navroz.

Also don’t miss the article on Happiness Habit in the section on Archives > My articles

Wish you all a very happy, healthy, peaceful, purposeful and satisfying Yazdezardi 1382…. in advance.