Exhibition on Vultures and their Conservation

We all know that vultures are no longer seen at Doongerwadis across India. Many of us are aware that the vultures in the sub continent are facing extinction due to Diclofenac.

Will the vultures make a comeback? Will they survive the threat to their existence?

Do come and read more on vultures in an exhibition at the
MUMBAI 400050


The exhibition is made by three Zoroastrian wildlife enthusiasts with the help of a generous donation from Erach and Roshan Sadri Foundation.


Courtesy : Kazveen


BPP Samast Anjuman Meeting 25-May-2013



The Trustees of the Bombay Parsi Punchayet announce

a Samast Anjuman Meeting:
Day/Date: Saturday, 25th May 2013.
Venue: Rustom Baug, Sant Savta Marg, Byculla. Mumbai 400 027. 
Time: 6.00 P.M.
The main purpose of the Meeting would be to discuss the new property Tax imposition by the BMC and its impact on occupants of Bombay Parsi Punchayet flats.
Questions from the audience would be fielded by the Trustees. The questions should be given in writing with the name and address of the questioner. It is hereby requested to make it convenient to attend this Meeting as it is very relevant and essential for all the residents to grasp the seriousness of the proposed Property Tax which is with retrospective effect from April 2010 for the first 5 years (3 years already having lapsed) which would be ending on 31st March 2015, when during these 5 years period the taxes levied would be double for residential properties and 3 times for commercial properties and on and from April 2015 it will be further increased and ultimately it could be anything 30 to 50 times the present taxes, which would entail a heavy financial burden on one and all which would perforce have to be recovered from the flats / shops occupants as in no way the Trust can take such a heavy impact of all the Property Taxes.


Parsi day at Cafe Goodies with Chef Kaizad Modi

It was all about the ‘lesser explored’ Parsi cuisine at Cafe Goodies… And this time, it was fusion magic………

Parsi day at Cafe Goodies as Chef Kaizad Modi belted out special Parsi dishes one after the other. It was a refreshing change for Amdavadis who did know much about the cuisine. The dishes were simple, ingredients even simpler and the taste was excellent. The chef not only explained the dishes, but also the rich Parsi culture.

Click Here for the full story with quick recipes for :

Mutton cutlets with egg lace

Pora pav (Parsi omelette)

Chicken farchas with egg lace

NGO Youth Representatives on the UN Intranet

In an effort to capitalize on youth activism and attract more young people to the work of the United Nations, the DPI NGO Relations Section introduced in 2010 the concept of the NGO Youth Representative. Their response to our suggestion was immediate and encouraging. Scores of Youth Representatives came on board.Capture

Following the successful launch of its Youth Representative initiative, the DPI/NGO Relations expanded its programme by offering DPI NGO Youth Representatives the opportunity to meet monthly in order to discuss and chart activities for their peers. The Representatives moved into virtual communications by creating a closed Facebook page where the young people could regularly exchange ideas with each other.


Courtesy : Behram Pastakia

Restoring the ruptured heritage

The statue in discussion is one of the iconic statues of Mumbai, known as ‘Khada Parsi’ or ‘Standing Parsi’ in English. Sadly, despite being placed in one of the busiest junctions of the city, a majority of Mumbaikars have neglected this crucial piece of History and Heritage. Almost 40 feet tall and 150 year old cast iron structure and bronze statue of Shet Cursetjee Manockjee, was built in 1860s by his youngest son Manockjee Cursetjee, by spending almost a lakh of rupees then. Manockjee, known as a reformer in education sector, is responsible for founding one of the first schools for girls in Mumbai in 1863, now called Alexandra Girls English Institution, located in South Mumbai.

The statue was built in parts, in London and the separate parts of it were brought to India via-sea route. The various parts were later assembled and then stood the Parsi. The Parsi community has made tremendous contributions in the development of Mumbai and this statue should have been treated with due respect, all over the years, as a mode of recognition to the contributions made by Parsi community. Sadly, just like majority of heritage structures in our country, the statue met with the similar fate.

Before Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) decided to carry out a restoration of this iconic statue in October last year by spending almost Rs 1.2 crores, the statue had suffered tremendous damage. While corrosion of the metal due to massive pollution was one of the major reasons to worry, the metal used in the construction was a good gain for petty thieves on the roads of Mumbai. The lamps on the statue were stolen, parts of cast iron shaft were gone and the four mermaids on top of the fountain never looked so dreadful and robbed, after receiving a number of hammer shots from thieves to separate the iron parts. I forgot to mention, the genius road department of the BMC had built footpath almost a foot above the fountain, blocking the fountain. Being adjacent to flyover, the open space around the statue had become home for a family. Currently the same family has shifted to the neighbouring flyover. It was only after the constant pursuance from conservation activists, architects and citizens that the BMC decided to restore the old glory.

Click Here for the entire story

Zarathushtis in the news recently:

Following Zarathushtis were in the news media recently:
* According India West’s April 5, 2013 issue, Producer Ronnie Screwvala, CEO and founder of Indian Entertainment giant UTV Group, spoke at a press conference at the 63rd Bertinale International Film Festival on February 13 in Berlin, Germany.
Also, Mr. Screwvala will be a keynote speaker at the annual TIE conference to be held at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Northern California, May 17-18.  TIE is a business mentoring organization.
* Mr. Zubin Karkaria, CEO of the VFS Global Group, was appointed as a member of the executive board of Kuoni Group effective March 21. Mr. Karkaria is the first Asian to serve on the executive board of Kuoni Group. Besides continuing in his existing role, he will also take on the role of executive board member and will now report to the CEO of the Kuoni Group, Peter Rothwell. VFS Global has been made a separate business division of Kuoni Group. Mr. Karkaria was responsible for the coneptualization and launch of VFS Global in 2001, and has led the company to become one of the largest global companies in its field of providing visa and other consular services to governments and diplomatic missions. 
* Nauzad Sadry was elected as one of four vice-presidents of the Lions Club of Little India, for the year 2013-14, in Artesia, California.
* Mr. Ratan Tata, former head of India’s largest industrial conglomerate, TATA industries, was interviewed by Fareed Zakaria on CNN TV’s GPS show on Sunday, April 14, 2013.  Zakaria complemented TATA as being an exception of a business entity in India that operated with a moral code, in an environment of corruption and bribery. When asked why TATA did not use bribery to grow faster but endured difficulties instead, Mr. Ratan Tata replied that he can sleep peacefully at night. He also pointed out that 60 percent of TATA’s revenues go to a charitable foundation that gives back to society for education, medical services, etc. and that the TATA family as a whole only gets about 2 percent of the company’s revenues. You can listen to the audio of the GPS program at the linkhttp://rss.cnn.com/services/podcasting/fareedzakaria_audio/rss.xml 
Courtesy : Maneck Bhujwala

Jumvaa Chaaloji

Breakfast of toast n butter,

Cheese n bacon will always do,
Along with sunny-side-up eedoo;
Yet nothing to beat aapro sev n’ ravo
Sprinkled generously with mevo
Or eedapak, badampak or vasanoo

Curry n rice is all very niceWith pomfret, meat, or prawns galore,
I’ll take any type, I love all type,
Be it of Goa, Madras or Mangalore.

Aapro dhandaar ne patio
Pet bhari ne chatio,
Or simply dhandaar n that heavenly dish, The incomparable patra-fish.

Dhansaak ne kebab
Simply la-jawab.
Khichree n saas with kolmi is the most Or humble rus chawal With
singh, potatoes n ghosh, N ‘pickle, kuchumber or simple lime Turn
these creations to something divine.

You simply can’t have tea
Without bhakhra, karkarias or popatji, Or at least chapats hot or
creamy oudh Sprinkled with lots of chironji.
There’s kumas made with toddy,
Or similarly made sadhnas,
Or meva rich kervai,
Made from bananas.
But what really takes the cake
Are the khaman na larva
That mummaiji used to make,
N’ what excites most your gourmet libido Is mewafull, ghee rich,
Delicious malido.

Masoor ma boocka,
Titori ne boomla sukhkha,
Papeta ma ghosh, kid roast,
And all sort of veggies
With ghosh ofcourse;
But Parsis’ real favorite is – – – -per eeda, Be it potatoes,
tomatoes, bhaaji or bheeda; Kheema, chicken shreds, or brinjal, Eeda
goes rather well with ’em all.
Chicken mai-vahlan, a dish we make
With more almonds n raisins then a Christmas cake.
Sali ma murghi, pulao daar
Along with savory lagan nu achar

Is what makes bearable any man’s life, After facing a crotchety boss
or a nagging wife..

 Courtesy : Neville S. Gandhi


Zoroastrian Death Ceremonies

North American Zoroastrian Religious Tele – Class  – Sunday April 21st 2013 11 AM EDST

Zoroastrian Death Ceremonies in Indian Sub-Continent and North America!

Ervad Soli P. Dastur

            A Zoroastrian Religion Class was held by Telephone on April 21st 2013 by Jo Ann Dastur & Ervad Soli P. Dastur from their home, Hira Villa, in Sarasota, Florida.

There were about 34 callers with multiple people listening together in some homes by calling a Tele-meeting phone number. The people were from both Canada and USA, from NY to Chicago and Los Angeles, Montreal to Miami. The class material was a PowerPoint Presentation sent ahead of time to all participants in PDF format. 

After I sent out all the materials for this Tele Class, my very good friend and Past Chief Editor of FEZANA Journal, Roshan Rivetna, was very appreciative of the Tele Class materials and informed me that when she was the Chief Editor, they published the FEZANA 2005 Winter issue on the specific subject: Death and Beyond – Doctrine and Practice – on pages 31 thru 118 with a wonderful series of articles on all subjects of Zoroastrian Death Ceremonies. Click Here to view this issue online. Thank you Roshan and your wonderful associates for a wonderful issue on Zoroastrian Death Ceremonies.



In this class, many of you have requested detailed information about the Zoroastrian Death ceremonies, especially as it relates to us in NA.
To follow up on this request, we have created this Tele Class giving details about:
1. Zoroastrian (Z) Death Ceremonies – Scripture References
2. Z Death Ceremonies performed in Indian Sub-Continent
3. Z Death Ceremonies performed in North America (NA)
We have collected pertinent information from many resources and are grateful to their authors.
We have also given a detailed list for NA of “What to do” in case of a death in the family.