Scholarship Awards for Graduating Students in Southern California

Sponsored by Indian American Heritage Foundation, GOPIO LA chapter and India Association of Los Angeles 


Applications are now being accepted from qualified High School and Middle/Junior High School students of Asian Indian ancestry, graduating in the year 2014 for scholarship awards to be presented at the 28th Annual India Heritage Awards function on April 20, 2014 at the Long Beach Hilton, Long Beach, California.


Academic Excellence Awards    

High  School Graduates  – Nine Awards     $750 – $2000First Place Winner will also receive “Profiles in Excellence” Revolving Trophy


Middle  School (8th grade) Graduates – Five Awards  $200 – $600

First Place Winner will also receive “IAHF Founders” Revolving Trophy              

Outstanding Achievement Awards            
High School Graduates:  $600 and a revolving trophy
1-Sports;      2-Math,Science&Technology;   3-Visual & Performing Arts;
 4-Community Service               
Special Awards:        
$200/each for Perfect score in Quiz/SAT 

Middle/Jr. High School Graduates:

Visual & Performing Arts – Two ($250 and $200), India Heritage Plaque



Eligibility Criteria
GPA of C or higher for Outstanding Achievement Awards and B or higher for Academic Excellence Awards, graduating in year 2014 from a school in Southern California, with one or both parents of Asian Indian origin

The last date for receipt of completed applications is April 7, 2014.

For more information, application forms and guidelines for applicants, send an email to  or call  Inder Singh at (818) 708-3885.




Zubin Mehta gets special jury award at Times Now NRI awards



Renowned music director and concert conductor Zubin Mehta was conferred the special jury award by Times Now at the channel’s NRI of the Year awards held here recently. In their first year, the awards recognize non-resident Indians’ contribution across categories, including entrepreneurship, arts, entertainment and philanthropy.

The popular choice award at the show, which had minister for overseas Indian affairs Vayalar Ravi as the chief guest, was given to Yusuff Ali M A, managing director of Abu Dhabi-based Emke Lulu group.

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Dokhmenashini In The Light Of Modern Science

A Talk by Ervad Dr. Minocher Dadabhoy Karkhanawala (BA, MSc, MS, PhD)


[Ervad Dr Karkhanavala was born in Mumbai. He passed his B Sc with chemistry and physics, completed his BA and then MSc from Wilson and Elphinstone Colleges. He did his MS in glass technology from New York State College of Ceramics and PhD in organic chemistry from Philadelphia University, USA. He was ordained as a Navar and Martab at Navsari. Ever since he was initiated as a priest at a young age, he wore the white priestly robes with white pugree daily throughout his life in India as well as abroad, at college/university and at his job at Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC). He represented India at the Geneva Conference on “Peaceful Uses of Atomic Energy” and was Group Director, Health Physics Division and Chemical Group at BARC, Trombay when he passed away due to an untimely and tragic accident on 17th November, 1979. Dr Karkhanavala was a devoted scientist, a gifted teacher, an organiser, an administrator, a humanitarian thinker and a staunch follower of the Zoroastrian religion. He practiced what he preached. He believed that, like an escalator, science takes us there, that far but no further. It stops at the material world and that it is partial whereas religion is complete; it sees man as a whole mental, physical as well as spiritual. Religion takes over where science stops.]


My subject for discussion is the Zoroastrian method of disposal of the dead in the light of modern science. The theme prayer is from the Vendidad 5 and 6 wherein it is stated:


Datare gaethanam astvaitinam ashaum, kva naram iristanam tanum barama Ahura Mazda? Kva nidaathama? Aat mraot Ahuro Mazdao, barezishtvaecha paiti gatushva Spitama Zarathustra, yadhoit dim baidhishtem avazanam suno va kerefsh-kharo vayo va kerefsh-kharo. Aetadha he aete mazdayasna aetem kehrpem hvare-daresya kerenaot.


Therein we ask, “O Creator of this physical world, to where shall we remove and where shall we put the bodies of the dead?


Then spake Ahura Mazda, “O Holiest of Holy Zarathustra, to the highest place Thou shall carry and there you shall put, where indeed the corpse-eating animals and the birds can see. There shall you carry your Mazdayasnans and shall cause to make that body see the sun or expose to the sun.

In the last sentence is the basic principle of the so-called Khurshed Nagirashni (beholding by the sun), which forms the basis of our method of disposal.

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Courtesy : Pervin Mistry

How Salli Became An Integral Part Of Parsi Cuisine

Most of the city’s Parsi food-serving Irani restaurants are around Fort, and fried foods and sweets shop Camy Wafers has a sound and solid reputation among them for the quality of their salli, the well-loved, deep-fried and salted juliennes of potato often used in Parsi food. Indeed, Britannia’s 91-year-old Boman Rashid Kohinoor Irani said he only buys his stock for the 91-year-old restaurant’s salli boti, salli kheema, and salli chicken from the Camy Wafers shop on Colaba Causeway. When I visited this outlet, the manager briefly paused in the middle of their frenetic mid-afternoon business to inform me that that they sell about ten kilos of salli a day on average, not counting festive occasions. The biggest buyers are Irani joints and Parsi restaurants, as well as Parsi and Sindhi folk who come from nearby Colaba and from as far as Hughes Road.

A few years ago, I had spent a few weeks in Iran, where, leave aside salli, potatoes barely figure in the cuisine and meals are typically a spread of beautiful leaf-thin “berg” kebabs; barberry-, saffron- and fried onion-laden meaty “polo” (a biryani-like rice dish, related to pilaf and pulao); “fesenjan” or duck cooked in a nutty-tart sauce of walnuts and pomegranate molasses, and the fizzy minty yoghurt drink “ayran”. The Persian influence in Indian Parsi food is evident in the community’s love for meat and their propensity to combine it with dried fruit, as in jardalu salli boti. But the Parsi proclivity to to put these crisp fried potato sticks on their gravied dishes seems to be entirely their own. (We Sindhis eat salli as a snack, sprinkled with red chilles and salt, with our tea, while Maharashtrians make a sweet-salty and very delicious chiwda with them.)

Dalal offered the most plausible explanation for the Parsi love of salli. Potatoes, among other produce, were brought to western India by the Portuguese (via Spanish explorers who brought them from the Andes in South America, where the potato originates) in the early 16th century. The Parsis, being an adaptable and integrative community, adopted some Portuguese ways. Vinegar (“sarka”, part of Parsi pork vindaloo, and many other dishes) and potatoes are Portuguese influences on Parsi food, and have nothing to do with Persia.

It’s still hard to say which ingenious Parsi cook decided to put salli over spicy mince, over chicken and apricots, and under eggs (salli par eeda), but Dalal points out that its explosive crunchiness apart, this textural joy also has a very practical use – during bhonu (meals), it prevents the gravy of the dishes it covers from running all over the patra (banana leaf). Dalal says that to be most effective, salli has to be cut just right – too long and it starts curling. It also needs to be fried just right – the best salli has a definitive snap, and is also very pale, cream in colour, with a flush of gold. Before mandolines and potato-cutting machines came along, all salli was manually made, and it was all tediously hand-cut jaadi (fat) salli. Dalal has memories of going to Golden Wafers on Grant Road as a kid and watching the workers hand squeeze brined potato sticks in a cheesecloth that had gone grey from all that starch.

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A Thousand Years of the Persian Book

A Thousand Years of the Persian Book, Library of Congress Exhibition Opens March 27, 2014

Public Affairs Alliance of Iranian Americans (PAAIA) invites you to visit A Thousand Years of the Persian Book exhibition at the Library of Congress. The exhibition, sponsored by PAAIA and the generous support of other sponsors, will explore the rich literary tradition of the Persian language over the last millennium, from illuminated manuscripts to contemporary publications. The exhibition will bring attention to the literary achievements of Iran and the greater Persian-speaking regions of Afghanistan, Tajikistan, Central and South Asia and the Caucasus.
A Thousand Years of the Persian Book will open on Thursday, March 27, 2014 in the South Gallery on the second level of the Library’s Thomas Jefferson Building, 10 E. First St. S.E., Washington, D.C. Free and open to the public from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Saturday, the exhibition will close onSaturday, Sept. 20, 2014.
The exhibition’s 75 items are drawn primarily from the outstanding Persian collection in the Library’s African and Middle Eastern Division. The Library’s Persian collection is among the most important in the world today outside of Iran. The exhibition will look at the Persian language and earlier writing systems and scripts; the seminal 10th-century “Shahnameh” (Book of Kings); and works in the fields of religion, science and technology, history, literature, classical Persian poetry, 18th- and 19th-century literature, modern and contemporary literature, women writers, and storytelling and children’s literature. The exhibition will also demonstrate the continuity of the written word as a unifying cultural force in Persian-speaking lands.
In conjunction with the exhibition, a series of lectures at the Library of Congress will take place from April through September, organized by AMED and cosponsored by the Roshan Institute for Persian Studies at the University of Maryland.
For more information about the exhibition and planned lectures, click here. To view the Library of Congress press release, click here.
Public Affairs Alliance of Iranian Americans
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Dinshaw, Pak’s lone Parsi cricketer, dies in penury

Rusi Dinshaw, the only Parsi to have ever been selected in a Pakistan Test squad, passed away on Monday, and his death has brought into focus the failure of the PCB to look after its former players.

Dinshaw, an 86 year-old man in need of proper care and support, was suffering from schizophrenia.

Dinshaw a stylish left-handed batsman and left arm spinner who was a member of the Pakistan Test squad that first toured India in 1952-53 was reduced to begging at the Karachi Parsi Institute and at some traffic lights in the city before his death.

“It is very sad to hear about the plight of Rusi Dinshaw because while he may not have actually played a Test match but he had the honour of being in Pakistan’s first Test squad and is an important part of Pakistan cricket’s history,” former Test captain Aamir Sohail said.

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R D Sethna Scholarships



are invited from Indian students of all communities for grant of Loan Scholarships for

Scientific, Technical, Medical and other

Professional courses in India and abroad.

Application Forms may be obtained from the

Trust office on payment of Rs.50/- either in cash or

by Postal Order. Candidates requesting for

Forms by post must send a self-addressed

Rs.10/- stamped envelope of size: 23 cm x 10 cm.

Duly completed Application Forms

should be mailed to the Trust Office.

F M Rustomji

Chief Executive

Salgreh function, lecture, entertainment and dinner at Behram Baug

Salgreh function, lecture, entertainment and dinner at Behram Baug

Roj Dae-pa-Adar Mah Ava, 1383 Yz.
I am happy to announce the details of the 13th Salgreh celebrations of the Ustad Saheb Behramshah Nowroji Shroff Daremeher.
The Shahenshahi Salgreh of the Daremeher will be celebrated on Roj Khorshed Mah Ava, Wednesday 26th March 2014, with Machi offerings throughout the day and a Salgreh Jashan at 10:30 am.
The Fasli Salgreh of the Daremeher will be observed on Fasli Roj Adar Mah Fravardin, Saturday, 29thMarch 2014. Normal Machi offerings throughout the day and a Salgreh Jashan will be performed at 11 am.
A special program has been arranged for the evening of Saturday, 29th March.
At 6:15 pm, a public function will be held on the grounds of Behram Baug. After Humbandagi, the Trustees of the Zoroastrian Radih Society will say a few words. Thereafter, I will speak on the following topic: “Is the Navjote an initiation ceremony? – The True, mystical understanding of the most important day in your child’s life.”


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If you come across any bright students coming from poor financial background who have finished their 10th standard this year and scored more than 80%, please ask them to contact the NGO – Prerana (Supported by the Infosys foundation).

The NGO is conducting a written test and those who clear the test will be eligible for financial help for further studies.

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