A Million Hits …… and still counting !
Today we are overwhelmed !
We started by creating a resource base for young Zoroastrians who always complained that they do not have enough material on Religion, Culture and Social Practices. We found many resources all over the Internet which were scholarly and useful. Unfortunately, they were spread all over. Thus the idea of http://www.zoroastrians.net was born, to get as many resources as possible for the community, ALL UNDER ONE ROOF !
Over a period of time, the idea grew………… young and old, Zoroastrians and non-Zoroastrians, from all over the world, have been accessing the site for a reliable gateway to valuable Z-resources available online. We have had visitors from all over the world. India and USA top the list but surprisingly we have visitors from over 200 countries, including one from Vatican City ! A PhD student from Belgium used the site for his research on how Zoroastrians apply their religion for business and a Japanese professor of Inter-Cultural Studies, from Tenri University used it as a launching pad for studies of Zoroastrian Corporations, and landed up with submitting a paper on the success of Tata Consultancy Services as a Z-Corporation.
Our main focus was to do positive stuff which was non-controversial. We included food, education, matrimony, religion, rituals, navjotes and weddings, interesting galleries, news, and some fun-stuff too ! We probably have the most comprehensive collection of scholarships (both from the community and from others) in one place. Nostalgic Gujarati Songs, Monajats and some fun songs add to the fun. Parsi Recipes and tele-classes on religion are worth dying for !
For all this and more, we have to thank you, the loyal viewer ! Your viewership and comments are valued and cherished.
The exciting journey continues with full support from the community and others. Bouquets and brickbats are always encouraged and welcomed – it means that we are read and relevant ! Let us hear from you what YOU want next.
Looking forward, we are exploring new areas of delivery, especially through the smartphone mobile route on a multiplicity of channels and platforms. We pledge ourselves to further this labour of love, and persevere to leave behind a legacy for future generations to admire and cherish !
p.s. A brief look at our sister sites would be useful :
- www.TheParsiDirectory.com – The World’s Largest Free Listing of Parsis and Iranis with more than 78,000 listings from all over the world, which can be searched by name / location / profession. An extremely valuable resource.
- www.TheParsiInstitutions.com – Again, the World’s largest listing of Parsi Institutions. Easily searchable, citywise, lists of Agiaries, Atash Behrams, Anjumans, Associations, Clubs / Dharamshalas / Sanatoria, Hospitals / Dispensaries, Hostels, and many more.
- www.TheParsiFamily.com – A unique initiative to keep The Parsi Family together, worldwide. The vision is to connect each and every Zoroastrian through a single, online family tree. Besides the most powerful concept of a common family tree, the site also offers the following features and benefits :
- Each association / federation can put up their events online
- Individuals can put up their businesses / Professional prowess / Jobs requirement / availability online in the Classifieds Section. You may also post your business or profession on the Yellow Pages
- Matrimonial matches can be easily made
- All Parsi Publications which are freely available online can be put up on a common platform, encouraging a high level of readership. Currently FEZANA Journal, FEZANA Bulletin, ZAGNY Newsletter and Parsi Times are uploaded, and many more will be added shortly.
- The entire site is multi-lingual – you can post comments in English as well as Gujarati, which makes it easy for our brethren in all areas.
- FREE SMS service for Uthamna all over India – Just give a missed call to 022-61816369 – currently we send more than 3,500 SMSs per day.
- FREE Android App for Zoroastrian news across the world – More than 1800 downloads already!
- www.TheMissingParsi.com – another one-of-a kind resource, open to all who are looking for Parsis / Iranis across the world. More than 50% cases referred are solved. Goes a long way to uniting friends and family across the world.
Together, we reach out to more than 10,000 viewers per day through multiple channels !