Monthly Archives: July 2014

From Bajan to Rahnamoon: Hear them all at the Congress!

Who’s Saying What? Find out at the Congress!
Dear Friends,

We are pleased to announce the following speakers who will deliver engaging presentations at the Congress on a wide variety of subjects related to Zoroastrianism.   Drawn from a wide pool of recommendations, these speakers provide a panoply of perspectives.  They include:

  • Ervad Parvez Bajan – Across the Arabian Sea. . . . But for the Faith and Unity!
  • Malcolm Bhesania – Proud to be a Zarthushti! Learning from the Past, Looking to the Future
  • Meherwan Boyce – The Era of Zoroastrian Entrepreneurship in 21st Century –USA
  • Zane Dalal – Zoroastrianism for the Next Generation
  • Fariborz Maseeh – Venture Philanthropy: An Investment Approach for Public Benefit
  • Fariborz Rahnamoon – The Gathas: A Beacon in the 21st Century

To read more about these speakers, click on their names above.  To see who else will speak at the Congress, click here.

We hope you will be able to join us in December!

Best wishes,
The XVII North American Congress Committee

Hum-bandagi prayer during the 5 Gatha days – USA

Dear Zarathushtis,

As in the past, the families in New Orleans (USA) will get together during the five Gatha days of Muktad. As you know, this year the five Gatha days fall on August 13th, 14th, 15th, 16th, and 17th. We assemble at a zarathushti home around 7:00 p.m. (C.D.T.) and then start our Hum – bundagi prayers at 7:15 p.m. (C.D.T.) sharp. These prayers are the ones which are recited in agiaries (especially the Rustam Faramna Agiary in Dadar) and Atash-Behrams in Mumbai and elsewhere. Each family brings flowers in a vase and we set up the table in remembrance of the departed souls.

We urge other Zarathushtis who cannot come to our Hum-bundagi in New Orleans, being in other cities, or states, or even outside the country, to join us in the prayers at the said time on those five days. I will first read the translation of the Muktad prayers in English and then following that, everybody will join me in the prayers. I have included the translation and the prayers so we all can
pray together.

Thank you very much and may Ahura Mazda bless us all!

– Rohinton K. Tarapore (New Orleans, USA)
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New Bombay Agiary Appeal

Dear Fellow Zarthostis,
Kindly find attached an Appeal for Funds to build an Agiary and Community Centre for the Growing Parsee Community at NEW  BOMBAY.
We have also attached a write-up which came in Parsiana dated 7th July 2014 which is self explanatory.
May we request you to contribute whatever you can. No donation is too small for us.
Thanking you in anticipation.
Yours sincerely,
for New Bombay Zoroastrian Association Charitable Trust,
Sharukh  Mahiar  Doctor
President/Managing Trustee

Taamota (Tomatoes) per eeda

Taamota (Tomatoes) per eeda 

(Eggs on Savoury Tomatoes)
Parsee love their eggs on different vegetables!.
Taamota (Tomatoes)per eeda,
Bhenda (ladies fingers) per eeda,
Pepeta (potato) per Eeda,
Bhaji (spinach) per eeda,
Saali (Crispy potato straws) per eeda,
Wafer(potato wafers) per eeda…
you name it and the list goes on!!

This is a great lunch time meal or a side dish. Serve hot with crust bread or warm rotlis (chappatis)
Serves 3 or 4.
2 cans of chopped tomatoes-or 6 large fresh tomatoes chopped
1 large onion-chopped and fried till soft brown
1 tsp ginger paste
1 tsp garlic paste
2 green chillies chopped
1 Lebanese cucumber diced (optional)
1 tsp turmeric powder
1 tsp chilly powder
1/2 tsp black pepper powder
1 tsp cumin seeds (jeera)
1/2 tsp cinnamon powder
1 and a 1/2 tsp sugar
1 cup chopped coriander leaves (to add in the mixture and some for garnishing)
Dash of soy sauce (optional)
Dash of Tabasco sauce
Heat oil in a non stick pan add the cumin seeds and fry them for a minute till they sizzle.
Add the fried onions, ginger garlic paste, turmeric and chilly powder, green chillies and fry for another minute
Add the tomatoes, Lebanese cucumber, coriander leaves and cinnamon powder and cook the mixture on low heat till it becomes thick and fragrant. Mash it a little to get rid of and big pieces of tomato.
Add salt, sugar and soy and Tabasco sauces. Once it is done add the pepper powder.
The mixture should be a balance of sour, sweet and spice.
Level it out flat then beat 4 or 5 eggs and pour over the tomato mixture.
Sprinkle some chopped corriander leaves, cover it and let it cook till the eggs set.
Note: You can use full eggs or just beat the whites till frothy then drop in the yolks.

From Aban’s My Food & Recipes

Muktad Prayers in Australia during Gathas

Dear All,

As you are aware Holy month of Gathas is approaching and as usual there will be 5-day Gatha  (Humbandagi) Prayers for our beloved departed souls (from 13th to 17th August 2014) at our residence.

Please bring a Vase and flowers along with you ,whoever wishes to put it on the table.

If you wish to participate in the Hum bandagi prayers all are welcome.

We will start the hum bandagi prayers at 6.30 PM all 5 days.

Jashan ceremony will be performed on Sunday 17 August (FITH GATHA -VAHISHTOIST) @ 4.30 PM.


Kindly forward to anyone else who might be interested.

Thanks and regards


Aspi & Farida Madan

14A, Macarthur Court,

Willetton, W.A.6155

A U S T R A L I A.


Tel: +61 8 9457 0991

Cell:+61 415 299 554

Email: <>

BHIDA PER EDU. ( Eggs on Okra )

BHIDA PER EDU. ( Eggs on Okra )
Another Parsi favorite! A question I always asked myself as a child was ” Do Parsi’s ever eat a vegetable by itself? I mean without any meat added or eggs added to it?”
The answer is ” only when they have an upset stomach or are ill!!”
This is a very simple and easy dish to make and is a complete meal in itself. You can eat with bread or roti or as I do, with lime pickle!

( enough for 4 servings)
About 1 1/2 cups sliced bhindis. ( cut in rounds)
1/2 cup sliced onion.
1/2 ts red chili powder
1/2 ts haldi ( turmeric )
1/2 ts dhanna jeera (cumin and coriander powder)
1 ts ginger garlic paste
1-2 green chilis, deseeded in chopped fine.
Salt to taste
2 ts oil
4 eggs. ( if you want to make this healthy, and still taste good use 3 whites and 1 full egg)


Fry the onions with the green chilis and half the ginger garlic paste in oil till onions are translucent.

Add bhindis and stir.
Add red chili powder, dhanna jeera, haldi, salt and stir.
Sprinkle a little water and cover and cook for five minutes.
Meanwhile, separate the egg whites and yolks.
Beat the whites till stiff, but still fluffy.
beat the egg yolks and gently mix in whites.
Add the remaining ginger garlic paste and some salt.
When the okra is cooked, transfer in a flat, round frying pan if you cooked it in a
Put on low flame.
Drizzle the eggs all over the okra.
Sprinkle sone more water if the okra is too dry.
Close lid of frying pan and cook till the eggs are set.
Do not flip over. ( this will spoil the fluffy, frothy look of the eggs )
Serve immediately with roti or bread.
Courtesy: Dimple Panthaki

Godrej Annual Blood Donation Drive

As a responsible and committed Corporate having strong belief in giving back to society, Godrej and Boyce Mfg. Co. Ltd., will be organizing their Annual Blood Donation Drive-2014 on 8th and 9th August, 2014 (Friday and Saturday) at Godrej Memorial Hospital and Pragati Kendra (Welfare Centre) located at Pirojshanagar, Vikhroli (East), from 10 am to 6 pm, in memory of their beloved Founders Late NP Godrej and Late Dr. BP Godrej.

The Drive will be OPEN to ALL. Please donate, save lives and feel blessed.
For details contact Pragati Kendra (Welfare Centre) on
67964115 or Nariman Bacha on 9820812244.

Zubin Kanga performs and broadcasts live on ABC Classic FM

Dear Friends and colleagues in Australia  ,

I’m sure you will be pleased to hear about an upcoming concert – From Tango to Mambo:

Sunday 27 July 1.00pm ABC Eugene Goossens Hall and to be broadcast live on ABC Classic FM  and on
for those who are overseas. You can also listen to the podcast after the performance.



PS:  Friends Elsewhere  would be  pleased to learn  about this    Zarathushti’s  ever growing  popularity in the  musical world.

More details: This Sunday 27 July, Zubin Kanga  is performing with long-time collaborator, pianist-composer Daniel Rojas, for an exciting performance for Sunday Live at the ABC’s Eugene Goossens Hall at Harris St, Ultimo in Sydney.

They will be performing a program of two piano arrangements of iconic works by Gershwin, Piazzolla and Bernstein. They have been enjoying putting these amazing works together as well as adding a few surprises to give the them a new spin. The program is a preview of their upcoming CD, which will also feature a new work Daniel is currently composing. This is a FREE concert at 1pm (but please be there at 12:45 in preparation for the live broadcast). If you can’t make it there, you can listen in on ABC Classic FM on radio or online.
Program details:
Gershwin – Cuban Overture
Piazzolla – Le Grand Tango
Bernstein – Symphonic Dances from West Side Story


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