Video Coverage of XVII North American Zoroastrian Congress

The XVII NAZC, held in Los Angeles in December 2014, presented its approximately 800 delegates with a wide variety of sessions aimed at starting a conversation among Zoroastrians in North America about the issues that matter to them. With the consent of its speakers, the NAZC organizing committee is pleased to share with you videos of many sessions presented during this tremendous three day celebration of Zoroastrian religion, culture and history. Visit the NAZC website to view them:


Now Rooz Table – The Bible & BC Parliament House

Now Rooz is on the way lets spread the real philosophy of Now Rooz.
Please pass this on to everyone you know

Usually Banks and other business in Persian populated areas display the Now Rooz table.
It would be good to pass this information to them too.
SHARAB -wine is an Arabic word the Persian word is MAI & BADEH so also is SOMAGH a Suryani word
So the Haft Seen/Sheen was a modern disguise (in ISIS infested waters )
Now is the Time go back to the Origin.
With Regards

Fariborz Rahnamoon


Parsi Zoroastrian Anjuman, Mhow


Parsi Zoroastrian Anjuman, Mhow is seeking urgently the services of a Mobed Saheb for our Agiary (Adarian Saheb) and Doongerwadi.

We have a Resident Parsi population of 42 persons; hence the day-to-day workload is light. There are monthly, seasonal and Muktad prayers and Jashans. Mhow is a small, quiet town with excellent, unpolluted climate. It is conveniently located near Indore; hence there is adequate availability of good educational and medical facilities. There is good connectivity by all modes of transport to Gujarat, Mumbai and all other places within India.

Broad terms of employment are:

A. Financials:

  1. Your Annual Package will be Rs. 6.00 lakhs.

  2. You will retain all amounts received from private prayers and ceremonies.

  3. You will qualify for payments from the BPP under their Mobed Amelioration

B. Leave:

You will be entitled to 30 days leave per annum, under certain terms and conditions.

C. Housing:

You will be provided with rent free, 3 BHK unfurnished housing, which is within the Agiary Complex; hence there is no commute.

D. Duties:

Your duties will include daily 5 times BOI, all Anjuman prayers and upkeep of the Agiary and Doongerwadi. You may conduct any private ceremonies, provided such ceremonies do not clash with the performance of your duties with the Anjuman. You shall be entitled to keep all monies paid for such private ceremonies.

Kindly contact:

Parsi Zoroastrian Anjuman, 397 Centre Street, Mhow, MP 453441, Phone +91 7324 275645, Email


Zal J. Cowasji, Hon. Secretary, Mobile +91 98260 72629,

Parsi Agiary Complex · 397 Centre Street · Mhow, MP 453441 · Phone +91 7324 275645 · Email

Must a Zoroastrian Date only Zoroastrians?

Dwindling numbers add to the pressure young members of this religion feel to marry inside the community.

Karishma Patel, 32, knows that if she marries outside of her religion, her aunts and uncles in India may not show up.

Patel is an MBA student at Columbia University and while her parents push her to excel in academia, she feels a different kind of pressure from relatives in India. “If I married a non, I don’t know if they would come to my wedding,” she said. “I hope they would.”

When Patel says “a non,” she means a non-Zoroastrian – making dating a little more complicated than just believing in astrology and matching a aries and cancer together. She is an active member of the small Zoroastrian community in New York City, a member of a religion that was founded approximately 3,500 years ago and is one of the oldest monotheistic religions in the world. It may be in an ancient religion, but its members are dwindling—by 11% between 2004 and 2012, according to the 2012 demographics study published by the Federation of Zoroastrian Associations of North America.

The study also found that while there was an increase in numbers in North America, there were indications of future decline because of assimilation. The report’s authors stated that they expect the decrease “to be exacerbated in succeeding generations, unless we take pro-active measures now.” More than 25% of children from intermarriages choose not to follow the Zoroastrian faith, a cause for major concern, with a 36% increase in intermarriages between 2009 and 2011.

As such, young Zoroastrians are facing dual pressures: finding an acceptable spouse in order to sustain the religion and preserve their culture.

“I think it’s really hard to find someone that you connect with and whose lifestyle is similar to the lifestyle you want to live,” Patel said. “So to add another layer of complexity onto that just makes it harder. Like, why would you do that?”

Zoroastrians believe in “manashni, gavashni, kunashni,” also known as good thoughts, good words, good deeds. They worship one god named Ahura Mazda and they believe that water and fire are agents of ritual purity. There are pockets of Zoroastrians scattered throughout Persia, India, Europe, and North America.

The reason their numbers have been dwindling for years is because of their strict conversion laws. Some Zoroastrians do not believe that outsiders should be able to convert into the religion and others think that the children of only one Zoroastrian parent are not truly part of the religion. In general, reformist Zoroastrians accept converts to the religion and traditionalists do not. Some traditionalists, however, accept spouses and the offspring of mixed marriages. Yet there is no overarching power like a pope in Zoroastrianism, so councils and high priests have local authority. Because of this, conversion policies are varied, especially in North America.

Farah Minwalla, 25, a young Zoroastrian from Astoria, says she, too, has felt pressured by her parents to marry within the religion—because of both the religion’s decline in numbers, but also to preserve the culture. “They’ve always been pretty hands off,” she said. “But I know for a fact that they would strongly prefer me to marry within the faith.”

Both Minwalla and Patel explained that while they have felt pressure to marry within the community, ultimately they plan to marry whomever they please. Patel emphasized, however, the importance of whomever she ends up with having similar values to that of her faith. Most of the Zoroastrians she knows who were born here, she said, “did end up marrying other Zoroastrians.

“So I guess it’s not as common to not care,” Patel added.

Various actions have been taken to stop the religion’s decline in numbers. The Indian government, in fact, sponsored a campaign aimed at pushing one group of young Zoroastrians (Parsis) to get married and have multiple children as quickly as possible. A collection of advertisements showed real couples and captions like, “Be responsible. Don’t use a condom tonight.”

“The ads made everyone take note of the problem, through satire, and humor, they created a buzz and focused attention on the different reasons Parsi’s were declining,” said Dr. Shernaz Cama, a member of the executive team behind the campaign. “We have got a good response now from the general Parsi population….Some may be annoyed, but they are all finally aware.”

The campaign addressed Zoroastrian concerns not just in India, but all over the globe. But many felt it only served to add to the pressure young Zoroastrians already feel. “I just think those campaigns create too much pressure for people,” Patel said. “There’s already too much pressure around. Everyone knows that the religion is dying.”

It’s tough to meet an age-appropriate Zoroastrian because of the religion’s low numbers. There are 14,306 total in the U.S., according to the 2012 report. But even this number is unreliable, said Homi D. Gandhi, the vice president of the Federation of Zoroastrian Associations of North America. With no accurate current census and no money to pay for one, he said, Zoroastrians cannot be sure how low their numbers have dipped.

Minwalla said she grew up in Las Vegas and explained that hers was the only Zoroastrian family in the area. Because of this, she did not meet other members of the religion until she attended a youth conference with her parents when she was 16. And while she acknowledged that such conferences can be helpful for that reason, she does not believe that dating should be their main objective.

“We all just want to raise the numbers of our community, but it’s the way we’re going about it that’s the problem. And I can’t sit here and give a better reason or a better methodology as to how we are going to do this,” she said. “I don’t think anybody knows. That’s why there are these terrible ideas going around.”

Young Zoroastrians in North America also find the question of marriage within the community coming up at their annual youth conferences. A Zoroastrian World Youth Congress happens every four years and a North American Zoroastrian Youth Congress occurs every two years. Later in the year, from Dec. 28 to Jan. 2, the World Youth Congress will be held in New Zealand. Officials have already received 80 registrations, and expect at least 300. The last World Youth Congress had about 500 attendees.

The conferences are advertised as a means to bring together young Zoroastrians between the ages of 15 and 35 to socialize and learn about their heritage. Tinaz Karbhari, the chair of the sixth annual World Zoroastrian Youth Congress, believes the conference will provide attendees with a chance to network on both a professional and social level.

But many members of the community believe the congresses have an unwritten motive: to have young Zoroastrians meet, date, and marry. “I think a lot of people share this same sentiment that these things are kind of just a place to find a man if you’re 40 and you haven’t done so,” Minwalla said. “I feel that they really are kind of pushing guys and girls to hook up and get married.”

“I would love to date a Zoroastrian,” she continued. “But I’m not going to have it done in a setting that is pre-meditated on just doing that. I think that’s just not authentic.”

Yet Minwalla also worries about marrying outside the community. Children from such mixed marriages can be denied entrance to their places of worship, called fire temples. “I have not had to deal with discrimination on that level, being that both of my parents are Zoroastrian,” Minwalla said. “But I have had friends who are half and half and they get called mean things, and I think it’s unnecessary.”

by Ellen Brait

Critical Assistance Special Appeal – February 2015

One of our community members had a stroke which has paralyzed his right side. He is going through the long process of rehabilitation and recouping and we hope and pray he gets back all his abilities. This situation has cut off their main income and we do not know how long he will be out of work. His spouse is trying to cope the best she could under the circumstances. Serious health issues can change a life and family situation in seconds putting a lot of stress and burden on the supporting family members. We are fortunate to have our extended family, our community, who always steps up and helps out in situations like this.

Once again we are asking our community to step up and donate to help lessen this family’s burden. Your prayers and your checks will go a long way to help out this family in their time of need. We thank you for the help and support that has been given in the past, we are proud to belong to a community that cares. May Ahura Mazda keep us all healthy.

You can donate online with credit card using the form attached to the link below or mail a check.
Checks should be made out to FEZANA , but please write the words “CRITICAL ASSISTANCE SPECIAL APPEAL – February 2015″ in the memo section of the check. Mail your check to :
Nilufer K. Shroff
FEZANA Treasurer.
Post office Box 3873, 1175 Marlkress Road, Cherry Hill, NJ 08034.

Donations to FEZANA are tax deductible.

On behalf of FEZANA Welfare Committee
Houtoxi Contractor, Freyaz Shroff, Hosi Mehta.

Irani Winery at Napa Valley – California

Dear Friends,

This may interest some of you.

Found  little bit of old Persia in California’s  Napa Valley where you may sample the Shiraz amongst other wines made

by a Persian named Darioush Khaledi of Shiraz.


Rusi Sorabji

The Founder

One such synthesis of wine and art is Darioush Winery. It was founded in 1997 by Iranian born, Darioush Khaledi. He grew up in Shiraz, one of Iran’s prominent wine-growing regions and some theorize it may be the origin of the Syrah/Shiraz grape. His father was a hobby wine maker and so he grew up around wine.

Darioush was formerly trained as a civil engineer and had a career in construction. He left Iran in the late 1970’s and emigrated to Southern California where he was faced with the challenge of starting a new career. Darioush and his brother-in-law pooled their resources and purchased a failing grocery store in the city of Los Angeles. Thirty years later they nowoperate 25 stores, with 6 operating under the “Top Valu Market” (KVmartco) name with a traditional supermarket format and they employ over 1,500 people.

The Wine

Darioush estate vineyards consists of ninety-five acres located in the Napa Valley, the Oak Knoll District and Mt. Veeder that are planted to Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, Merlot, Malbec, Petit Verdot, Chardonnay and Viognier. Luxurious tours of the area are offered, the limo tours generally last all day so come prepared to enjoy a whole day of wine and grapes.

Click Here for the detailed review and more interesting pics

Navroze timings

7seen-1394Here are the  Navruz  timings for most cities around the  planet.

The  timings  of course are based on the local time the clocks of the  different places have been set to.

For  accuracy add or  subtract 4 minutes for every one degree your place is West or East respectively of the meridian your  clocks are guided by.

Rusi Sorabji


Abu Dhabi (+4) Saturday March 21, 2015, 02:45:11 AM Islamabad (+5) Saturday March 21, 2015, 03:45:11 AM
Amsterdam (+1) Friday March 20, 2015, 11:45:11 PM Istanbul (+2) Saturday March 21, 2015, 12:45:11 AM
Anchorage (-9) Friday March 20, 2015, 02:45:11 PM* Jakarta (+7) Saturday March 21, 2015, 05:45:11 AM
Ankara (+2) Saturday March 21, 2015, 12:45:11 AM Jerusalem (+1) Friday March 20, 2015, 11:45:11 PM
Ashgabad (+5) Saturday March 21, 2015, 03:45:11 AM Kabul (+4:30) Saturday March 21, 2015, 03:15:11 AM
Athens (+2) Saturday March 21, 2015, 12:45:11 AM Kuala Lumpur (+8) Saturday March 21, 2015, 06:45:11 AM
Atlanta (-5) Friday March 20, 2015, 06:45:11 PM* Lima (-5) Friday March 20, 2015, 05:45:11 PM
Auckland (+12) Saturday March 21, 2015, 10:45:11 AM Lisbon (+0) Friday March 20, 2015, 10:45:11 PM
Baghdad (+3) Saturday March 21, 2015, 01:45:11 AM Madrid (+1) Friday March 20, 2015, 11:45:11 PM
Baku (+4) Saturday March 21, 2015, 20:45:11 PM Melbourne (+11) Saturday March 21, 2015, 09:45:11 AM
Bangkok (+7) Saturday March 21, 2015, 05:45:11 AM Montreal (-5) Friday March 20, 2015, 06:45:11 PM*
Barcelona (+1) Friday March 20, 2015, 11:45:11 PM Moscow (+3) Saturday March 21, 2015, 01:45:11 AM
Beijing (+8) Saturday March 21, 2015, 06:45:11 AM New Delhi (+5:30) Saturday March 21, 2015, 04:15:11 PM
Beirut (+2) Saturday March 21, 2015, 12:45:11 AM Nairobi (+3) Saturday March 21, 2015, 01:45:11 AM
Berlin (+1) Friday March 20, 2015, 11:45:11 PM Ottawa (-5) Friday March 20, 2015, 06:45:11 PM*
Bishkek (+6) Saturday March 21, 2015, 04:45:11 AM Rio de Janeiro (-3) Friday March 20, 2015, 07:45:11 PM
Chicago (-6) Friday March 20, 2015, 05:45:11 PM* Rome(+1) Saturday March 21, 2015, 11:45:11 PM
Copenhagen (+1) Friday March 20, 2015, 11:45:11 PM Samarqand (+5) Saturday March 21, 2015, 03:45:11 PM
Denver (-7) Friday March 20, 2015, 04:45:11 PM* Tehran /Iran (+3:30) Saturday March 21, 2015, 02:15:11 PM
Dubai (+4) Saturday March 21, 2015, 02:45:11 AM Tokyo (+9) Saturday March 21, 2015, 07:45:11 AM
Dushanbe (+5) Saturday March 21, 2015, 03:45:11 AM Toronto (-5) Friday March 20, 2015, 06:45:11 PM*
Frankfurt (+1) Friday March 20, 2015, 11:45:11 PM Vancouver (-8) Friday March 20, 2015, 03:45:11 AM*
Geneva (+1) Friday March 20, 2015, 11:45:11 PM Washington DC (-5) Friday March 20, 2015, 06:45:11 PM*
Halifax (-4) Friday March 20, 2015, 07:45:11 PM* Zagreb (+1) Friday March 20, 2015, 11:45:11 PM

Watch Parsi actor, Zubin Varla, play the Mughal prince, Dara, at the National Theatre, South Bank, London

The play is well-worth seeing. The apostasy trial scene is riveting.dara

  1. Mughal India. The imperial court, a place of opulence and excess; music, drugs, eunuchs and harems. Two brothers, whose mother’s death inspired the Taj Mahal, are heirs to this Muslim empire. Now they fight ferociously for succession.

Dara, the crown prince, has the love of the people – and of his emperor father – but younger brother Aurangzeb holds a different vision for India’s future. Islam inspires poetry in Dara, puritanical rigour in Aurangzeb. Can Jahanara, their beloved sister, assuage Aurangzeb’s resolve to seize the Peacock Throne and purge the empire?

There is no limit to what families do to one another, so much crueller than they are to strangers.

Tanya Ronder’s adaptation of Shahid Nadeem’s Dara spans the princes’ lives from cradle to grave. An intense domestic drama of global consequence – for India then and for our world now.

Click Here for more


Mancherji’s – probably the only Parsi food joint in Kolkata

Of all the Indian cuisines, parsi cuisine is one of the most underrated one. Probably, this is due to the fact that the parsi population in India is slowly diminishing. However, there is a joint in Kyd street where we could find some authentic parsi dish. Its named after the owner ‘Mancherji’s”. The place is owned by a parsi gentleman and his family. But, the problem is, due to market demand, they’ve started making bengali regular dishes and makes parsi items only on request. So, we met there, made some prior appointments and started our journey into parsi cuisine. 

How to go and when to go: 

The formal address for this joint is 14, kyd street, near MLA hostel. If you start from the chowringhee towards kyd street, on your right will be the MLA hostel. Near to its gate no 2, there is an SBI ATM. Just opposite to that, lies Mancherji’s- a small shack. Its extremely easy to locate, provided you know what you’re looking for. 




Statutory warning: do not expect any of the fine dining experience here. You’ll see some plastic chairs and tables thrown around and the daily menu written on the white-board on the wall. You may start cursing me, because probably, all you can find is some bengali item’s names but behold- move a little down and you’ll find the items. You’re now allowed to rub your eyes again seeing the price. Yes, they’re that cheap, but not quality/ quantity-wise. Go ahead, gorge on them, eat your heart out- its difficult to cross 400/- per head for even a heavy-eater like me. 

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The food:

We asked the owners for their suggestion and we were offered a typical 6 course parsi meal.

The fist item was chicken farcha. Its basically a parsi version of KFC styled batter-fried chicken. One portion consists of one big piece (what else can you expect in 50/- ???) only its more on the softer side than the crunchier version. Wholesome, very very less spicy and was really a good start. 

Chicken farcha

The next item was Egg akuri with tawa roti. This egg akuri is the parsi version of scrambled egg. Only its more full-bodied with onion, tomato, coriander leaves and some indian spices. We had it with tawa roti, but I personally felt it would go better with some pav / buns. This item can be tried during the lunch time and will be a good choice. 

Egg akuri Egg akuri 2

Kuchumber is a sharp, small diced parsi salad with cucumber, onion, tomato and green chilly and was promptly served next. Along with it we got brown rice. It was rice tossed with caramel water, bereshtah (sliced, deep brown fried onion) and garam masala (particularly cinnamon) and thus got its typical color. This brown rice is the standard accompaniment with the normal parsi dishes, as we were told. 

Kuchumber Brown rice

Next we got the main course of the day- chicken dhansak. This is a unique meat dish from the parsi kitchen. This is dal diced meat with 4 varieties of dal (arhar dal, chana dal, red musoor dal and brown musoor dal). Its typically flavored with with dhansak masala comprising of 15 masalas (kept secret) with ginger, garlic, coriander and mint leaves and green chilly. This is a heavy thick-gravy dish. Its normally cooked with mutton, but here, in mancherji’s they normally prepare it on every Saturday with chicken due to low-market-demand. Its very mild tasted, yet keeps its distinct flavor intact. Here, they give a full bowl of gravy and one good-sized meat piece. And, brown rice comes complementary with it- a complete meal. 

Dhaansaak Dhansaak (2)

The second main course that we got was Sali Murg. Its normally a chicken dry curry cooked with apricot and covered with fried potato straws. In mancherji’s however, all we got was chicken kassa covered with potato straw and lacked the taste of apricot, which normally makes it distinct. The taste is still good. 

Chicken Sali

Its dessert time finally, and we got the dish of the day- Lagan Nu Custard. This is the normal egg custard with lots of dry fruits and nuts. Tastes heavenly and was the perfect ending of a good meal. Sadly, they don’t make this dish on a regular basis and prepares them on bulk order (min 10 no). This dish is a must-have in this place and not-to-be-missed. 

Lagan Nu Custard

Final take:

This joint prepares some good food but is poorly managed. They’ve succumbed to the market demand and started preparing bengali food than sticking to their original dishes. However, if one wants some parsi food in Kolkata, this is probably the only option. They can prepare other parsi delicacies also on request and confirmation and does outdoor-catering also. They can be reached on9830254120

Cheers and bon apetite !!!

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