Monthly Archives: January 2021

Volunteers Wanted for the Ava Project

The FEZANA UN-NGO Committee is looking for participants to join our team for implementing The Ava Project.

The Ava Project will bring together a group of people from across the World to form a working group that exchanges ideas pertaining to the environment. The first project is related to the creation of Water and an activity associated with water, i.e. cleaning up of the waters.
For more information or to sign up for the project, please fill in this form:

Individuals who sign up will be contacted for future discussions and meetings.


Co-Chairs of the FEZANA UN NGO Committee:

Afreed Mistry,

Behram Pastakia,

Dr. Ramiyar Karanjia talks at Australian Zoroastrian Association (AZA)

Here are some excellent talks delivered online by Dr. Ramiyar Karanjia for the Australian Zoroastrian Association. Enjoy!

All the talks organised and recorded by the AZA President Ruzbeh Desai and Committee member Kainaaz Choksey and at times with our AZA Treasurer/ Vice President Kaizad Panthaky as the coordinator.

This series was sponsored by AZA, per kind courtesy of an anonymous AZA member, in memory of Late Bachoo and Ruttonshaw Nanabhoy

Fali Nariman

“There are some great minds that create a great mark. Fali Sam Nariman continues to be one such personality. He is a jurist, a true living prodigy of law.
Fali Sam Nariman has had a thriving career as a lawyer. He started his career at the Bombay High Court. He practiced law for 22 years and he was then appointed as ‘Senior Advocate’ by the Supreme Court of India. This was in the year 1971.
He is internationally recognized and continues to be a living legend. The renowned Fali Sam Nariman has been honoured with Padma Vibhushan, Padma Bhushan and Gruber Prize for Justice.
He is best-known for his sense of humour and his great contributions to Indian law system. He is known for having a positive attitude, a witty mind, and a big smile on his face. He is a pleasing personality, who never fails to catch the attention of people.
To quote Fali Sam Nariman, “Our sense of humour has become zero today. Let alone be our sense of fun. Nobody appreciates anything.”
We need more personalities like Fali Sam Nariman. It is surely his positive attitude towards life that is still fit and fabulous!

Let us celebrate the 92nd birthday of this living legend, today (10th January 2021).”


Learn and Earn Scheme 2021: For Minorities


My dear friends as you know that India is a very populous country. People of all castes and religions reside in our country. Due to which the biggest problem of our country is unemployment. The Government of India continues to announce several schemes to remove unemployment. And continues to give government allowance to the unemployed youth of the country. Keeping this in view, the government has started a scheme.
Name of this scheme “Learn and earn scheme” Have been kept Under this scheme, efforts are being made to empower minority communities like Muslims, Sikhs, Christians, Jains, Parsis, citizens of these religions (Just like Muslims, Sikhs, Christians, Jains, Parsi Empower the Citizens of These Religions). The main objective of this scheme is to raise the citizens of these minority communities above the unemployment (Minority Community Citizens Unemployment). Minority unemployed citizens of the country can avail benefits under this scheme.
This scheme will help all unemployed youth from the country to get employment and make them efficient (Helping all Unemployed Youth to Get Employment and Make Them Skilled). Learn and Earn With the introduction of Yojana, minority unemployment will be removed. If any citizen of the country starts the work of learning. So this will reduce unemployment. Based on this scheme, the government also wants to enable the people of the minority community (To Enable the People of Minority Community Also). So that these people too can start their employment. The government has decided that strong human resources preparation is to be done under this scheme.
Many old traditional skills of minority communities have also been included under this scheme. This course covers things like sewing, weaving, embroidery, woodwork, leather goods, carpets (Including Things Like Sewing, Knitting, Embroidery, Woodwork, Leather Goods, Carpet). So that these people can get employment for themselves. So friends you also want to take advantage of this scheme. So you too can apply online for this scheme.
Now you must be thinking how to apply for this scheme? What are the benefits of this? What qualifications should there be? So friends, you do not need to panic. I will give you all the information through this article. Please read this article carefully.


The main objectives of the Learn and Earn scheme are to reduce unemployment of minority people. So that these people have to get protection, develop them and connect these unemployed youth with the market. So that these people can easily sell the goods made by them in the market. The government will provide Mall Selling Facility in Government Market in the market. Under this scheme, the government has decided to promote the traditional skills of minority people and increase their work efficiency and work efficiency by using new machines. The goal of this scheme is to reduce the number of youth who drop out of education by minority youth. The government has to prepare human resources for all the youth of the country.


The government has laid down some terms and conditions for the citizens taking advantage of the Learn and Earn scheme. The details of which are given below.

  • Citizen must have at least 05 pass to apply for this scheme.
  • Citizen must be between 14 and 35 years to avail the learn and earn scheme.
  • To take advantage of this scheme, citizens should belong to minority communities like Christian, Persian, Buddhist, Muslim, Jain.


To apply online in Friends Learn and Earn Scheme, go to this official website –


ByNayer Regaldo


Sant Dasturji Jamshedji Ervad Sorabji Kukadaru Saheb was born at Surat on May 26, 1831, on Mah Avan, Roj Zamyad. Dasturji Jamshedji Kukadaru Saheb was a pious man who led a pure and righteous life. He remained away from worldly ways and personal publicity. His great­ness lay in his simplicity and humanity. His material needs were restricted to the bare needs and necessities of life.
Dastur Azar Kaiwan Bin Azar Gushasp, who was Dasturji Kukadaru Saheb’s spiritual guru, gave to Kukadaru Saheb the follow­ing Nirang.
Dasturji Kukadaru Saheb was the spiritual guide to Ervad Nadarsha Navroji Aibara and he gave him a special Nirang as under:
Dasturji Kukadaru Saheb led a simple and frugal life. He would spend the whole day in prayers. A strict vege­tarian, he would eat just one meal a day – usually khichdi and a little ghee. It is said that he used to cook the rice himself by placing the vessel in the sun while reciting cer­tain holy Maanthras or Nirangs.
Dasturji Kukadaru Saheb served as Panthaky of the holy fire at Seth Shapurji Kappawalla Agiary in Mumbai. He commanded tremendous respect among the Behdins. Whenever he attended a wedding or Navjote, the whole gathering would stand up as a mark of respect.
Dasturji Kukadaru Saheb set a living example of how powerful a true prayer can be and how the recitation of the Avesta, with a clean heart, can get one really close to Dadar Ahura Mazda. He based his whole life on the three main tenets of Zoroastrianism – Manashni, Gavashni, Kunashni, to be pure in mind, words and deeds. Such holy souls are born once in several cen­turies.
Dasturji Kukadaru Saheb performed several notewor­thy miracles. He had also made many accurate predic­tions. It is said that his third eye had opened, due to which he was able to foretell future events accurately He had predicted accurately the time of death of Dastur Peshotan Sanjana, Sir Dinshaw Petit, England’s Queen Victoria and several others.
His great miracles are remembered by people even today. During the life of Dasturji Kukadaru, Anjuman Atash Behram was being constructed at Dhobi Talao. The Trustees were short of Rs. 10,000. All the Trustees were in a quandary as to where to get such a large sum from Some Zarathushtis, who were true devotees of Kukadaru Saheb, thought of approaching him and said he would show the way He also had opponents. One of them said: “Kukadaru Saheb is a very poor Mobed. From where can he give us Rs. 10,000?” But those who had faith in him went to him one day at 5 p.m. One Zarathushti, who opposed him, also went along.
Kukadaru Saheb was engrossed in prayer at Kappawalla Agiary. After finishing his prayers, he asked the Zarathushtis the reason for their arrival. His devotees stated that Rs.10,000 was the deficit for building a Hall at the Anjuman Atash Behram. Kukadaru Saheb, by a sig­nal from his inner self, asked them to come next evening at 5 p.m. with a brick. He told them not to buy a new brick from a shop, but to bring one fallen by the wayside. The people went in search of a brick the next morning. From morning to noon and noon to evening, they could not find a brick on the road. By evening, the Zarathushti who used to speak against Kukadaru Saheb stumbled and fell on the road. When he got up with the support of a brick, the other Zarathushtis said: “We have found the brick. Now we must go before Dasturji Kukadaru Saheb.”
They all went to meet Kukadaru Saheb at the Kappawalla Agiary Dasturji Kukadaru was engrossed in prayers. After finishing his prayers, they showed him the brick. Dasturji Kukadaru told them to place the brick in a bounded square (Pavi) in the next room. Those people who had faith in Kukadaru Saheb said: “Tomorrow evening, surely there will be a mira­cle.” But the Zarathushti who used to criticize Kukadaru Saheb said: “Tomorrow Kukadaru Saheb will be put to shame.”
On the third day at 5 p.m., all the Zarathushtis went before Kukadaru Saheb. That day Kukadaru Saheb spent the entire day in prayer. After finishing, he told them: “Whatever you find in the bound square in the next room, take that.” Then the Zarathushti who was against him said: “We have come to collect Rs.10,000, not bricks and stones.”
Dasturji Kukadaru replied to that Zarathushti: “If bricks and stones are your destiny; you will get only that.” But those who had respect for Kukadaru Saheb went in and to their great surprise found that the brick had transformed into gold. This was a great miracle. Kukadaru Saheb had not even seen where the Zarathushtis had kept the brick in the adjoining room. But he had prayed to Dadar Ahura Mazda and urged that some path be opened to build a Hall at the Anjuman Atash Behram. The Zarathushti who used to speak against Kukadaru Saheb saw this grand miracle and bowed his head in shame. He sought forgiveness from Kukadaru Saheb.
Thereafter all the Zarathushtis took the golden brick to weigh it. It fetched exactly Rs.10,000; not a rupee more, nor a rupee less. Out of Rs.10,000, the Anjuman Atash Behram Hall was con­structed. That Hall was named Dasturji Jamshedji Sorabji Kukadaru Hall. There is a portrait of Dasturji Kukadaru Saheb in this Hall, below which is a large plaque. Devotees, even today bow there in rever­ence, pray and light divas.
From Jam-e-Jamshed 3-1-2021
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