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7 Parsi & Irani Cafes in Mumbai

If you love Iranian/Parsi food, then you gotta watch this video, right now! Our team has curated the best 7 places in Mumbai where you can try out authentic Iranian and Parsi food, and at the same time, experience their culture and history! Mumbai is home to many legendary outlets that have been serving Iranian cuisine. Most of these outlets have vintage vibes, minimal decor, and history attached to it. It is a must-try for all Mumbaikars to check these places out, try out this delicious food and experience the vibes!

Here’s your checklist: 1) Jimmy Boy – Fort Mutton Gravy Cutlet – Rs 320/- 2) Kyani & Co. – Marine Lines Akuri Toast and Irani Chai – Rs 80/- 3) Britannia & Co – Ballard Estate Mutton Berry Pulao – Rs 870/- 4) Yazdani – Fort Brun Maska and Masa Puff – Rs 60/- 5) Cafe Military – Fort Beer – Rs 170/- 6) Sassanian – Dhobi Talao Chicken Dhansak and Rice – Rs 170/- 7) Ideal Corner – Fort Patrani Fish – Rs 200/- K Rustom & Co. – Churchgate Ice Cream Biscuits!

6 books for children – Kersie Khambatta

Mr. Kersie Khambatta is a semi-retired lawyer practising in Auckland, New Zealand. He is also a part-time writer of articles, short-stories, and  illustrated books for children. His writing is recognizable by his simple style, with short sentences and carefully-chosen words. He has a diploma of Associateship of the British Tutorial Institute, London, in English, Modern Journalism, and Journalism in India, and a Certificate in Comprehensive writing awarded in October 2005 by the Writing School (Australia and New Zealand).


He has written five illustrated books for children and a book of short stories.

(1) Chetan and Lollipop

(2) The monkeys of Matheran

(3) Sam and Snowy

(4) The broken bullock cart

(5) The horse, the hare and the cat

(6) Pandu the Dabbawalla and other simple short stories.


On Monday June 24, 2019,  he received the writers award from His Worship the Mayor of Auckland, Phil Goff,  at the 6th Annual Indian Newslink Sports, Community, Arts and Culture Awards 2019, Auckland, New Zealand.


He has received good reviews of his books in Parsiana (21st April 2019) and FIRES May 2019, the journal of FEZANA.


The link to his author website is:-


WZCongress 2022 – Design A Logo Contest


In 2018 Zoroastrian Association of Greater New York (ZAGNY), a member association of the Federation of Zoroastrian Associations of North America (FEZANA)  was selected to host the 12th World Zoroastrian Congress 2022 (WZC2022).

The organizing team of the WZC2022 would like to announce a competition to design a logo for the Congress.

The new logo will become the official logo of WZC2022 and will be used on the Congress website, social media sites, business cards, letterhead, posters, souvenir trinkets and gifts, or anywhere else WZC2022 chooses.  This document describes the official requirements and rules of the competition.

By entering, participants agree to be bound by these contest rules.  Violating any rule or not following instructions may eliminate participants’ eligibility.  WZC2022 and ZAGNY has the right to disqualify any entrant at any time at its sole discretion.


The contest is open to citizens of any country. The contest is not open to WZC2022, ZAGNY or FEZANA office bearers, Members of the judging panel and their immediate family members.

Contestants are permitted to work in groups. The maximum size of the group will not be more than 3 persons.  However, only one (1) prize will be awarded regardless of group size.

Submission Guidelines and How to Enter

The contest is open from 12:01 a.m. August 1, 2019 US Eastern Standard Time and closes at 11:59 p.m. November 15, 2019 US Eastern Standard Time.

Late submissions will not be considered.

The winner(s) will be selected and announced at the unveiling of the logo at an event yet to be determined.

All entries must be submitted electronically to WZC2022 by uploading the files using the form at the end of this page.

Submissions must include the full name(s) of the person(s) who designed the logo, email address, postal address, and telephone number.

One or more submissions per person is acceptable.  Each submission must be sent as a separate entry submission.

There is no fee to enter the contest.

 Logo Design Guidelines and Parameters

The purpose of this contest is to design the official logo of WZC2022.

The logo should have a Zoroastrian theme and reflect WZC2022’s Mission, Vision, Theme and Goals and Objectives, as stated below. It may reflect any aspect of Zoroastrian religion, culture, architecture, iconography, social custom, tradition, philosophy, etc. that the artist chooses.  It should be professional in appearance and appropriate for a World Congress.  It should have universal appeal, but be of relevance – stylistically and otherwise – to the Zoroastrian religion and its followers worldwide. The logo could also allude to the host city New York in some way or form.

Participants are encouraged to view the promotional video on our website to get a further understanding of what the Congress aims to be.

Notwithstanding these requirements, young artists who may not have the technological tools to create professional looking logos are encouraged to participate. If the artist’s concept and design win the competition, WZC2022 will assist in transforming the design into a functional logo. As such, artists of all ages are encouraged to participate in the competition.


To nurture a caring, compassionate, harmonious, altruistic, observant and prosperous community, with respect for diversity in belief and practice and to move together towards a glorious and united future for our worldwide community.  


To create an atmosphere of opportunity at the WZC 2022 for the worldwide Zarathushti brethren to come together and work together in Hamazori for the mutual benefit of their communities while celebrating their diversity.

THEME: Bridging the Global Zarathushti Existence.

A theme that reflects the aspirations and challenges of the larger Zarathushti community on the cusp of emerging from the first quarter of the twenty-first century.

Our goal is to ensure that we bridge Zarathushtis from across the world, but also bridge the age, gender, cultural and spiritual differences. Our community today is truly global, spread across the world and represents a diaspora that brings with it unique challenges.  The World Zoroastrian Congress will give us the opportunity to strengthen connections and build bridges while respecting our diversity.

Our Zarathushti Existence is not static, but ever changing.  As we stand here in 2019 and look forward to 2022, three years from now, we should expect continued evolution of our state — demographics, geographies, social media — all of these will influence our world community and continue to pose the question — Who Are We?  What Do We Represent?  What Will We Be?

We hope that our agenda and program content will raise these questions and leave the attendees with a renewed sense of pride and purpose that we will endure.


Our goal for the 2022 World Zoroastrian Congress is a truly World Congress with active World Participation in keeping with our theme of Bridging the Global Zarathushti Existence.  To this end, we will strive to involve Zoroastrian Associations and ‘Emerging Zoroastrian’ Groups across the world well in advance of the Congress to ensure and encourage their engagement and participation.

We would welcome creative input, content leadership and participation to make the program representative of our far-flung community and create the basis for an integrated program that will appeal to all attendees from the youth to young parents to seniors, and all in between.

A final and key objective would be to use our program, technology and social media to generate increased interest and awareness of the Zarathushti religion, faith and global existence.

Submission Formats

Entries must be submitted as JPEG, PNG, PDF, TIFF, AI, CDR or EPS files.  Entries can be in color or black and white.  No color gradients and half-tones within the artwork.  The logo must be easy to use, handle, resize, and manipulate for all reproduction purposes.  It should be visually appealing on both small (as small as 2 cm x 2 cm) and large scales.

Intellectual Property

Entrants affirm their submissions are their own original work, have not been copied from others or from previous designs, including their own, and do not violate the intellectual property rights of any other person or entity.

Submissions become the sole property of WZC2022 and may be used for any WZC2022 purposes, including, but not limited to, display on websites, business cards, letterhead, posters, and other materials.

WZC2022 shall have the right to adapt, edit, modify, or otherwise use the winning submission in part or in its entirety in whatever manner it deems appropriate.

WZC2022 reserves the right to choose not to use the winning entry as described in these contest guidelines.

WZC2022 reserves the right to use any other entry for promotional or business purposes in the future.

If the winner is determined to have violated any rules, he/she will be required to forfeit or return the prize, even if the determination is made after the prize has been awarded.

Determination of Winner and Prize

The winning entry will be selected by a panel of design, marketing and public relations professionals.  Their decision will be final, and no further correspondence shall be entered into.

Entries will be judged on their visual appeal, adherence to the concept prompting the contest, quality of design, and ease of reproduction for the purposes stated above.

The prize for the winning entry is US$ 501.  This prize remains the same regardless of the size of the team submitting the winning entry.

The winner will be notified via email and announced on WZC2022 website, and at the unveiling at an event yet to be determined and possibly through other media.


WZC2022 is not responsible for lost, late, misdirected, incomplete, illegible, or otherwise unusable entries, including entries that are lost or unusable due to computer, internet, or electronic problems.

WZC2022 reserves the right to cancel or modify the Contest and award the prize by alternate means if fraud or technical failure is determined at any time by WZC2022, including after the submission window has closed.

WZC2022 is not liable, for the purpose of winner and prize notification and delivery, in the event the contest winner has provided incorrect, outdated, or otherwise invalid contact information.

Judging Panel

Our distinguished Panel of Judges include

  • Tinaz Karbhari
  • Alisha Shroff
  • Karl Desai
  • Rayomand J. Patell
  • Shazneen Gandhi


For any inquiries, clarifications, questions or comments please email WZC200 at


For more details –

Persis Amrolia – Patients with incurable leukaemia declared cancer-free after groundbreaking treatment

A new treatment for an incurable form of leukaemia has been hailed by experts after it left patients without a trace of the disease.

The patients were treated with a faster acting version of CAR-T therapy, in which the body’s immune system is used against the malignant cells.

The trial at Great Ormond Street Hospital in London was carried out with the aim of reducing the side-effects of treatment for the patients, most of whom are children.

The treatment for acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (ALL) sees the patient’s own immune cells genetically modified and then used to target cancer.

During the trial, 14 patients with a previously incurable strain of ALL were given the therapy and 12 saw the disease cleared after three months. Five of those patients remain leukaemia free.

Professor Persis Amrolia, the study’s chief investigator, said: “CAR-T therapy is a fantastic example of using the power of the immune system to specifically target cancer cells.

“While it doesn’t work for everyone, it can offer hope for those children who have run out of all other options.

“We’re just at the beginning of this new treatment and over the next few years, I hope we can refine it further to make it safer and more effective.

“The side-effects of CAR-T therapies can be severe, so we hope that this new technology can reduce the risk for patients.”

Austin Sweeney, 10, was diagnosed with ALL when he was two and was subsequently invited to take part in the trial after he had exhausted all other treatment options.

His father, Scott Sweeney, said Austin was “so fortunate” to have been able to participate.

“He had the cells at Great Ormond Street Hospital in October 2016 and we found out on his birthday at the end of that month that the cells were doing exactly what we needed them to do,” Mr Sweeney said.

“Two-and-a-half years later, Austin is doing so well. He is more physical than he has ever been. It is lovely to see him full of energy.”

ALL affects around 400 children in the UK each year, according to the hospital, and while most patients can be cured with standard treatments including chemotherapy and transplant, some relapse.

Survival for children suffering from ALL increased from under 10 per cent in the 1960s to 90 per cent in 2015, though the survival rate is lower for babies.

The hospital said the research, which was published in the Nature Medicine journal on Monday, offers great hope to those with relapsed ALL, which is the most common cause of child cancer death in the UK.

Additional reporting by PA

Puglaroo karvani reet

(Written for girl child same follows for boy child too with Shirt & Pant)

In the morning:

  1. Out side the door, sweep and clean, sprinkle water and put chowk
  2. Put toran on the doors
  3. Make little sagan no rawo or sev.
  4. Baby ne thoro ravo chatarjo
  5. Get the ses ready with diva. Put  3 red bengals on the Sopara (if girl), pan, sopari, kharek, badam,sakar and a bit of sugar for putting in Baby’s     Coconut with a tili so that it dries up before you do sagan and does not stain the dress.
  6. Get one thali ready with the ladoos, you have previously made.(Recipe for Ladoos is given below or buy ready made).
  7. Give her bath and dress her up in any NEW nice dress will do. Socks too( remove socks while doing tilli so her feet does not gather dust)
  8. Put her chain and pendent and if possible Bangles too (it is a sign of good luck for little girls to wear Bangles and chain and earrings) but your wish, all this is optional.
  9. Put chalk where you intend to do the sagan. Baby should be facing East.  Put a patla (small flat stool for baby to stand on- DO NOT PUT CHALK ON THE PATLA)
  10. Keep extra cling film ready.



Let Daddy make the baby stand on the patla and hold her from behind

  1. Mummy will do tili to the little one. First put tili on the pug and then on the forehead.
  2. Put on garland/Gajra
  3. Give her coconut and sagan nu envelope to hold.
  4. Put little sugar in her mouth.(Mithoo monu)
  5. Now let Daddy pick her up REMOVE BABY’S SOCKS   and mummy will put two little feet of larva  on the patla, when Daddy lowers baby see that her feet fall on the larva, they will get smashed you may wash and wipe her feet well afterwards or if you don’t like the idea you may put the larva on the cling film and cover again with another cling film without smashing the larva)  this will not spoil baby’s feet.  Since baby is unable to stand on her own, hold her gently from behind from her waist. Hug and kiss her and take overna, let daddy  also kiss her.

 (Alternately what you could do is   put the first cling film on the patla and keep it ready,  then take a piece of aluminum foil and put on the top.  On the foil put the larva and lightly cover with a piece of cling film.  On this make Baby stand.  So after you have given her little sugar to sweeten her mouth, you can pick her up a little and pick up the  whole aluminium  foil with the cling film larva and all.  Make baby sit down on the patla comfortably)

Now let everyone meet her, give her lots of Gifts and kisses.

Take plenty of photographs and video.(tell your friends to do so too)

Serve larva, snacks drinks  lunch and enjoy

It’s all fun so don’t worry if you forget something or people comment….nothing is compulsory.  Keep baby comfortable and happy.

Have fun!!!




Puglaroo na larva
Please practice once before for perfection

You will need, One thali, measuring cup, colander or boyoo (or you can use the steamer), one big dekchi on which the boyoo can fit, one small frying pan, tooth pick, spoons, and plates to cover. A piece of muslin cloth to cover the colander.

1 cup grated fresh coconut

1 cup finely grounded rice flour (basmati)

1 cup water (should be same proportion as rice flour)

½ cup chopped Jaggery (or sugar)

2 tabsp. Pure ghee or little more

One big pinch salt

½ tsp. Cardamom-nutmeg powder

1 tabsp. Finely chopped almonds

1 tabsp. Finly chopped cashews

½ tsp. sesame seeds

½ tsp. poppy seeds

1 tsp full cornflour (binds better)


  1. Take a big vessel on which your colander will fit. Add 1 cup water, 1big pinch of salt and 1 tsp.full ghee and bring to a rolling boil.
  2. Put off the gas stove and add 1 cup of rice flour and stir well… will be lumpy just mix well and keep it covered, and leave to get warm 10 mins.
  3. (In a frying pan on a med. Fire….cook the the mixture on slow gas).  Add 1tsp ghee and as it melts,  add sesame and poppy seeds, add dry fruits and coconut.
  4. Stir for a while and add Jaggery and let it melt on slow flame. Do not cook too long, or else the Jaggery hardens. (if you are using sugar let sugar melt and stir a little longer).
  5. Put off the gas and add cardamom nutmeg powder. Stir well and keep it aside to cool.
  6. Take a big vessel on which your colander will fit. Add 2-3 cups water, on a slow flame bring water to a rolling boil.    In the meantime
  7. As the water boils grease the colander and prepare the larvas.
  8. Take the flour out into the big thali Sprinkle corn flour over it, and knead the dough very well, you may sprinkle very little water and little ghee on your fingers and palm, to make it into a smooth ball.
  9. Grease your palm with ghee and make small ball and flatten between your palms. (Do not do all the balls together as they tend to dry you are making one, one ball, knead well between your palm and fingers to make it smooth)
  10. Dip your thumb and fingers in ghee and make a small cup out of this ball to fill in the coconut mix. Make it as thin as you can make Carefully bring the ends together to cover the filling, remove the top part, or else it will become too thick.  making it into a ball. Flatten very slightly.
  11. For the tiny feet make it little oblong and fill, close and cut the tiny toes with sharp knife or tooth pick dipped in ghee. Press and make the shape. cut the toes at one end…keeping the thumb toe little bigger.   Take care of the right and left foot. J  Big toes.
  12. Arrange them on greased colander and put it for steaming. Cover with moist muslin cloth, or any clean dish cloth will do. and steam for 15-20 mins.
  13. Once done let them cool….if you pick them up hot they might break.

Enjoy the Puglaroo ceremony of your little one.

Thrity Tantra

Fali Chothia Scholarships

The Fali Chothia Charitable Trust is accepting applications for its 29th annual scholarship awards. Scholarships are open to Zoroastrian students in North America enrolled in four-year or graduate-level programs. Awards are based on financial need, academic achievement, extracurricular activity and community service. They are given as outright gifts or no- and low-interest loans.

The Fali Chothia Charitable Trust was established in 1988 under the Zoroastrian Association of Metropolitan Washington, Inc. (ZAMWI). The Trust provides scholarships to deserving Zoroastrian students enrolled in universities in North America, regardless of their country of origin. Applications may be downloaded from:


As Shakespeare once quoted

“All the world’s a stage”

We  are all actors

End misogyny patriarchy

discrimination inequality

stereotypes racism bigotry

If one want  to live

In a free safe happy society


Your focus on

Hating yesterday

Is killing your

Opportunity to

Love tomorrow

(Gary Vaynerchuk)


No matter how

Talented educated

Or rich you are

One takes nothing when

We leave this earth

How you treat people

Ultimately tells all

“Cause one becomes

Ultimately a  pile of dust


Keeping people

Behind “barb Wires”

Isn’t solving anything

Let the knowledge run free

Let people decide for themselves

Let them live and breath free.


Turning deaf ears is

To the Prophet’s message

And pretending to be

His follower

Praying the Gathas

From end to end

Isn’t that mockery?

As  well as sacrilege?


None of you are higher

Nor the anointed ones

Wearing priestly robes

Will never earn respect

So many of you have lost respect

Forget Ahura Mazda

Finally  He will meet your soul

At the “Gate”

That’s when you realize

Your biggest mistake!


Choicest Happiness




Having recently been awarded her PhD, Dr. Nazneen Engineer is currently a Postdoctoral Researcher at the SOAS Shapoorji Pallonji Institute of Zoroastrian Studies.
Her interest in Zoroastrian Studies emerged after she attended the December 2007 World Zoroastrian Youth Congress in Australia.
For her doctorate, which was awarded to her on July 24, 2019, at SOAS in London, she produced an annotated translation of a Parsi Gujarati text written in 1883 by a prominent high-priest of the Parsi community. Her post-doctoral journey continues…
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