Aid for Kerala


 KERALA’S  CRY FOR HELP
Kerala, God’s own country, has borne the brunt of Nature’s Fury, floods of epic proportions, leaving in their wake destruction and suffering, hundreds of human lives have been lost, hundreds of thousand of individuals have been displaced, their homes and livelihoods lost, fields ravaged, crops destroyed. Humanity has rarely witnessed tragedy such as this in present times.

Understanding it’s social responsibility towards humanity, WZO Trust has undertaken to play a small but determined part, along with many other NGO’ in alleviating the suffering of those affected.

As a first step, WZO Trust has arranged to assist the flood victims of Kerala by organizing food packages and utility items through Kinder Trust, Bangalore headed by  the redoubtable Mrs. Diana Bharucha. Kinder Trust have already embarked on this humanitarian mission, by tying up with Indian Air Force to make available relief packages to those affected.

Kinder Trust, Bangalore are a well known Trust that looks after children with special needs in South India. (WZO Trust had supported them recently to purchase a vehicle to ferry children with special needs).
WZO Trust has as an initial measure, pledged Rs.500,000 from their own funds and request community members to add to the amount by contributing generously towards alleviating those affected by this calamity.
Cheques may be sent in the name of “The World Zoroastrian Organisation Trust” to:
C-1, Hermes House, 3rd floor,
Mama Parmanand Marg,
Opera House,
Mumbai 400 004.

Those wishing to donate online may send their contributions directly into our bank account, details of which are as below:

For donors from within India:
(Donations are eligible for exemptions u/s 80G of the Income Tax Act; please do send an e-mail to facilitate mailing the receipt, and do mention your PAN Detail).

NAME OF BANK​​:DEUTSCHE BANK

BRANCH NAME​​:HAZARIMAL SOMANI MARG, FORT, MUMBAI

BRANCH ADDRESS:D B House, H.S.Marg, Fort, Mumbai 400 001

ACCOUNT TITLE​​:    THE WORLD ZOROASTRIAN ORGANISATION TRUST

ACCOUNT NUMBER:400004259620019

ACCOUNT TYPE​​:SAVINGS

IFSC CODE​​​:DEUT0784PBC

Donors from overseas:

(WZO Trust is eligible to receive donations from overseas as per FCRA – Foreign Contributions Regulation Act):

NAME OF BANK​​:DEUTSCHE BANK

BRANCH NAME​​:HAZARIMAL SOMANI MARG, FORT, MUMBAI

BRANCH ADDRESS:D B House, H.S.Marg, Fort, Mumbai 400 001

ACCOUNT TITLE​​:    THE WORLD ZOROASTRIAN ORGANISATION TRUST

ACCOUNT NUMBER:400004284180028

ACCOUNT TYPE​​:SAVINGS

IFSC CODE​​​:DEUT0784PBC

We look forward to community members extending a helping hand to those affected in Kerala, by donating generously through “The World Zoroastrian Organisation Trust” for the humanitarian cause.
Sincerely,
Trustees,
The World Zoroastrian Organisation Trust
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Buddy in New Zealand by Nazneen Bustani – children’s travel adventure book (animated trailer)


Kula… Kulo… Kulapa… Buddy says the magic words. It’s time for a new adventure with best friend Peggy. Join Buddy and Peggy in New Zealand as they discover new friends and new places. Meet the wise Tane Mahuta, the friendly glow worms and a Maori Chief. Enjoy the adventure!

Buy this book at https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/0957335806/ref=ox_sc_act_title_1?ie=UTF8&smid=A19ZSPME1PAISI

Parsi New Year 2018


The Parsi community across India is looking forward to celebrate the Parsi New Year on 17th August 2018. Parsis may be a small community, but they have contributed to Indian culture over the years, alongside other religions and communities

Parsi New Year 2018: Date, Significance, Celebrations And Feast During Pateti

The Parsi community across India is looking forward to celebrate the Parsi New Year on 17th August 2018. In August, Parsis commemorate their arrival and acceptance on their new homeland. Originally from Persia, Parsis follow the religion Zoroastrianism, which was founded by Zarathustra in Persia. This day is also known as Jamshed-i-Nouroz, after the name of the Persian king Jamshed, who is believed to introduce the Parsi calendar. People in India follow the Shahenshahi calendar, which does not take into account leap years, and as a result of which the Parsi New Year is celebrated in India and Pakistan about 200 days after it is observed across the world. Parsis may be a small community, but they have contributed to Indian culture over the years, alongside other religions and communities.

 

Parsi New Year 2018: Date, Significance And Celebrations Of The Festival

 

Also known as Pateti, the celebration of Parsi New Year is said to have begun some 3000 years ago. It falls in the month of August, as per the Gregorian calendar. On this day, people pray for prosperity, health and wealth. It is known as the day of remittance of sins and repentance. People clean their homes, decorate their houses with rangoli and flowers, adorn new dresses, and visit Fire Temple to ask for forgiveness for any mistake committed in the past and start afresh. The celebrations also include feasting over an elaborate meal, where friends and families come together and celebrate the auspicious occasion with much fervour.

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Parsi New Year: Also known as Pateti, the celebration of Parsi New Year is said to have begun some 3000 years ago

Parsi New Year 2018: Feast Prepared During Pateti

On the big day, people usually prepare delicacies like meethi sev dahi, mora dal chawal (also called dhan daar), machchi no patio, mutton pulao, saas ni machchi, marghi na farcha (crispy fried chicken), patra nu machli, sali boti, berry pulao, jardaloo chicken, kid gosht, cutlets, mawa ni boi, lagan nu custard, et al. Preparations start a day in advance to ensure that all the dishes are prepared perfectly and are full of flavour.

Delicious Recipes To Enjoy During Parsi New Year

1. Sali Boti (Parsi Meat Dish) Recipe

Parsi mutton curry, with prominent flavours of tomatoes, onions, jaggery and vinegar, makes a special delicacy during special occasions like the Parsi New Year. This one’s going to be a star-dish among your family and friends.

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Parsi new year: This one’s going to be a star-dish among your family and friends

2. Parsi Mutton Cutlets

Celebrations are incomplete without the much coveted Parsi mutton cutlets. To prepare this dish, you need minced mutton, potatoes, bread crumbs, eggs and a host of spices. Don’t forget to serve it with sliced onions and chutney.

3. Chicken Farcha

Chicken farcha is a delicious Parsi recipe that is a blend of spices and a tang of lemon. It is served with your choice of dip or chutney.

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Parsi New Year: Chicken farcha is a delicious Parsi recipe that is a blend of spices and a tang of lemon

4. Lagan Nu Custard

Lagan nu custard is a dessert, which is usually prepared on weddings or Parsi New Year. Made with simple ingredients like milk, eggs, butter and nuts, it is a perfect dessert to celebrate occasions.

5. Patra Ni Machchi

Pomfret fillets coated in coconut chutney, wrapped in banana leaves and steamed to perfection, that’s patra ni machchi for you. Once unwrapped, add a dash of lemon juice to enjoy the tanginess.

6. Kid Gosht

Lamb cooked in a burst of masalas, rich cashew paste and coconut milk essence, kid gosht is a festive special.

Happy Parsi New Year 2018!

https://www.ndtv.com/food/parsi-new-year-2018-date-significance-celebrations-and-feast-during-pateti-1900440

Akoori Trailer


This Parsi Dysfunctional Family Will Leave You In Splits

Akoori, a new web series, which is all set to release on 30th August, on Zee5, shares a story of whacky family and their relationships

Akoori Trailer: This Parsi dysfunctional family will leave you in splits

Akoori

Zee5 Original recently released a new trailer, named Akoori, which is based on whacky family ties. While the father, played by Darshan Zariwala tries hard to keep his weird family intact, his wife is under coma for a few weeks. Keeping the entire family sane and normal, Darshan falls for his neighbor, played by Lillete Dubey. Known for its own quirks, Akoori stands tall amidst the clutter of other dysfunctional family stories.

From falling in love at the second innings of his life to going strong with his daughter and his son who he thinks is Gay, a Bawa makes this one looks like a hilarious take on urban relationships.

Akoori is a ZEE5 Original, created and written by Nikhil Venugopalan, directed by Harsh Dedhia, starring Darshan Jariwala, Lillete Dubey, Shadab Kamal, Zoa Morani, Sohrab Sunny, Adi Irani and Harsh Nagar. Join this crazy family as they try to mend their relationships and come to term with their loss. The web series will release on 30th August only on Zee5.

Check out the trailer of Akoori right away:

https://www.mid-day.com/articles/akroori-trailer-this-parsi-dysfunctional-family-will-leave-you-in-splits/19691152

ODE TO THE DASTURJIS 2


Beliefs don’t make you a better person. Behaviour does!

Dear Dasturjis:

You believe that

That most you

Are true Zoroastrians

As well as Blue Blooded

Nobody is Pure

Or blue blooded as

We are all “contaminated”.

 

You are Dasturs of

The Zoroastrian Community

Well versed in Holy Scriptures

As well as rituals

Praying in front

Of the Holy Fire

But,all you have

Done so far

Stoked the sentiments

Of Racism Discrimination

Segregation Bigotry

Higher & higher

 

From me you

Get no respect

‘Cause to expect

Respect one

Has to one it

 

You will not receive

Special Treatment

Just because one’s priest

As well a Zoroastrian

When one’s soul

Arrives at the

Pearly Gates

Your soul

Will have wait it’s turn

Whether it will be free

Or it will burn.

 

Step down from

Your pedestal

Start making amends

Have a spine

Lead the community

Before Zoroastrianism

Meets it’s end

Choicest Happiness

 

Farida

 

 

Serum Institute’s Founder Dr. Cyrus Poonawala Nominated For Nobel


Billionaire Cyrus Poonawalla, chairman of Serum Institute of India Ltd., sits for a photograph in Pune, Maharashtra, India, on Monday, May 4, 2015. Serum, Asia’s largest vaccine maker, will look at a possible merger with generic drugmaker Cipla Ltd. if the European venture between the two companies succeeds. Photographer: Sanjit Das/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Dr Cyrus Poonawalla, Founder of the world’s largest vaccine manufacturer, Serum Institute of India, has been nominated from India for the prestigious Nobel Prize ,said Dr Parvez Grant, Managing Trustee of the Ruby Hall Clinic. He was speaking in an event held in JW Marriot, Pune on Sunday to felicitate of Dr Cyrus Poonawalla who was recently conferred an honorary ‘Doctor of Humane Letters’ degree by the Massachusetts Medical School at Boston for his unparalleled work in the field of immunisation at the global level.

Dr Poonawalla was awarded the Padma Shri in 2005 for his contribution to medicine, and a Lifetime Achievement Award by the then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

http://thepost.co.in/english/serum-institutes-founder-dr-cyrus-poonawala-nominated-for-nobel/

 

 

Celebrating Muktad in the House


Celebrating Muktad in the House
(Er. Dr. Ramiyar P. Karanjia)

Zoroastrians all over the world celebrate the last ten days of their religious calendar year, as the Muktad. Generally Muktad is viewed in a very limited way as the days of remembering the dead. This is not so. The Muktad is a joyous occasion for welcoming the souls and the Fravashis to this world and in our houses,remembering them and offering them hospitality. It’s the time to show them our love and gratitude,for all the unseen help they provide us.
During these days, the souls and Fravashis of dear ones visit to their respective houses. Hence, it is necessary to create a pious and pleasant atmosphere in the house and celebrate the Muktad in the house, even in a small way, irrespective of whether regular Muktad of the family are done in the Agyari or not. Muktad can be observed in the house in a very simple and small way as follows:
1. Select a small corner in the house, which has to be kept relatively clean.
If necessary it can be covered by a curtain.
2. Keep a small table there.
3. On the table keep a small clean metallic glass, karasya or vase with clean water
and one or two flowers in it, preferably roses.
4. Clean the glass, karasya or vase daily and change the water daily.
Yu can even wash the flower/s and re-use them till they are fresh.
5. Have a continuously burning diva on the table, if possible.
6. Members of the house can do their Kasti and daily prayers there.
7. Each member of the house, young or old, should devote some time, at least a
few minutes, in prayers there. One can select from among the several prayers,
either or multiple of which can be done in that corner, from the simplest to the
elaborate, after doing the Kasti, like:

a. Praying 12 Ashem Vohu (especially for children)

b. Praying ‘Muktad no namaskar’ (from the Khordeh Avesta)

c. Praying ‘Satum no Kardo’ (after farajyat prayers).

d. Praying Framraot Ha (first 5 days) or Gathas (later 5 days).

e. Praying ‘Farvardin Yasht’ (after farajyat prayers).

f. Pray 570 Yatha ahu vairyo + 210 Ashem vohu + 120 Yenghe hatam
daily (especially for elders in the house if they have time.)

This will create a very fragrant and pleasant atmosphere in the house which is necessary for welcoming the souls and Fravashis and conducive for them to be guests in the house. Whenever the souls and Fravashis are pleasantly remembered and prayed to during these days, they return back, showering blessings, which bring
success and prosperity to the house and blessing its inhabitants with health, strength,happiness, protection and abundance.