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Federation (FPZAI) Meeting Reports

Report on the two-day executive council and annual general meeting convened at Bombay’s Banaji Atash Behram Hall on October 9 and 10, 2010 delegates of the Federation of the Parsi Zoroastrian Anjumans of India (FPZAI) hosted by trustees of the Bombay Parsi Punchayet (BPP). This was carried in four parts across issues in the Parsiana. Reproduced here with the kind permission of Jehangir Patel of Parsiana.

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Cycling for Cancer

Solo bicycle ride from Bangalore to Bombay to raise funds for cancer

BANGALORE, India (December 10, 2010) – 28-year-old Mumbai born and bread Neville Wadia looks to raise awareness and funds for a cancer awareness centre in Mumbai by riding his bicycle solo from Bangalore to Bombay a distance of 1000 kms. over a period of 10 days.

After spending 5 years studying and working in Australia, Neville returned to Bombay and settled into what would be considered a regular 9-5 lifestyle which provided him a decent standard of living. While he did realise this is what life was ‘supposed’ to be now that he was done with his education this void began to develop inside of him. There had to be a greater reason than just living through this mundane 9-5 existence. He packed his bags and left the city and started to travel around India to see what was out there. Coming towards the end of this adventure he had many realisations, one of which was that we each have a role to play on this earth, which does not just involve filling our pockets, but to contribute back in some way. Therefore, he decided to use his passion for travel and adventure not only for selfish means but to give back to society in some way.

Neville plans on riding a bicycle on his own from Bangalore to Bombay a distance of 998 kms. He is looking to do this as energy efficiently as possible with no pursuit car or TV crew or any such thing. He intends on leaving Bangalore on the 13th of December 2010 and making it to Bombay in 10 days. He will ride approximately a 100 kms. a day stopping every evening in a town along the way.

One thing that he has always been intrigued by is cancer, how it has suddenly reared its ugly head into our world. He will contribute all the money he raises to the Health Awareness Centre (HAC), a corporation in Mumbai that runs a recovery centre to treat so called ‘terminally ill’ cancer patients with diet and exercise to improve their quality of life and attempt to reverse the disease.

Neville will be posting daily updates on facebook and on a blog ( which will be created for this event to allow  everyone to be a part of this adventure with him, for although he is just one person on a bike, he would like to think he is not alone in his actual mission.

Contact: Neville Wadia +91 98201 04602

Restrictions for Inter-Married Women ?

Have they been barred from entering the fire temple?

Manoj R Nair | Saturday, December 11, 2010

A notice at a fire temple prohibiting inter-married Parsi-Zoroastrian women from bringing their children has them wondering whether their religious rights are at stake

All fire temples in the city have a board outside announcing that only Parsis can enter them. But a fire temple at Marine Lines has added another notice prohibiting Parsi women married to non-Zoroastrians from bringing their children to worship.

Though trustees of the fire temple said that the notice is an old one, some of the people who read the notice were confused by the message. “The law is very clear — women who are married outside the community can enter the fire temple if she continues to practice her old faith,” said a trustee of the fire temple.

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Courtesy : Jehangir Bisney

Mumbai Native-CEO of Ill. Girl Scouts

Villie M. Appoo has been ratified to be the first Chief Executive Officer (CEO) for the Girl Scouts of Southern Illinois by the GSSI Board of Directors. The GSSI began operations on Oct. 1 following a year-long process of merging the Girl Scouts of River Bluffs Council and the Girl Scouts of Shagbark Council into one high-performing council serving approximately 16,000 girls and 4,800 adult volunteers in 40½ counties throughout southern Illinois.

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Gore Vidal Urges Obama To Meet With Parsi Leaders In Iran

Author, playwright and scholar GORE VIDAL has repeated his plea for PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA to meet with Parsi leaders in a Christmas letter to the U.S. leader.

In the missive, released via movie website, the director reminds Obama he wrote to him about cementing ties with the Persians when the politician was first nominated to run for presidential office, and he now thinks it’s important for the Democratic leader to plan a special trip to the Middle East.

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BPP gets SC nod to build on disputed plot

After almost three decades of litigation, the Bombay parsu Punchayet is free to construct at least a hundred flats at Punthaky Baug in Andheri. Last Friday, the Supreme Court cleared the decks for the Punchayat when it dismissed two special leave petitions filed before it that were preventing the trust from providing these houses to Parsis by way of a cross-subsidy scheme.

The Punchayat said it faced the “the long-standing dispute caused by the late Pestonji Dhunjishaw Zilla and after his demise, his legal heirs” and with the SC order, Dinshaw Mehta, its chairperson, said “hopefully it has come to an end”.

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Courtesy : Jehangir Bisney

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