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The Zarathushtra Effect

Meet the followers of a dwindling ancient faith which they claim influenced Christianity

by Anthony Chiorazzi

His admirers claim he was the first to teach monotheism, the existence of heaven and hell and the final triumph of good over evil. Plato and Aristotle revered his wisdom. Raphael included him among the world’s greatest philosophers in his The School of Athens fresco. Some scholars insist that he had more influence on Western religion than any single man. Who was he? Moses? Mohammed? Christ? No.

His name was Zarathushtra, and he lived over 3,500 years ago, but his followers still honor him today while fearful for their faith’s survival over the next decades.

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Karl Khandalavala & Dadi Pudumjee

Two Parsi Zarathushtis were mentioned in the Southern
California based India Journal ( of 3/5/10 (see below
dashed line).

According Wikipedia information, Karl Khandalavala II who got his education
at Boston University is currently owner of TriARC Media Inc. in the Greater
New York City area. In the past he was a News Director at ITV from 1990 to
2006. Karl is also Senior Executive Vice-President of JUS Broadcasting
Corporation and hosted the launching and press conference for the JUS ONE
spiritual channel on Dish Network in New York on February 24, 2010.

Dadi D. Pudumjee is a leading puppeteer in India, who received his initial
training from the Darpana Academy, received numerous awards including the
Sangeet Natak Akademi award in 1992, is Vice-President of Union
Internationale de la Marionette (UNIMA), India, and is the founder of the
Ishara Puppet Theater Trust. According to Theatre Pasta of 8/13/2008
“..Pudumjee has been lauded the world over for his subtle political satire
and the freshness of his approach…” Pudumjee will be part of the group of
Indian artists performing at the Kennedy Center as part of a large festival
” INDIA “.

Maneck Bhujwala

1) Karl Khandalavala II
“New York, N.Y.- Dish Network, … formally introduced JusOne, a
spiritual channel from the JUS Broadcasting Group…… JUS Broadcasting
Corp’s President & CEO Penny Yogiraj Sandhu, and Senior Executive Vice
President, Karl Khandalavala II hosted a glittering launch party and press
conference on Feb. 24.

The event was attended by more than 300 people including members of the
media, advertisers and sponsors, community leaders and the JUS team.
Ambassador Prabhu Dayal, Consul-General of India in New York and his wife
Mrs. Chandni Dayal celebrated their 32nd wedding anniversary at the

2) Dadi D. Pudumjee
“New York, N.Y.- To commemorate the 50th anniversary of President John
F. Kennedy’s inauguration, the Kennedy Center announced on March 2 that it
will re-create two famous concerts from that White House era ……. Quite
coincidentally the Center is mounting a large festival, ‘INDIA’ next March.
For three weeks a cavalcade of Indian artists will visit Washington, from
the classical odissi dance…to the contemporary rock-and-roll …..
Highlights of the India festival, estimated to cost $7 million, will be the
work of choreographer Alarmel Valli, Malavika Sarukkai and Shantala
Shivalingappa; music from the sitarist Anoushka Shankar, ……ghazal singer
Vatsala Mehra and drummer Sunny Jain; and theater from writer Ratan Thiyam
and puppeteer Dadi Pudumjee.”

Keki Daruwalla for Commonwealth Writer’s Prize 2010

My father, Keki N Daruwalla’s first novel titled For Pepper and Christ published in 2009 has been shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writer’s Prize 2010!
For an overview of this prize:
South Asia and Europe
The shortlisted writers for South Asia and Europe Best Book are:
Solo by Rana Dasgupta (Britain)
For Pepper and Christ: A Novel by Keki Daruwalla (India)
The Beijing of Possibilities by Jonathan Tel (Britain)
Heartland by Anthony Catwright (Britain)
Another Gulmohar Tree by Aamer Hussein (Pakistan)
The Immortals by Amit Chaudhuri (India)
The shortlisted writers for South Asia and Europe Best First Book are:
The Hungry Ghosts by Anne Berry (Britain)
Arzee the Dwarf by Chandrahas Choudhury (India)
In Other Rooms, Other Wonders by Daniyal Mueenuddin (Pakistan)
Among Thieves by Mez Packer (Britain)
An Equal Stillness by Francesca Kay (Britain)
Tail of the Blue Bird by Nii Parkes (Britain
Courtesy :Anaheita Kapadia (

Hoshang Noshirwan Sinor, Amfi’s newly appointed chief executive officer

Matter of fact: New Amfi CEO says self-regulation doesn’t work in   India, so regulators have a role to play. Abhijit Bhatlekar/Mint

India’s mutual fund (MF) industry is going through trying times. Learning to cope with the regulatory changes that threaten to make a dent in the industry’s earnings and at the

same time having to battle competition from the insurance industry, the Association of Mutual Funds of India (Amfi), the MF industry’s trading body, has tough tasks ahead—of balancing the needs and demands of its members as well as ensuring fair practices for the retail investor.

Matter of fact: New Amfi CEO says self-regulation doesn’t work in India, so regulators have a role to play. Abhijit Bhatlekar/Mint

Can Amfi retain its significance that seems to have diminished in recent years and make its voice heard both within and outside its community? Hoshang Noshirwan Sinor, Amfi’s newly appointed chief executive officer, talks about his plans for Amfi.

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All India Zoroastrian Youth Meet

18th All India Zoroastrian Youth Meet – 13th May to 16th May 2010

Registration forms and details available on

The Meet ensures interaction, assimilation, friendship and fun.

The Meet includes various topics on Zoroastrianism, Non religious nature, Outdoor activities, Great meals and Grand Evenings.

Early bird offer valid till 3rd March 2010.

Age Group : 18 yrs to 40 yrs.

Register Early to avoid disappointment.

F”or details call :

Mr. Mabrin N Nanavatti – 09822000433

Mr. Adil Bodhanwalla – 09860403073  Or

Email us at :

Parsi Punchayet Bombay-Liaison Committee

We are a Family and Children Welfare unit rendering services in the field of Health, Education and Welfare.

We run a Work Centre from where we sell Sadras, Kustis, Pyjamas and Dusters which gives employment to poor ladies. We offer employment under a rehabilitation programme and also investigate cases for charity help referred to us by more than 30 Trusts of Mumbai and Valsad.

We organize activities for children, viz. Holiday Camps;  New Year functions, outings/picnics and free distribution of exercise books/stationery.

This year, we will be conducting a free holiday camp for poor

Parsi/Irani Zoroastrian children in May at the Cama Convelesent · Home, Bandra which will include full day outings picnics/movies and fun frolic activities. For details, you may wish to contact Mrs. C.K. Batty, Holiday Camp Coordinator on Mobile No. 9819456991.


We would be grateful to receive your generous contribution in support of the above activities. Cheques to be drawn in favour of  ‘Parsi Punchayet Bombay-Liaison Committee’ and forward to:

Parsi Punchavet Bombav – Liaison Committee ,.Sir H.C. Dinshaw Industrial lnstitute Building. 275- V, Chikalwacli. Tanka, ­Mumbai – 400 007.

  • Tel.: 23882748,23811233


Seeking life partner ?

The Trustees of the Bombay Parsi Punchayet have gecided to revive and activate its Marriage Bureau and have entrusted Trustee Mrs. Arnavaz Mistry for the same.

The Bureau held its first get-together of youngsters on Friday, February 5th 2010 at Khareghat Memorial Hall, Hughes Road, Mumbai 400 007 from 6.30 pm to 9.00 pm.

The get-together turned into a grand success, where an unprecedented 93 youngsters between the ages of 20 and 40 years · turned up for the event.

Complying with the wishes of the majority of the attendees the Trustees have now decided to have these get-togethers not on the first Friday of every month, but on the second Saturday ofthe month.

Accordingly, the next get-together will be held on 13’h March 2010.

We look forward to seeing an even larger number of participants, between the ages of 20 and 40 years, at the next meet. Needless to say, that we shall endeavour to once again give you an evening full of fun, games and entertainment.

Please note that henceforth all the get-togethers would be held on second Saturday of every month, and that there are absolutely no charges to be paid by the participants.

For any inquiries please contact Bombay Parsi Punchayet . Tel # 2261 7421/22/23

(Mehli Colah) Chief Executive

Interfaith Conference in Honolulu

Dear folks,
We are happy to attach a preliminary announcement for an international interfaith conference in Honolulu, Hawaii in Summer, 2011. Its theme will be One Reality, One Humanity, Converging Paths. This follows up on the interest in such a conference shown by some 110 participants crowded in a room holding 80 chairs at the Parliament of World’s Religions’ “open space” presentation “Exploring the Universality of God’s Religion” (Melbourne, Australia, December, 2009).
We invite your organization to join us in co-sponsoring this event and in actively paticipating in it. We will be happy to provide any additional information you might need. Please share this announcement with other relevant organizations and people as well. Thanks.
With best wishes and much aloha,
Saleem Ahmed, Ph.D.
Executive Director, One Reality Conference and
President, All Believers Network
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