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Sanjan Day

Two trains to stop at Sanjan in special arrangement on ‘Sanjan Day’

Sanjan, 17 November, 2010

Western Railway has given special stoppage of two scheduled trains Flying Rani(up) and Gujarat Express(down) at south Gujarat’s Sanjan railway station on 18th and 19th of November on the occasion of ‘Sanjan Day’, which is attended by thousands of Parsi community members from all over the world.

To commemorate the historic landing of the Parsis on the Indian soil at Sanjan, 1294 years ago, the Parsi residents of Sanjan will be celebrating Sanjan Day of this year on 18 November.

Located between Mumbai and Surat, Sanjan is a legendary place in the history of the Parsi community. When the Parsi’s first landed on the port of Sanjan, it was the kingdom of Jadi Rana. The King, apprehensive of tall, fair and warrior like foreigners sent a bowl full of milk, implying that there was no place for the Parsis in his kingdom. The leader and High Priest of Parsi community, Dastoor Neryosang Dhaval added sugar to the milk and sent the bowl back to the king. This action implied that just as sugar mixed with milk added taste and flavour to it, Parsi’s will mix with the local people and be an asset to the kingdom.

Sanjan Day is celebrated to remember the reverence and gratitude the noble Hindu king Jadi Rana who gave us shelter in his kingdom, Dastooran Neryosang Dhaval who led us here and our forefathers for their untold sacrifices to preserve our religion.

The Parsis will also celebrate the 90th anniversary of Memorial Column built to preserve the advent. Contact on local phone numbers: 2576229, or 2576459 for contributions to funds needed to run the Dharamshala and to preserve the Sanjan Memorial Column, beautification of the precincts and protection property.

Courtesy : Jehangir Bisney

New Website – Association for Revival of Zoroastrianism (ARZ)

New Website – Association for Revival of Zoroastrianism (ARZ)

The only race that the Zarthushti Philosophy recognizes is the Human Race
The activities of ARZ are inspired by the teachings of the Holy Prophet Asho Zarathushtra.

ARZ’s goal and vision is to disseminate the true Zarthushti philosophy of Good Thoughts (Humata), Good Words (Hukhta) , and Good Deeds (Huvarashta).

This Divine Zarthushti Philosophy is not restricted to the members of a particular race. It is a philosophy for all mankind to imbibe.

This splendid Philosophy and Message is for the elevation and benefit of the entire human race. The only race that the Zarthushti philosophy recognizes is the Human Race.

Click Here for their new website

Sr. Vice President

The Zoroastrian Co-oper-ative Bank Ltd. a Scheduled Co-operative Bank invites applications for the post of Senior Vice President for Gujarat Region. Candidate will be based in Surat and handle entire existing operations and develop overall business in Gujarat. He will be reporting directly to M.D. at Corporate Office in Mumbai. Compensation will be based on experience, qualifications and suitability of the Candidate. Age limit 50 years. Computer proficiency required. Candidates may apply giving full details within 10 days time to: The Managing Director,The Zoroastrian Co-operative Bank Ltd. 5th floor, Nirlon House, Annie Besant Road, Worli, Mumbai – 400 030. It can be also sent by email to:

Dorabji’s Story – Railways of the Raj

MY FATHER’S OLDER BROTHER, Dorabji M. Damania, after having passed his SSC from the Parsi Orphanage at Lalbaug, Mumbai, found work as a clerk for a Parsi businessman who had a general store (hardware & provisions) in Lahore (now in Pakistan) around 1910s. He must be in his mid-20s. He was not happy with his salary and the treatment from the store-owner with whom he had many quarrels. One day a British gentleman walked in to the store to buy something and Dorabji made friends with him. During conversation the British man let out that he was actually a superintendent in the Northern Railway based at Delhi and gave Dorabji his official calling card. He was so impressed with Dorabji that he said that “If ever you are in need of help contact me.” A few months later Dorabji had another quarrel with his boss the store-owner and left the job in a huff carrying only a single small suitcase in his hand and a few rupees in this pocket. He arrived at Delhi and sought out the British gentleman, presented himself at his office and said “Sir, you told me that if ever I needed help I should contact you. Here I am.” The British gentleman, whose name I do not recollect, said “Very well, Dorabji. Report tomorrow to the station-master at the Delhi railway station with this note I am giving you”. Dorabji was employed in the railways the very next day as “Ticket Collector” even before a railway uniform could be stitched for him. After a few years as ticket collector at Delhi he took some training and was promoted to a Guard on the goods trains of the Northern Railways (steam traction at that time).

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Courtesy : Jehangir Bisney

24th Jiji Irani Cricket Trophy


The 24th Jiji Irani Challenge Cup Cricket Tournament played annually between the Parsis of Kolkata, Nagpur, Jamshedpur, Secunderabad/Hyderabad and Surat, was held in Surat from 3rd to 7th November 2010. Secunderabad captained by Jamsheed J. Hormusjee won the tournament for the second consecutive year. Three teams, Jamshedpur, Secunderabad and Surat, were tied for the Championship with 3 wins each. Secunderabad were declared winners on a better runs per wicket average.

The Jiji Irani Challenge Cup Cricket Tournament is played on a round robin basis, with each centre hosting the Tournament by rotation. It was started in memory of the late Jiji Irani, the father of cricket in Vidarbha district (in Maharashtra), by his daughter Diana Hormusjee and his son Dr Jamshed J. Irani, director, Tata Sons.

Varzavand Debara top scored for Secunderabad, scoring 176 runs in 4 matches which included 3 fifties. He was adjudged the batsman of the series and also got the awards for most number of catches (four) and most sixes (seven) in the tournament.

Khushal Jilla and Jamsheed Hormusjee played supporting roles by scoring 137 and 124 runs respectively and also taking 6 and 5 wickets respectively in 4 matches. Khushal bagging the man of the match award against Jamshedpur and Jamsheed bagged the award against Kolkata. Khoremand Siganporia’s spirited performance (31 n.o. & 4 wkts) earned him the man of the match award against Nagpur. Khushal Jilla was awarded the fielder of the series for the Secunderabad team and also won the award for the fastest fifty (32 balls).

Percy Irani was the star in the bowling department. He bowled well through the tournament and for his consistent performance was awarded the “Shireen Hormusjee Award” for the most promising youngster.

Minoo Siganporia, coach cum manager applauded the team efforts at the closing ceremony.

Courtesy : Jehangir Bisney

The Hindu-Hitachi Scholarships

In association with Hitachi Ltd., Tokyo, Japan, THE HINDU invites applications for scholarships for technical training in JAPAN. The number of scholarships will be three. The terms and conditions are as follows:

1. Candidates who must be Indian Citizens, should not have completed 30 years of age on 31-03-2011 and should be in possession of the minimum Degree of B.E., or B.Sc. (Engg.) or its equivalent from any recognized University. Candidates who have already had practical experience in the branches for which training is proposed to be given, will be given preference. Candidates with at  least one year’s professional experience need apply. Those who were interviewed in previous years for the Scholarships need not apply again.

2. The scholarships are tenable in Japan for principally six months commencing about July 2011. Trainees may have general training in one of the following product fields of Hitachi Ltd., (Hitachi) for example (1) Industrial Systems (2) Transportation Systems (3) Power Systems (4) Information and Telecommunication Systems, being subject to the convenience of each of Hitachi’s establishments. During the training, there will be special emphasis on environment-related and energy-saving technologies.

3. Trainees shall be during their training, under the supervision and direction of Hitachi, which has full discretion on scope, mode, duration and place of establishment of their training. Training will not be available in the R&D activities of Hitachi. They will be subject to the rules and regulations and the discipline of the establishment to which they are posted.

4.  Selected trainees will be provided with return Economy Class air passage. Arrangements will also be made for free Boarding and Lodging for trainees in Japan and to defray all expenses for travelling Japan which may be considered necessary for their training. In addition, each trainee will be paid a monthly fixed allowance to cover his personal expenses.

5. Parents or Guardians of selected candidates shall guarantee their good conduct and shall undertake to pay for their repatriation should their conduct be found unsatisfactory by Hitachi Ltd., or any public authority in Japan or in case the selected candidates desire to discontinue their studies in Japan for any reason whatsoever during the period of their scholarship.

6. Applications should be made in duplicate in the forms available on payment of RS.5/- from the offices of THE HINDU given below.
Chennai : 859 & 860, Anna Salai, Chennai – 600 002, or the Branch Offices at New Delhi : 3rd Floor, PTI Building, 4, Parliament Street, New Delhi – 110 001. Kolkatta : LMJ Chambers, I Floor, 15C, Hemanta Basu Sarani, Kolkata – 700 001. Mumbai: Kasturi Buildings, Jamshedji Tata Road, Mumbai – 400 020. Coimbatore : 19 & 20, A.TT Colony, L.I.C Road, Coimbatore- 641 018. Madurai : 147/2A, Eighty Feet Road, K.K. Nagar, Madurai – 625 020. Tiruchirapalli: Chennai Bye -Pass Road (NH 45), Senthanneerpuram, Tiruchirapalli – 620 004. Puducherry : 135, I floor, Mission Street, Puducherry – 605 001. Hyderabad: 6-3-879, & 879B, Begumpet Public Road, Hyderabad – 500 016. Visakhapatnam : 50-19-9, TP.T Colony, Seethammadhara, Visakhapatnam – 530 013. Vijayawada : 55-1-4, 100 Feet Road, Industrial Estate, Auto Nagar, Vijayawada – 520007. Bangalore : 19 & 21, Bhagwan Mahaveer Road, (Infantry Road), Bangalore – 560 001. Mangalore : 23-9-655/1, Jeppu, Mangalore – 575 001. Hubli: ,26, 27_ & 28, II Floor, Dhammanagi Prestije Plaza, P . B. Road, Hubli – 580 029. Kochi : NH Bye – Pass Road, Vytilla Junction, Kochi – 682 019. Thiruvananthapuram: TC. No.36/1946(1), Airport Road, Vallakadavu, Thiruvananthapuram – 695 008. Kozhikode : I Floor, ‘Shazz’, Near Saradha Hospital, Kannur Road, Kozhikode – 673 006.

7. Completed forms should reach THE HINDU, 859 & 860, Anna Salai, Chennai – 600 002, superscribed “THE HINDU – HITACHI TRAINING SCHEME”, before December 31, 2010.

Lifetime Achievement Award for KEKI GANDHI

Message from JEHANGIR R. BISNEY, HYDERABAD – Founder Past President, Federation of Zoroastrian Youth Associations (FOZYA) on the first “Lifetime Achievement Award”  conferred on MR. KEKI GANDHI on 6th November 2010 at the 19th All India Zoroastrian Youth Meet held at Vadodara, Gujarat.

Vada Dasturji Khurshed K. Dastoor, High Priest, Udvada presented the Award.

You could say that it will take two lifetimes for Keki Gandhi to fully realize his dreams and his amazing passion for life. In his eighties now, Keki uncle, as we all so fondly call him, has never been satisfied with the ordinary. A remarkable person, Keki uncle has been a friend, guide and philosopher to generations of youth.

At an age when most people would have gone into retirement, he was always on the go, working virtually round the clock, excited by innovative ideas that he would implement with extraordinary passion.

It has been my proud privilege to have been associated in various capacities with Keki uncle since the last over two decades. His enthusiasm and indefatigable energy have been noteworthy. He is most passionate about the community. The size and magnitude of his contribution to the Parsi Zoroastrian community in general and the youth in particular has left an everlasting impact.

As per laws of aviation, a honey bee cannot fly because its wings are too small in comparison to its fat body. But a bee still flies because it doesn’t care what aviation laws say. Keki uncle too never cares about what people think about him or his style of functioning. He lives his life in his own inimitable style.

For Keki uncle, the rung of a ladder was never meant to rest upon, but only to hold his foot long enough to enable him to put the other somewhat higher. Excellence in any field was not an act but a habit.

In recognition of his contribution and accomplishments, as founder President of FOZYA, I am most delighted that the first “Lifetime Achievement Award” is being presented to Keki Gandhi. The people who make a difference in one’s life are not the ones with the most credentials….the most money…or the most awards. They simply are the ones who care the most. Keki uncle, you are one of them!

Admissions to Avabai Petit

14, Pali Hill, Bandra, Mumbai – 400050
The Bai Avabai Framji Petit Parsi Girls’ Orphanage / High School is a blessing
for Parsi / Irani Zoroastrian children particularly those who come from the
interiors of Gujarat seeking education, training and a disciplined upbringing at the Institute, set in idyllic surrounding on Pali Hill, Bandra.
Parents whose children are 4 years plus only should apply. Please note that
admission for the next academic year 2011~2012 is from Nursery to Std III
only (ICSE STREAM). Please be informed that the ADMISSION INTERVIEW
for the next year will be held in the month of January 2011 & the next
ACADEMIC YEAR begins in the month of March 2011. Hence late admission
will not be accepted, thereafter.
Parents / Guardians who wish to enroll their children in the Boarding Section should collect the admission forms from:
Ms. Yasmin Charna,
Boarding Head,
C/o. Bai A. F. Petit Girls High School
14, Pali Hill, Next to Union Park, Bandra (W), Mumbai – 400 050.
For more details and information please call:
022-26483018 (M) 09833931599

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