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India’s Parsis use technology to keep religion alive

India’s Parsis, the modern-day descendants of migrants who fled persecution in Iran more than 1,000 years ago, are turning to new technology to keep their ancient Zoroastrian religion alive.

Websites, blogs, on-line directories and matchmaking portals are being used by the close-knit but scattered and shrinking community to stay in touch and true to the 3,500-year-old faith.

‘The Parsis are a community without borders. We’re almost all over the world,’ said Yazdi Tantra, who runs a computer consultancy firm in Mumbai, where 70 per cent of the world’s Parsis live.

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Dr. Keki Gharda

Shernaaz Engineer’s interview with the legendary chemical scientist, Dr. Keki Gharda, founder chairman and managing director of Gharda Chemicals, the second-largest agro-chemical company in India (Rs. 950-crore turnover), which is likely to be sold in the coming months. the proceeds are to fund his philanthropic foundation.
A fascinating life!

Man with a Mission

By Shernaaz Engineer

In recent months, the papers have been buzzing with the news that Gharda Chemicals, the second-largest agro-chemical company in India (Rs. 950-crore turnover), is likely to be sold. Dr. Keki Gharda, Chairman and MD, a veteran chemical scientist, and his wife, Abaan, have planned a public trust to use sale proceeds for philanthropy and to promote industrial research. Here, Dr. Keki Gharda affords a profoundly personal glimpse into his life, times, mission and vision… in his own words.
I saw what attachment to money did…
I was born on September 25, 1929, of Kadmi Zoroastrian parents. My parents (father Hormusji Dinshawji Gharda and mother Ratanbai Gharda nee Madon) were both from Athornan families. I never became a navar, as I thought it a waste of important years of my life. I’m somewhat of an agnostic, but an honest man. Of course, one does not preclude the other! Read more

RBI Young Scholars Award Scheme

The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has launched the RBI Young Scholars Award Scheme to generate interest in and awareness about the Indian banking sector and RBI. Under the Scheme, the RBI will select a maximum of 150 young scholars through a countrywide competitive examination and award a scholarship. Selection test will focus on the role and functions of RBI and banks in India and will be held in English as well as in all major regional languages. Selected candidates will be required to work on projects in select offices of RBI for 2 to 3 months and will be paid a consolidated stipend of Rs. 7,500/- per month during the duration of the project. RBI will assist outstation awardees in boarding and lodging. The awardees shall have no right/ claim for an appointment in the RBI. Any candidate who had qualified and worked at RBI under the RBI Young Scholar Award Scheme in any of the previous years need not apply again.

All students, between 18 and 23 years of age, currently pursuing their undergraduate studies in any subject under any recognised university in India, are eligible to take the competitive examination. There is no application fee. The selection test will be held on January 10, 2010 at various centres across India. The results of the selection test are likely to be announced in the middle of March 2010. Desirous candidates may submit applications to Project Coordinator, RBI Young Scholars Award Scheme, Project No. 8709, Post Box No. 7632, Malad (West), Mumbai – 400064 (Online by 21.10.2009 & offline by 28.10.2009). Further details on the RBI Young Scholars Award Scheme are available on RBI Website under the link:

Role of High Priests

This article is written as a professional manager, trying to find out the structure and the management of our religion and religious institutions. I have tried to be totally rational. There is no hidden agenda or any motive. The idea is to make the community members aware of the situation and hopefully generate a healthy dialogue which should result in a better future for the community and the religion.

Tinaz Billimoria

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We are committed in providing services that translate into effective Solutions for the needs of our Clients by:

  • Recommending our Clients to accept solutions best for them and at the same time recognize ground realities to phase the implementation of such solutions.

Our expertises are broadly classified in areas of Management Consultancy, Credit Bureaus, Sales & Marketing, Project Management, Data Management, Knowledge Management, Customer Management and Training.

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We work with various organisations which may belong to a common industry. Client confidentiality therefore is paramount, and an intrinsic value imbibed in every individual at ICRMS.

Collaboration and Partnership

We believe in partnering ourselves with Clients instead of being mere Solution providers.

Best Practices

We endeavour to provide our Clients with the most efficient and effective way of accomplishing a task, based on procedures that have proven themselves over time for large number of organisations.

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We believe that success on both sides is the best measure of a productive relationship.

We endeavour to work with most of our clients repeatedly. This is our measure of the value we have added to our Clients and how well we have understood and satisfied their needs.

–  Tinaz Billimoria

Zoroastrian Monthly Calendars

I am a practising civil engineer in Bangalore, India, and have compiled three sets of Zoroastrian Monthly Calendars (Shenshai, Kadmi and Fasli versions) for the 22-year period 1379 AY through 1400 AY in PDF format.
The salient features of these calendars are as follows :
  • Each of the three sets comprises of a 141-page, A4 size, book which can be used for the entire 22-year period by all Zoroastrian members of the laity and clergy.
  • In addition to the monthly calendars, each set also contains brief write-ups about :
(a)   the history of Zoroastrian calendars,
(b)   evolution of names of days and months through the Pre-Gathic to present times, and
(c)   the schedule of Zoroastrian festivals.
With regards,
Rohinton E. Kadva, Bangalore, India.

Zoroastrian Calendars (1379 AY – 1400 AY) – Shenshai

Zoroastrian Calendars (1379 AY – 1400 AY) – Fasli

Zoroastrian Calendars (1379 AY – 1400 AY) – Kadmi

Mutton Bafat

(a  sweet and sour tasty Parsi Dish)

500 gms. Boneless Mutton cubes
1 tabsp. Ginger Garlic paste
2 Onions chopped fine
6 potatoes chopped into big pieces
5 tomatoes pureed
2 tabsp. Pure Ghee or Butter
250 gms peas or sweet corn (optional)
1 tabsp. Jaggery chopped (or acc. to taste)
Salt to taste

Grind to a fine paste without water:
1 lemon size ball of Soaked tamrind (squeeze out water)
8-10 kashmiri red chillies soaked in 100 ml. vinegar for 30 mins.
(use the same vinegar for grinding)
5 cloves, 5 cardamoms, 2″ piece of cinnamon, 10-12 Black Pepper,


In a non-stick pan fry  the potatoes cubes remove and keep aside
In the same ghee fry  onion till golden,
add ginger garlic paste and sauté for few seconds,
add Masala paste grounded in vinegar, sauté for a minute or two
add tomato puree and stir for 5 minutes
Add mutton cubes and stir on a high flame stirring continuously.
Add water and cook till mutton  is  semi cooked
Add salt to taste

Add corn or peas (optional)

Add fried potato cubes

Add chopped Jaggery and stir till it melts
Stir well and let it simmer till gravy becomes thick.

Jaggery and vinegar can be adjusted according to sweet and sour taste.

Courtesy : Thrity

ZOSTA Annual Award Function


Venue : Albless Baug

Date : Saturday, February 13, 2010




a)      Students who have appeared in HSC (Science) examinations held in the year 2009 and have secured admission (only on merits) in the First Year MBBS in any of the following medical colleges:

1)      AIIMS, Delhi

2)      Christian Medical College, Vellore

3)      AFMC, Pune .

4)      JIPMER, Puducherry.

5)      Maulana Azad Medical College, Delhi

6)      Madras Medical College, Chennai

7)       Grant Medical College, Mumbai

8)        Seth GS Medical College, Mumbai

9)        Kasturba Medical College, Manipal

10)     Lady Hardinge,Medical College, Delhi

b)     Students who have appeared in HSC (Science) examinations held in the year 2009 and have secured admission (only on merits) in the First Year Engineering (degree course) in any of the following colleges:

1)         Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Delhi/Kharagpur/Kanpur/Chennai/Mumbai/ Roorkee

2)         Birla Institute of Technology and Sciences, Pilani

3)         Institute of Technology, Banaras Hindu University, Varanasi

4)         Indian Institute of Technology, Guwahati

5)         Vellore Institute of Technology, Vellore

A cash Award of Rs.1,00,000/- (Rupees one lac only) will be given to every eligible applicant in the above two categories.

Note: i) The above colleges are rated as India’s ten best colleges for the year 2009 in the field of Medicine and Engineering as per the survey conducted by India Today and published in its issue dated, June 22,2009.

ii) Students applying for both the above categories should have cleared the HSC examination in first attempt only.

iii) All eligible awardees (students) should submit their Bio-data, photostat copies of mark-sheets, proof of admission to medical/engineering college as aforestated duly attested by the Principal in triplicate, along with the application.

iv) The recipients of the awards / prizes shall remain present at the venue latest by 5.30 p.m. and have their names registered. Any recipient who fails to remain present at the said function will be able to collect his/ her award/ prize only in the function that will be held in the following year on presentation of a Photostat copy of the Application alongwith its Annexures submitted earlier, to ZOSTA.

ALL APPLICATIONS must be submitted preferably by hand delivery latest by 10lh November. 2009 to :

Mrs. Silloo Commissariat ZOSTA Vice-Chairperson,

C/o. Bai R.F.D. Panday Girls’ High School 14-B, Gilder Lane, Mumbai – 400008 Telephone Number – 23075591

Free Counselling For Entrepreneurs


By Aspi N. Katgara, CEO & Managing Director, The Zoroastrian Co-op. Bank Ltd.

The Zoroastrian Bank would like to encourage and promote business opportunities for young Parsi entrepreneurs. We have decided to give free consultation to anyone interested in setting up a business. Our team will be available at the Bank’s Corporate Office at 5th floor Nirlon House, Annie Besant Road, Worli, Mumbai 400030 on every Wednesday from 4 p.m. onwards without any appointment.

The assistance will not be limited to bank finance (which in any case will be considered) but we shall also network with several others to help the prospective persons in ensuring business viability and future growth. I have been assured of the support by Prof. Faredoon Kapadia of the Parsi Resource Group, Mr. Yazdi Tantra, Technical Director of WZCC, Mr. Phiroze Patel of Bombay Parsi Punchayet and Zoroastrain Venture Capital Fund and my other associates  in this activity. Mr. H.N.Sinor, Chairman of Zoroastrian Bank and a prominent banker who is well connected with many business houses has also encouraged me in this undertaking. By this communication we invite all such budding entrepreneurs to take advantage of this offer. Read more

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