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Cherish The Natural Feeling


In this delightful medley of short pieces, Hoshang Gustad Dastoor glides effortlessly from humorous stories, slice of life, science, philosophy and divinity, eventually to more closely contemplate the varied experiences and perceptions of a lifetime.

Dastoor’s vision is distinct – inspired by the profundity of ‘plain living, high thinking’, he has an innate capacity to explore the active principle of the Divine.

Reflecting on the diverse dramas that lurk in every corner of our lives, Dastoor invites you to view them with the essential integrity of our being, so that we do not complicate our lives with falsehood, and we Cherish the Natural Feeling more closely, as did the Mule – the anti-hero in his favourite science-fiction classic Foundation and Empire by Isaac Asimov.


Hoshang Gustaad Dastoor was born in Mumbai into a family of doctors. During his career, he worked for three leading Tata Group companies. Later and till recently, he was Director – Management Services with one of the firms in the well-known Sharp and Tannan group of auditors and management consultants. A few years ago, he developed an urge to write short stories and essays largely inspired by incidents from his own life, some of which have been included in this book. He nurtures a lifelong passion for European classical instrumental music, and used to present a monthly programme of recorded selections at the National Centre for the Performing Arts, of which he is a member. He enjoys unintentional, spontaneous humour.

PRINTED “Vividh Vani” by Meherbai Jamshedji Wadia

Dear All,

It gives me great pleasure to make available the PRINTED “Vividh Vani” by Meherbai Jamshedji Wadia.
First published in circa 1867, this mammoth cookbooks of two volumes total 1570 pages and has 2180 recipes, of traditional Parsi Indian cuisine, plus Continental Western and British Cuisines. This cookbook is an antique and many Zoroastrian Parsis hold it the dearly as an family heirloom. (including myself). My original copy is now falling apart like a cracker paper, and is kept in sealed plastic bags. Worms are probably eating away the paper! 30 years back I brought this original copy from Ahmedabad, India. It took me 6 months of work to scan these on a paper scanner, print and collate. I made a handwritten index in English so I could search recipes and then read the Gujarati text and cook for my family here in USA.
Through software and amazon services, We have managed to print the “Vividh Vani” in high quality paper . You can now own a brand-new copy of the Vividh Vani in strong paper bound books. These printed volumes are exactly the same antique and original books of Meherbai Jamshedji Wadia. They include photos and letters of the Wadia family. They are a legacy item for the parsi kom that can be preserved another 1000 years and more!
I have distributed the book as a FREE digital download for years on my website atwww.ParsiCuisine.comand now it is available in 2 four inch thick volumes. See photo (attached) and product details below.
Printed Paperback of the Ancient cooking book “Vividh Vani” by Meherbai Jamshedji Wadia
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Vividh Vani. (Volume 1): In Gujarati Language. Volume 1. by Meherbai Jamshedji Nusserwanji Wadia

Vividh Vani. (Volume 2): In Gujarati Language. Volume 2. by Meherbai Jamshedji Nusserwanji Wadia

Price:$25.00 each
Volume 1 Product details
Paperback: 792 pages
Language: Gujarati
ISBN-10: 1724206532
ISBN-13: 978-1724206534
Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.8 x 9 inches
Volume 2 Product details
Paperback: 778 pages
Language: Gujarati
ISBN-10: 1724202332
ISBN-13: 978-1724202338
Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.8 x 9 inches
Best regards,

Rita Kapadia

History of the Parsis


including  their Manners, Customs, Religion, and present position



Presidency Magistrate and Chairman of Her Majesty’s Bench of Justices, Bombay;

Late Member of Bombay Legislative Council; Late Chairman of the Municipal Corporation and Late Sheriff of Bombay

Published in 1884

Volume I

Chapter I – Historical Sketch

Chapter II – The Zoroastrians in Persia

Chapter III – The Zoroastrians in India – their manners and customs

Chapter IV – The Zoroastrians in India – their manners and customs (continued)

Chapter V – Internal Government and Laws

Chapter VI – Education

Click Here to read Volume I

Volume II

Chapter I – Distinguished Parsis of Gujarat

Chapter II – Distinguished Parsis of Bombay

Chapter III – Zoroaster

Chapter IV – The Parsi Creed

Chapter V – Monotheism and Fire-Reverence

Chapter VI – Progress and Present Position

Click Here to read Volume II

New Book – Hello World!

Hello World! is a picture book for children and adults alike that portrays key elements of the Zoroastrian Creation Story.  It engages the hearts and minds of all readers by asking them to consider their role in the renewal of our world.  In this way, it draws a very real connection between the ancient Zoroastrian story of creation and our lives today.


The creation story is brought to life with prints of original water color illustrations by Gulshan Pagdiwala that rev up the imagination!  Its universal relevance in this day and age also inspire readers to consider how best to live a good life, worthy of the gifts that our world offers us.

A pre-release review of the book is available here:

Product Specifications:

Full Color

Age Range: 6+

Grade Level: Grade 1 & up

Hardcover: 26 pages

Size: 8.5 x 11 x 0.25 inches

Shipping Weight: 11oz

Availability in India:

Rs. 975 plus applicable shipping/ mailing rates. Call or Whats App 91 9890149666 or 91 9892182343 to order books.

Availability in US:

$17.99 USD plus applicable shipping and taxes. Available here on

Available to members of FEZANA associations for $16 USD plus shipping by contacting the publisher directly at

Availability in Canada:

$23 CDN plus applicable shipping and taxes. Available here on

Available to members of FEZANA associations in Canada for $21 CDN plus shipping if applicable by contacting the publisher directly at

Availability in Australia:

$20 AUD plus shipping.  Currently sold out, but we plan to replenish our stock.  Email us at to save on shipping costs by consolidating your order with that of others.

Availability in UK and Europe:

The book is currently unavailable in the UK and Europe.  If you would like to partner with us to make the book available in those regions, please email

Bulk orders will receive a discount based on the quantity ordered; please email to inquire.

About the Author and Illustrator:

The illustrator, Gulshan Pagdiwala, and the author, Shazneen Gandhi, are both Zoroastrian moms who currently live in Los Angeles.  Born and brought up in Bombay, they have encountered the challenges of instilling in their American born children a love for Zoroastrianism and their Parsi ancestry.  Both have been involved in teaching religion classes for the children of the Zoroastrian Association of California for several years.  It is their belief that this story is particularly of interest to young Zoroastrians and they have worked to bring it to light with artwork and language that their young audience can relate to. Their goal is to give every Zoroastrian family access to this book.  As first time publishers, they are grateful to several Zoroastrian organizations and individuals who have helped them to bring this book to market.  And they are gratified by the reception this book has received among Zoroastrians and non-Zoroastrians.




‘Zenobia Mistri, Teacher Par Excellence’


‘Zenobia Mistri: Teacher par Excellence’ by Shireen Isal is available

Online at (£5.99 + postage)


In the Parsiana bookshop in Mumbai, India (Rs.399/-)

(K. K. (Navsari) Chambers, Ground Floor, (Opp. St. Cathedral School side entrance) 39B, Amrit Keshav Nayak Road, Fort,
Mumbai 400001. India. Tel: +91-22-2207 8104 * +91-22-2207 7543 * +91-22-2207 2624)

Online at (Rs.399/- + postage)


For North America readers: online at

A young girl, with gritty determination, pursues her college education in Bombay (now Mumbai), then goes on to successfully obtain her doctorate from the prestigious Sorbonne University in Paris, France – not a given in the Bombay of the 1920s and 30s, when most girls were destined to a life of domesticity – thereby defying social conventions of the time!  On her return to Bombay, she, in turn, offers the gift of education to women aspiring to a better life.  Through teaching – her profession of choice from an early age – she acquires something loftier: the power to transform lives, to enhance the independence and self-esteem of young aspirants, rich and poor alike, through learning.

Thus did Zenobia Mistri (née Bamboat) not only pursue an exceptional path all her own but went on to become one of the most iconic teachers of French language and literature in twentieth century Bombay.  Over a period spanning fifty years, scores of her students benefited from her brilliant grasp of the language and her unique ability to teach it.  Her generosity of spirit and commitment to her work touched many hearts.  Through teaching, Zenobia found her own voice which she used to brilliant effect.  In revealing the merits of the language and its poetic beauty, she became a link between east and west, India and France, creating a powerful legacy and proving a unique ambassador for that country.


‘A vivid and sensitive portrait of the aspirations and possibilities as reflected in the spirit of Zenobia Bamboat Mistri, a talented young woman from a Parsi family in Karachi; her inspiring  search for an intimacy with French language and literature; her unwavering commitment to family and friends; and the art of making teaching a compelling experience several times a day. The author has portrayed all this with economy, grace and warmth.’

Anne F. Rothenberg Professor of the Humanities, Department of English
Director, Mahindra Humanities Center
Senior Advisor on the Humanities to the President and Provost
Harvard University

‘For the monumental work you have accomplished with so much love and care and hours of hard work, our deepest appreciation.’

Mehroo Golvala and Gool Mistri, grandchildren of Pirosha and Zenobia Mistri, Mumbai, India

‘What an extensively researched and vivid account of Zenobia’s life.  And how perfectly placed you are to have written it!  Enjoyed the easy and fluid read.  Am sure her spirit rejoices at this publication!’

Yasmin Stafford, student of Zenobia Mistri, Mumbai, India

‘I bow to you. The book is more precious than a Rembrandt.’

Neville Golvala, great grandson of Pirosha and Zenobia Mistri, USA

‘I have already dipped into it and it promises to be fascinating both because of the Karachi connection as well as the link Zenobia forged between India and France, Bombay and Paris and which you now embody.’

Kairas Kabraji, Karachi, Pakistan

‘Ton hommage à Zénobia est remarquable, bien écrit, bien documenté.  Un bel hommage et un vrai travail de recherches. Bravo!’

Geneviève Pascaud Bécane, auteur, Paris, France

‘It’s a true labour of love on your part.  And it takes lots of painstaking research lovingly pieced together to produce it.’

Alaknanda Samarth, actor, London, UK

‘I didn’t know her, and yet you have brought her to life in a way that the reader can actually evoke her from your descriptions. You have also created a picture of her times and the Parsi community in that day…the language is very readable.’

Meher Pocha, London, UK

Zenobia in Paris in the early nineteen thirties

Photo (detail): Collège de France.  Institut d’études indiennes, Rapport d’activités de lCI 1932-1933, Page 5.

(Collège de France, Institute of Indian studies, ICI Activity Report 1932-1933, Page 5)

Shireen Isal

Association Sargam

52 Peterborough Road, London SW6 3EB. UK. Tel:+44(0)7958.312548

E-mail: –


Dear friends,
I have great pleasure to inform you all that I have written and published my first book FROM MUMBAI TO DUBAI TO BOLLYWOOD TO HOLLYWOOD, based on my life’s real experiences right from my birth till today as an actor and model.
I have great pleasure to give below the online and ebook availability details of my book, and request you to please send your reviews and also to forward these details to your family, friends, contacts and WhatsApp groups and also please request them to send their reviews.
Looking forward to your reviews.
Best regards,
Rustom Mistry


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