World Zoroastrian Youth Congress – Registrations Open!

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Register for the 2019 Zoroastrian Youth Congress

  • Who: 18-35 year old Zoroastrian Youth from around the world
  • What: Sign up for the World Zoroastrian Youth Congress today!
  • When: July 1-6, 2019
  • Where: Los Angeles, CA USA
  • Why: Learn about the Zoroastrian religion, network with peers and other professionals, and make new friends from around the world!
  • How: Click the “I’m an Early Bird” button below…use the code FIRST100 to get the early bird price of $399.99!
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What is a Youth Congress?

Theme: A Global Zarathusti.

As the first youth congress took place in California in over twenty-five years ago, this congress is a milestone event where we can recognize the progress and shortcomings that our community have faced over the last twenty-five years as the original youth groups have now transitioned into adulthood.  Now, it is time that we re-energize our youth and engage them again to build a better Zoroastrian community in an increasingly globalized world.

We plan on encouraging the youth to attend and take place in the ABC’s of the congress.

  • Academic: What updates have taken place in our understanding of the religious and historical literature regarding Zoroastrianism over the last twenty-five years?
  • Business:  What professional opportunities are Zoroastrians thriving in across the world and how can we continue to thrive professionally and entrepreneurially going forward?
  • Community: What can we do to reignite the flame as our community continues to expand across the world?
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EARLY BIRDS:  Register as soon as you can!

For the first 100 buyers, we have tickets available at US$ 399.99!

Use the coupon code: FIRST100

The ticket prices will increase significantly as time passes (up to $599) so buy now!
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Shehnshai Calendar for 2018-2019

Attached is the one-page Shehnshai Calendar for 2018-2019.
It is best printed on Legal paper (8-1/2″ x 14″).
NAVROZE MUBARAK to you and your family.
Sarosh Manekshaw

Click Here for Shehnshai Calendar 2018-2019

Matrimonial meet – Ahmedabad – Oct. 2018

Hourly need for our Parsi young community members is that boys and girls getting married at right time of age.  Many young boys and girls [male and female] in absence of closeness amongst community members within same city, or are places far off residential place, not aware of right individuals who are ready to get married and start their own life. 

It has been a long that Ahmedabad had organized such events three times during last two decades.  Once again few likeminded individuals now well settled in their own life would like to arrange such a Matrimonial Meet for deserving Parsi Boys and Girls to establish their married life.    The idea is floored by one who had undertaken such an event previously.  Today same idea is well supported by many who would like to see next generation well set in their respective married life.   This idea is  well supported by a trust  Dhanjishaw and Manijeh Ghamir Charitable Trust [Ahmedabad] and PYLA [Parsi Youth League of Ahmedabad] are organizing this meet at Ahmedabad, for two days on Saturday-27 / Sunday 28 October, 2018.

 The event will take place in a Hotel for both the days where even lodging / boarding faciliites are arranged for the participants.  The participants will have to arrange their own for to / fro journey.  

 For any further information and details of this meet could be collected from Mrs. Kety Aspi Daruwala, Ahmedabad [11-B Nilkanth Colony, Kankaria, Ahmedabad [380 022] Cell Phone +91 99099 51509] or from Mr. Aspy Nariman Bharucha, Ahmedabad, using email id –   and /or 

 We shall appreciate, if you kindly highlight the above in your esteemed weekly newspaper and oblige.   We shall intimate in due course of the event proposed for your editorial staff to participate.    


 Kety Aspy Daruwala


Matrimonial meet – Ahmedabad – 2018.




Applying to Graduate School in the US

17th April, 2018
A Webinar
Applying to Graduate School in the US
Sponsored By
Zoroastrian Faculty Network (ZFN)
A GWG/WZCC Joint Initiative

On May 5, 2018, 9:00AM India Time

Farrokh Mistree, Ph.D.

L.A. Comp Chair and Professor,
School of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering,
University of Oklahoma.

Janet K. Allen, Ph.D.
John and Mary Moore Chair and Professor,
School of Industrial Engineering,
University of Oklahoma.
Content of the webinar is
“Key elements of securing admission and funding at graduate schools in the US”Click here to Register
Please note:

  • Parents are encouraged to participate.
  • Information on how to participate and access to the slides will be sent after registration.

Edul Daver
 – WZCC Global President

Lost Worlds’: Parsi ‘Çultures’ And Strongmen In Twentieth Century Bombay

The Board of Trustees and Members of the Governing Body



invite you to a lecture along with a power-point presentation


“‘Lost Worlds’: Parsi ‘Çultures’ And

Strongmen In Twentieth Century Bombay


          Dr Namrata Ganneri

       Research Fellow

Avabai Wadia Research Fellowship in memory of Phiroz Mehta


6 pm on Wednesday, 14th March 2018

in the Dr Sir J J Modi Memorial Hall of the Institute

136 Bombay Samachar Marg, Opposite Lion Gate, Fort,

Mumbai – 400 023

Dr Louiza Rodrigues

Professor, Department Of History,

Ramnarain Ruia Autonomous College, Mumbai

will preside

Do join us for tea at 5.30 pm


RSVP 22843893 / 08879253893                     E-mail:

Right of Admission Reserved


‘Lost Worlds’: Parsi ‘Cultures’ and strongmen in twentieth century Bombay

Parsi patronage as well as participation in most modern ‘organised’ sports is well- documented and discussed, but their participation in ‘physical culture movement’ remains obscure and under-investigated.  The ‘Physical Culture Movement’ emanating from the North-Atlantic world consisted of various combinations of gymnastics, calisthenics, weight-lifting and dieting to develop  muscular, healthy bodies and  had adherents all over the world by the first few decades of the twentieth century. Consequently, ‘Physical Culture Homes’ or ‘Çultures’ were founded and physical culture became a craze amongst many Parsi men (and some women) in the city of Bombay.

This lecture traces the history of ‘Physical Culture Homes’ and some iconic strongmen and physical culturists who emerged from these institutes. Many of these men were ‘local heroes’ and are still alive in ‘community memory’ though their histories have not been recorded in any conventional historical archive. The lecture also retrieves traditions of Parsi involvement in ‘índigenous’ wrestling and allied sports and comments on continuities with older traditions of body-building.  Finally, the lecture will also be an opportunity to   showcase the wealth of material collected during interviews with elderly physical -culture enthusiasts and strongmen of the community.

Dr Farah Shroff in Mumbai

Health Advocacy – at SNDT Churchgate on Monday March 19 at 2pm on the 5th floor
Dr Shroff will discuss the social determinants of health–income, social status, education, housing and so forth and talk about taking action on these determinants of health, with aim of keeping communities healthy.
Reproductive Health--tentative topic – at SNDT Santacruz / Juhu around March 8, 2017
 Dr Shroff will discuss childbirth practices, the legalization and regulation of midwifery and challenges in Canada. She will reflect on Canadian midwifery vis a vis midwifery issues in India and other nations.
Farah Shroff –

Gathas : Songs my father taught me

The Alliance Française de Pune 


Poona Music Society


concert called 

“Gathas : Songs my father taught me.” 


Ariana Vafadari 

under the label of 

Bonjour India 2017-18. 

Thursday, 22nd February | 7 PM
Mazda Hall, Dastur Primary School, Camp

The Gathas are the prayers of Zoroastrianism, the monotheistic religion of Ancient Persia. These poems from philosopher and prophet Zarathustra date from about 3700 years. They are surprisingly modern, expressing the life, doubts and choices of a man. As there are no records of the way they were sung originnally, Franco-Iranian Ariana Vafadari composed every song according to radifs or oriental scales. It results in music that constantly vibrates between its Oriental mystic foundations and their matching Western opera. Ariana Vafadari and her musicians have a common trait, they unremittingly stretch musical boundaries. In perfect continuity with their cultural and musical backgrounds, they were trained by traditional Iranian, Ottoman and Moroccan music, jazz, Western classical music or opera, in their improvisations and the practice of their instruments, they travel freely from one world to the next.

The third edition of Bonjour India 2017-18 is a four-month-long mega voyage across India that will celebrate Indo-French partnership as well as shape the next decade of human exchange between the two countries.



This concert is organised in association with Poona Music Society.

Zoroastrians Celebrating “Jashn-e Sadeh” In Yazd

The central province of Yazd is home to a large population of Iranian Zoroastrians. This past Tuesday, they celebrated the annual mid-winter feast “Jashn-e Sadeh” by preparing a large bonfire (also known as Adur-Jashan, or Feast of fire).

The annual festivity honors fire, the defeat of darkness/cold and signifies the coming of Spring.

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