U.C. San Diego Names Science Building ‘Tata Hall for the Sciences’

U.C. San Diego has announced that its new science building has been named the Tata Hall for the Sciences. The naming was in recognition of a $70 million gift provided by Tata Trusts in 2016 to create the Tata Institute for Genetics and Society. Tata Trusts chair Ratan Tata (center) celebrated the building’s dedication Sept. 12 with UCSD chancellor Pradeep Khosla (right) and members of the new institute. (ucsd.edu photo)

U.C. San Diego Sept. 12 announced that the new building for the divisions of biological and physical sciences has been named the Tata Hall for the Sciences.

The naming of the building is in recognition of a $70 million gift provided by Tata Trusts in 2016 to create the Tata Institute for Genetics and Society, according to a university news report.

The institute, which aims to advance global science and technology through socially conscious means to develop solutions to some of the more pressing global issues, will be affixed on the fifth floor of Tata Hall.

“It is my privilege to dedicate this building in recognition of the Tata Trusts’ leadership and collaboration with U.C. San Diego, and the Tata family’s pioneering philanthropy and singular impact to bring about societal change,” said U.C. San Diego chancellor Pradeep K. Khosla at the naming event, according to the university report.

“Tata Hall exemplifies U.C. San Diego’s tradition of non-tradition, inspiring cross-disciplinary collaboration among researchers and the next generation of innovators,” the Indian American chancellor added. “This building will embody the spirit of the many shared values of U.C. San Diego and the Tata Trusts to benefit our global society.”

The building is currently under construction and is expected to be completed by the fall of 2018, the report noted.

“I am very proud of being associated with this great institution,” said Tata Trusts chairman Ratan N. Tata, the report noted. “What we are doing is a big thing for mankind in our part of the world … and I look forward to this involvement as just a first part of what we can do together.”

In addition to naming the building Tata Hall, the university also announced four inaugural chair holders of the Tata Chancellor’s Endowed Professorships.

Among the chairs are Suresh Subramani with the Tata Chancellor’s Endowed Professorship in molecular biology, Ethan Bier with the professorship in cell and developmental biology, Karthik Muralidharam with a professorship in economics, and Anita Raj with a professorship in medicine.



Medical Appeal cum update – Aspi S. Sepoy

Mr. Aspi Sepoy who met with a railway accident
at Udvada Railway Station on Thursday September 14, 2017

Community members are aware about the unfortunate that Mr. Aspi Sepoy met with on September 14, 2017.

Personal Background:
Aspi Sepoy Is a resident of Ava Baug, Navsari (46 years), a widower having lost his wife around five years ago in tragic circumstances. He is the father of two children who, have been enrolled as boarders at J. N. Petit Institute, Pune, their education is being paid for by The WZO Trust from funds being contributed by Zoroastrian Charity Funds of Hong Kong, Canton & Macao). Aspi is employed by Foundation for Development of Udvada (FDU) as caretaker of the Zoroastrian Information Centre (Parsi Museum) at Udvada; he earns a salary Rs.10,000/= per month plus travelling expenses. (High Priest Khurshed Dastoor of Udvada & the undersigned along with a few others are Trustees of FDU).

The Accident:
Aspi met with an unfortunate accident on ThursdaySeptember 14, 2017 whilst on his way from Udvada to Navsari; he fell from the railway platform under a train, with both his legs being severely damaged. He was rushed to the civil hospital at Valsad, where doctors have performed emergency surgery and amputated both his legs below the knees.

Current Update:

Aspi was shifted to Parsi General Hospital at Mumbai on Saturday, September 16, 2017 for further treatment. Eminent Orthopaedic Surgeon Dr. Jamshed Bunshah has performed a further surgery today (Tuesday, September 19, 2017). The dressing will be checked after three to four days when it will known if blood circulation the leg stumps is normal, in which event no further surgeries may be required. However, this will only be determined once the dressings are opened again for examination.

To avoid infection, Aspi will not be placed in the general ward, but in a separate room (of the lowest denomination) after he is discharged from the ICU.

It has been given to understand that artificial feet that are imported (not made locally) will need to be procured.  The cost of each foot is estimated to be in the region of Rs.5,00,000 that is 10,00,000 for both.

Hospitalisation and other expenses on medicines cannot be quantified at present but are expected to be substantial.


We (The WZO Trust) have been receiving requests from individuals wishing to send their personal donations for Aspi.

Those who wish to send donations may do so by:

Forwarding cheques in the name of “The WZO Trust”; donors from India should mention their PAN details in their covering letter. Donors contributing through The WZO Trust can avail of tax benefits u/s 80G of the Income Tax Act.
Forwarding cheques in the name of “Aspi S. Sepoy”; donors from India should mention their PAN details in their covering letter. Donors contributing through this mode will not be able to avail of tax benefits u/s 80G of the Income Tax Act, as the cheques will be credited to the personal bank account of Aspi Sepoy.

  Name of Bank: Deutsche Bank.
  Branch: Hazarimal Somani Marg, Fort
  Branch Address: D. B. House, Hazarimal Somani Marg, Fort, Mumbai 400 001
  Account title: The World Zoroastrian Organisation Trust
  Account No: 400004259620019
  Account type: Savings
  IFSC Code: DEUT0784PBC
FOR REMITTANCES FROM OUTSIDE INDIA:  Click Here for full details
Donors should inform us either by a letter or an e-mail, details of their PAN and address where the receipt has to be sent.

Cheques sent through either of the above modes may be mailed to the office of The WZO Trust at:

C-1, Hermes House, 3rd floor,
Mama Parmanany Marg,
Opera House,
Mumbai 400 004.

All email correspondence to be sent to admin@wzotrust.com

Dinshaw K Tamboly;

New Bombay Agiary–An Appeal

Dear Fellow Zarthostis,

The structure of the New Bombay Agiary along with quarters for two Mobeds and 2 community Halls are ready and part occupancy has been obtained from the Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation.
The two community Halls are planned similar to the Sethna ni Agiary Halls ( where the Main function takes place on the First Floor and the Ground floor Hall is used as a Dining Hall ), keeping in view that the A.C. Hall on the 2nd floor will serve for the purpose of having Navjotes, Lagans and other Community functions. The 1st floor Hall would be the Dining Hall. On the 1st floor there are also 2 A.C. rooms with self contained bathrooms for purpose of Nahaan and as Dressing rooms for the Bride and Groom. This floor also has common toilets for Ladies and Gentlemen separately. Below the First floor Hall there is an Open Stilt where the Caterer can use the space for cooking purpose.
The Second Floor Hall has been sponsored by Mr. Dara Hansotia of Cusrow Baug, in memory of his dear departed beloved wife Dr. Mehroo Hansotia at a cost of Rs. 85 lakhs. This Hall is called “MEHROO HANSOTIA MEMORIAL HALL”
We are now looking for a Sponsor for our First Floor Hall at a similar cost. We have used part of our Corpus Fund towards building this 1st floor Dining Hall. The question that will come to the minds of all of you is “Why did you build two Halls when you had a Sponsor for one Hall only”. We had to do so as Mr. Hansotia was only keen to Sponsor The Second Floor Hall and had insisted that he will release funds in parts only when we complete the Stilt Area and cast the slab for the First Floor Hall and as per the progress of construction of the First Floor Hall and the columns for the Second Floor Hall, he would release future payments. In view of that we had no option but to construct both the Halls, which are now complete in all respects.
The worst part of this whole situation is that we cannot start our Completely Ready Agiary for want of funds, as starting an Agiary without a proper and sufficient Corpus Fund would be suicidal.
We urge all of you to visit our Agiary Site in New Bombay and see for yourself the work that we have done.
If one single individual is not available as a sponsor, we request each one of you to make some contribution towards our most deserving cause. Hundreds of Parsee Zarthostis are waiting for the Agiary to start at New Bombay.
Contributions are to be made by cheque in favour of “NEW BOMBAY ZOROASTRIAN ASSOCIATION CHARITABLE TRUST”, WHICH WILL BE EXEMPT UNDER SECTION 80G OF THE INCOME TAX ACT and sent to C/o. Sharukh M. Doctor, Plot-179, Lane-F, Sector-8, Vashi, Navi Mumbai 400703.
Thanks and regards
Yours truly,
Sharukh Mahiar Doctor, President/Managing Trustee
P. S. : For site visit you may contact any one of the following:
Noshir D. Parlewalla 98205 06732; Nozer J. Mirza 98201 26411, Pervin M. Umrigar 98338 28347

FOOD SCHEME – 2017  



Season’s Greetings and wishing you and your Family a Very Happy and Prosperous PARSI NEW YEAR.

We are once again approaching all Zoroastrian Brethren  for donation towards the ‘FOOD SCHEME” which we run for old and poor Members of our Community.

While engaging in the holy days of MUKTAD and GATHAS, followed by PATETI and the festival of NAVROZE with our dear ones, let’s remember the less fortunate brethren in our community and lets open our hearts to help them  with two square meals a day, through our Food Scheme.

We are fortunate enough to get good donations past many years, which has helped us run the above Facility for deserving Zoroastrians.

The FOOD SCHEME  is run  by MANCHERJI EDALJI JOSHI MEMORIAL TRUST to feed the Old and Poor Infirm of our community, which not only supervises cooking of food, but also delivery of the same to the  community Members are done through Dabbawalas.

There are many old and infirm neglected by the Society, some of them by their own children and Family and are fighting for their survival, who need your attention.  Most of them are frail, weak and bed ridden and do not have  even strength to go to the roadside food stall and depend on their neighbours to bring some food for them to survive.

In this world, very often, the efforts of an individual are not significant enough to make a difference. But collectively, it is possible for a group to do much more than the sum of the individual parts.

We all fortunate Zoroastrians have to ensure that the food scheme continues to operate feeding these deserving members of our community.

Thanks to the munificence and largesse of benevolent individuals and donors we are able to tend to their daily meals. But the demand is much in excess of the Funds generated and hence this appeal. Your generous contribution will help us in reaching out to our poor brethren.

We are a Public Registered Trust registered with the Charity Commissioner under Section 80G of the Income Tax Act 1961. Amongst our Charitable activities is the Food Scheme where the Trust undertakes to feed the old infirm / handicapped and under privileged of our community. This scheme was started as you are aware in January 2003. Your generous donation will enable us to continue to feed the poor and to reach out to a larger section of these not so fortunate within our Community.

When we first started we were supplying meals to ten persons, two meals a day. Today this service is extended to 140 persons in all. As word gets around, more applicants approach us or are referred to us and only after thorough inquiries are the same added to our list of beneficiaries.

The annual expenses for running the Food Scheme has now over shot Rs 30.70 Lakh per year.

Donations over the years have increased due to the foresight of our initial donors who have put the Scheme on the net and also by word of mouth as more people get to hear about this scheme. You will however appreciate that funds are necessary to run this scheme effectively and hence our yearly appeal to you.

The enclosed chart will give you a detailed and latest break up for the Food Scheme, its beneficiaries, their categories and approximate expenditure involved in feeding them.

Our accounts are duly audited and filed with Charity Commissioner and every donor small or big is immediately issued a receipt. Donations of Rs. 5000/- and more are also sent the break up of Food Scheme so that they know how exactly their donation is being utilized.

On behalf of the Trust, I once again appeal to you for your generous support to our Food Scheme.

Your donations can be made by cheque in favour of “MANCHERJI EDALJI JOSHI MEMORIAL TRUST”.

Further enquiries are also welcome via e-mail to :

Food_aid@mejmt.org    &    hnd@vsnl.com

Your Donations can be sent to:

Mrs Mithoo Jesia

Jesia  Building,

797 Jam E Jamshed Rd

Parsi Colony, Dadar (E),

Mumbai 400 014

Ph. 2414 9571

Mrs. Tina Patel

623,  Lady Jehangir Rd

Parsi Colony, Dadar (E)

Mumbai 400 014

Ph: 2415 1354

Mr H N Daruwalla

Sethna  Building

2/689,  Dinshaw Master Rd

Parsi Colony Dadar E

Mumbai 400 014

Ph: 2411 2330


Kindly give widest possible publicity to this note, by forwarding the same to your family members and Zoroastrian friends to get maximum support to this noble cause.

We have now added a new scheme into our Food Scheme.

We have started a facility now, where in, Donors desiring to donate food on a particular day, (may be a happy occasion in the family, or a remembrance day), can do so.

We will take donation for providing Food on a particular day on behalf of the donor and communicate the Food Scheme beneficiaries about the same.

Hoping to receive favourable response from you,

With Kind Regards

Homi  N Daruwalla





A Old and infirm and poor Zoroastrians who have no one to turn to 70 24,65,820
B Parsee children of J.B. Vachha School for Parsi Girls (Dadar) 9 36,600
C Khandias, Nassesalars and Bungli Staff at Doongerwadi (Breakfast only) 23 to 26 (depending on daily attendance) 2,40,000
D Food grains and provisions (these are given to recipients who are able to cook for their families but are in low income group) 30 2,92,200



Due to inflation the caterers have now increased their rates per meals.

As of 31st Jan 2017,  the cost of feeding one person per month approx.. comes to Rs. 3,500/- depending on the category in which they fall and the caterer providing the meals.



Homi N Daruwalla
Senior Fellow, Indian Green Building Council (IGBC)
Consulting Engineer, LEED AP


Mob No + 91 98200 94243


Ripple Effect – Revolutionising Online Ethical Shopping

Ripple Effect was an initiative started in October 2016 by Rashi Mehta & Manizaay Kaikobad.

The initial thought crept in when we saw the potential that, products made by NGOs had. These products were of good quality and worth the price but unfortunately they did not have a good market reach. This thought nurtured into a full blown conviction once we strongly felt that we needed to create a one-stop-shop where we could sell these products online, thereby helping these NGOs get much more visibility & reach. We both thought the idea had great merit, so once friends and family encouraged us about the same we stepped out of our safe cocoon of the corporate world and decided to do something more valuable that would help create some positive change. We conducted primary as well as secondary research, to analyze if such a gap actually existed and what was the actual scope of such an idea.

While researching we realized that insufficient reach to the right target group, visibility & lack of knowledge related to the cause are problems faced not just by NGOs, but by a large number of individuals/groups of people who are working towards creating a change in some form or the other. We dug a little deeper to find that there are various people struggling and working to support so many different causes but are neither able reach out to the right target group nor plan the right strategy for the same. We decided to widen our horizon and do something much bigger and think from a wider perspective. This is how Ripple Effect was born.

Ripple Effect is a marketplace e-commerce website that sells products for a cause. We at Ripple Effect handpick an exotic range of products from Enterprises with a cause, underprivileged artisans & NGOs, and provide them with a platform that connects to millions. Every product sold on Ripple Effect is not only meticulously designed but also symbolizes a battle. A battle against circumstances. A battle against indifference. When you shop here, you create a ripple that supports this battle, you could also change the life of somebody/something you care about.  You make that little bit of difference, where a difference is really due.

We are a movement towards sustainable living as this is the need of the hour. We not only satisfy a customer’s need with high quality products but also each purchase supports the humane or sustainability cause attached to it. The causes we support at Ripple Effect are – Vegan, Organic, Upcycled /Recycle, Women Empowerment, Education, Natural, Fair trade, Eco-Friendly & Underprivileged Artisans.  These are the current causes we support but we aim to expand to various other causes in the near future.

We intend to change the mindset of people and change their buying behavior, to revolutionize the way each person shops online. “Choose To Change” is our tagline, as we believe the change begins with you.


Growth & Future Plans:

  • In the month of March 2017 we participated in an exhibition held at Radio Club with the Concept “Women of Wonder”. We wanted to test the waters and gauge people’s reactions. We got a brilliant response not only in terms of sales but also won the BEST STALL AWARD.
  • We as Ripple Effect aim to push offline sales along with online in the next 2 months as we realize that to build awareness for a cause like ours, a one to one interaction will play a big role.
  • We are working on our own exquisite Ripple Effect line of products, which are made by underprivileged artisans or NGO’s.
  • Currently we will be marketing to PAN India but our future plan is also to tap into the international market as we realize the potential of sustainable products in other countries.
  • Introduce a user-friendly shopping mobile app as maximum people in India shop via smartphones today
  • Open a section on our website for donations to NGO’s at stage 2 of our social venture


Competitive Advantage:

  • We at Ripple Effect provide a one-stop-shop to sell products to customers, which not only satisfies their shopping needs but also causes a rippling effect in supporting the cause attached to the product.
  • For us the story behind the product is given as much importance as the product itself.
  • We make our customers think of why they buy what they buy and take a conscious effort to support the same.



  • Currently we are self funded (50/50 partnership) – bootstrapped.
  • We will be looking for the socially dominant investors in the next 3 months.


Our Handles:

Website – www.ripple-effect.in

Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/RippleEffectIndia/

Instagram – https://www.instagram.com/ripple_effect_india/




Two unidentified bike-borne armed assailants shot at a vice principal of a private school near Sanjiwani hospital under Kydganj police station here on Monday morning.

The condition of injured vice principal, identified as Mehernosh Framjee, a resident of Nawab Yusuf road, was stated to be stable.

IG Allahabad range Ramit Sharma told TOI that two police teams have been formed to crack down the incident.

Police said that the incident took place when the victim was on way to the Naini- based school when two assailants, one of them dressed as kanwariya fired at least five bullets at the victim before escaping from the scene.

Mehernosh’s mother Shirin Framjee , retired school teacher , living in Allahabad , is reaching out for help as her son has been shot 6 times on Monday morning .

Being a police case , they are in a govt hospital at present.

Details to aid are as follows.

Shirin Framjee

Central Bank of India, Civil Lines Branch, Allahabad

Savings a/c no: 3214521690

Any financial help will be appreciated.

Courtesy :  Parsi Khabar


A better death is as important as a good life, say the founders of two of the city’s newest palliative and end-of-life care centres.

Nobody thought he would be able to play the piano again. But before he died towards the end of last year, this elderly musician, who lived on Marine Drive and was suffering from spinal cancer, briefly rediscovered the joy of music, and his poignant notes lingered in the salty air at his home.

“Later on, since he would have problems sleeping at night, he would want recommendations on shows to watch. One day, he called me and said he could sense his time was up. But he wanted me to continue recommending shows to other people. He thought they were very good. In the end, he died a peaceful death,” says Devaunshi Mehta.

Mehta is a psychologist at Palcare, which, along with Romila Palliative Care, is among the most recent addition to the city that treats people with terminal illnesses, primarily cancer. Behind both Palcare and Romila are stories of personal loss.

“The medical system here is geared towards looking for cures. But sometimes you have to let go,” says Pheroza Bilimoria who lost her husband Jimmy, a top Tata executive, to lung cancer in 2013. “Back then, I, too, hoped that he would be cured, and since money was not a constraint, we rushed from one hospital to another. It didn’t matter – Jimmy died a difficult death.”

Bilimoria, a former publishing professional, set up Parel-based Palcare, which provides home-based care to patients, in December 2015, with help from the Tata Trusts and industrialist Anand Mahindra. She says that people always want to die at home, surrounded by their loved ones and not “hooked to hundreds of tubes in a hospital”.

But Mumbai — and the entire country, with the exception of Kerala — has too few palliative care centres. “About seven and a half lakh people (according to the National Institute of Cancer Prevention and Research) are diagnosed with cancer each year in India, and the mortality rate is between 70 to 80 per cent. But we still don’t talk about death as much as we should.” (According to social entrepreneur network Ashoka, India has about 50 lakh people who require palliative care, but only two percent get it.)

Palliative care is not only about the management of pain — with opioid medications such as morphine — and symptom management, but it is also about resolving issues such as guilt, resentment and spiritual torment in patients. “There’s a lot of anger in people — this thing about ‘why me?” — and many believe they are afflicted with the disease because of something they have done,” says Mehta. Plus, it is also about helping families come to terms with the grief and loss. “Several of them don’t know how to deal with a patient who is dying of advanced cancer, or a similarly life-limiting disease. The poor come to us more readily, because they have no choice; the rich keep looking for cures before getting in touch,” says Bilimoria, whose team of about 15, including doctors and nurses, is at present treating 251 patients at their homes.

India has around 269 palliative care centres. About 169 of these are in Kerala, and 25 years before we had a National Program for Palliative Care, Dr M R Rajagopal founded the Pain and Palliative Care Society in Kozhikode in a single room at the city’s Government Medical College. Today, he heads the Thiruvananthapuram-headquartered Pallium India that runs over 100 palliative care centres in Kerala and several more outside the state.

“The greatest resistance to palliative care comes from medical professionals themselves, and it is still not taught as a subject unlike in the West,” says Rajagopal. Palliative care, says Rajagopal, first took root in Kerala as a communitydriven movement funded by donations from laypeople and supported by volunteers. But the government was quick to support it by relaxing narcotics regulations to permit use of morphine. “Kerala was also the first state to draft a Palliative Care Policy, in 2008. Today both Karnataka and Maharashtra, too, have palliative care policies, but what matters is the implementation.”

Kerala was the first state to focus on palliative care, because it had already tackled issues that still plague other parts of the country such as infant mortality, says Dr Armida Fernandez, the former dean of Lokmanya Tilak General Hospital and Medical College.

Fernandez’s Romila Palliative Care, named after her daughter who succumbed to cancer in 2013, is a sixmonth-old voluntary palliative care facility in Bandra that has so far looked after 40 patients from various strata of society. “It’s not just end-of-life care, we provide treatment and psychological support to patients with life-limiting diseases right from the diagnosis.” While a massive void still exists in palliative care in the country, Fernandez says that it is slowly becoming a priority area, and the change is being led by individuals. “That’s how it started in Kerala, too, and the state will join in. India started with battling infectious diseases, and maternal and infant mortality, and the focus is now shifting to lethal, non-communicable diseases. Sooner or later, palliative care, too, will become, I hope, a priority. When you’ve managed to take care of the living, you have time for the dying.”

And a better death is as important as living a good life, says Devaunshi Mehta. Studies have shown that the dying often have big regrets, but Mehta says that the little things we can do for them also make a huge difference. Like it was with Sushma Walke, a kirana shop owner who passed away at the beginning of this year. Walke, who had breast cancer, and was also suffering from brain metastasis, was bed-ridden for months. “She had nothing to do, she was agitated. So we got her a wheelchair, and that made her happy. And when we asked her what else she wanted to do, she said she simply wanted to have long chats with her neighbour, just like in the old days. A few weeks after that, she divided her assets between her children and passed away.”


Documentary on TAQ KASRA, the capital of Persian Empire

Dear Friends @ Zoroastrians Net,

I am working on a documentary film about TAQ KASRA, the capital of Persian Empire in Sasanian era and the world largest brickwork vault.
I have been in Iraq twice in the past months to film the arch and already interviewed internationally recognized scholars in the field of Persian studies. In the film it is also mentioned that before Arab invasion the Persians were Zoroastrian.
You may watch few minutes of the film here:
The project is independent, therefore I have started a crowdfunding campaign to raise money and covering the expenses for the equipment and post-production.
May I ask for a favor? If you know interested people in Persian history in your Zoroastrian network please feel free to forward them the link of fundraising:
Even little contributions finally will help the project. And I will be happy to mention the name of the contributor(s) in the film’s credits if they wish.
I have attached a PDF file about the film but if you need more information please do not hesitate to ask.
Many thanks for your attention.
All the best
Pejman Akbarzadeh, Amsterdam