The 5th Salgreh of the Zoroastrian Association of California‘s Atash Kadeh was celebrated with great religious fervor and Parsi gusto on the 12th of November. The celebration started a week ago by deep cleaning the premises. On the day of Salgreh, a Hama Anjuman Sandalwood maachi was offered in all five gehs. Also, two Hama Anjuman Jashans were performed, one in the morning and one in the evening to facilitate the whole community by Ervads Jal Birdy, Zerkxis, and Zarir Bhandara which was attended by about 60 Zoroastrians.
After the Jashans Ervad Bhandara gave an informative talk on different grades of fires, the offering of Machi, in which he briefly gave the history of the enthronement of the fire. He stated that “3 days and nights before the opening of this Atash Kadeh, the Vendidad and Yasna Sadeh and 6 Bajs were performed- under the guidance of Dasturji Dr. Kotwal- on the fire that was burning in our home [Bhandara’s] for the last ten years and from that same fire this Padshah was enthroned”. He concluded the event by thanking the priests, the attendees, and the ZAC executive committee
The fruits for the Jashans were brought by Dolly Malva and Aban Kapadia, and a delicious vegetarian dinner was prepared by Yashmin and Mehernosh Pithawalla and the icing on the cake was the happy Birthday cake prepared by Vira and Burjor Santoke.
Ex-Chairman of BPP Mr. Yazdi Desai has passed away.
We pray that at this difficult time may Ahura Mazda give his wife Anahita Desai the strength and courage to bear this irreversible loss .
Garothman behest hojo ji.
Former Chairman of the Bombay Parsi Punchayet (BPP) Yazdi Desai was ailing since quite sometime.
In a way his passing away today on 2nd November 2021 has put an end to his physical suffering.
He loved the community dearly and gave of his time, talent and money most generously.
He served the BPP first as trustee from 2008 to 2015 and from October 2015 onward as chairman.
He discharged his fiduciary duties with passion and diligence.
As trustee, I often differed with him on ideological issues but never doubted his genuine zeal to do good for the community.
He worked tirelessly and selflessly balancing his professional life with the onerous responsibility he carried as Chairman of BPP.
He worked till late in the night, burning the candle of his life at both ends.
Always well dressed with a tie and well groomed hair, he was courteous and helpful to all those who sought his help.
May his devoted and loving wife Anahita find the strength and courage to bear his loss.
Farewell Yazdi. You will be missed by many but Anahita will continue to carry your legacy of service to the community forward.
Noshir H Dadrawala
When we heard the news about the passing away of Yazdi Hosi Desai, the words of the American singer, songwriter, novelist, humorist, politician and former columnist for Texas Monthly – Kinky Friedman, came to mind. Friedman famously said, “Find what you love and let it kill you. Let it drain you of your all. Let it cling onto your back and weigh you down into eventual nothingness. Let it kill you and let it devour your remains. For all things will kill you, both slowly and quickly, but it’s much better to be killed by what you love“.
One could say Yazdi died for what he loved so dearly – the community, the religion and the BPP. His passion to do good burned the candle of his life at both ends!
He had dedicated the last two decades of his life to the community and his passion made him obsessive enough to consume him mentally, emotionally and physically. As Trustee and later as Chairman of the Bombay Parsi Punchayet, he took proactive steps to root out inefficiency and corruption from this August institution.
As Chairman of the Federation of Parsi Zoroastrian Anjumans of India (FPZAI), he was much respected and loved by various Anjumans, especially in Gujarat.
When Yazdi contested the BPP elections for the first time, he lost. But there is no dishonor in losing any race or contest. There is only dishonor in not racing or contesting out of fear of losing. Yazdi was persistent and in 2008 he was elected as trustee and in October 2015 he won for the second time and was appointed Chairman of BPP.
It’s true that Yazdi genuinely loved the Parsi Zoroastrian community. He believed in the religion of Zarathushtra even more deeply. He regarded our High Priests with reverence and often used to say that since our scholar High Priests have dedicated their lives to the study of the religion, we, as a community should follow whatever they say without questioning their religious knowledge or wisdom. He cared deeply for all mobed sahebs, especially those serving in mofussil areas.
In May 2005, along with Industrialist – Areez P. Khambatta, Renowned Scholar – Khojeste P. Mistree, Tax Expert – Homi P. Ranina, Former Vice Chancellor of Bombay University – Dr. Mehroo D. Bengalee, Chartered Accountant – Hoshang N. Wania and Social Worker – Jamshed J. Mohta, Yazdi Desai formed the ‘World Alliance of Parsi Irani Zarthoshtis’ (WAPIZ), with the aim to strengthen the voice of Parsi Zoroastrian tradition and to protect and preserve the unique Parsi Irani Zarthoshti identity.
Today WAPIZ is a household name, thanks to the effort put in by Yazdi and his beloved and devoted wife – Anahita, working with him shoulder-to-shoulder. When WAPIZ celebrated its second anniversary at the Mahalaxmi Racecourse, over 2,500 Parsis, including High Priests and priests turned up to express unity and solidarity. WAPIZ encourages home industry by organizing sale of Parsi house-hold items twice a year at Cama Baug. This event is much sought after by both Parsi consumers and entrepreneurs.
While Yazdi is known more for his involvement with the Parsis, professionally he joined Writer Corporation as an Accounts Assistant in the year 1984. His previous experience included working with AF Ferguson & Co, Chartered Accountants. At Writer Corporation, Legal, Taxation and Corporate Governance were Yazdi’s prime responsibilities though he was actively involved in virtually every area of Writer Group’s finance and administration. He was also a Trustee of Kripa Foundation devoted to the prevention, treatment and rehabilitation of drug addicts.
In April 2020, he suffered from a massive stroke and while he initially recovered well, his general health continued to deteriorate, culminating in his passing away on 2nd November, 2021, which happened to be Fravardin Roj of Mah Khordad, as per the Shehenshahi Zoroastrian calendar. Fravardin is dedicated to the Guardian Holy Spirit (Fravahar) and Khordad embodies the essence of Ahura Mazda’s perfection.
Yazdi was always neat and clean in his personal habits. He was impeccably well-groomed and dressed immaculately. He was a patient listener and he would spend several hours every week either at the BPP or at WAPIZ, listening to grievances of community members and offering solutions, wherever and whenever possible. He was generous to a fault and gave freely of his time, talent and wealth.
Like all Parsis, he was fond of good food and had a sweet tooth. While he was gentle and courteous to all, he would often get impatient with those trying to take advantage of his goodness. He had a short-temper but at the same time, he was also forgiving and had the courage to own up whenever wrong or misled.
The huge turnout at his funeral on 3rd November, 2021, at Doongerwadi bore testimony to his huge popularity. The staff of BPP and Writer Corporation, as also several well-wishers paid a tearful farewell to their friend and leader.
They say, the things we do outlast our mortality. The things we do are like monuments that people build to honor leaders after they are no more. They’re like the pyramids that the Egyptians built to honor the Pharaohs. Only instead of being made of stone, they’re made of the memories people have of the leader. Yazdi and his good deeds will remain alive in the individual and collective memory of lives that he touched for a long time to come.
Our heart goes out to Yazdi’s wife – Anahita. To say she was his ‘better-half’ would be an understatement. Whatever Yazdi was and became, was thanks largely to Anahita, who was his true friend and ‘soulmate’ – always doting on him, supportive and encouraging in good times or difficult times! She is a strong woman with a soft heart.
Anahita loved Yazdi dearly. One could say, among Yazdi’s blessings in life was having a spouse as loyal and loving as Anahita. We know she is heart-broken and therefore it may be apt for us to conclude with a verse by Mary Hall:
As we prepare to celebrate the Nowruz 1400, the Zoroastrian Youth of North America (ZYNA) a FEZANA Committee; is taking on an endeavor to create an pictorial timestamp and archive of our Zoroastrian diaspora in North America and around the world through a project called the Zoroastrian Faces of 1400.
Through this project, we’re hoping to collect pictures of Zarathushtis and their families from around the world and combine them into a video and/or living webpage that will serve as a strong memory point for the turn of the century.
OUR ASK OF YOU
Please submit your picture(s) by Wednesday, March 10th, at the link below
Marvel at the modernity of one of the world’s oldest religions. Discover the Zoroastrian prescription for our environmental and ecological ailments. Understand the Zoroastrian teachings and practices as they relate to the reverence and worship of nature’s elements: fire, air, water, earth, vegetation, animals and humans. Learn the Zoroastrian answer to our modern ecological concerns. Let Zoroastrianism lead us to an environmentally conscious and eco-friendly world citizenry.
Presenter: Ervad Tehemton Mirza
Following rigorous religious training at the M.F. Cama Athornan Institute under Dasturji
Dr. Firoze Kotwal, Tehemton was ordained Navar and Maratab at Iranshah
Ateshbehram in Udvada. His professional carrier took him from Mumbai to Iran to Indonesia, and he finally settled in London Ontario, Canada, where he owns and operates a CPA practice. As a Mobed, Tehemton volunteers religious and spiritual services to Zoroastrians in Southwestern Ontario and Michigan. Tehemton has published articles on Zoroastrianism in North American publications and spoken on Zoroastrian topics at Zoroastrian associations throughout North America. Tehemton currently serves as the Vice President of North American Mobeds Council.
Announcement expected within next few days; current chairman Yazdi H Desai has given his resignation citing health reasons
The Bombay Parsi Punchayet (BPP) Board of Trustees is set to meet in the next few days to appoint a new chairman after current chairman Yazdi H Desai gave in his resignation on December 23.
Desai, who held the prestigious post for five years, has resigned citing health reasons. The BPP’s Viraf Mehta said, “The Board is set to meet within a few days to accept Desai’s resignation and appoint a new chairman. This will be a zoom (virtual meet).”
Desai in his resignation, addressed to colleague trustees of the BPP, stated that as all of them are aware, he had suffered a stroke in April this year. The letter said further, “Doctors have informed me that full recovery may take longer than I had anticipated, due in no small measure to the fact that I was unable to get any therapy for the initial four months, due to the prevailing pandemic situation.”
Terming it necessary to take this “hard and painful decision”, Desai said that to fast-track his full recovery, his doctors have ordered him to avoid stress. He added that for the past 20 years, his life has revolved around his community and the Punchayet. Desai ended his letter saying it has been a “privilege and honour” to serve the community, acknowledging the support of his wife, Anahita.
THE FINANCE ACT 2020 BY THE INTRODUCTION OF SEC 12AB HAS MADE IT MANDATORY TO RENEW CERT,12A WITH IMMIDIATE EFFECT & EVERY 5YEARS THEREAFTER. WHICH WAS VALID TILL LIFE OF THE INSTITUTION UNLESS EXPRESLY CANCELLED BY THE I.T. DEPT .
THE EXEMPTION FOR TRUSTS & RELIGIOUS & CHARITABLE TRUST WAS GOVERNED BY SECs 11, 12, &13.WHICH EXPRESLY MANDATED, THAT A TRUST CREATED FOR A SPECIFIED PEOPLE OR FOR A SPECIFIED COMMUNITY WAS NOT COVERED UNDER EXEMPTION OF TAX UNDER SECs 11,12 & 13. & TO BGE ELIGIBLE THE TRUSTS CHARITABLE OBJECTS NEEDS TO BE APLICABLE TO ALL PERSONS WITHOUT DISCRIMINATION OF RELIGION, CAST, CREED OR STATUS, HOWEVER, THIS DISQUALIFICATION WAS NOT APPLICABLE FOR TRUSTS REGISTERED BEFORE THE I.T. ACT 1962 BECAME APPLICABLE, HENCE ALL RELIGIOUS & CHARITABLE TRUSTS REGISTERE BEFORE 1ST APRIL 1962 WHERE EXEMPT FROM TAX & ELIGIBLE FOR CERT.12A & 80G.
THE NEW SEC 12AB MANDATES AS ESSENTIAL THAT THE OBJETS MUST INCLUDE APLICABILITY TO ALL PERSONS IRESPECTIVE OF RELIGION CAST CREED OR STATUS, PERPEPECTUITY, TRANSFER TO A NOTHER LIKE TRUST IF IT IS TO BEWOUND UP,THESE MANDATORY CLAUSES & SOME OTHERS, EFFETIVELY MEANS THAT EXEMPTION GIVEN TO RELIGIOUS & CHARITABLE TRUST OF A SPECIFIC COMMUNITY ARE NO LONGER ELIGIBLE FOR TAX EXEMPTION,.
MY QUERY IS DOES SEC 12AB OVERIDE THE EXEMPTION GIVEN UNDER SECs 11,12,& 13 FOR TRUSTS CREATED & REGISTERED BEFORE 1962 & THEREFORE ARE NOT ELIGIBLE FOR EXEMPTION & CERT.12A
OR 80G UNLES THEY AMEND THEIR OBJECTS TO INCLUDE,FOR THE BENEFIT OF ALL WITHOUT DIFRETIATING ,CAST, RELIGION, CREED OR STATUS.
We are pleased to inform Patrons that the Sanatorium will become operational from October 01, 2020 onwards.
The facility will be completely sanitized before it makes Guests welcome.
Keeping in mind the good health of Guests and Sanatorium Staff, use of our facilities will be made available on the following conditions to be adhered to by all Guests:
1. In view of the current global pandemic, Guests wishing to use the Sanatorium should visit only if they are not suffering from symptoms associated with the Novel Corona Virus – Covid – 19.
2. Guests confirm they have visited the Sanatorium of their own volition and absolve Trustees and Staff of The WZO Trust Funds from any financial or medical responsibility or liability.
3. Guests will have to wear protective masks and maintain social distancing in all the common areas of the Sanatorium.
4. Guests will subject themselves to oximeter and infra red thermometer temperature reading every morning that will be taken by the Manager. In the event that the oxygen reading of any guest is found to be below 90 and temperature above 100.4 F, they will be asked to immediately leave the Sanatorium. A record of the oximeter and temperature readings of Guests will be maintained during their stay at the Sanatorium.
5. Till further notice, the maximum number of Guests permitted in each room will be not more than 3 (three), and maximum number of total Guests in the sanatorium will not be more than 15 (fifteen).
These Conditions and Rules have been framed keeping in mind, maintaining the good health of Guests as well as our Staff and all are advised to diligently comply with the same.
Guests wishing to use the facility from October 01, 2020 onwards may contact the Manager of the Sanatorium on either of the telephone numbers mentioned above.
Time: 12 Noon Eastern | 9 AM Pacific | 5 PM UK | 8:30 Iran | 9 PM Pakistan | 9:30 PM India
COVID has changed the way we eat, cook and live in many ways — good and bad. This discussion focuses on the impact of the pandemic on the food supply chain, and how it affected the availability of the basics, leading people to get more creative in the kitchen. Everything from making our own bread to using leftovers to create new unexpected meals, has allowed people to ramp up their cooking skills, rely on sustainability and be more conscious of food wastage. Historically resembling the ways of our ancestors.
Born and raised in Karachi, with London, Toronto and Dubai all part of her life Niloufer has travelled extensively. Passionate about culture through its cuisine she enjoys all cuisines of the world.
Self taught, her experience through the years has driven her to write a blog NiloufersKitchen.com and publish two Parsi cookbooks – receiving 3 awards. She strongly believes that while we are identified by race, religion and colour, we share the tightest bonding through food. Her umpteen zoom demos through this pandemic have picked up momentum worldwide making #revivinganancientcuisine one recipe at a time her priority.
Naomi Mobed is the Founder of Le Bon Magot®, an award-winning specialty producer of fine condiments, conserves, preserves and sauces inspired by the flavors of Africa, Middle East and South Asia. This venture is the culmination of her diverse heritage, extensive travels and her passion for all things culinary. Naomi’s love of cooking comes straight from her family’s kitchen – she learned how to cook from her Mother, Grandmother and Great Aunts. Prior to becoming a foodpreneur, Naomi was a banker, specializing in the emerging economies of Central Eastern Europe, Middle East and Africa. Her clients were some of the largest financial and public institutions in these regions. Having completed graduate studies in International Relations at the London School of Economics & Political Science and a Bachelor of Arts (Honors) in Political Science & International Relations from Mount Holyoke College, Naomi has previously worked in academia, multi-national corporations, United States Department of State and Research/Policy organizations. She has published articles in journals of international history, politics and business as well as contributing to a number of books. Born in Karachi and having grown up around the world, she is multilingual with varying degrees of familiarity with 7 languages (in addition to English).
Chef Jehangir Mehta is the chef/owner of the New York city restaurants Graffiti, Me and You, and Graffiti Earth. He has been a participant in Food Network’s Next Iron Chef Redemption 2012, the runner-up at the Next Iron Chef 2009, a participant on Iron Chef American and a guest on Martha Stewart living. Known for his signature eclectic style and food sustainability initiatives, he uses an array of unusual ingredients and spices to create an interesting juxtapose of temperatures, textures and tastes.
Vera Dinshaw Springett,
Co-Founder Parsis Exchange Recipes on Facebook
Vera Dinshaw Springett is Creative Director for UX (User Experience) at University of Phoenix, with almost 20 years of combined ad agency and in-house branding and digital experience. Originally from Pakistan, Vera came to the US to earn her bachelor’s in Advertising and master’s in Integrated Marketing Communications. She lives in Chicago with her husband and daughter, and is co-admin of Parsis Exchange Recipes (PER).
Arbez Shroff Patel
Co-Founder Parsis Exchange Recipes on Facebook
Arbez Shroff Patel is born and raised in Karachi, Pakistan. Came to the United States to earn a degree in Medical Technology. Worked at Smithkline Beecham medical reference laboratory specializing in Microbiology and Virology, ultimately in a Supervisory and then Managerial capacity. Living in Plano, Texas. Mother to two children who have flown the coop.
FEZANA is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.
Topic: Food Sustainability, Creativity & Conservation During COVID-19: The FEZANA Talks #9
Time: Sep 19, 2020 12:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Meeting ID: 999 6234 1616
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