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Parsis Award Young Entrepreneurs

How Parsis Promote New Businesses.

At a glittering Awards Night held on Sunday 20th December, 18 Parsi about to become businessmen were felicitated and of which, six were awarded with cash prizes. The cash would come handy for them. The World Zarathushti Chamber of Commerce – India whose Mission is to encourage Entrepreneurship recently conducted its first all-India Business Plan Contest. Applications were invited from Parsi / Irani who wished to start to start their own business. After an initial response of 40 entries, training and coaching in writing a business plan, and presenting it to group of investors was provided. Many went through it for the first time in their life and so had lot to gain from it. 18 finalists were shortlisted, who presented their Business Plans to a group of Investors. Nearly 25 investors, many of whom are experienced professionals and businessmen, evinced keen interest to invest in the several proposed ventures. Several Parsi professionals in areas of HR, Legal, Finance offered free services for web hosting, company registration and finding right people. Cyrus Bagwadia, ex-M.D. and CEO of Essel Propack who conceived and led the program said “The Contest intended to encourage those with business ideas to develop their Business Plans in a professional way and be able to interact directly with Investors for funding of their projects. There are angel group funds in India, but none offers the kind of coaching and mentoring that we did. Also, this is the first one in India which is promoted and run by a community. The whole program took 6 months but the results and outcome are terrific.” All youngsters were unanimous to say that it was a great learning experience and are much more confident now than ever before. Parsis are known to be entrepreneurial and have been worried about the recent trend in drop of new companies being registered by community members. So they came up with this very innovative method. Dr. J. J. Irani was the Chief Guest for the function and he gave away the prizes.

Click Here for the details and Videos of the Final Presentations

Click Here for the Pictures of the Function

Religions for Peace

 ECRL – Religions for peace – Interreligious council launched in Belgium.htm

Contributed by Jehangir Sarosh.

Dear Fellow Zarathushties

 Two days ago I returned from Brussels, full of joy. In 2007, My colleague and I went and met each religious leader personally to ask them to meet and consider forming a council so that we can change the world TOGETHER.

 Working together for the common good is seen as the most important way for the well being of Ahura Mazda’s creation, it is for this reason the King sent his representative, Princes Mathilde,  the Vice-president was present herself and the Prime minister sent his representative, and Mr Jos Chambert was there from the European Union.   

 A month before that, we inaugurated the Interreligious Council of Albania (IRCA) and the President of Albania was himself present there and officially inaugurated the IRCA.

 I write this in the hope that it will convince my Zarathushti sisters and brothers the importance of working together and  to be involved in the building of an international Network of Zarathushties.  

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National Inter Faith Week

Faith Based Regeneration Network and the Zoroastrian Trust Funds of Europe
partner in celebrating Interfaith Week in England on 18 November 2009.

Faith Based Regeneration Network UK  


Zoroastrian Trust Funds of Europe

warmly invite you to contribute in the discussions on

 why faith communities undertake to perform charity and

what impact it has on the local and national landscape.



Zoroastrian Centre for Europe,

440 Alexandra Avenue, Harrow HA2 9TL

Diagonally opposite Rayners Lane London Underground station


Wednesday 18th November 2009 from 1.30 pm to 5.30pm

(light refreshments will be served throughout)

All are welcome

Details in flyer attached.  ZTFE FbRN_National Inter Week_18th November 09_Detailed_Programme 

Courtesy : Behram Pastakia


Bangalore Zoroastrians

The Bangalore Zoroastrian comminity having relatives and friends in all corners of the world, would like to reach out to them with little snippets of the happenings in and around Bangalore. Come share in our joys of being one big zoroastrian family.


UNESCO PAZOR’s exhibition & festival…

UNESCO PAZOR’s exhibition & festival…… ROSHAN: A Journey of the Parsi Zoroastrians

Dear  Friends,

I attach below mail from Dr. Shernaz Cama,  Director of UNESCO’s sponsored PAZOR Foundation in New Delhi,  regarding the proposed Zoroastrian Exhibition & Festival scheduled for early 2011. 

Shernaz’s draft proposal for the event is  attached,  Draft Proposal for Exhibition on the Parsi Zoroastrians

I urge you to please read it  and should you have any comments or inputs, she will be delighted to hear from you.  Dr.Cama states, “it is a huge endeavor and I request the support of every member of our community across the Globe”.  “The more ideas we gather, the better it is and finally it is meant as a participative exposition on, by and for the community”.

I am sure many of you will have some important comments & inputs to offer towards making the event a big success.

I shall also be greatly obliged if you’d pass this request  on to others whom you know who would be in a position to help.

Thanking you,

Rusi Sorabji


Zoroastrian on the ECRL

Zoroastrian on the ECRL it is now official

Dear Colleagues
I returned from Lille ,  France where we had the E European Council of Religious Leaders (ECRL) Council meeting.
Delighted to inform you that the Zarathushties now have a  full  membership seat on the council in their own right, (previously I was there ex officio) Not only was I elected to the council but on to the Executive Committee.
This in a way was a special honour to us for as you know there are six groups , Catholics, Orthodox, Protestants, Jews, Muslims and the “Other” 
The Other Group has members from the world faiths new to Europe comprising Buddhists, Hindus, Sikhs and Zoroastrians.
The Executive is made up of one member from each of the  six groups.
The Buddhists, Hindus, and Sikhs nominated myself to represent them on the Ex. Com. This shows the great trust they have in our community, we can all be proud of the legacy of our forefathers.
with love and peace
Jehangir Sarosh

ZANT Twentieth Anniversary Announcement

Twentieth Anniversary Announcement — Invitation for 21st March 2009 festivities

Dear Sir/Madam,                                                                                                14  January  2009


The Zoroastrian Association of North Texas ( ZANT ) will be celebrating their 20th Anniversary  in 2009!

Our vibrant association consists of more than 120 Zoroastrian families, who may be few in number, but are big in their sense of community participation!

Dallas/Fort Worth is the place to be on Saturday, March 21 2009, as ZANT celebrates this very special occasion and of course, Jamsheedi Novrooz. We are planning a Grand Ball, which will include a Jashan and a Gala of events.

To commemorate this 0ccasion, we will be producing a 20th Anniversary Souvenir Keepsake Program.

We cordially inv ite you or any=2 0member of your community to place an advertisement in this Program, which will be produced in full color (page size: 8.5”x 5.5”).  All proceeds will go to the ZANT General Fund and your donations are tax deductible. 

Prices are as follows:

·        Outside Back Cover – $300

·       Inside Front Cover  – $200

·        Inside Back Cover  –   $150

·        Full Page –                    $100


·        Half Page –                    $50


For further information, please contact Zenobia Chinoy at (469) 633 1868 or send your advertisement copy (camera-ready text or PDF) along with a check made payable to ZANT, marked souvenir program advertisement, by February 15, 2009

to:  or  6649 Sundown Trail,  Frisco,  TX. 75034.

Please=2 0do extend your generosity and place an advertisement, even as a donation to this very worthy cause and feel free to forward thi s information to anyone you think may be interested.

Thank you and we hope to hear from you soon!




ZANT Executive Board

Courtesy Behram Pastakia


Call for World Zoroastrian Congress Proposal – Criteria

Dear Friends:
A message dated July 28, 2008 was sent to you requesting Proposals  for holding the next World Zoroastrian Congress, subsequent to the Congress to be held in Dubai in December, 2009. Attached to that message were the ” World Zoroastrian Congress Guidelines and Selection Process for Host/Venue and a Request for Proposal (RFP).”  World Congresses are held once every 4 to 5 years.
Please note that proposals for the next Congress following the Dubai Congress are due by November 30, 2008. Proposals that are received by November 30, 2008 shall be evaluated by a Committee.
Attached to this post is a list of 14 criteria against which the Proposals will be evaluated. We are forwarding this list of criteria to you to ensure that your proposal includes all of the information relative to each criteria, so that all proposals are evaluated in a uniform manner with objectivity. Your indulgence is requested to conform and will be greatly appreciated.
With our best regards,
Behram Pastakia,
Firdosh Mehta
Rohinton Rivetna

Attachment : world-congress-selection-criteria-list_25oct2008

Residential Leadership Training Camps


Minocheher Damania informs us that the Forum of Free Enterprise has been organizing residential leadership training camps.


Next camp will be from 21 to 28 December 2008 at Devlali.


It will be open to 35 boys and girls in the age group of 20-24 years.


Rs.4,000 fee covers board and lodging.

For more information contact Shri Divakara 022+22614253


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