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In Conversation with the iconic Dinshaw K. Tamboly

Mazda Multimedia is pleased to present for your viewing pleasure the Third Episode of “Our Very Own” Series.
You will have the opportunity to learn how positive changes can and have been brought about in the lives of our brethren in various forms of distress featuring the wonderful world of WZO Trusts’.
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Sarosh K. Daruwalla

The Parsi chef who wants to introduce Delhi to real Parsi food shorn of cliches!

I am proud to present Kainaz Contractor, Delhi based chef, in this episode of #FoodocracyForHer.
In this chat you will get to hear about how Kainaz studied advertising in Mumbai and then moved into the hotel industry as she wanted to work in food. She did not find what she wanted and became a part of the editorial team of the then newly launched BBC Good Food Magazine. Her next move took her to Delhi where she opened Rustom’s Parsi Bhonu. “The aim was to expose Delhi to day to day Parsi food, shorn of cliches and caricatures,” says Kainaz. She and her partner, Rahul Dua, a sommelier by training ,have run the kitchens and acted as consultants for brands such as Blue Tokai and Cafe Dori. A year back they launched Bhawan Delhi. “The aim is to introduce Delhi to the variety of street food and chaat that you get across India, including non-veg ones,” says Kainaz.
#FoodocracyForHer is a chat show on #FinelyChoppedTV featuring interviews by Kalyan Karmakar of women entrepreneurs in the food and beverage business.
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Ahura Support

 

Ahura Support is a secular registered charitable trust working with differently abled individuals and their families. They work towards bettering the lives of individuals with developmental or congenital disorders, most of who are mentally challenged. At their Day Care Centre and Residential Home, they endeavour to maximise opportunities for these individuals to discover their abilities, empower themselves, gain independence and live with dignity in an inclusive environment.

For more details contact Call on: +91-9821043319 || +91-9819859987

Email : info@ahurasupport.org

Host – Dr. Mazda Turel

Guest Speaker – Ms. Hutoxi Doodhwala

Location – Mazda Studios

Director of Photography – Rehan S. Daruwalla

Directed by – Aarish S. Daruwalla

Produced by – Sarosh K. Daruwalla Mazda Multimedia

Ahura Support Film Shot by – Rehan Daruwalla

Edited at – Mazda Studios.

Produced by – Mazda Multimedia *ALL RIGHTS RESERVED BY MAZDA MULTIMEDIA*

XYZ – Xtremely Young Zoroastrians – Hoshaang Gotla

Xtremely Young Zoroastrians (XYZ) is an organisation aimed at promoting togetherness and camaraderie within the youngsters of the community. Since its inception in 2014, XYZ aspires to mould the children of the Parsi community between the ages of 5 and 15 years to become better individuals and inculcate the Zoroastrian values through fellowship and service activities. The purpose of XYZ is to build a strong sense of community belonging and pride in the Zoroastrian children. Religious practices are an important part of XYZ and the children to start adhering to them from an early age and Make A Difference in society at large. XYZ is a registered charitable trust and has worked towards helping people from all walks of life.

Host – Mr. Jamshed K. Daboo Guest Speaker – Mr. Hoshaang Gotla Location – Mazda Studios Director of Photography – Rehan S. Daruwalla Directed by – Aarish S. Daruwalla Produced by – Sarosh K. Daruwalla Mazda Multimedia *ALL RIGHTS RESERVED BY MAZDA MULTIMEDIA*

In pics: How Parsis celebrated Navroz amid Covid-19 pandemic

The Parsi New Year which is also known as Navroz is celebrated to mark the beginning of the new Persian calendar. In the Persian language ‘Nav’ means new, and ‘Roz’ stands for the day, i.e., ‘new day’.

While Jashan was observed at fire temples across Hyderabad, Parsi community skipped its annual gathering at Zoroastrian Club in the wake of Covid-19. (Photo: Chitti Babu)

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Parsi community people celebrate Navroz at the Fire Temple in Secunderabad.
Calcutta Parsi Amateur Dramatic Club staged a play that was streamed online
Though the members of the community could not visit the Fire Temple at Deolali Camp in Nashik, some went to greet the priest and the assistant priest.
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Covid times did add caution to the Navroz celebrations in Bhopal on Monday, but there was no stopping the Parsi community from making the most of this occasion with food, fun and frolic. Dr Binaiffer Pithawalla Agrawal with her family (in photo)

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Parsi community members in Bengaluru on Monday celebrated Navroz, the Persian New Year, at the Fire Temple on Queens Road. Navroz is celebrated as a spring equinox festival throughout Zoroastrian history. Ahead of the new year, more than 800 members observed All Souls Day for the last 10 days, where they seek blessings from the departed. Shereyar Vakil, vice-president, Bengaluru Parsee Zoroastrian Anjuman, said: “It is a celebration of a new beginning. This year we hope and pray for the end of the pandemic.” In pre-Covid times, the day would see festivities, large gatherings, cultural festivities and community dinners. (Photo: K Sunil Prasad)
Parsis throng the Fire Temple in Saiyedpura area of Surat. They offered prayers at the temple and greeted each other Navroz Mubarak. (Photo: Gaurang Joshi)
Members of the Parsi community celebrated Navroz at the Fire Temple at Chawani, Indore on Monday. (Photo: Pravin Barnale)

Duty Queens In Conversation with Rashna Gazder | Hosted by Dr. Rakhshinda

Duty Queen – Madame Rashna Gazder is originally from Mumbai, India and is happily married since 31 years in Karachi,Pakistan. She has been teaching the Piano, French and Spanish languages privately. She is a Concert Pianist and has hosted Six major fundraising concerts for needy institutes in Karachi. Her group of pupils are called Harmony In Helping Hands. Rashna is also avidly into embroidery and art. Her seventh fundraiser in mid September is for Lady Dufferin Hospital Karachi,Pakistan.
– Hosted and Conceptualized by:
Dr. Rakhshinda : Founder Apna Wallet Think Tank , Kafe Kaam ??? ??? and Chamber of Women Social Entrepreneurs | Author | Public Health and Gender Expert

Journey of Parsis

Journey of the Parsis – Part 1

This project “Journey of Parsis” came about from the IIT-Bombay Webinar Series started earlier this
year. I am grateful to my friends at my alma-mater for giving me encouragement and support, and for
their curiosity and desire to keep learning. I would like to thank many friends and well-wishers for their
support, especially Edul Daver (New York) who has made tireless efforts to re-kindle world-wide the
spirit of entrepreneurship in our Parsi community – through WZCC. How can I forget Yazdi Tantra, and
his support. Zoroastrians.net has become a go-to resource for people around the world. And, last but
not the least, our illustrious ancestors on whose shoulders we all stand. Our Journey has been wonderful
over 1200 years, and we thank India for the opportunity it gave to the Parsis to flourish – keeping their
faith, traditions and culture. There are many others, but for space and time, I cannot thank them all.
Information in this presentation has been researched from contemporary and ancient articles and
books.
I hope you enjoy the Journey and more importantly do our part so that our journey continues
successfully for another 1200 years.

Journey of the Parsis
Jamshedji Tata, Padma Bhushan Dr.Homi Bhabha, Zubin Mehta, Bharat Ratna JRD Tata,
Ardeshir and Pirojsha Godrej, Madame Bhikaiji Cama, Nani Palkhiwala, Freddie Mercury,
Padma Vibhushan Ratan Tata, Dadabhai Naoroji, Padma Vibhushan Fali Nariman, Field
Marshal Sam Manekshaw, Firoze Gandhi, Sohrab Modi, Vice-Admiral Rustom Ghandhi, Sir
Pherozeshah Mehta, Air Chief Marshal Fali Major, Chief Justice Sarosh Kapadia, Polly
Umrigar, Nari Contractor…
What do all these people have in common? They are all Parsis. Much admired and sometimes
ridiculed… they are the relatively recent sons and daughters of India… They are 0.00004 % of
India’s population. A humble grain of sand on the vast ocean of humanity. You can pack all of
them in a large stadium and still have tens of thousands of seats left.
Mahatma Gandhi once said “In numbers Parsis are beneath contempt, but in contribution,
beyond compare.” The Parsis have given to India in every field of endeavor – industry, science,
arts, music, philanthropy, armed forces, freedom-movement, films, law, banking, medicine,
finance, healthcare, sports, politics and social justice… Several have given the ultimate sacrifice
of their life defending India. Yet, they remain pretty much unknown outside of the larger cities of
Gujarat and Maharashtra.
Who are they? Where did they come from? What have they done? Where are they now? And,
most importantly, where are they heading? Come, join us in a historic journey of the Parsis.. all
the way from the straits of Hormuz to the shores of Gujarat, through centuries of solitude and
hardship. And, finally, their rise in the new home-land – India – that gave them refuge and
freedom… the country they have embraced as their own and its people they love…
We will cover their history, demographics, culture, traditions, ethos, social practices and their
contributions to India.. What makes them tick? How can they be so eccentric and yet have
produced brilliant legal, scientific and business minds? How can they laugh at themselves when
others take offense?
Also, find out the many challenges they now face… the biggest of all… an existential threat.
Padma Bhushan Dr. Farokh Udwadia – an eminent Parsi doctor – described it as a demographic
emergency. Would you rather have a Parsi as a friendly next door neighbor – much alive and
humorous? or see him in a museum – embalmed and forever silent? Pitch in with your insights
into what can be done… to save them, before they vanish forever…
Take this opportunity to learn about the much loved Bawajis.

Jamshed R. Kapadia grew up in Ahmedabad, India, studied at IIT-Bombay for his B. Tech (EE), and then came to the US for his MS. He has worked in the US with Fortune 100 Hi-Tech companies developing innovative technologies and products, and in world-wide business development. He has settled with his family in the USA, and is active in the local Zoroastrian Association, being a founder-member and leading its Funds for Scholarships and Charitable Giving. He makes his home in the USA with his wife (Rita), son, daughter/son-in-law, and grand-son.

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