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.





Survey on Declining Demographiccs

We have almost completed a Survey based on DATA, OBSERVATIONS that has led to FINDINGS.

If the community of Parsi/Irani/ Zarthustis wish to SURVIVE  they would need to develop  responses to the findings in a UNITED WAY and implement  responses just as we do in American Corporations and Organizations that wish to survive changing times.
Some of the findings are similar to those already identified in Delhi University Report, TISS report, Roshen Rivetna’s presentation…but what this report does and is different from others is that it has  identifying priorities, importance, based on actual numerical data in scientific, sociological, religious terms.
This survey has been verified and validated and it was done in 30 days.
In the USA TIME IS MONEY it is our most precious commodity.
Please fill one out so that you can experience the variables that have been considered.
Have a wonderful NEW YEAR at Zoroastrian Studies.
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Mumbai model-actor to launch Parsi-only dating app

By Apoorva Puranik |Posted 20-Jan-2016

Mumbai-based model-actor plans to launch a dating and social connectivity app in association with a Pune tech firm exclusively for single Parsis to mingle; reformists ask why not for all

 If the government’s $1.6 million programme to arrest the decline of numbers in the Parsi Zoroastrian community, by offering the best in IVF expertise, is to be a true blue success, bachelorhood can no longer be a Parsi mainstay.


Mumbai-based model, television actor and bachelor Viraf Patel understands this.


When his friends and family didn’t tire from coaxing him to “find a nice Parsi girl”, Patel began to seriously ponder on ways to meet and greet. “The best way to get to know someone is by communicating,” says Patel, who then struck on the idea of an app that would help community members connect.

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OH, KHODAI! – Ahmedabad

By kruti naik | May 17, 2015, 02.00 AM IST
Oh, Khodai!
A bawa wearing a white bandhgala coat with cylindrical black hat driving a gorgeous vintage car overloaded with a garadraped wife and squabbling kids: that’s how films in the early ’80s portrayed the Parsi Zoroastrian community. Cut to 2015, and the picture is quite the opposite. As per data received from the Parsi Panchayat in Khamasa, there are just 1,600 Parsis living in the city and their numbers are fast dwindling.

Against two deaths every month on an average, only six babies are born every year. There are approximately 27,000 Parsis living in Gujarat while around 42,000 live in Mumbai and Pune. They are in danger of becoming extinct as the fertility rate continue to drop alarmingly. However, the community is actively trying to stop their population from flatlining. Brigadier (retd) J P Anklesaria, president of Ahmedabad Parsi panchayat, said, “The main reason behind fall in population is that our men and women marry too late. They want to pursue higher education, then focus on career. Late marriages and attempts to conceive at a late age are the two major causes of low fertility and low childbirth rate.” The average age of marriage of a Parsi girl is 29-30 and a Parsi man is about 35 years.

The fertility rate (average number of children that would be born to a woman in a lifetime) among Parsi women in the reproductive age has dropped from 0.94% in 2001 to 0.89% in 2011. According to community leaders, this has dropped further to 0.8 which is way below the required rate of 2.1% to replace the existing population. This means, on an average, a Parsi woman has less than one child (0.8) in her entire childbearing age. In addition 21 % of males were found to have a low sperm count. The study found one among every 10 Parsi women was childless, which is twice the level of childlessness among Indian women.

Many of them were unable to conceive due to uterine issues. The problem is so grave that even President Pranab Mukherjee referred to the declining population of the community and said that this “phenomenon needs to be addressed – very pragmatically and sensitively”. The Ministry of Minority Affairs launched a scheme ‘Jiyo Parsi’ in 2013, under which, Rs 10 crore will be spent over four years to reverse population decline. It has a two-pronged approach: the first includes promoting early marriage and multiple children; the second, free fertility treatments are offered to couples.

Khushnum Avari, former president of Parsi Youth League of Ahmedabad said, “Most Parsi families are highly educated and wealthy. The youths have a high standard of living. The high degree of individualism, difficulty in finding suitable partner and increasing acceptability of singles restrict our growth.” Sharing another reason, Khushnum said, “Parsi girls from Delhi and Mumbai do not want to move to cities like Ahmedabad, Surat and the southern belt of Gujarat. This creates problems in finding partners.” Here’s where PYLA plays an active role.

Current president Ariz Bokdawala said, “Surat and Mumbai have colonies, societies and bars where young Parsis connect. However, rarely does an inter-community interaction take place in Ahmedabad. So, we began organising New Year celebrations, campfires, sports activities and cultural activities so that people can mingle with each other. Though the event is meant for youths, we do not bar anyone from joining.” Currently, there are 400 PYLA members who regularly attend gatherings. Bokdawala added, “We realised that many were unaware of other Parsis in the city.

We help connect families of children with marriageable age. We also conduct counselling session and guide married couples facing fertility issues.” In 2014, to improve the population rate, the Ahmedabad Parsi Panchayat also offered flats on rent for 20 years to couples who married young. Khushnum said, “The schemes are helping as the age of newlyweds is gradually dropping from 34-35 to 23- 34 years of age.” Piruz Khambatta, chairman and managing director of Rasna whose father is the chairman of the World Parsi Community, said, “Efforts to encourage youngsters to marry early are paying off. I recently attended two weddings were the couples were quite young. The panchayats are also organising summer camps across India for youths to attend and get to know each other.”

Courtesy : Parsi Zoroastrian Anjuman of Secunderabad and Hyderabad

Zoroastrians try to beat extinction

The New Zealand Herald : 5:00 AM Friday May 15, 2015


World youth congress in Auckland in December is a bid to get followers to marry within the faith, writes Lincoln Tan.

From left, Zoroastrians Tinaz Karbhari with Sanaya Master and Kainaz Jasmasbnejad. Photo / Brett Phibbs

From left, Zoroastrians Tinaz Karbhari with Sanaya Master and Kainaz Jasmasbnejad. Photo / Brett Phibbs

One of the world’s oldest religions is facing extinction, and will be fighting for its survival in Auckland.

Zoroastrianism, founded about 3500 years ago and considered to be among the world’s oldest monotheistic religions, has a tiny number of followers here.

But that number is also shrinking, dropping from 1071 in 2006 to just 972 at the last Census.

In India, where most Zoroastrians live, the numbers have halved since 1940 to about 61,000.

They believe in one god, Ahura Mazda, and follow the teachings of ancient Prophet Zoroaster. They worship in fire temples, believing fire to be a symbol of God’s purity.

The religion has its roots in Persia and adherents are also known as Parsis.

The community will be organising a world youth congress in December, to be held in Auckland, in a bid to get followers to marry within the faith.

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Courtesy : Parsi Zoroastrian Anjuman of Secunderabad and Hyderabad

Navsari – Dharam Ni Tekri

Navsari, a place also known as Dharam Ni Tekri by many. Land which gave this society very known and Famous personalities.

On 21st March about 2000 people witnessed a A very Historic moment which shall be remembered by many of us, where 11 children from poor families were initiated into Zoroastrian faith .

A deserving Parsee couple was sweared in as Husband & wife.

This noble deed was taken care of by MR. HORMUZ AVARI, many more people who flawlessly contributed to this noble deed.

A small town like ours sets an example for the rest of the community to do something like this to encourage today’s Youth by welcoming them into Zoroastrian faith. Lavish food was served to each one present for the function. An evening that indeed was a memorable one. An evening that proved once again that Parsees are born to do charities, what other example than this.Thanking each one from our heart to give us a wonderful evening.

Khushroo Avari's photo.
Khushroo Avari's photo.
Khushroo Avari's photo.
Khushroo Avari's photo.
Khushroo Avari's photo.
 Courtesy b:Khushroo Avari

Iranian director Bahram Beizaii to present “Ardaviraf’s Report”

Iranian director Bahram Beizaii to present “Ardaviraf’s Report” at Stanford University

Source: Tehran Times

Prominent Iranian playwright and director Bahram Beyzaie will stage reading performances of his latest play “Ardaviraf’s Report” at Stanford University on January 24 and 25.

Playwright and director Bahram Beyzaie

The play is Beyzaie’s theatrical rendition of an ancient Zoroastrian text that chronicles the journey of pious Ardaviraf to the other world where he travels through paradise, purgatory and the inferno. Ardaviraf meets many of the mythic and historic figures of Iran on his journey

The play is based on “The Book of Arda Viraf”, a Zoroastrian religious text from the Sassanid era in the Middle Persian language. It is considered an early precursor to Dante’s “Divine Comedy”.

“Ardaviraf’s Report” will be performed at the Cubberley Auditorium of the university in the Persian language.

Ardaviraf’s Report; by Bahram Beyzaie

The Hamid and Christina Moghadam Program in Iranian Studies
The Bita Daryabari Endowment in Persian Letters and
The Amin Banani Memorial Fund present:

Ardaviraf is Bahram Beyzaie’s theatrical rendition of an ancient Zoroastrian text that chronicles the journey of Ardaviraf to the other world where he travels through paradise, purgatory and inferno. Considered an early precursor to Dante’s divine comedy, Ardaviraf meets many of the mythic and historic figures of Iran in his journey.

The play will be in Persian.

Saturday Jan 24 2015 at 4:30pm;
Sunday Jan 25 2015 at 4:30pm
buy tickets online

Beyzaie previously performed a shadow play performance of “Jana and Baladoor” at the university in June 2012.

“When We Are All Sleeping” was the last film Beyzaie directed in Iran in 2006. A few years after, he left the country to pursue an educational career at Stanford University as a visiting professor of Persian studies in the United States of America.

Considered as one of the most intellectual auteurs in Iranian cinema, Beyzaie has written and directed several films including “Killing Mad Dogs”, “Travelers”, “Bashu, the Little Stranger”, “The Journey” and “The Downpour”.

Reference :... Payvand News – 11/28/14 … —

Courtesy : K F Keravala

Flats on Rent

We have a trust called the Kalyan Parsi Anjuman where we have an Agiary and two charitable buildings meant only for Zoroastrians.

If any couple is not getting married because they don’t have a place to stay, please do get in touch with me and I will be happy to help by granting you a tenancy in a flat at Kalyan. Needless to say this would be completely free of cost other than the monthly rentals.

You may get in touch with me at telephone number +91 66378434/5/6/7.

Our offices are situated at 24, Callicut Street, Ballard estate, Mumbai 400001.

Dosu Bhiwandiwalla

The BPP Matrimonial Meet

The BPP Matrimonial Bureau extends an invitation to all the Parsi / Zoroastrian singles between the ages 20 to 40 years to attend the next Matrimonial Meet on Saturday, the 20th of September 2014 at Della Towers, Parsi Colony, Dadar, at 6.00 pm.

Renowned family counselor Mrs. Nilufer Mistry will give a talk on ‘Choosing the right partner’, after which there will be an interactive session with the participants.

Do not miss this golden opportunity. Be there in large numbers to enjoy an exciting evening.

Courtesy : Shireen Davar