Parsi Irani Surnames

Normally Surnames do not have any meanings. Our ancestors had no Surnames, they were known by their Father’s / Family name. e.g. Rustom bin Zal. (Rustom of Zal), later on they took on names of places/ family names as additional to their names. It was only when they came to India that they adopted their trade/service/vocation/family/or some traits -(Waghmaru, Batki etc.). A very interesting collection by Burjor Minocher Daboo of Ahmedabad.

Click here for the full list and some interesting, some amusing  meanings.


Miss Perrin Fitter’s affinity with the neem plant.

Global  500 laureate

In 1992, she was feted by the United Nations Environment Programme at the Earth Summit in Brazil, when she was named a Global 500 laureate. The award recognises individuals and organisations for outstanding achievement in protection and improvement of the environment.

Last month, she was a keynote speaker at the World Neem Conference in Coimbatore, India.

The 59-year-old woman, who was born and brought up in Eldoret to a paralegal father, is passionate about the plant that has multiple uses.

Tavdi Village – Gujarat

The Tavdi is a beautiful village inhabited on the shores of the River Purna in South Gujarat State, India. It is only seven miles from the city of Navsari.

The population of Tavdi is approximately four to five thousand, and almost two to three thousand of Tavadia’s living abroad in countries like the UK, New Zealand, Canada, USA, and South Africa.

All these brothers and sisters of Tavdi are united, kind, generous, friendly and “VERY PROUD TO BE TAVADIAS”

Iran’s Abyaneh, a living history museum

Unique architecture and lifestyle have turned Iran’s historical village of Abyaneh into a living museum which attracts the eye of all beauty lovers.

abyanehEven today, in the 21st century the village seems untouched by time and its inhabitants still dress in traditional attire.  

Abyaneh is currently pending UNESCO’s approval to be registered as a World Heritage site. 

Healing Touch for Senior Citizens

The Crystallization of this Concept of Assisting “Senior Citizens” to lead a more fulfilling and meaningful life was conceived by the promoter himself, who in his early life had witnessed many old people living in total isolation, void of love, compassion, attention, and uncared for and being totally dependant on strangers to do even the minutest chores. Witnessing the sorrowful state of these old people led Captain Adi K. Mistry to venture into this concept to provide for these people respect, love, honor, dignity, with unparalleled comfort, the concept justifiably named “Healing Touch”.

Anthroposophy is a modern path of knowledge and a spiritual science, which enables the human being to gain a deep understanding of his/her own true nature, and of the world we live in. The word “Anthroposophy” comes from the Greek language, and means “wisdom of the human being”. This wisdom ultimately leads to the connection of the spiritual in the human being to the spiritual, which pervades the universe.

Anthroposophy as a world-view is not confined to the purely conceptual, but expresses itself in all realms of life on earth. The arts, the sciences, education, agriculture, medicine, architecture, all these fields have been permeated and transformed by the impulse of Anthroposophy. It is thus a living power, which appeals to the whole human being: to his/her three-fold nature of thoughts, feelings and actions.

Aban & Dilnawaz Bana