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Parsis absorbed various cultures’ cuisines and made them their own

On a cool, gray San Francisco morning, Niloufer Ichaporia King, the author of My Bombay Kitchen: Traditional and Modern Parsi Home Cooking, was driving to the Alemany Farmers’ Market, an outdoor venue offering an incredible selection of moderately priced fruits and vegetables grown on small farms in the area ….. More with some interesting recipes……..

Sugar in the Milk: A Parsi Kitchen Story

Parsi culture is about 3,000 years old and goes back from India to Persia. UNESCO’s Parsi Zoroastrian Project estimates only 75,000 Parsis remain, and it has begun an effort to salvage what’s left of the culture — its clothing, traditions and food. UNESCO projects that by 2020, only 25,000 Parsis will be left. King is also known for her ritual celebrations of Navroz, the Parsi New Year, on the first day of spring, when she creates an elaborate, ceremonial meal based on the auspicious foods and traditions of her vanishing culture. Often she and the chefs of Alice Waters’ legendary restaurant, Chez Panisse, collaborate on this ritual feast together. On that night, the restaurant is decorated with garlands of gardenias, tuberose and fragrant flowers in the doorways. Rice flour stencils of fish and other auspicious shapes are powdered onto the sidewalk and steps of the restaurant to bring good luck. King cooks while her husband, biochemist David, chalks the stencils and designs and illustrates the menus.

Availability of premises for Conferences/meetings

Hello everybody, I am presently working as an Administrator with Bharda Marzban Educational Trust which owns and manages the School named as Bharda New High School & Junior College since last 100 years. We are centrally located in South Bombay just opposite the C.S.T. station in Fort area and about 10-15 minutes from Churchgate station. This is to inform everybody that our School is allowing the usage of its Classrooms, hall and its conference room to outsiders on very reasonable rates afer school hours and on Sat/Sun/holidays. The usage could be for eductional/social/ religious functions/seminars or otherwise. We collect resonable compensation for the usage and give a donation receipt. In case anybody from our group is interested please let me know.The capacity of each room is as follows:Classroom: 25-30 persons, Hall 150-200 ; Conference room 25-30.The infrastructure is simple and on heritage lines. Secondly, our School requires Teachers for various subjects. We have put up an advertisement in the Times of India -Classified pages on 6.2.2008 requesting for response to P.B.No. 153684 K. Anybody interested on above two points can contact me on telephone or come personally to our School.thank you for your time. Neville MehtaBharda New High School & Junior College,Tel: 22072349(9.30-4.30)

Bush names Jamshed Choksy to Humanities Council

Bush nominated Mumbai-born Jamshed Kersasp Choksy to the Council, which is part of the National Endowment for the Humanities. The nominations of Choksy and other members to the 26-member body await Senate confirmation.His research examines the development of sectarian communities in Central Asia, the Near East and South Asia — where he has traveled extensively — through interdisciplinary approaches involving anthropology, archeology, history, languages, linguistics, literatures, numismatics and religious studies. Professor Choksy is the author of three books: Evil, Good, and Gender: Facets of the Feminine in Zoroastrian Religious History (Peter Lang Publishers, 2002); Conflict and Cooperation: Zoroastrian Subalterns and Muslim Elites in Medieval Iranian Society (Columbia University Press, 1997); and Purity and Pollution in Zoroastrianism: Triumph over Evil (University of Texas Press, 1989).

He is writing a book on the history of Iranian religions for the Harvard University Press and is an associate editor of the Encyclopedia of Sex and Gender (Macmillan, 2007).

Nowruz may be part of UNESCO heritage

Iran will play host to the final review session regarding the application of Nowruz to UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage list in May.

Nowruz is the start of the Iranian New Year and marks the first day of spring in the northern hemisphere on March 21st.

The Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH) defines intangible or living heritage as including oral traditions and expressions, performing arts, social practices and festive events, knowledge and practices about nature and the universe and traditional craftsmanship.


Parsism or Zoroastrianism is about 2600 years old and finds its origin in Persia. The religion was founded by Spenta Zarathustra or Zoroaster, who is considered as the Prophet of the Parsis. Zoroastrian practice is based on the responsibility of every man and woman to choose between good and evil, and to respect God’s creations. Prophet Zarathustra, who lived in Iran in 6000 BC, expounded a dualistic philosophy, based on the opposing powers of the good and the evil. Zarathustra preached the oneness of god and believed that Ahura Mazda was the one and only god, who is formless and has six great aspects called the Amesha-Spentas. These are Ardibehest, Bahman, Shahrivar, Spendarmad, Khordad and Amardad. The mortals can worship Him in one of these forms. The Parsis believe that the Ahura Mazda is eternally in conflict with Angra Mainyu or Ahirman, who represents the evil force. Man has a free will to align himself to good or evil. Soul is immortal and upon death, the good go to Heaven and evil fall into Hell. The Parsis believe in the coming of the Saoshyant (Saviour) to the earth to defeat evil and further righteousness (Ashoi). They belief that when the Saoshyant comes, the final spiritual battle between the forces of good and evil will commence, resulting in the utter destruction of evil. Ristakhiz, the resurrection of the dead will take place – the dead will rise, by the Will of Ahura Mazda. The Final Judgement of all souls will commence, at the hands of Ahura Mazda the Judge (Davar) and all sinners punished, then forgiven, and humanity made immortal and free from hunger, thirst, poverty, old age, disease and death.

Zoroastrian News Agency (ZNA)

Dear Fellow Zarathushti (follower of Zarathushtra, Zartosht or Zoroaster):As the need for the Zoroastrian community to keep in touch with its members globally is rapidly on the rise, we have set forth to establish the Zoroastrian News Agency (ZNA), which will cover unbiased news related to all aspects of our greater community worldwide.
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