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Riches to rehab: Mumbai palace welcomes new tenants

The 19th century palatial residence of one of Mumbai’s wealthiest denizens has been reincarnated as the city’s most excellent private drug rehab centre.

When a daily tabloid carried the story of a U.S.-based Indian millionaire checking in to Mumbai’s Masina Hospital for a de-toxification program in December 2009, interest in the low profile, community-based hospital set amidst verdant gardens in Byculla, went wild.

Courtesy : Minocheher Damania

All-India Directory of Parsi institutions

All-India Directory of Parsi institutions compiled by Marzban J. Giara.
280 pages, hard bound Published March 2010. Price Rs.200/-

N. M. Wadia Charities has published an All-India Direectory of Parsi institutions compiled by Marzban Giara. This directory was released by Justice Shahrukh J. Kathawalla at Malcolm Baug, Jogeshwari on Sunday 2nd May 2010. It is a handy reference book of over 500 Parsi institutions.

It contains useful information about all Atash Behrams, agiaries, anjumans, associations, clubs/gymkhanas, colleges. cultural societies, dharamshalas, funds/trusts, foundations, hostels, Parsi newspapers and magazines, convalescent homes/infirmaries, charitable dispensaries/ hospitals, libraries, museums, orphanages, religious societies, schools, Parsi/Zoroastrian websites.

A survey questionnaire was prepared and mailed to various Parsi organisations. Announcements were also made in Jame Jamshed, Bombay Samachar and Parsiana requesting heads of institutions to send their information to N. M. Wadia Charities .

Over a hundred years ago in 1911 Shams-Ul-Ulama Ervad Dr. Sir Jivanji Jamshedji Modi published a book in Gujarati listing the names of Parsi institutions existing at that time. It is hoped that this book will spread awareness among our community members about the resources and facilities available. It will also serve as a guide to philanthropists big and small who desire to contribute for causes dear to them.

This book is available from N. M . Wadia Charities, N. M. Wadia Building, 123, Mahatma Gandhi Road, Fort, Mumbai 400001 Tel. 022- 22674271 e-mail: nmwadiacharities@

Courtesy : Zareer Giara

Thana Parsi Zoroastrian Anjuman

TPZA was founded more that 50 years ago by Late Mr. Bomanshaw Taraporewalla and other respectable PARSIS of those times.
The sole objective of our TRUST has always been to engage in social and cultural events that can bind and bring the community together
It has been one of the pioneer trusts in THANE PARSI community to be the backbone of the PARSI cause which is PHILANTROPHY
While the trust engages in community events in THANE; it has also been very active in preserving the sanctity of this community by safe guarding our AGIARY and THANE properties which rightfully belong to the community.

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Poona Parsee Panchayat Trustees

All the Seven Candidates mentioned hereinbelow are Declared Elected unopposed for the post of Trustees of the POONA PARSEE PANCHAYAT for the period of 3 years. commencing from 01·04·2010.

  5. MR. MEHTA. RUMY. P.




Parsi Punchayet Bombay-Liaison Committee

We are a Family and Children Welfare unit rendering services in the field of Health, Education and Welfare.

We run a Work Centre from where we sell Sadras, Kustis, Pyjamas and Dusters which gives employment to poor ladies. We offer employment under a rehabilitation programme and also investigate cases for charity help referred to us by more than 30 Trusts of Mumbai and Valsad.

We organize activities for children, viz. Holiday Camps;  New Year functions, outings/picnics and free distribution of exercise books/stationery.

This year, we will be conducting a free holiday camp for poor

Parsi/Irani Zoroastrian children in May at the Cama Convelesent · Home, Bandra which will include full day outings picnics/movies and fun frolic activities. For details, you may wish to contact Mrs. C.K. Batty, Holiday Camp Coordinator on Mobile No. 9819456991.


We would be grateful to receive your generous contribution in support of the above activities. Cheques to be drawn in favour of  ‘Parsi Punchayet Bombay-Liaison Committee’ and forward to:

Parsi Punchavet Bombav – Liaison Committee ,.Sir H.C. Dinshaw Industrial lnstitute Building. 275- V, Chikalwacli. Tanka, ­Mumbai – 400 007.

  • Tel.: 23882748,23811233


Sir Hormusjee Nowrojee Mody

(This is the success story of a Parsi youth who was knighted a century ago. A teen age journalist became a merchant prince and founded Hong Kong University. It is written with the hope that it would inspire our youths – Marzban J. Giara)

 His family originally hailed from Surat but is different from that of Davar Mody family. His grandfather Rustomji Navroji’s grandfather Lowjee Dhanji worked as a supplier of goods to Abdul Gafoor’s (a 17thcentury merchant) commercial vessels and thus his family derived the surname Mody. Lowjee’s son Manekji was a cloth merchant at Surat and was also an agent of Portuguese traders. One of his sons Rustomji went to Daman on the recommendation of a Portuguese official and started a cloth weaving and dyeing factory. Rustomji and one of his sons Kharshedji stayed on at Daman and were known as Damanwalla Mody. His other son Navroji went to Lahore and was the administrator of Jassawalla’s firm there for many years. Navroji’s two sons Nusserwanji and Rustomji went to Lucknow and settled there. Nusserwanji was the deputy superintendent of police at Lucknow in 1859. Hormusjee, the third son of Navroji went to Hong Kong and became famous. 

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Technical Education – Parsi Boys

Admission For Parsi Boys.

  1. The N. M. Petit Charity Fund operates the J. N. Petit Technical High School at Pune for the last 61 yrs. It is an English Medium Technical High School recognized by the Government. Classes are conducted from KG to the S.S.C. A Boarding section is operated specially and only for Parsi Boys in the fresh atmosphere of Pune. All requirements of Boarders are met – Boarding, Lodging, School Books, Uniforms, Bed-Linen, Sports Kit, etc. Our School has secured excellent results year after year and is also leading in sports activities in Pune District. Some of the School Boys have also been selected for the Inter Division, Inter State and National Level Sports Teams.
  2. In addition all students from Std. I to the S.S.C. are given competent knowledge in Computer Education, Drawing, Music, Elocution and Hindi / Marathi.

From Stds. VIII to X two Technical subjects are taught compulsorily in addition to the rest of the academic subjects. We also have a Tutorial system to coach boys in the evening. For those who are really weak and unable to cope with the S.S.C. syllabus, we have a special section offering the National Institute of Open Studies wherein they have to appear for only 5 subjects instead of the 11 subJects of the regular S.S.C. Boys.

  1. Parents who wish to keep their boys in our school may collect the application forms from the above address and return them duly filled up to the same address by 29th January 2010. For any additional information required call Telephone Nos. 22871720/65560242 (MUMBAI).

Admissions for Medicine, Dentistry and Engineering

The Bombay Parsi Punchayet takes pleasure in announcing for Medicine, Dentistry and Engineering courses in an Institution (Deemed University) in Mangalore (Karnataka State), for the Academic Year 2010-11.

Interested candidates who have cleared Std.XII with a minimum of 50% marks in Physics, Chemistry & Biology would qualify for Entrance Test, NU UGET likely to be held in the month of May 2010. The syllabus for the Entrance Test will basically cover Physics, Chemistry and Biology of 11th and 12th Standards.

For Engineering students, subjects required are Physics & Maths. Chemistry is optional. Even Computer Science or Electronics or Biology subjects would be considered for eligibility.

The marks scored in the Entrance Test will form the basis for allotment of ranks and the seats will be offered on the basis of MERIT ALONE.  Minimum Entrance Test marks for NU UGET is 50% to obtain a rank.

The probable fee structure would be as follows:

MBBS             : Rs. 3,72,750/- in the 1 year and Rs. 3,63,000/- per annum thereafter.

BDS                 : Rs. 4,77,500/- in the 1 year and Rs. 4,63,000/- per annum thereafter.

ENGINEERING: Rs. 2.50 lacs per annum and thereafter.

Trustees of Bombay Parsi Punchayet will subsidize the fees for all 4 years in deserving cases.

All the details will be available on website in March ­2010.

The candidates should apply directly online with a hard copy addressed to:



209, DR. D. N. ROAD, FORT, MUMBAI 400 001.

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