Pallavi K. Shroff , our 24 year old pakki bawi with an unusual name has made her Bollywood debut in the field of special effects makeup in the Film Saand Ki Aankh . A cinematographer by qualification and a Prosthetics Artist by passion. She worked on a Kannada Film -Sakuchi and a Tamil Telugu Film – Game Over which are all yet to release. For the film Saand ki Aankh – She is the artist behind Taapsee Pannu’s look. First look is out- Releasing this Diwali.
Category Archives: Youth
Dear Zoroastrian Community,
We are happy to announce that Z-Camp 2019 will be held at San Jose Dar-e-Mehr from July 25th to July 28th.
We accept campers between the ages 13 thru 17 years old. They will need to apply on the website to be considered as campers.
All information and forms are on www. Zcamp.info
Individuals 18 years or older who have been a Z-Camp camper previously can apply on the web site by June 1, 2019 to be considered as a camp counselor for this year.
We also have a limited number of scholarships available for campers. If interested send us a brief email to firstname.lastname@example.org explaining why you should be considered. This information will be kept confidential.
Once again we would like to thank our community members for supporting Z-Camp.
Looking forward to a great Z-Camp!
Xerxes Diniar Irani is the first-ever contestant from Odisha to qualify for the ‘Culling Round’ of the reality show ‘Roadies Real Heroes’.
From a national level sportsman to an entrepreneur to a social worker, Xerxes Diniar Irani’s CV is as variegated as a busy Manhattan street on a Friday evening.
Hailing from Cuttack and an alumnus of Stewart School, Xerxes made history by becoming the first-ever contestant from Odisha to qualify for the ‘Culling Round’ of the popular reality TV series Roadies Real Heroes.
The 27-year-old former basketball player was pitted against another hopeful participant during the auditions but, in the end, it was Xerxes’ patience and physical abilities that impressed the likes of Rannvijay Singh, Neha Dhupia and Sandeep Singh, seeing him through to the next round.
When asked what made him venture onto a completely different path from what he has travelled before, Xerxes said that he wanted to put Odisha and the Odia youth, who have been grossly underrepresented in national media, on the map.
“Roadies is a platform where you can showcase your talent,” said Xerxes in an exclusive interview with Orissa POST. “I want to become a youth icon and represent my state. Basically, I want to gain some popularity and mileage because I want to use that to promote a sports academy which I am hoping to open very soon.”
“Secondly, it’s a childhood dream come true since I have grown up watching Roadies on TV,” he added. “As someone who loves the outdoors, adventure sports and anything that challenges my physical capabilities, Roadies was the perfect fit for me.”
Xerxes belongs to a family that is steeped in sports. His father, Diniar Parvez Irani, is a former Olympian who was part of the Indian national basketball team in its only Olympic appearance at the 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow. His mother, Gayatri Devi Irani, a princess belonging to the Ranpur royal family, is a former national level basketball player as well. If that wasn’t enough, his sister Dilnawaz is a former district level swimmer.
After completing his schooling, Xerxes studied for two years at Ravenshaw University before moving to St. Xavier’s College in Kolkata for his graduation. A stint with Decathlon Sports was followed by an entrepreneurial job that saw him open one of eastern India’s first Laser Tag arenas.
A social worker as well, Xerxes was involved with ‘Bridges of Sport,’ an NGO primarily focused on offering a platform to promote sporting excellence among remote and tribal communities in India.
“My long term goal is to start a sports academy,” Xerxes continued. “I want to show everyone what I am capable of and bring Odisha on the map. At the national level, the youth of Odisha is not just underrepresented but also misunderstood, which is something I want to rectify.”
“I also want to open a channel on YouTube and Instagram where I would be able to motivate people to pick up sports as a profession or just as a hobby to live a healthier lifestyle,” he added.
Having worked with charities before, the ambitious boy from Cuttack also plans to register his own sports based NGO soon.
“Starting my own NGO is definitely on the cards. Basically, I want to cater to promoting sports at the grassroots level, providing support through equipment, coaches, training facilities and identifying talent in rural India,” he said.
Xerxes believes that being on national television would give him the opportunity to create a public identity that could help him implement his ambitious projects.
Describing his experience in the Roadies studios, Xerxes concluded: “It was exhilarating, it was exciting, it was like a dream. Meeting so many talented people from all across India was beyond exceptional.”
“Besides, meeting Rannvijay, former Indian hockey captain Sandeep Singh, and Neha Dhupia was an amazing experience,” he said.
The 5th edition of the Zoroastrian Return To Roots Program began in Mumbai, India today on December 19, 2018.
22 Zarathushti youth from USA, Canada, Pakistan, New Zealand and India gathered in Mumbai at the Cusrow Baug Pavilion to kick off the program.
Aban Marker-Kabraji, Co-Chair of RTR Program welcomed the RTR Fellows and briefed them about the history of the program and the ethos and principles on which the program is based. She emphasized the diversity of the program and thanked the institutional and individual donors who have put their faith in this program. Arzan Sam Wadia, Program Director of RTR briefed everyone about the upcoming daily program details over the next 15 days.
The group were given a brief history of the Cusrow Baug, Mumbai’s premier Zoroastrian housing colony by Hoshang Jal, the Secretary of Cusrow Baug Pavilion.
Homi Gandhi, President of FEZANA spoke of FEZANA’s commitment as a MoU partner in supporting RTR as an institutional partner.
The participants then made their way to the legendary Britannia for a scrumptious Parsi meal and a personal meeting with its equally legendary owner Boman Kohinoor.
Later in the afternoon, RTR Fellows were welcomed at Madison World, India’s premier advertising and marketing agency headed by the dynamic father-daughter duo of Sam Balsara and Lara Balsara. Here the Fellows got a masterclass in entrepreneurship, media, advertising and a detailed deep-dive in the story behind the hugely successful ad campaign for Jiyo Parsi.
Over the next two weeks Fellows will travel to Pune, Nargol, Sanjan, Udvada, Navsari and Surat before returning to Mumbai for the return leg.
As is customary, all the pre-planning leading up to this day and the daily logistics of the trip is run by RTR Alumni who come back year on year, to continue the program. Zubin Gheesta and Sheherazad Pavri from Mumbai, Kayras Irani from Auckland, Tanya Hoshi from Toronto and Cyrus Karanjia from Karachi are the alumni who will be assisting with the running of the program
Trail Blazers India, as RTR’s logistics partners since inception were represented by Hutokshi Marker, CEO and Kurush Charna, CTO who will travel with the group for the entire duration.
Parsis have played an important part in Indian cricket history.
Parsis were the first Indian side to visit England in 1886. And around 12 Parsis, such as Farrokh Engineer, Polly Umrigar, Nari Contractor, have played for the Indian cricket teams over the years. The last big name being India women’s captain Diana Edulji.
There still exist a few Parsi clubs in Mumbai which play in the famous monsoon cricket Kanga League, but the Parsi cricketers are almost invisible on the cricketing scene.
On Wednesday morning, one Parsi cricketer — Arzan Nagwaswalla must have made his community proud with a heartening bowling performance, representing Gujarat, that bamboozled Mumbai in their own den Wankhede Stadium.
On a grassy pitch, Nagwaswalla not only came up with a five-wicket haul (5/78) but also seemed to indicate that it is not all over as far as cricketing legacy of the Parsis is concerned.
Nagwaswalla was involved in a major batting Mumbai collapse after bringing three wickets down in two overs at 74 of Suryakumar Yadav, Armaan Jaffer and Aditya Tare even as the calls by his teammates of “Well bowled Bawa” went around. He completed his five wickets after dismissing Dhrumil Matkar after dismissing Mumbai’s crisis man Siddhesh Lad.
“This is my first season and third Ranji match. I have played age group cricket for Gujarat and the performances there helped me in my promotion to the Ranji side,” said the 21-year-old cricketer.
Nagwaswalla said he was nervous when he was handed over the new ball to bowl at the Wankhede. “It all evaporated after the first over. It was my first match on this ground, was a good wicket to bow on. I got the rewards for putting the ball on the right place.”
The youngster has not played club cricket, but he has trained under former Ranji Trophy players. “There are no clubs. My village Umbergaon is on the border of Maharashtra. We had a few Ranji players at our players and I worked under them. I got interest and then the opportunities one after another.”
Nagwaswalla isn’t aware if whether Parsi cricketers still play cricket in domestic circuit. “Mine is not a cricket background. I knew there were Parsi players, who played for India and I know some names. However, I don’t know about the current situation…who is playing or not.”
“I am the youngest player in my town. Not many from my community are left back there and they have either moved to Mumbai or migrated elsewhere,” said Nagwaswalla, who idolises Zaheer Khan and Wasim Akram.
Registrations are now open at Wings ‘18!
Please register for the event(s) of your choice.
- Table Tennis
- Indirect Volleyball
- Throw ball
- Midnight Treasure Hunt
- 1 vs 1 football
- FIFA 19
- Bawa’s Got Talent
Venue – Rustom Baug Grounds
Dates – 8th,9th,10th,11th November
Follow us – https://instagram.com/wings__18
For registrations contact;
Shazen Elavia – 9820175935
Arish Sidhwa – 9870423046
The Zoroastrian Return to Roots Program is pleased to announce the opening of applications for Return to Roots 5 Trip scheduled to take place from 19th December, 2018 to 2nd January 2019. This will be the fifth tour after the first four very successful tours in 2013-14, 2015, 2016 and 2017.
The aim of Zoroastrian Return to Roots is to bring together young Zoroastrians from across the world between the ages of 22-35; to return to their roots, reconnect with their culture, and revive the community. Participants (‘Fellows’) will explore various significant Zoroastrian historical, religious, cultural, and archaeological sites in India over a trip of 15 days.
The itinerary will take participants to Mumbai, Gujarat and Pune.
What happens when 4 Dasturjis, 2 architects, 2 therapists, 2 Lawyers, an advertising exec, an entrepreneur, a paramedic, a filmmaker, a sommelier, a colonel in the US army, a political consultant, a yoga instructor…. all walk into the Forest of Dean in England?
A social movement finds its wings!
Article by Narges Kakalia
In March 2018, a group of young Parsi and Iranian Zoroastrians from India, Pakistan, Canada, the US, UK, Australia and New Zealand gathered for ten days at the inaugural World Zoroastrian Youth Leadership Forum at the beautiful Asha Center in England. They came at the generous invitation of Zerbanoo Gifford, who founded the Asha Center, a beautiful, serene retreat space in Gloucestershire, that delivers transformative education “to bring about lasting inner, social and environmental change.” The Asha Centre was founded on Zoroastrian-inspired principles of environmental and social sustainability. The Forum was organized by Asha Center intern Sanaya Master of New Zealand, who helped run the Forum. The participants had all been identified as people who play leadership roles in their local communities.
The Forum was nothing short of transformative for the participants. The group of 20 young Zoroastrians worked together under the auspices of instructors Mark Gifford, an interfaith minister who has extensively studied Zoroastrianism, and Adrian Locher, an actor, director and specialist in conflict resolution. Through various exercises and energizers, Adrian and Mark helped the Forum participants connect with each other at a deep level. Then, together, the participants identified challenges facing Zoroastrian communities worldwide (some examples included youth engagement/empowerment, global support for Udvada Iranshah, diminishing knowledge of/engagement with scriptures/religious texts, the need for appropriate places of worship in the diaspora, etc.) and then brainstormed ways to surmount those challenges to build a stronger, more sustainable community. While religious education was discussed, the main focus of the Forum was on building momentum for engagement and active participation at every level of the global Zoroastrian community. The Forum concluded with the participants starting a written document that sets forth a mission, vision statement, and plans and projects for the future.
Of course no Zoroastrian event could ever be complete without some fun, silliness, and an obsessive focus on food and drink. In addition to the daily question, “what are we eating today,” the Forum saw the first ever Zoroastrian Masterchef challenge, a Zoros-Got-Talent night (featuring Lion King sung in a dagli, and sari-clad Spice Girls), a few heartfelt Freddie Mercury invocations, and roadtrips (to Oxford and Wales) during which some enterprising young Zoroastrians used bathroom breaks to buy and bootleg alcohol onto the Asha Center premises. Groups of participants routinely stayed up until 2 or 3 am, discussing their various communities and bonding with fellow participants over hot topic debates and games of Mafia! When the Forum concluded, the organizers, participants, staff and volunteers at the Asha Center bid each other somewhat tearful goodbyes. Though begun, the challenging work of initiating and building sustainable projects for a stronger community still remains. Stay tuned to this space for progress reports over the months and years to come.
Diana Bharucha, Seattle USA
Karl Desai, Sydney Australia
Jim Engineer, Chicago USA
Tanya Hoshi, Toronto Canada
Kayras Irani, Vancouver Canada
Narges Kakalia, New Jersey USA
Tinaz Karbhari, Auckland New Zealand
Jehaan Kotwal, Mumbai India
Shazneen Limjerwala, Mumbai India
Jimmy Madon, Lemington Spa, UK
Sanaya Master, Auckland New Zealand
Layla Mazdayasni, San Diego USA
Shazneen Munshi, London UK
Shireen Patel, Lahore Pakistan
Sheherazad Pavri, Mumbai India
Cyrus Rivetna, Chicago USA
Arashasp Shroff, Toronto Canada
Benafsha Shroff, Denver USA
Cainaz Vakharia, Washington D.C. USA
Arzan Sam Wadia, New York USA