Category Archives: Youth

Join FEZANA At the UN CSW Presentation on March 13, 2020

The FEZANA UN-NGO Committee is pleased to announce that there will be a team of 4 speakers attending the 64th Commission on the Status of Women conference at the United Nations from March 8th to 20th, 2020.   FEZANA, in partnership with Aahung, Asha Centre, Pakistan Business Council and Shirkat Gah, will be presenting a workshop on:

Empowering Women through Health, Education and Enhancement in the Workplace

Speakers from NGOs/NPOs based in UK, New Zealand and Pakistan will share examples of their work covering a woman’s journey from adolescence through to the workplace and the challenges women face during these stages of life.  We encourage you all to attend the workshop as it is open to the public.

Workshop Details:

Date: March 13, 2020
Time: 6:15 PM
Venue: 4 W 43rd Street New York, NY 10036
Room: Green Room


Ferzeen Dadabhoy (Auckland, New Zealand) Analyst by profession, with a Bachelor’s in Business, majoring Management and International Business. Ferzeen is passionate about giving back to the community and raising awareness on the work done by various NGOs. In her leisure time, she likes to use her event planning skills to create fundraisers to support various NGOs and is always looking for unique ways to support NGOs that work with kids.

Miraal Mavalvala (Pakistan/Canada) Graduate student at McGill University pursuing a Master’s degree in Public Health. Born and raised in Pakistan, Miraal has worked with organizations including the Aga Khan University, WHO Sri Lanka and Palladium in the areas of Maternal and Child Health and Sexual and Reproductive Health. She recently completed her graduate placement at the Pan American Health Organization in Washington D.C., where she worked in the Department of Public Health Emergencies.

Sanaya Master (New Zealand/Canada) Sanaya conceptualized and organized the first World Zoroastrian Youth Leaders Forum at the ASHA Centre in Mar 2018. She has been a speaker at global and local Zoroastrian events including the 7th World Zoroastrian Youth Congress in LA, USA and the Jamshed K Pavri Seminar in Vancouver, Canada. In Aug 2019, Sanaya attended the 68th UN Civil Society Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah and compiled the Rapporteurs Report. She has also been the Guest Editor of the FEZANA Journal twice.

Shirin Mehri (Karachi, Pakistan) Shirin’s passion for an equitable educational and social landscape continues to be evident in her professional and volunteer work. After successfully completing projects in education in UAE, Tanzania, Azerbaijan and the US, Shirin is leading a project on family-friendly workplaces in Pakistan focusing on availability of childcare services. She holds a Masters degree in Entrepreneurial Leadership from Babson College and an undergraduate degree in Economics & Finance from SUNY Plattsburgh.

ZYNG 2.0


Shout out to all owners of Super & Vintage Bikes to be a part of this Zoroastrian Bike Rally on Sunday, 23rd February in memory of those we have lost too soon and uniting for the road safety cause.

Bike Ride Route: Parsi Gymkhana – Worli Sea Face – Bandra – Parsi Gymkhana

To ride and support this cause, feel free to call 9833735306/9820120626
Keep Calm and Helmet On!
#zyng2.0 #ZoroastrianYouthForNextGeneration #zoroastrian #parsi #bawabikers #parsiyouth #uniteforsafety #roadsafety #united #fun

17th Z-Games Update! Registration for Social Events is postponed now!

17th Z GAMES Postponed
To Summer 2021
Metro Washington, DC 
In these unprecedented times, public health and safety require the postponement and rescheduling of the 17th Z GAMES to Summer 2021. The ZAMWI Board of Trustees and the Z Games Advisory Committee will continue to plan for and host the 17th Z Games, and look forward to working with the Zoroastrian Sports Committee, FEZANA member associations, and all volunteers to host an exceptional games when the pandemic has ended and the economic uncertainty has subsided. 
ZAMWI would like to thank the FEZANA Executive Committee, the Zoroastrian Sports Committee, the volunteers from different associations serving as Z Games Ambassadors, and all the ZAMWI volunteers who have been working tirelessly in preparation for the Games.

Please reach out to if you would like to become an ambassador for your community or volunteer for the Games.
Please stay safe, stay at home, and practice the advice of experts to prevent and slow the spread of the virus. A quote from a physician in Chicago says it all: “Without taking drastic measures, the healthy and optimistic amoung us will doom the vulnerable.” Postponing the Z Games is the right thing to do.
All registrations completed to date for the originally scheduled Z Games will be refunded.
Sent on behalf of :
FEZANA Executive Committee
Zoroastrian Sports Committee
ZAMWI Board of Trustees
2020 Z Games Advisory Committee

The BuzZYNG Flea

For Zoroastrians, all roads led to Rustom Baug on the 25th of January for The BuzZYNG Flea, the launch event of ZYNG 2.0 (Zoroastrian Youth for the Next Generation), in a hip and happening new avatar. On Saturday evening, Zoroastrians of all age groups witnessed a complete makeover of the sprawling Rustom Baug Ground with ecstatic bohemian decor, scintillating performances, food and fashion indulgences and kids activities.

The shopaholics indulged in some of the latest fashion trends from boho clothing to stylish bags, funky accessories to glittery and artsy makeovers and much more offered by brands like the The Bubble Loft Co, The Hair Story, The Colour Nest, Dazzle, Bliss, Kaalon, Mint & Oak, Fabshield and more.

The crowd treated their taste buds and made their bellies happy with multiple cuisines and tasty treats offered by brands like Kaavo, Baosum, Nothing But Chicken, Wonder Popcorn, Za’atar, New York Burrito Company, Good Fettle, The Mystery Box, The Dessert Avenue, Bourzin’s Big Bites, The Junction and more.

Cerana Meads, Gymkhana91 and Grover Zampa Wines added buzz to The BuzZYNG Flea for the youth to unwind and relax by sipping on the best of the best cocktails, meads and wines while they enjoyed the scintillating performances by young Zoroastrian talented singers like Shanaya Boyce, Khurshed Mogrelia, Sarosh Sidhva, Rehan Balaporia and Hushad Khan along with great sets played by DJ Zubin Fanibanda. To top it all, Burzin Engineer and his dance crew (Dance Out India) enthralled the crowd with their energizing performance.

The 16th East Bombay Zoroastrian Scout Group (1920 – 2020) engaged the kids and preteens with unique and creative base games along with the application of teamwork and leadership skills which included cooking, tent pitching, commando crossing, observation focused games and more. Besides the bouncy castles entertaining the little ones, few kids also tried their hands with mosaic bottle and mandala dot painting offered by Art Inc.

Party games for all like smash my face, can knockdown, 7up7down, twister and more along with simulator racing (Ajmera Indikarting) were other fun activities, many enjoyed with their friends and family.

Actor Jim Sarbh from Padmavat and Neerja fame graced the event, interacting with the crowd and giving an opportunity to all to click some great memories with him. Some other eminent personalities in the Zoroastrian community like MTV VJ Benafsha Soonawala, Dance Master Marzi Pestonji, Model & Actress Sanaya Pithawalla, BPP trustees – Mr. Xerxes Dastur, Mrs. Armaity Tirandaz and Mr. Viraf Mehta along with BPP ex-Chairman Mr. Dinshaw Mehta were present to encourage the new committee of ZYNG2.0 to continually provide a platform for bringing the Zoroastrian youth closer.

ZYNG wants to thank the Sir Ness Wadia Memorial Pavillion (SNWMP) committee as well as the Rustom Baug Residents Association for always lending their support and the BPP trustees for their encouragement towards youth activities.

For more details on ZYNG2.0 and updates on upcoming exciting activities kindly follow: [] []

About ZYNG2.0:
ZYNG 2.0 is a whole new beginning with new ideas and a new committee to continually provide a platform for bringing the Zoroastrian youth closer.

Committee Member Names:
Farad Daruwalla
Fiona Karbhari
Farhad Cooper
Delshad Navalmaneck
Shanaya Boyce 
Delzin Irani
Pourushasp Mehta
Burjis Zaveri
Zenya Pavri
Burzin Engineer
Bianca Engineer
Natalia Dalal
Zubin Fanibanda


Photo Courtesy for Event Images – Jamshed Havewala
Photo Courtesy for the Committee Member Images at the studio – Yazaad B Karai, Talisman Studios

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Zoroastrian Games – 2020

The Zoroastrian Association of Metropolitan Washington, DC, Inc. (ZAMWI) is excited to welcome athletes, spectators, volunteers, friends and family from across the globe to the 2020 Z Games, July 1 – 5!

The Z Games Advisory Committee, chaired by Farshid Behmardi, has been working hard to prepare for this great event. This email provides important updates, deadlines, and ways you can get involved.

The early-bird registration is now open! To save money, we highly encourage you to take advantage of this early-bird opportunity. You can start your registration by visiting our website Bahar Boroumandrad chairs the registration subcommittee. Please reach out to Bahar at with any questions.

Stay informed about 2020 Z Games updates and deadlines by following our Instagram @2020zgames. In our Instagram account, you will also learn more about our volunteers, event developments, and you can reach out with suggestions and questions.

Hosting a well-organized and unifying event can only be possible with the help of volunteers. ZAMWI volunteers are partnering with volunteers from ZAPANJ to support the Games throughout the 4 days. If you are interested in volunteering, please click the link to complete the volunteer from or by going to our website, and submit the form under Get Involved.

The Z-game promises to be filled with intense competition, camaraderie, and lots of fun. Our mission is possible with your donations. For donations, please visit our website’s donation page,

If you are a business owner, this is the perfect opportunity to promote your business by becoming a sponsor. Our fundraising group has worked hard and put together several great sponsorship packages from which you can select what works for you. For more information
please visit

We are super excited for 2020 Z Games and hope that you join us!


2020 Z Games Advisory Committee


Humanitarian Expedition to Nepal, 2019

RAD AID International is taking a team of volunteers to Nepal, from September 7-21, 2019.

During the expedition a visit is scheduled to the Hospital and Rehabilitation Center for Disabled Children ( which has been caring for children with physical disabilities for over three decades.

On site manufacture of locally designed prosthetic devices at the facility keeps the costs under control. A school on the premises provides education to children during their post-operative phase of rehabilitation.  HRDC’s reputation for excellence in clinical care and outcomes draws patients from the neighboring border states of India.

Individuals with a desire to give of themselves to help in this humanitarian effort in global outreach are invited to join our team.

Carlin Ridpath, MD
Rad-Aid Country manager for Nepal,

Behram Pastakia, MD, FACR,
Chair, Zarathushti Youth Without Borders, FEZANA
Metropolitan Washington DC,

Dated : 28 July 2019

[Message from the FEZANA Zarathushti Youth Without Borders (ZYWIB) Committee]

Humanitarian Expedition to Nepal, 2019


CBSE and ICSE results are announced –
Ahmedabad based Parsi Boys and Girls have achieved with great success in
these examinations.
Their achievements are indeed laudable and highlighted. We wish them more success in future.
Heartiest congratulations to those who have done great in our community from Ahmedabad – they are:

1/ Kayroze Jamshed Shroff with 95.0% . CBSE Board
2/ Ria Adil Mirza with 84.6% . . CBSE Board
3/ Zeus Cherag Sethna with 83.0% . ICSE Board
4/ Kayan Jahish Daruwalla with 81.0% . CBSE Board
5/ Pearl Nozer Bokdawalla with 71.6% . CBSE Board

Since highest at 95% I attached photograph and result slip of Mr. Kayroze
Jamshed Shroff.
Need photographs and result slip of others ?

Dhanjishaw & Manijeh Gamir Charitable Trust – Ahmedabad.
Roda and Shavxa Mohudawala Charitable Trust – Ahmedabad

           M.Com., LL.B.[Spl.] CAIIB;



+91 98240 25279 + 98245 15279

Pallavi Shroff makes it to Bollywood

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.

Pallavi K Shroff

Z-Camp 2019 – San Jose

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.
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 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!

Cuttack boy Xerxes makes history

Xerxes Diniar Irani is the first-ever contestant from Odisha to qualify for the ‘Culling Round’ of the reality show ‘Roadies Real Heroes’.

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.

Putting the ‘grossly underrepresented’ Odia youth on the national map is something that Xerxes determinedly wants to do.

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.

Xerxes with his father Diniar Irani who is an ex-Olympian.

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.

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