DREAM!  DREAM!  DREAM!


People throughout history have taken pride in their ancestral roots, but new studies of migrations of people into Europe and elsewhere are showing that no one’s heritage is “pure”

One example of the racial purity concept is that of people so famous for touting their “racial purity” and being the “master race”— Ancient Origins

 

If one believes that one

Is of Pure Aryan race

With Zoroastrian Blood

Running through our veins

Think again!!!

 

Hundred of years ago

When our ancestors  fled Persia

How was the migration charted?

By what route they come?

What was it

By land “air” or sea?

‘Cause this is

Very puzzling to me

If only those who

Still  believe in pure blood

Take a DNA test

Research their family tree

And solve the mystery

Put the “mystery at rest.

 

Zoroastrianism hasn’t

Put us in a “straight jacket”

Given us the freedom

Of thoughts words deeds

One can soar

As high as one wants

‘Cause sky is the limit

 

My only  beef is with

People preventing

Others from practicing

Their faith

As though they

Are guardians of our faith

I hate to bust the bubble

Do not be disappointed

O! “Pure Blooded” when

One is  denied Entry

Through the “Heavenly Gates”

 

Please don’t take

Dictates from others

As to what one

Can or cannot do

As the life starts to ebb

TheFinal decision rest

 

Please don’t take

Dictates from others

As to what one

Can or cannot do

As the life starts to ebb

The onus lies

Solely with you

 

Choicest Happiness

 

Farida

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Zoroastrian prayer, the Ashem Vohu, found in China


This manuscript comes not from India or Iran, the lands associated today with the Zoroastrian religion, but from Dunhuang in Central China, and is written in Sogdian, a medieval Iranian language.

It contains a short text concerning the prophet Zarathushtra (Zoroaster in Greek sources) and a phonetic transcription into the Sogdian script of the holy ‘Ashem Vohu’ prayer, composed originally in Avestan, a more ancient Iranian language. Probably dating from the ninth century, this manuscript is some 400 years older than any other surviving Zoroastrian scripture.

Originating in Central Asia, Zoroastrianism teaches the importance of good thoughts, words, and actions, in a world where the forces of the all-knowing Lord Ahura Mazda, are constantly opposed to those of the evil spirit, Angra Mainyu. The oldest scriptures, referred to as the Avesta or Zend, were, however, not written down until around the sixth century AD, many centuries after their composition.

From Central Asia, Zoroastrianism spread southwest to Iran where it was the religion of the Achaemenid kings (550–330 BCE) and their successors until the Arab conquest in the mid-seventh century. Subsequently, Zoroastrian refugees from Iran settled in Gujarat in India, where they are known as Parsis, i.e. ‘Persians’. Today, in addition to the Zoroastrians of Iran and India, there are Parsi communities worldwide.

In Central Asia, Sogdian traders, whose homeland was the area of Samarkand in present-day Uzbekistan, carried their religion eastwards to China where it survived for many centuries alongside Buddhism, Manichaeism and Christianity. Sogdian communities developed at staging posts along the trade route, and in Dunhuang, where this manuscript was found, there is written evidence as early as the fourth century for a Zoroastrian temple, which was still flourishing in the early 10th century. The Sogdian language, in which this text was written, died out some time after the 10th century, but a related dialect, Yagnobi, still survives as a minority language spoken in the Yagnob valley north of Dushanbe, Tajikistan.

How was the manuscript discovered?

This manuscript was one of 40,000 or so manuscript scrolls and fragments hidden in one of the ‘Caves of a Thousand Buddhas’  – a cliff wall near the city of Dunhuang honeycombed with 492 grottoes cut from the rock from the fourth century onwards and decorated with religious carvings and paintings. This manuscript was acquired by the archaeologist and explorer Aurel Stein in 1907 during his second expedition to Central Asia.

What does this fragment show?

This manuscript fragment appears to be the top 10 lines of a scroll. Traces of where the next sheet was attached are still visible at the bottom. The text has been written with some care in a large and calligraphic hand, with a ruled margin on the right hand side. To judge from the paper and style of calligraphy, our scribe may also have copied another similar Sogdian fragment preserved in the British Library which tells the story of the Iranian national hero Rustam.

https://www.bl.uk/collection-items/zoroastrian-prayer

Missing Sam – Paucity of Real Life Heroes today!


After the resounding success of ‘Raazi’, director Meghna Gulzar is all set to tell the story of Field Marshal Sam Manekshaw, who led the Indian Army during the Indo-Pakistan War of 1971 as Chief of the Army Staff. He was the first Indian Army officer to be promoted to the rank of Field Marshal.
Speaking about what prompted her to tell his story, Meghna told BT, “We have a severe paucity of heroes today. We don’t have any and definitely not from the real world. He was one such real-life hero. Even the slightest mention of him is held in high regard by generations who have known him. Hence, I think that subsequent generations need to know about his life. He was widely felicitated as he was one of the most decorated officers of our country, but it’s important for people to know about him today and not let a hero like him fade away in the pages of history.”

Field Marshal Sam Manekshaw

The acclaimed director adds, “What appealed to me the most about him is that he was somebody who would neither take himself or his huge accomplishments, or whatever difficulties he faced in his life seriously. He was someone who could face any situation with a smile. Even if a war was brewing, he wouldn’t snap or get frazzled. He was in complete control of the situation and a hands-on leader, who was aware of ground reality — whether it was about the logistical difficulties his most junior officers faced, concern for the jawans, their health issues or their pension. He was aware of the grass root reality, people’s strength and weaknesses. That’s what made him a great leader.”

The director also explained why the film isn’t a ‘biopic’ per se. She clarified, “I don’t even look at Raazi as a biopic, because we are not tracing the story of her life from her birth to death, in chronological order. You are looking at an event in her life. Similarly, Sam Manekshaw’s life is so vast and full that there is no way you can make a chronological biopic on him in two hours. What we are trying to do is tell the story of this man with utmost honesty, without making it sound like a historical document.”

Talking about the casting for this ambitious project, Meghna who is collaborating with Ronnie Screwvala on the film revealed, “I want to get done with the writing before I go down that road, or else I will get stuck with a name or a face and I don’t want that to influence the script.”

Maja Daruwala with her father Sam Manekshaw

Maja Daruwala, daughter of Sam Manekshaw, speaks about the film being made on her father

‘As a family, we are excited about Ronnie, Meghna and team taking on the important task of reintroducing Sam’s legacy to generations, who never had the chance to know him. His values were values that we all should carry forward. This film will play a great role in ensuring that.’

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/entertainment/hindi/bollywood/news/meghna-gulzar-we-have-a-paucity-of-heroes-today-and-sam-manekshaw-was-one-such-real-life-hero/articleshow/64749044.cms

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Field Marshal Manekshaw was loving, gracious, playful and charismatic

https://indianexpress.com/article/opinion/columns/missing-field-marshal-sam-manekshaw-5234640/


POWER OF LOVE


“Love Thy Neighbour”

We have all

Heard this before

But unfortunately

The whole world

Is engulfed in

Hatred Violence

Revenge & war!

 

To you all

I may be barking

Up a wrong tree

According to our

Prophet Zarathushtra

He must be thinking:

“How sharper than

A serpents tooth it

Is to have a thankless child”

 

Don’t be fooled

If it becomes mandatory

For a woman to

Wear a Hijab

And cover oneself

From head to toe

Be under the control

Of your men folk

24/7/365

As for men mandatory

No longer drinking and

Long  beards to grow.

 

When one realizes the

Freedom that we

Take & took for granted

Is gone and will

Never be

replaced

Do not go on

One’s bended knees

Ask for His Grace

‘Cause one day

One will realize

That one is no

Longer “A Zoroastrian”

 

Even after learning that

Our Sacred Bulls were decimated

As well some of our religious symbols

Still doesn’t seem to affect you

May be “A Parsi Peg or two”

Will awaken you

 

 

Wake up “O Learned ones”

Do not sit on your laurels

As well  those who are

Denied from practicing

Zoroastrianism

Wake up & take

Up the cudgels

Break Free

 

Choicest Happiness

 

Farida

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ZFN Webinar 2 – Financing for Higher Education for Indian Students – 24 June – 9am IST


Thanks to all those who participated in the above Webinar. Special thanks to

  1. Farrokh Mistree, L.A. Comp Chair, Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering, University of Oklahoma, Norman, Oklahoma, USA, farrokh.Mistree@ou.edu
  2. Farrokh Rustomjee, Chief Executive, R. D. Sethna Scholarship Fund, Esplanade House, 29, Hazarimal Somani Marg, Fort, Mumbai-400001, Tel: 022-22077044; Email: office@rdsethnascholarships.org Website: www.rdsethnascholarships.org
  3. Neville Shroff, The Incorporated Zoroastrian Charity Funds of Hongkong, Canton and Macao, hkzcfund@netvigator.com
  4. T J Ravishankar, J. N. Tata Endowment, Mulla House, 4thfloor, 51, Mahatma Gandhi Road, Fort, Mumbai-400001. Tel:022-66657643Email:tjravishankar@tatatrusts.org
  5. M George – Vice President, Paras Education Foundation, 4th floor, Khetan Bhavan, J. Tata Road, Churchgate, Mumbai-400020, Web: www.isloan.org  Tel: 022-22831637, Email: george@isloan.org  Mobile: 9830043381

who lucidly explained the details. All participants greatly benefited and expressed satisfaction at the takeaways from the session.

At the peak, we had 33 participants and the presentations were smooth and ran without a glitch.

For the benefit of all, here is the recording of the session :

And here is Farrokh Mistree’s presentation – ZFN_FinanceWebinar_062318

WZO Grand Patron Ambassador Jamsheed Marker passes away


21 June 2018

WZO Grand Patron and World’s longest-serving Pakistani Ambassador Jamsheed Marker passes away

WZO Grand Patron and veteran Pakistani diplomat Jamsheed Marker passed away in Karachi on 21 June 2018 in the morning.

Foreign Minister Abdullah Hussain Haroon of Pakistan, while expressing deep sorrow over the sad demise of Ambassador Jamshed K. Marker said,” Pakistan has lost a true and noble son and a brilliant icon.”

The veteran diplomat was listed in the Guinness Book of Records as having been “ambassador to more countries than any other person” .

Marker with former UN Secretary General Kofi Annan

Photo: Jamsheed Marker/ Herald

He was Pakistan’s top envoy to the United States and more than a dozen other countries for more than three decades and earned the distinction as the “world’s longest-serving ambassador”.

The Hilal-e-Imtiaz recipient was also an accomplished cricket commentator and was fluent in English, Urdu, Gujarati, French, German and Russian.

Marker with his wife

Photo: Jamsheed Marker/ Herald

He is survived by his daughter and wife.

Marker’s funeral ceremony will be held at 3:30pm in Bath Island, Karachi after which his body will be taken to the Tower of Silence in Mehmoodabad.

We at WZO offer our sincere condolences to the family.

May his soul rest in Eternal Peace in Garothman Behest and may his exemplary life inspire future generations.

Kind Regards,

Shahpur F Captain

Chairman

chairman@w-z-o.org

Medical appeal for young Zarir Daruwalla, in Bombay


Zarir Daruwalla
16, Banaji House,
N. Contractor Baug,
3rd Floor, Mori Road, Mahim,
Mumbai 400 016.

dtd:- June 12, 2018

Mobile: 9833614842
E Mail: zarir.daruwalla16@gmail.com

Dear Sir, Madam

SUB: FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE FOR MY TREATMENT

I, the undersigned, Zarir K. Daruwalla, aged 35 years, wish to put forth my case for financial assistance to enable continue with my treatment for cancer.

I was diagnosed with a high grade Type B Non-Hodgkins Lyphoma which is a type of cancer in September 2017. I was hospitalized in P.D. Hinduja Hospital & Medical Research Centre in Mumbai for 6 months for the treatment for which I had incurred a cost of Rs.13 lacs. This amount was covered through my mediclaim and with the kind support of my family and friends. In addition, to enable cover the cost, the World Zoroastrian Organization had very kindly granted a sum of Rs. One lac for the treatment.

I wish to inform you that until August 2017 I was working at J. P. Morgan Chase Pvt. Ltd. drawing a salary of Rs. 42,000per month approx. I stay with my mother who has toiled all her life in bringing me up. She was working in a small private firm and has retired two years back. Until last year I used to take care of my grandfather as well.

I have been advised further treatment to ensure it does not relapse, for which in April 2018 have incurred an expenditure of Rs.1.87 lacs (copies of bills can be sent) for various tests carried out in the P.D. Hinduja Hospital to ensure I have the fitness and immunity to undergo further treatment.The treatment recommended which would enable me live for a long time is Dendritic Cell Therapy by Dr. Jamal Khan. The cost for this treatment will be approximately Rs.4 to 5 lacs as per the estimate enclosed herewith.

Even today, I am not able to sit or stand for a long time and am very weak. As this treatment has stretched for more than nine months now, I have lost my job as well though the company was kind enough in supporting me to the extent they could to retain my job.

I have used all my savings and since I have no funds to continue with the treatment, I have out forth my case for your kind consideration. I shall be indeed indebted to you if you could kindly assist in granting financial assistance to the best extent you can, which would immensely help me continue with the treatment which would tremendously give me with the will to live and lead a normal life.

In case you require any further documents to support my case, I am most willing to do so.

I shall be grateful if you could kindly consider my case sympathetically and look forward to receiving your favourable response.

My bank particulars are:

Name: Zarir Kersi Daruwalla
Name of the bank: HDFC Bank
Account No. 50100153274264
IFSC Code: HDFC0000411
Branch: Malad (West), Mumbai
Address of the Bank: HDFC Bank, China Link, Ground Floor,
Opposite Goregaon Sports Club, Link Road,
Malad (West), Mumbai 400 064.

Thanking you, I remain,

Yours faithfully,
(Zarir Daruwalla)

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Noshir Dadrawala’s Contribution At ICNL


Noshir Dadrawala is known to most on our community as an eloquent speaker and a prodigious writer on religious and community related issues, or as a trustee of the Bombay Parsi Punchayet. However, few know of his professional attainments in addition to the above.

On 9th June, 2018, Noshir completed two terms of office as Director of the Board of the globally renowned International Centre for Nonprofit Law (ICNL), which is headquartered in Washington DC (USA). He was the first Indian to be appointed on this Board in June 2012 and as per ICNL’s constitution, since no Director is allowed to continue beyond two terms of three years each, in recognition of his contributions, he has been requested to continue as a member of ICNL’s Advisory Board.

ICNL works in over a hundred countries worldwide with the mission to promote an enabling environment for civil society, philanthropy and civic participation around the world. Through ICNL, Noshir has also been contributing for the last several years to the Council on Foundation’s country codes and laws which are intended to assist grant-makers and their advisors when undertaking equivalency determinations for foreign grantees under IRS Revenue Procedure.

Noshir has actively worked with ICNL on several research programs, the most recent being, ‘The Philanthropy Law Reports’, supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The report can be read online at: http://www.icnl.org/research/Philanthropy/india.html. ICNL’s President and CEO, Prof. Douglas Rutzen who teaches at Georgetown University Law Center and serves on the Advisory Board of the United Nations Democracy Fund, said, “You (Noshir) are an inspiration to me.  You’ve worked on issues of philanthropy and civil society for many years and despite challenges, you’ve retained your optimism, dedication, and constructive engagement.  It’s an honor working with you.”

Noshir has also contributed his expertise for the ‘Civic Freedom Monitor’ and his Report on India can be read at: http://www.icnl.org/research/monitor/india.html. Noshir’s country note on India can be read online at:https://www.cof.org/content/india.

ICNL’s Chairperson, Dr. Oonagh B. Breen who is also Professor of Law at the Sutherland School of Law, University College Dublin, while giving Noshir a formal farewell, referred to him as a “reliable Indian knowledge source.”

http://parsi-times.com/2018/06/noshir-dadrawalas-contribution-at-icnl/

Job Opening – Crew & Service Analyst


JOB OPENING

Company: Telemarine Pvt Ltd

125, B Wing, Pranik Chamber, Saki Vihar Road, Saki Naka, Andheri East,

Mumbai 400072

 

JOB DESCRIPTION: Crew & Service Analyst

Min Exp: Fresher

Compensation Range: 12000 to 15000 /Month

Location of Posting: Mumbai (Sakinaka)

Candidate’s Location: Mumbai

 

 

Job Summary

  • Maintain and develop a computerized vessel’s communication database.
  • Respond to and follow up on enquiries by customers and vessels.
  • Sending satellite compatible Calling cards and Call data records to the vessels by email.
  • Activate the Inmarsat SIM cards, vessel email (Skyfile Email)

Required Experience, Skills and Qualifications

 

Female Candidates Required.

Degree (BSC, BCA, BCOM, Diploma) with fluency in English.

Basic Computer knowledge (Excel, word, Email).

 

Benefits

 

Mediclaim policy will be provided.

Travel Allowance provided.

 

 

Contact Details:

 

Email: admin@tele-marine.com ; hpbanaji48@yahoo.in

Mobile: 9920688802