Café Spice Namaste, London



On our adventures across the world, each country has their own version of what Indian food is. In the UK today, Indian food is massive with National Curry Week celebrating more than 200 years of Indian restaurants in the UK this year. We were invited to meet super Chef Cyrus Todiwala OBE DL to talk about Indian cooking and to also try the imaginative food at his restaurant, Café Spice Namasté.

Cyrus and Pervin Todiwala’s family-run Indian restaurant near Tower Bridge has been open since 1995. On a rainy November Saturday, the room is packed full of locals, regulars and those in the know. Looking at the menu, what amazed us were the broad range of ingredients on offer. Alongside the main menu, there is also always a seasonal menu which included game meatballs (made with grouse, pheasant, mallard, venison and partridge), pheasant tikka, British apple bhaji and much more.

Cyrus takes ingredients very seriously using local British produce from hand-picked suppliers, many of which only supplying one or two items. Cyrus said, “Ingredients are the main basis upon which we build our cuisine and menu, and are therefore crucial. They have a major impact on the quality, taste and ‘personality’ of the food we prepare.”

Make sure you try the home made pickles to start off. For starters, a goat Dosa hit the mark. A white lentil & rice pancake filled with diced goat in a thick curried yoghurt made sharing very difficult! The other highlight was a salmon tikka from the highlands of Scotland marinated in a delicate green masala sauce. If you are in a group, ask for the mixed grill where you can sample all the tikkas.

The term vindaloo is often associated with tears and having to down a glass of milk in pain to show off your chilli prowess. Here, the real pork vindaloo is on the menu and it’s hot but not fiery hot with the deep chilli flavour coming through. My vegetarian companion particularly loved the smoked aubergine cooked with shallots, tomato & yoghurt and the lentils sizzled with chopped garlic and cumin.

After dinner we asked Cyrus what was next for Indian cuisine. He said, “Indian cuisine has great heritage and culinary background. I feel that lots of new regional restaurants will emerge. What restaurants must also realise is that dining habits are changing and they must keep abreast of new developments including allergies, better sourcing and sustainability.”

Overall, what struck us most was that Café Spice is so authentically different. Cyrus and Pervin have built an award-winning institution, holding a coveted Michelin BIB Gourmand for 18 years which says a lot about the experience, which is what this was – an experience. Dinner was like a voyage of discovery which we want to go on again and again.

http://www.tntmagazine.com/london/food-and-drink/cafe-spice-namaste-london

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Zoroastrian Return To Roots Kicks Off 5th Trip to India


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.

If you would like to get real-time updates follow RTR on Facebook and Instagram

https://parsikhabar.net/news/zoroastrian-return-to-roots-kicks-off-5th-trip-to-india/19114/

AZA Newsletter Manashni – December 2018


Dear Community

Attached is the December 2018 issue of Manashni.
Hope you enjoy reading it.
Thank you to all our contributors and as always to Farhad Khurshed and Nadish Naoroji for their time and effort to get this issue put together.
The AZA Managing Committee wishes the Community Merry Christmas and a very Happy and Blessed 2019.Best Wishes.

Kind regards

Hilla Tantra

Honorary Secretary – AZA – 2018 -2019
On behalf of the AZA Managing Committee


Intelligence vs Wisdom


Humans are endowed

With Intelligence

including animals too

What the begs the question

Is how much Wisdom

In one’s life time

Has been accrued?

Hatred War Violence

Is the cause of Racism

Discrimination Bigotry

As well as segregation

If we had used our Wisdom

We wouldn`t be

Annihilating humanity

I am not a guru

Sitting cross legged

Atop a white fluffy woolly cloud

Deep in meditation

Solving world’s problems

As how to go about?

I am just like

The rest of you

With faults weaknesses & strength

Hating no one judging no one

But minding my own business

If we use our

God given intelligence

Along with drops of Wisdom

We could  eradicate the ugliness

By solving the world’s  problems

As well as improve the lives

Of Humanity

  • Farida Bam

Mehr Jesia – Interview


Mehr Jesia,miss india,beauty pagaent

Mehr Jesia won the Femina Miss India 1986 and was part of the first generation of Indian supermodels

What’s the most Parsi thing about you?

My honesty.

What’s the most bizarre look you have tried in real life?

I think I was the first model in India to try all these bizarre hair extensions! I was so bad with the upkeep of it that every time I would walk, I’d leave a trail of hair behind me.

MEHR’S MINUTES

  • Date of birth: November 30
  • Sun Sign: Sagittarius
  • Place of birth: Kolkata
  • School/college: The J.B. Vachha High School / Sophia College For Women, Mumbai
  • First break: Lakme campaign
  • High point of your life: When I had my babies

Who’s your favourite Indian designer and why?

Apart from Rohit Khosla, it has to be Tarun (Tahiliani). He is like a brother to me and he has chosen me as his muse for the Blenders Pride Fashion Tour 2018.

The most vivid memory from the 1986 Miss India pageant where you won the title…?

There were five of us as finalists. The last common question was asked, and I see all these girls answering, but I hadn’t heard the question! I just heard whatever they were saying, processed it in my head and answered!

And what’s your most embarrassing moment on the runway?

When my zip split and I walked the entire show backwards!

MEHR’S FAVOURITES:

  • Movie:A Star Is Born (2018)
  • Comfort food: Parsi dhansak
  • Holiday destination: Any beach!
  • Sunday activity: Chilling at home with my kids
  • Supermodel of all time:Chrissy Teigen

If you have five minutes to get dressed for a party, what would you pick?

A black dress.

One thing you really miss about the modeling days in the ’80s and the early ’90s…?

The friendships among the girls.

One thing you have learned while bringing up your daughters, Mahikaa and Myra….?

To always have gratitude and patience, and to always keep the child inside you alive.

What’s your favourite holiday activity with your daughters…?

For them it is of course shopping, but for me it is just chilling on the beach or indulging in some kind of water sports with them.

https://www.hindustantimes.com/brunch/mehr-jesia-says-that-motherhood-has-taught-her-to-always-keep-the-child-inside-you-alive/story-ojLybDFNCnVEvU9cJAw07O.html

The Master Of Drawing Movement – Shiavax Chavda




Master draughtsman Shiavax Chavda, most well-known for drawing dancers, could always look to his wife, Bharatanatyam dancer Khurshid Vajifdar, for inspiration


Shiavax Chavda; his paintings (below)

The Nehru Centre Art Gallery, which has been regularly showcasing retrospectives of art masters for a quarter of a century, has chosen one of the pioneers of Indian modern art this month: late Mumbai artist and master draughtsman Shiavax Chavda.

The master of drawing movement

In 43 years of marriage, artist Shiavax Chavda and Bharatanatyam dancer Khurshid Vajifdar shared their life – their house and their office – as equals. In their circular workspace in Dhobi Talao, he took up one half as his studio, and she took up the other half to teach dance.

“He would hear a lot of tabla, harmonium and dance sounds: explanations, instructions, children asking questions,” says their daughter Jeroo Chavda. “It was a lively scene for him, because normally when you paint, it’s very solitary and quiet. You’re always by yourself. It added a lot of textures to his [paintings of] dancers. Even his abstracts, everybody says, ‘There’s so much movement in it.’ They’re not static.”

Drawing Movement

Chavda (1914-1990), an alumnus of Sir JJ School of Art and Slade School of Fine Art, London, had several phases in his four-decade-long career. From paintings of dancers to temple structures, portraits of tribal people to national leaders, from animals to abstracts, he pushed his art and research further and further into the unknown. “He always wanted to progress and evolve,” says Chavda. “He used to say, ‘If I’m stuck in a rut, I will never grow as an artist or as a person.’

Drawing Movement

His dancers were world-famous. I should not be talking as a daughter, but they used to say, ‘There is no parallel in the world. Nobody has been able to sketch and capture dancers in such precise form.’ Bharatanatyam looked like Bharatanatyam.”

The master of drawing movement

Although, he returned to abstract in the last 20 years of his life. “Because he had done enough portraits, figuratives, scenery, daily life, folk dancers, ballet dancers and Indian classical dancers. He was sent to Nagaland to sketch all the tribes, because they felt Indian missionaries were converting the tribes and they were losing their [way of life]. So, he had sketched everything humanly possible.

Drawing Movement

He kept saying, ‘I don’t want anyone to say this is my signature.’ Because there were a lot of artists who, you could just recognise them [their work], because of elongated limbs or a tiny head. He said, ‘If that’s the case, you might as well be a photocopying machine. So, how does it inspire me, or move me? My art has to satisfy me first before it goes into the public.'”

The master of drawing movement

At the Nehru Centre, in Worli, this month, a retrospective of his works will give “equal importance to the different phases,” says Chavda. “We have his nudes from London, drawings of temple sculptures, his horse races.” And, his dancers, of course, what with ready inspiration always at home. “My father was on the quieter side; my mother was the more bubbly and effusive one,” she says. “They were very balanced as a couple. Whenever dad did master sketches, he used to lay them out on the bed or the table, and ask us what we thought of it, what we saw in it. They fully respected each other and gave each other a lot of space because they always had this understanding.”

What: Indian Masters’ Retrospective Exhibition: Artist Shiavax Chavda
When: December 21 to January 6
Where: Nehru Centre Art Gallery, Dr Annie Besant Rd, Worli

https://www.mid-day.com/articles/the-master-of-drawing-movement/20107168

Jiyo Parsi Launches Jiyo Care with Calendar


Follow these steps to avail of the 3 Jiyo Parsi Care Facilities The objective of the Jiyo Parsi Care Scheme is to encourage couples to have more children and in turn increase the Parsi Population.
Scheme 1: Crèche and Child Care Support – Support to families up to maximum 24000 per month, per child – Available till the child is 8 years old – Payment is for crèche or child care giver expenses
Scheme 2: Senior Citizen Honorarium for Child Care – A capable senior citizen can care for community children – She/ He will get Z3000 as honorarium per child – Applicable up to the child is 10 years old
Scheme 3: Support to couples to help look after Elderly Dependents staying with them – 24000 per month per elder (60 years and above) residing with the couple – Available to couples whose income is below 10 lakhs p.a. – Main aim is to help the couple to either start a family or increase their number of children
Availability of Application Forms Download forms from website www.jiyoparsi.org or the Jiyo Parsi page on Facebook
Fill out all the details and courier the form to: Dr. Katy Y. Gandevia, Jiyo Parsi Programme, Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Sion Trombay Road, Opp. Deonar Bus Depot., Deonar, Mumbai 400 088 (Mobile) 9819140820
JIYO PARSI

HAPPY YALDA!


Happy Yalda to all !

Yalda is a Zoroastrian festival celebrated during the longest night of the year (winter solstice). Yalda means “birth” and Dec. 21st is supppsed to be the day of birth of Mithra. Mithra is the Zoroastrian Divinity of Covenants, Light and Oath.

On this day, there are large gatherings with food and drinks and people read poetry and tell stories. Usually people eat red coloured fruits like watermelon and pomegranate to signify the colours of dawn and glow of life 🍉🍎🍓….. May your Yalda be bright and red 😘!

NCPA Scholarships for Young Musicians 2019-20


Applications (bio-data on music education) are invited from students for a scholarship in advance training in Hindustani Music (vocal-khyal / dhrupad, percussion – tabla / pakhawal). The value of the scholarship is Rs. 7,500/- per month for one year (April 2019 to March 2020). Send in your application (bio-data on music education) via mail to ncpascholarships@gmail.com or in an envelope marked ‘City – NCPA Scholarship for Young Musicians 2019-20 (Hindustani Music)’ to the National Centre for the Performing Arts, Nariman Point, Mumbai 400021 on or before 31st Dec, 2018. Please note, application received after 31st Dec 2018 will not be accepted.

The application must contain details regarding the individual’s name, date of birth, address, contact number/alternate contact number ,professional qualification, email ID, music teacher/gurus, number of year of total training and details of achievements / prizes /scholarships and performances, amongst other net worthy details. The shortlisted candidates will be informed via email or telephone. They will be required to appear for an audition at the NCPA, Mumbai, in the month of February 2017. The decision of the NCPA Selection Committee will be final.

Contact No: 022-66223872/3737 (Mon to Fri. 10:30 am to 5:30 pm)

Eligibility Criteria & General Instructions:

  • Age Limit-

               For Khayal/Tabla/Pakhwaj – 18 to 30 years of age (as off 1st March 2019)

             For Dhrupad – 18 to 35 years of age (as off 1st March 2019)

  • Students who are beneficiaries of other scholarship/grant in the field of music during April 2019-20, are not eligible to apply.
  • Professional musicians including those with ‘A’ grade from All India Radio are not eligible to apply.
  • Only Indian citizens are eligible to apply. 

Click Here for more – https://www.ncpamumbai.com/event/scholarship-for-young-musicians-2019-20-hindustani-music#

Navjote    Mubarak – preparations and process


 What you will need : Red is common for Boy and Girl.

One Big Polished ses: Kasti kari ne, saariduva magi ne kaam saroo karo — Sopara ma put little rice, (for the girl put 7 redchital/bangles  on the Sopara, you willneed to put them on after the Navjote is done)  Gulabas fill with Rose water, Kankoo dani putin  kankoo and mix with rose water, put in a match stick, and couple of paper napkins, a small bowl of set sweet curd.   In the ses put 5 to 7 paan,  on it, put one silver coin of Laxmi or Sarswati or Jarthost (whatever you like), put Kharek, sopari, badam, harad nogathio ,batasa,  sakar,  handful of rice (extra rice take it in small vati for all the dear family members to take overna) one new (navoo) coconut on it write Navjote Mubarak (if you like) or ask your Datoorji if he wants to do it? Sadro  Kasti,  and all clothes to be worn after the Navjote.  Gajro for the ses.

Gajro and bouquet for the child.

Ful na haar for the Dastoorji.

 For the Boy:

One new set of shirt pant topi to wear from home

Dagli

White Pant

White Full Sleeved Shirt

Hand stitched 1 Sadro with tiri, giryan, sleeve, ne button no  sivvano (6 more for daily use)

One clean white hanky for Nahan Nahvane mate

3 to 3 ½    gaj kasti

Underwear white

White Pyjama

Chappals

Shoes (pref. brown)

Gold buttons, cuff links, ring, watch (all optional) Keep handy in your purse.

 Socks

Hanky

Topi  (pref.red) 2 (one to wear from home, one after Nahn)

Towel

Pichori  (white material 2 to 2 ½ mts. Or shawl)

Soap/Shampoo

Hair brush, comb,

Big empty Plastic bags (to put in wet towel, worn socks, shoes, worn clothes)

For the Girl:

One new set of frock and clothes  while going

Frock

Peticoat

Panty

Hand stitched 1 Sadro with tiri, giryan, sleeve, ne button no sivvano (6 more for daily use)

3 to 3 ½    gaj kasti

White Pyjama (or red/white embroidered pyjama)

Shoes

Socks

Hanky

Topi  (pref.red) 2 (one to wear from home & one after Nahn)

Towel

Pichori  (white material 2 to 2 ½ mts. Or shawl)

Soap/Shampoo

Hair brush, comb

Chappals

Soap/Shampoo

Hair brush, comb

Hair clips, ribbons, hair band (whatever)

Jewellery what ever you want to give (chain,pendent,necklace,bracelate)

Earings must have

One set of Saree, petticoat material, blouse piece, Sadro material, Hanky,

 Scarf and glass bangles (you may keep it for the child’s first saree)

Big empty Plastic bags (to put in wet towel, worn socks, shoes, worn clothes)

Hair dryer if the hair is long and you need it

Navjotena Ashirwad na chokha, get it collected and along with the gajro, coconut, and few fresh flowers, sakar  dariye vatoo karvanoo

Cash envelopes to be kept ready (amount you will have to ask your Dastoorji)

Gireban nu cover keep it in the ses, dastoorji will take it.

Put one rupee coin in the Diva

One cover for Nahn Nahava na Dastoorji ne.

One cover Akhyana na khoomchi ma mukvanoo

One cover Dastoorji navajote kare tenu

And one cover each for all the dastoorjies who sit to do the navjote.

Nahan

One extra white hanky (for nahn nahva-no to hold the pomegranate leaf/Daram nupatru)

While taking the child for bath…….dastoorji will give you Nirang, in the bathroom let the child remove clothes and stand facing the mother, mother to put little nirang/taro.  Starting with head to toe,take one egg in hand and  baccha par thi ovari ni baajoo ma paper per fori devanoo. 

Take little doodh ful (ask if they will give from there or arrange for it from home Optional) add few grains of rice and apply all over once again starting from head to toe.

After wiping the child dry, wipe head also well, put on lengha (pyjama), and coverhim with shawl or Pichori, wear cap, chappals and dastoorji will take the childto the stage. Mother or any vadil from the family,  should go up the stage achoo michoo kari ne baccha ne stage pur levanoo.

While the Navjote ceremony is being done it is preferred that the parents (or at least one of the two family member) sit or stand near the stage so the child gets confidence and at the same time shower your blessings and pray to Ahura Mazda, remember your dear departed loved ones,to shower the child with the choicest blessings for good health, wealth,prosperity, success in life and to be a true Zoroastrian always. J  This is not compulsory but this thought process is excellent for the child.

Once the Navjote is over the father gives the envelope and garlands to thedastoorji. Tell them thank u and Jami ne sadhvjoji (nahi to ghere avijase!!  J )  if they are not waiting for dinner, see them to the gate of the Baug.

Mother along with the ladies member of the family invites her own mother and mother-in-law to the stage to dress the child. First the parents do tili and take overna wishing the child all the best. Dress the child, whatever you want to give (buttons, chain, watch, etc.as gift,  give. Garland and bouquet and coconut in hand the child is ready to face the camera as true Jarthosti and the entire world.

(If girl’s Navjote has been done after the child is dressed in all her finery, open the saree a little and put it over her shoulders, slip the bangles in her hands, and give the rest of the set in her hands along with coconut, bouquet and garland the child.  Before going to the Agiary put the saree and all back in the ses)

Accompany the child to the Agiary/Atashbehram (before all the girls come to kiss) and help him to do his first kasti. Help the child Light a divo, offer sukhad if you like pray tandorasti for all. Come out and let everyone meet and shower their love, kisses and blessings J.

Navjote na Ashirwad na chokha, get it collected and along with the gajro, coconut, and few fresh flowers, sakar  dariye vatoo karvanoo

Important

Before leaving the home Keep ‘Achoo Michoo’ tray ready with small katli/vati water,one egg, paan, sopari, kharek,badam, sakar and rice.  When you return home after the Navjote, do Achoo Michoo and take the child in with right foot forward. J

Also keep his/her night clothes ready, sleeping suit, night dress for the child to change.

It would be a good practice to do kasti everynight before going to sleep.

How to do Achoo Michoo

  1. Put the aluminum foil or paper tray in right hand corner of the door.
  2. Take the egg turn it over the head 7 times and brak it in the tray on your right side.
  3. Take Paan, Kharek, sopari, badam, sakar, halad no gathio and few grain of rice, pick up all together turn it over the head for 7 times and throw in on the right side again.
  4. Take the coconut turn it 7 times and break it on the right side and pour little coconut water all over the‘umber’ and put it back on the right side.
  5. Take out little rice and give it to the person standing next to you.
  6. In the thali/khumchi put little rice and put it in little water from the Katli/vati
  7. Take the thali round the head for 7 times  and pour little water on the right side and little on the left side.
  8. Take the rice grains from the person you have given to and take overna of the child
  9. Jamne page baccha ne under levanoo ne koti karvani.

Very  Important.  As &  when possible and at the first opportunity take the child to Iranshah to get Blessed.T

Thrity Yazdi Tantra