Dear friends and wonderful neighbours of ours, in their late 70s, Sheroo and Minoo Balsara, both very staunch Zoroastrians, are in urgent need of replenishing the blood that was used for the mother’s hip replacement operation at the Parsi General Hospital, a few days ago. As seems to happen so often, whilst she was in hospital, the father slipped and fell and hit his head and thanks to a blood clot having developed therefrom, he has had to be moved to the same place too – he was in a coma – I am not sure about his present condition. All known sources have already been made use of, like the friends of their grandsons but more blood is required.
If any of you know anyone willing to donate blood please read the following email and do the needful ASAP. Thank you very much.
Could you please ask your parents & anyone else you know that my sister in Bombay is despirately looking for volunteers to donate blood as my mother needed a lot of blood during & after the operation & now they need to replenish the supply.
My sister Jeroo’s mobile number in Bombay +91 9820723730 .
Please ring Jeroo and help a wonderful family if you are able to.
Thanks once again,
This is a reminder to the post : http://zoroastrians.net/?s=Volunteers+Required
Our fire temples need young, strong and willing hands to clean them.
Volunteers eager to help please contact
Sharmin – 9833410254
Ronisha – 9022810235.
Just a bit of your time would make a big difference.
Please forward this message to all your Paris / Irani Zarathushtri friends.
Courtesy : Behram P Dhabhar
Process of Consigning to Doongerwadi , Mumbai , from Overseas
Why Dokhmenashini ?
Importance of Dokhmenashini:Please refer to recording by Dr.Chiniwalla on Dokhmenashini at BPP website, linked through Zoroastrians.net
Returning the deceased for his/her last rites requires proper pre planning and teamwork.
The project needs to be broken up in smaller parts and each part needs to be executed with precision. It is not difficult if properly planned and coordinated. Total costs thus far have been less/compatible to burialexpenses, if one person / family member is accompanying the corpse.
This full brief is based on various personal experiences on consigning toMumbai from California, USA, only, and is predicated on proper planning and back up support in Mumbai. Hopefully with this initiative, volunteers from other countries, will share their process as requirements of each county/ state/province/country differ. It also assumes death due to natural causes only, without contagious disease.Before deciding to consign to Doongerwadi please refer to official website of BPP at www.bombayparsipanchayat.com/doongerwadi.html to ensure procedure/eligibility etc. at Doongerwadi.
The various parts of the project are:
1. Pre planning :
A) Identify an experienced and established mortuary . It is a great support system to advice on latest requirements , documents procedures, shipment and travel rates, and relevant website of Indian Embassy(keeps changing) .
B )Bein touch with your family members in Mumbai and start 4 days obsequies (except Geh Sarna ) immediately upon last breath, with your family panthak in Mumbai. In addition, you may also carry out the same obsequies(except Geh Sarna) at place of death, if you have an access to a mobed.
C) Plan on someone to personally hand carry required documents (listed below) to be notarized by Indian embassy in US.A proper contact needs tobe establishedto save time. With advanced planning this can be done in a day.
D)It is important to bear in mind that corpses to India can be cleared only if embalmed . This consists of removing blood from the body and injecting formaldehyde in its place to delay rigor mortis (decomposition).Embalming adds to transshipment weight. An elegant, light coffin is necessary to limit costs. White coffins are available.
2. Arrangements upon death :
A) Light a diva at deceased’s head and have someone pray Ashem Vohu continuously
B) Arrange for the body to be transported to morgue immediately
C) Start four day obsequies see 1 B)
D)Ask morgue to prepare body for air shipment to Mumbai .Embalm the body as soon as possible
E) If possible, wash the body with Taro with help of family/humdeens.
F) Prepare relevant documents.
G) Alert family members in Mumbai see 4 below. Also alert volunteer team detailed in 4, 5 .
I) Always double check with Doongerwadi and volunteers in 4,about all documents required prior shipping the body from overseas. Make sure all original sets for India and place of departure are prepared.
Death certificate (cause of death-natural cause ),embalming certificate , a certificate stating that death was not due to any contagious disease, flight schedule on airline letter head. All documents need to be notarized by Indian embassy.Prepare seven copies of each document ,including two originals. In addition a no objection certificate will have to be obtained or arrival Mumbai,.see 5) Clearing the body.
4. Arrangements prior to arrival In Mumbai :
A) Inform family members who should coordinate with flight details to have Doongerwadi Hearse ready upon arrival,notifying bungli etc. All Doongerwadi details, phone numbers are available on BPP website, or they can be made available through volunteers below.
B) Mr. Mehernosh Fitter has kindly volunteered to help in this process. His experience , connections can be very helpful for swift, seamless clearance . If you need to contact him he can be reached at Mumbai ( Tel 2412 2999, Cell; 98201 57534, Fax; 2416 2886) email:email@example.com. He has received consigned bodies at Sahar airport in the past and helped clear them with family members.
C) Ms. Kashmira Rao has kindly consented to volunteer to help out with the coordinating process(at Doongerwadi only). She can be reached at Mumbai cell 91- 9833199985 e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
5 Clearing the body :
Since volunteers have kindly consented to take care of this detail please advise family members to contact and thoroughly plan the procedure with them .It involves clearing the body with customs and health department, making statements at Sahar airport police station who may ask to open the coffin and site the corpse, making a panchnama and obtaining a no objection certificate. Police,Customs , Health Doongerwadi all need copies of relevant documents.It must be stressed to family members that planning saves a lot of time to consign to Doongerwadi .
The whole process with proper planning and coordination takes about six days from US .
Kindly note that the whole process is to facilitate the last rights of the deceased and the very important GehSarna Ceremony which can only to be carried out in a Dokhma and nowhere else .
In US, Ms. Silloo Mehta has helped and guided several families in these procedures. She can be reached at: 949-551-5252
Courtesy : Sam Billimoria, Mehernosh Fitter, Kashmira Rao
IIIrd COMING TOGETHER ROUNDTABLE – MUMBAI JANUARY 2008
Dear Friends and Members of the “Coming Together Roundtable”,
In our endeavor to keep the sprit of “Coming Together Roundtable” we have been working towards meeting with the goals set out in the last Roundtable held in Mumbai at the Mancherji Joshi Hall at the Dadar Athornan Madressa on January 15, 2008.
This report also consolidates the 6 monthly report sent earlier.
A quick review of the developments during the year 2008:
(1) Global networking – Yazdi Tantra.
(a) http://theparsidirectory.com/ is constantly being updated which lists Zoroastrians worldwide, with the aim to connect all Zoroastrians with one another. “Theparsidirectory.com” now has more than 69,000 registrations and the list is growing daily Any inputs towards the betterment and updation of the directory will be welcomed. Please add yourself and your family members to the directory. Glance at the listings of fellow Zoroastrians throughout the world.
(b) Make available to Zarathushtis worldwide and/or source liturgical items, religious artifacts, religious books, prayer books and other related items. A website blog www.zoroastrians.net has been setup and running. This blog is the largest aggregation of Zarathushti / Zoroastrian – Parsi / Irani websites / information available online. Several books and references shared by Dr. Homi Dhalla, Khojeste Mistree and others, have been put up on the website, with more to come. Some interesting details about those NGOs who do not have their own websites have also been incorporated. This site works with the aim of bringing ALL Zoroastrians across the world under one roof.
The proceedings of the Coming Together Round Table and the aim / purpose / workings of the Round Table can be found on the www.zoroastrians.net under the category “Round Table”
2 new Categories have been added to www.zoroastrians.net
Ø POLLS – Opinion Poll – One has been devised for Collective Giving – you are welcome to comment on the questions, and if you need any more questions. You are welcome to send suggestions for adding more Polls. The direct link is http://zoroastrians.net/category/polls/
Ø Collective Giving – Here we can collect requests for and offers for Donations. This becomes the Bulletin Board which can grow over a period of time. The direct link is http://zoroastrians.net/category/collective-giving/
Norooz Persian Parade 2009
Location: Starts: 40th Street and Madison Ave Ends: 28th street and Madison Ave , Manhattan, New York
Date: Sunday, March 29th, 2009
PARADE RULES AND GUIDELINES:
1. All Parade participants must be present at the Parade’s place of origin no later than 9:30 a.m. on the date of the Parade.
2. Proper attire and dress is required. All groups must obtain written approval of their desired attire prior to the Parade.
3. The New York City Police Department, Department of Homeland Security and other security patrols will be helping us with safety issues. You must comply with any requests they may make of you for the safety of the other participants and viewers. The Parade will be mo nitored and under video surveillance.
4. All Parade participants and units must stay in their assigned order, unless specifically directed otherwise by a Parade official.
5. No material, object or item may be thrown to any crowd or viewer. Distribution of literature, canvassing and/or soliciting donations or contributions is also prohibited.
6. No person shall ride on the hood, roof, trunk or doorframes of vehicles. No person shall jump on or off of any vehicle.
7. No participant shall consume any alcoholic beverage or controlled substance prior to or during the Parade; use foul language; or argue with or refuse to follow the direction of a Parade volunteer. Any disobedience or misconduct will result in expulsion or other disciplinary action.
8. Please do not stop on the Parade route unless instructed to do so by a Parade volunteer. Please listen to all information and follow all directions of the volunteers. Please keep the separation distance between your group and the preceding group at a safe distance, but not so far as to slow the progress of the Parade.
9. There is no rain date for the Parade. The Persian Parade Day Committee reserves the right to cancel the Parade for inclement weather or any other public safety concern.
For details: http://payvand.com/1388/?p=484 or
Courtesy : Behram Pastakia
22nd June 2009
Dear fellow Zarthoshti,
The Zoroastrian Stree Mandal, Hyderabad and Secunderabad, is a charitable institution, affiliated to the Indian Council of Social Welfare. It has for long been involved in the cause of upliftment of Zoroastrians in the lower strata of society. The Mandal close to five decades now, has been relentless in its work for the Parsis of the Twin Cities, where most of their activities are centered, and thanks to efforts made by the Mandal, it is with a feeling of pride and satisfaction that they can claim that no person needy of anything will have to go without it for the lack of finances. Be it monthly ration supplies, educational assistance or medical expenses, it is all taken care of by the Mandal and not only financial support, even the ever important emotional, psychological and moral support is provided wherever and by whoever it is required.