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Great Opportunity – Exhibition on Shahname

Dear Humdeens.,
A week after World Zoroastrian Congress, Silloo Mehta of Mazdayasnie Connection is organizing a grand exhibition on Shahname by Firdausi , that contains hundreds of timeless mystical gems ,a giant  literary epic on our Daena.
Tu Inra durug o fosane madan, ba yeksan dar zamane madan
do not think these to be lies or imaginary, Remember , times are  not same always.
Basi raj bordam darin sal-e-si ,ajam zindeh kardam ba din parsi
I bore hardships for thirty years and I revived the mute with the religion (civilization and culture) of the Parsis.
Azin bishtar dar kurad ba kherad , digar bar rahe ramz ma-ani barad
some of it can be understood by intelligence, the rest is esoteric and mystical
This is going to be a grand exhibition with great models , paintings and lectures for three days .
Pending confirmation of suitable venue the tentative dates are intended to be Friday, Saturday , Sunday 3,4,5 January .2014 , in Mumbai .
Those who have been to her exhibition before, know the painstaking and great efforts that go to make her exhibition a success. The most likely venue would be Sohrab Palamkot Hall, if it works out.
This exhibition will be even on a grander scale, since it is going to be global audience of people attending the World Congress. Many volunteers with dedication to follow up and just coordinate the various aspects are required.  . All financial aspects and funds will be met by Mazdayasnie Connection .  Only your efforts , dedication and  time are required.
Silloo has identified 5 main areas in which help will be required .
Coordinating venue for the exhibition .:
Coordinating with model architects and painters.
PR, press coordination , making banners.
Booth set up, exhibition hall management
Operation on Days of Exhibition ..all volunteers will in some way will
be coordinating on the days of the exhibition .
This is going to be once in a lifetime opportunity for the Khshnoom Anjuman, but without your help it cannot be possible .
Bad in nameh bar umraha be-guzard ,be-khanad haran kas ke darad kherad
Lifetimes shall pass , on this Shanameh .Those who are spiritually wise shall read it, . Meaning ions shall pass , yet, my Shahnameh will outlast them .
The spiritually wise , will understand the mysticism contained in my poem  
Above quotes and translations are taken form the Mazdayasnie Connection.
So there you have it. This is the  greatest charity you can do for your religion and it is not going to cost you anything .
Please consider volunteering for this noble and once in a lifetime cause.   
Kindly send in your contacts telephone and e-mail addresses to me and I will forward it to Silloo.
Since she is organizing a tour of Iran on the 17th of April ,please send in you names before that date.
If you need any clarification  or questions to be answered please contact me
 Also include your phone number and I will be more than happy to call you and discuss even on the phone. Any of your friends who are not members of our site are also welcome .
In fact, I would request you to pass the  word around to your Humdeens who would be interested in taking part in this great venture.


Sam M.Billimoria

Blood Doners required in Mumbai

Dear all,

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,



Volunteers Required

This is a reminder to the post : 

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

Baname Khuda.

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

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  to ensure procedure/eligibility etc. at Doongerwadi.

The various parts of the project are:

  1.  Most important-Tarikats (spiritual disciplines) to be followed.. Please contact your family in Mumbai.
  2.  Contact  your panthak and family mobed  in Mumbai,in case you are not sure about 4 day obsequies.
  3. Arrangements to be made immediately upon death.
  4. Documents to prepare for a) Arrival in India and Doongerewadi b) Indian embassy c) Transportation. Clearly all these documents have to comply with US Federal and state regulations.
  5. Arrangements  to be made prior arrival of the ruvaan at Mumbai.
  6. Clearing the body in Mumbai and transporting to Doongerwadi  the same day.

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.

3. Documents

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)   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:

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

Coming Together Roundtable – Annual Report 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) is constantly being updated which lists Zoroastrians            worldwide,  with the aim to connect all Zoroastrians with one another.     “” 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 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 under the category “Round Table”

2 new Categories have been added to

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

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

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Norooz Persian Parade 2009

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




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:  or 


Courtesy : Behram Pastakia

Zoroastrian Stree Mandal – Secunderabad & Hyderabad

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.

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Zarathushtis Without Borders – Dubai


Approximately 161 million people in this world are visually disabled or blind and
approximately 2 billion people need eyeglasses. Unfortunately, in developing countries, most of the people cannot afford proper eye care. This limits their vision, their ability to work and their quality of life. Your old eyeglasses can literally change a life.

Zarathushtis Without  Borders
For those packing their bags to attend the 9th World Zoroastrian Congress in Dubai, to be held from 28th December 2009 to 31st December 2009;
a reminder : — please bring used and useable eye-glasses which will be collected and shipped to third world countries for distribution at eye camps in 2010.
Be sure to attend the session on Operation Eyesight at the  world congress to share your ideas and opinions.
For those, who will not be travelling to Dubai, please look through your closets and desk drawers and if you have any eye-glasses to donate, see if you can send them through the 700 Zarathushti participants // who will be gathering in Dubai this month.
Contact: Khush Bodhan to join in giving the gift of sight to the underprivileged.
Volunteer opportunities to travel to eye-camps are available throughout the year.
No special training is required; just a good heart and a willingness to help.
Just last month, a successful camp was held in Mexico.
Details of upcoming eye-camps are at
 Behram Pastakia
Metropolitan Washington DC
12 December 2009

Agyari Cleanup Movement – Volunteers Required

Volunteers required for cleaning up of Fire Temples in Bombay.
This Agyari cleanup movement has been initiated by 3 girls of the Gamadia Hostel.
Those humdins who wish to volunteer their services please contact :
Sharmin Damania –  9833410254
Ronisha Chinoy –     9372422344
Dalzin Ghadoiwala – 9869145684
Behram P. Dhabhar


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