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Aug18

Navroze Mubarak!

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May your heart and minds be filled with good thoughts, good words, good deeds.

May your homes and lives be filled with health, wealth and happiness.

Ushta Te!

Jul29

The Path of Zarathushtra

Posted on Jul 29 by

  A feature film ‘The Path of Zarathustra’ will be released at Mumbai in PVR theaters on Friday September 3, 2015. It will also be released at theatres in Delhi, Bengaluru and Pune. The film is the culmination of the vision, tenacity and determination of Oorvazi Irani, a Zoroastrian youth, who dares to think for herself. Oorvazi’s 80 minute film ‘The Path of Zarathustra’ does not attempt to foist her personal views on others, but allows viewers to draw their own conclusion about the Path that Prophet Zarathustra drew up for us to tread on. Oorvazi epitomizes the adage -“We can achieve anything we want in life if we have the courage to dream it, the intelligence to make a realistic plan, and the will to see that plan through to the end”. In producing, directing and acting in the film, Oorvazi has literally walked on the Path that Zarathustra has created for all creations of Ahura Mazda. The Path of Zarathustra Website: www.thepathofzarathustra.com Twitter: https://twitter.com/TPOZtheFilm...

Apr02

Navroze in Delhi

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While a dwindling community struggles to survive, filmmaker Shernaz Italia documents the little-known lives of the Delhi Parsis who moved to the capital at the turn of the 19th century… “Aavoji, aavo, aavo! Welcome to Delhi! Let me show you my beautiful city.” The booming voice of Nowrosji Kapadia could be heard across the length and breadth of the platform. It was Nowrosji’s favourite pastime: a walk to the Old Delhi railway station to greet the Frontier Mail as it chugged into Delhi from Mumbai to Peshawar. With this refrain, an eager Nowrosji would cajole Parsi visitors off the train and take them home for a meal and often persuade some to stay overnight or for a few days. He would use this opportunity to tell them about the advantages of shifting to Delhi. Though his wife Jer Bai would occasionally object to unknown visitors, she was always overruled. This was the beginning of the community of Parsis in Delhi… You can read the full story via The Indian Quarterly (IQ) by clicking on the following link: Navroze in Delhi. Note:...

Feb09

Zoroastrian Population Figures

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There is a lot of debate about the number of Zoroastrians living around the world today. Nergish Mistry from Delhi, pointed us to this page on Wikipedia that contains a list of countries where Zoroastrians are known to be living, along with the numbers available. The list is attributed to a FEZANA study, but details aren’t available to ratify them. We have reproduced the list below, and would love to hear from our readers, if they agree or disagree with these numbers, and if they have another set of numbers, or perspective. Please use the comment box below to share your thoughts with us and other readers.   Country Zoroastrian Population Percentage of Population India 69,000 .0006 Iran 25,000 .03 USA 11,000 .004 Afghanistan 10,000 .031 Canada 5,000 .014 Pakistan 5,000 .003 Singapore 4,500 .087 United Kingdom 4,100 .007 Australia 2,700 .012 Persian Gulf Countries 2,200 .005 Azerbaijan 2,000 .022 New Zealand 2,000 .045 Global Total 1,38,000 –...

Jan13

Mumbai Priests – Have The Courage To Say No. Have The Courage To Face The Truth

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By Jehangir Mehta | Perth, Australia Good leaders are invaluable to an association, community and the country. Bad leaders and gutter politics can destroy the very foundation of the pillars of any organization into economic disrepair and third rate status. Much of the wealth was gifted to BPP by the benevolence of the rich and famous families, whose fore-sight towards community welfare can be visualized through The Tatas, Wadias, Petits, Jamsetjees and many others of Mumbai. We can see the systematic erosion of the core values that BPP stood for and what it is today. What we see is a complete reversal in its objectives towards community work. Money talks and the power of money can be beneficial or destructive. Agenda of cheap personal politics with a cocktail of religious dogmas and ill-conceived ideas, is destroying BPP foundation. BPP is wasting their time and money on petty issues like the banning of priests who have prayed for those departed who have opted for cremation. These priests are banned from conducting any prayers at Doongerwadi. It very much reflects the dogmatic belief of a bishop in Canada a few years ago who issued...

Nov25

Fire Altar: Poems on the Persians and the Greeks

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Keki Daruwalla, the famous Zoroastrian Author, Poet and Policeman, Former Zoroastrian Representative on the National Minorities Commission of India, is making a rare appearance in the U.K for a Poetry Reading from his Zoroastrian themed new book Fire Altar: Poems on the Persians and the Greeks. These poems have been published in some of the very best Literary Magazines of the world – like Poetry Review London, Jerusalem Review, Ambit, The Southern Review (Australia). These are poems sited in an era 2,500 years ago. The book was launched at the World Zoroastrian Congress in Bombay (2013). Keki Daruwalla is the winner of the Commonwealth Poetry Prize (Asia) in 1987 for his volume Landscapes. Fire Altar contains poems on Cyrus, Cambyses, Jamshed, Cyrus meeting the Jews,”Euphrates Sonnets”, and many more historically interesting interpretations of a time long past, which resonates in our world today. The reading is at Nehru Centre , 8 South Audley Street, London W1K 1HF at 6 PM on Friday 28th November. Daruwalla will also read from his novel “For Pepper and Christ (Penguin), which was short-listed...