A true Zoroastrian Thanksgiving

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Roj Mohor Mah Tir, 1386 Yz.

As our Parsi brothers and sisters in America join many millions of their countrymen in observing the festival of Thanksgiving over this weekend, it seems to be an apt moment to think about what would be a truly Zoroastrian form of thanksgiving. Originally, Thanksgiving was a post-harvest festival celebrated to thank God for the rich and abundant harvest. Over the years, the seasonal and religious aspect has been quietly replaced by the excessive importance to ...

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Our greatest inheritance

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Roj Khorshed Mah Khordad, 1386 Yz.

It’s a tough world and many of us face a tough life. At such times, the feeble mind tries to fall back on some interesting ‘what if’ scenarios. What if I had this or that, what if I had married some person or the other, what if I had done this in my childhood days, what if a magical genie suddenly appeared and gave me three wishes…

Going through the Whatsapp status messages on the mobile, ...

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Can we attend such ‘Navjotes’?

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Roj Jamyad Mah Ardibehesht, 1386 Yz: Baj of Seth Jehangirji S. Chiniwalla

The season for weddings and Navjotes will soon begin. Already the first invites have started trickling in. As is the case, many invites are for functions where, in case of marriages one party is non-Zoroastrian, or in the case of Navjotes, one of the parents is non-Zoroastrian.

What should we do? For many Parsis unfortunately, the question doesn’t even arise today – why, it’s an invite, so we have to ...

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Who are we Parsis?

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Gatha Vahishtoist, 1385 Yz.

 

Tomorrow we mark the beginning of 1386 Yz, or the 1386th year since the last Zoroastrian King of Iran, Yazdegerd Shahryar ascended the throne. In that long period of time, the world has changed a lot. Empires have risen and fallen, countries have arisen and been destroyed, millions of people have lost their lives – all claiming to fight for God and His religion.

Zoroastrianism has reduced from being the state religion followed by nearly 30 million souls ...

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A box of tissues for Mr. Jehangir Patel please!

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Roj Govad Mah Dae, 1385 Yz.

The ubiquity of Whats-app means that even on days when prayer and reflection is necessary, the peace is broken by the incessant beep announcing one more message. When such beeps resound early in the morning, their shrillness seems even more pronounced and urgent…is it some good news, or a harbinger of doom, some calamitous occurrence or a friend on another continent sending a message oblivious of the time difference?

This morning’s non-stop messages from a stream ...

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Saying goodbye to Darab

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Roj Khordad Mah Meher, 1385 Yz.

It is my sad duty to inform readers of Frashogard of the passing away of Darab Unwalla, the last surviving son of Mobed Behramji Unwalla in Boca Raton, Florida on 18th February 2016, Roj Spendarmad Mah Meher 1385 Yz. In his passing, Darab also shares his Baj with that of the great Khshnoom stalwart Ervad Phiroze S. Masani, who passed away on the same day more than 70 years ago.

Unlike his ...

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Sleepless in Udvada

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Roj Ardibehesht Mah Shehrevar 1385 Yz.

So the great Udvada Utsav has ended. The statues have been lifted away, the grand shamiana dismantled, cleaning up has been done, the hordes of tourists and visitors are gone, the vendors are busy counting their earnings, the blaring sirens and wailing VIP security vans have been replaced by the howling stray dogs. While the Internet and Zoroastrian media is ablaze with all sorts of acrimonious debate, back here is Udvada, which I call home ...

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The Migration of Parsis to India 9: The Battle of Qadissiyah

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Roj Ava Mah Tir, 1385 Yz.

16th November, 636 dawned as any other day in history. The two armies faced each other. The expectations and nervous energy was palpable as over 60,000 Iranian troops – infantry, cavalry and a special elephant regiment from India jostled to form the precise order of battle. The river Ateeq lay behind them. The 45,000 infantry and 15,000 cavalry was deployed in four divisions, each about 150 metres from the other. The battle front stretched nearly ...

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The Migration of Parsis to India 8: Caliph Abu Bakr and Caliph Umar

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Roj Dae-pa-Adar Mah Tir, 1385 Yz.

Ere had the Prophet breathed his last, and the divisions began. While his wife Aisha and his cousin and son-in-law Ali began making the preparations for Mohammad’s funeral, a group of prominent Muslims, some of whom had realized that his death was near and had hence postponed their going out of town, met at the house of a leading Ansari. Hearing of this meeting, some other close followers of Mohammad including Abu Bakr, Abu Ubaydah and ...

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The passing away of Bhaskar Save is a wake up call for Parsis

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Roj Mohor Mah Khordad, 1385 Yz.

Few Indians, and almost no Parsis seem to have noticed the passing away of one of India’s greatest sons, Bhaskar Save, at the age of 93 on 24th October 2015.

Bhaskar Save was a giant amongst men, a man who had the audacity and bravery to stand up against the fads of the day, who resolutely believed in the ancient systems and practices of India and who fought against corporate cronyism and the machinations of pharma ...

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