In 2004, it was estimated that there were between 128,000 and 190,000 Zoroastrians living around the world, with 18,000 residing in the US.The “Qissa e Sanjan,” which translates to “The Story of Sanjan,” was composed around the 17th century.“We have hosted two speed-dating events at a popular resto-bar in South Mumbai and are hoping to have another one soon,” says Viraf Hansotia, co-founder of ZYNG. The Bombay Parsi Panchayat (BPP) launched their matrimonial arm early last year and now regularly organises events to bring the single youth together, encouraging them to marry within the faith.“BPP started this facility following the requests from youngsters,” says Zarine Havewala, one of its organisers.It was during the dinner and dance session that she met her now boyfriend Danny Wadivala.“He had been my friend’s partner for a few games, which were organised as part of such events. Incidentally, we both hit it off,” laughs the 29-year-old, who has been dating Wadivala since November.City architect Jimmy Mistry’s Parsi Resource Group hosts similar events, including an annual bike rally that hopes to help youth interact over their shared passion for vehicles. Twenty-four-year-old Ruzbeh Hansotia, who is a member of many Parsi youth organisations, feels such initiatives are most welcome. The organisations are also utilising technology to get Parsis hooked.Apart from BPP’s regular matrimonial service, where the committee shares details of possible matches with those enlisted, they have also started a Facebook group for people to interact.
He is thought to have composed the Gathas, the hymns that make up a significant portion of the Yasna, which are the liturgical texts of the Zoroastrians.Indeed, scholars have noted the strong historical influence that Zoroastrianism has had on concepts seen in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, whether it’s monotheism, the duality of good and evil, or Satan.Today Zoroastrianism has a small but devout following, though it’s been shrinking.Matchmaking, however, is not the sole purpose of these events, insist Havewala and Hansotia.“Like the Navroze party on Saturday, we also organise picnics, paintball competitions and charity shows.