Year 2007 has flown by faster than ever. This year my work focus was on revival of our ancient Mazdayasnie Zarathushtrian Daena amongst people in its original Aryan homeland — now Russia, Tajikistan and ex USSR countries. In March a lady by name of Mrs. Tanya Furman member of St Petersburg Zoroastrian Society came to stay with me at Zoroastrian College in Sanjan to translate/transliterate my red cover Illustrated Khordeh Avesta book into Russian language through Moscow State University. This project was completed in August and the book released at a function at Russian Cultural Centre in Mumbai by the Russian Consul General. Although her Navjote ceremony had been done in St Petersburg she wanted to have it done properly by a Parsee mobed here and I am happy to say that this was done at our Zoroastrian College building on 16th March.
In June-August two College girls came from Khujand University to study Zoroastrian Religion for 2 months here — they stayed with me and other friends and met lots of Parsees and became very popular. Their lady Prof from their University also came for a month and brought her daughter specially just to get the girl’s Navjote ceremony done. So second time Navjote was performed at our Zoroastrian College building was on 6th August.
I am glad that at long last our Zoroastrian College is fulfilling the real purpose for which it is established by the holy Abeds Saheb e Delaan and Shah Behram Varzavand Saheb.
Work in the Health Dept of our College has also kept me busy attending conferences in far away places in India such as Tripura, Orissa, Madras, and frequent visits to Delhi, apart from the routine Mumbai-Sanjan run. It is tiring for the physical body as age advances.
College academic work is going on and this year we have over 20 candidates for Ph D degrees by research thesis from all over India and also Taiwan, Denmark, Iran. The students are all senior persons, the oldest being almost 80 years — a very senior engineer and world expert on building construction for bridges.
College building construction work is also going on, with two new rooms on the ground floor and plinth of the main hall built since May this year. But there is much that remains to be done. Construction is very costly and so the slow speed of building. We need much more Library bookshelf space and also rooms for the students and faculty members, and visiting persons also.
On 19-20 January 2008 we celebrate the SILVER JUBILEE WORLD CONGRESS for 25 years of our ALL INDIA SHAH BEHRAM BAUG SOCIETY (For Scientific & Educational Research). It has been a long and hard haul to start this Society and bring it up from scratch to the level of a United Nations NGO recognised in 191 countries worldwide. It is time other younger people took over from me, but difficult to find anybody willing to do hard work gratis, year in and day out.