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Jeff Bezos just turned 57. Here's how he built Amazon into a $1.56 trillion company and became the world's richest person.

Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos. David Ryder/Getty Images Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos is turning 57 on Tuesday. Bezos launched Amazon in 1995. The company has since grown to one of the most valuable, powerful companies on the planet with a market value of $1.56 trillion.  Bezos has gone from a New York hedge-funder to the richest man in the world, but in the process, he's weathered a high-profile divorce and hacking scandal, faced antitrust scrutiny from lawmakers, and everything in between.  ...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Spacex, Elon Musk, New York, Texas, Microsoft, Congress, Washington Post, Washington, Life, Germany, India, New York City, US, America


How the Parsis Shaped Theatre in Colonial Bombay

Flops, frauds or community disapproval did not prove obstacles to the growth of the theatre enterprise. Elphinstone Circle in Bombay in the 1870s. Photo: Lee-Warner Collection/Wikimedia Commons, CC BY-SA When one thinks of Horniman Circle – the ring of elegant old buildings in south Mumbai – today, several associations spring to mind: the glossy storefronts of Starbucks and Hermes – the temples of neoliberal globalism; men snoozing on the garden’s shaded benches – a respite from...
Tags: Life, China, Wikipedia, India, Turkey, Iran, Starbucks, Victoria, Theater, Hermès, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Bangalore, Bombay, Madras, Town Hall


Ba Humata Lecture Series

Parsi Khabar would like to share the following new initiative. BA HUMATA A Prayer, Leadership & Entrepreneurship Global Webinar Series on Prayer With Action And Action With Prayers by our Thoughtful Priests, Insightful Leaders and Thinking Entrepreneurs THEME MAKE OTHERS HAPPY AND YOU SHALL ALSO BE HAPPY On Sunday, January 3, 2021 11:00 AM Eastern 8:00 AM Pacific 9:30 PM India Join Zoom Meeting https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83408826220#success Meeting ID: 834 0882 6220 Passcode: 545117 The First We...
Tags: Hong Kong, News, Life, Germany, India, Iran, United States, Parsi Khabar, Mickey Mehta, Tinaz Karbhari, Zarrir Bhandara, Ramin Shahzadi, Global Holistic Health, Karishma Koka


Dance pioneer Astad Deboo passes away in Mumbai

‘His works represent an important segment in contemporary dance expression in India,’ the Sangeet Natak Akademi had said. Dance pioneer Astad Deboo passed away in the early hours of Thursday, his family said in a brief announcement. He was 73. “He left us in the early hours of December 10, at his home in Mumbai, after a brief illness, bravely borne,” the announcement on social media said. “He leaves behind a formidable legacy of unforgettable performances combined with an unswerving dedicati...
Tags: Art, Japan, New York, London, Sweden, Indonesia, Mexico, Life, India, Iran, United States, Delhi, Mumbai, Pina Bausch, Kolkata, Bombay


IranShah: Our Emblem Of Freedom Free To Be A Zarthushti

The IranShah Initiative Inspiration With Vision 2020 IranShah: Our Emblem Of Freedom Free To Be A Zarthushti By: Meher Amalsad, Westminster, California, USA Humanity Wakes Up In Different Times And In Different Ways. Humanity woke up two and half millennia ago in ancient Persia (Iran) With Cyrus the Great freeing slaves in Babylon And issuing the First Charter of Human Rights. This legacy since has continued to inspire all Zarathushtis across the world Our Ancestors In Iran, lived with th...
Tags: Life, India, Iran, Babylon, Udvada, Persia Iran, Zarathushtis, Synergy Of Freedom Inherent vs Inherited Freedom


Immunity for Humanity: Mickey Mehta in Conversation with Meher Amalsad

The Zoroastrian Association Of California Features Global leading holistic health guru and corporate life coach Dr. Mickey Mehta’s IMMUNITY FOR HUMANITY with Host & Moderator: Meher Amalsad You are invited to be a part of this Empowering and Inspiring Presentation From A Leading Global Holistic Health Guru who will be Revealing The Secrets of Immunity that offer practical ways to achieve longevity and happiness with conscious living by exploring various aspec...
Tags: Hong Kong, Life, Singapore, India, Health and Wellness, Iran, Harvard University, Pakistan, Sydney, Dubai, Bollywood, Economic Times, IIT, India Inc, Meher Amalsad, Mickey Mehta


Why It Had to Be Biden

The cover of this week’s Economist, that British bastion of business, intelligence, culture and policy, has a ragged, torn US flag flying over a government building. Above the flag is this lead: “Why it has to be Joe Biden.” In three articles, the magazine makes a strong case for Biden for the American voter. The subtitle of the first article summarizes their case: Donald Trump has desecrated America’s values. Joe Biden offers the prospect of repair and renewal. Though, happily, Joe Biden has wo...
Tags: China, Africa, Israel, US, Careers, America, Joe Biden, Iran, United States, Nato, Ben Franklin, United Nations, Congo, State Department, John Kerry, Biden


Love Child review – refugee documentary finds love and warmth amid the misery

Filmed over six years in Turkey, this is a wonderful account of an Iranian family in exile desperately seeking asylumHere’s a documentary that gives off warmth like a radiator, generating huge amounts of empathy. I’m not sure I’ve seen another film that has so movingly put the audience in the shoes of a refugee: the emptiness of leaving everything behind, belonging to nowhere, having nothing. “You’re here, but you don’t exist,” says Leila, an English teacher who flees Iran at the start of the fi...
Tags: Family, Film, Life and style, World news, Turkey, Iran, Culture, Middle East and North Africa, Refugees, Leila, Mani, Documentary films, Sahand, Mani Leila


This is not the end. Apocalyptic comfort from ancient Iran

At its height, around 620 CE, the Sasanian empire ruled over a territory stretching from Jerusalem in the west to Samarkand in the east. The royal court at the ancient city of Ctesiphon, near present-day Baghdad, was the political heart of this vast realm, and its official religion was the ancient Iranian faith, Zoroastrianism. In royal iconography, the king of the Sasanians was likened to Ohrmazd, the good creator God: just as Ohrmazd vanquishes the evil spirit Ahriman, so, too, does the king ...
Tags: Life, China, Jerusalem, Iran, History, Afghanistan, Islam, Baghdad, Samarkand, Persia, Caspian Sea, Judaism Christianity, Mesopotamia, Zoroaster, Ahriman, Umar ibn Al Khattab


Zoroastrians: Iran’s forgotten minority

The decline of this ancient community is a tragedy not just for Iran, but for human civilization writ large It is disheartening, but the adherents of the world’s first monotheistic religion appear to have been consigned to oblivion in their ancestral homeland, and as their numbers shrink, it is not only a religion that is disappearing, but the building blocks of a civilization. Article by Kourosh Ziabari | Asia Times Zoroastrianism is believed to have been founded in ancient Iran 3,500 years ag...
Tags: UK, Life, Stanford, India, US, Iran, Hassan Rouhani, Muslim, Persia, Voltaire, Friedrich Nietzsche, Mahatma Gandhi, Zoroaster, Kourosh Ziabari, Kourosh Niknam, Chaharshanbe Suri


Zoroastrian priests have masked for millennia | Faith Matters

“Dad, everyone’s wearing a mask!” exclaimed the son of Adi Sidhwa, a Zoroastrian priest, about the COVID mask requirement. “Is it different than yours?” The boy wasn’t referring to his father’s COVID mask but the long, white, cloth one – padan — that Sidhwa, 46, from eastern Bergen County, wears when he presides at the service in the Pomona, New York, temple. A Zoroastrian priest, also referred to as mobed, has always worn a mask when performing prayers in front of the sacred flame used in most ...
Tags: Asia, Life, Iraq, India, Religion, Iran, United States, Nepal, North America, Mumbai, Pomona, St Joseph, Bergen County, BOI, Mumbai India, Mehta


India’s Parsi Community and the Making of Modern Iran: An Interview with Afshin Marashi

Afshin Marashi is Professor and Farzaneh Family Chair in Modern Iranian History at the University of Oklahoma, where from 2011 to 2020 he also served as the founding director of the Farzaneh Family Center for Iranian and Persian Gulf Studies. He is the author most recently of Exile and the Nation: The Parsi Community of India and the Making of Modern Iran (University of Texas Press, 2020). His previous books include Nationalizing Iran: Culture, Power, and the State, 1870-1940 (University of Wa...
Tags: Europe, Books, London, Life, La, India, Los Angeles, Iran, Paris, Tehran, Mumbai, Princeton, South Asia, Middle Eastern, Ucla, Bombay


Parsi Embroidery: A Heritage Of Humanity

With fewer than 55,000 individuals in India, Parsi Zoroastrians have carved a niche for themselves in the country. From leading industrialists like Ratan Tata and Godrej to an army of talented Bollywood actors, prodigal Parsis are an asset to India’s culture and economy. Article by Dr. Shernaz Cama | Edited by Jyoti Boken | Socio Martini While their lip-smacking food, unusual last names, stellar Bollywood movies, acting skills and the sweet mention of ‘dikra’ (well-behaved boy) are a part of Ind...
Tags: Europe, Fashion, Life, China, India, Iran, Unesco, Heritage, Shanghai, Pekin, Oprah Winfrey, Delhi, Hyderabad, Ratan Tata, Bombay, Gujarat


The former NYC home of a jetsetting Iranian princess has sold for $11.5 million after a $40 million price cut and 6 years on and off the market. Take a look inside.

Courtesy Compass A controversial New York City townhouse has sold for a fraction of its original $50 million asking price after six years on and off the market. Located just north of the United Nations, the seven-story residence is the former home of CBS founder William Paley and a jetsetting Iranian princess. The home has been at the center of a legal battle since the princess' death in 2016. Take a look inside 29 Beekman Place, which boasts 11 bathrooms, an elevator, and sweeping views ...
Tags: New York Post, New York, NYC, Life, New York City, Trends, Iran, New York Times, United Nations, Manhattan, Cbs, Luxury Real Estate, East River, Ashraf Pahlavi, Pahlavi, William Paley


Zoroastrians of Pakistan: Pakistan on a Plate

The Zoroastrians of Pakistan are an integral part of the fabric of us- in all aspects; similar to all who chose to come to Pakistan and make it their home. They are one of the prominent communities who built the towns and communities we call home, the Zoroastrians came to our shores from Iran in many waves over several centuries. Who are the Zoroastrians? We share with you. The community is the oldest Monotheistic tradition and influenced many faith-traditions that followed. Pakistan on a Pl...
Tags: Life, Iran, Pakistan, Quetta, Jimmy, Food And Beverage, Jamshed Marker, Shoe Tree House


Art of Persia: Time to question Alexander’s Eurocentric history

Cyrus, a declared Zoroastrian and follower of the single god Ahura Mazda is mentioned in several instances in the Old Testament. Article by Farrukh Dhondy | Asian Age OF CABBAGES AND KINGS “Rhyming is the occupation of foolsLanguage and music have so many other toolsBut Bachchoo, you, in this foolishness are stuckYou can’t even find a rhyme for –that last line….”— From Pardesi Paradox by Bachchoo Many of you, gentle readers, know that this column is named after a verse from Lewis Carroll. The ...
Tags: Life, Jerusalem, Iran, Bbc, Oliver Stone, Cambridge, Lewis Carroll, Hitler, Goa, Ali, Derek, Alexander, Persia, Cyrus, Samira, Darius


The world of Parsi matchmakers: Bringing together eligible singles to help preserve a shrinking community

Most Parsi matchmakers maintain Excel sheets or handwritten diaries of profiles and a collection of bio-datas. They don’t advertise their services at all; it is word of mouth or social media chatter that does the job. Article by Huzan Tata | Firstpost “Sima Taparia from Mumbai” is the phrase that went viral as soon as the series Indian Matchmaking dropped on Netflix last month. ‘Regressive’, ‘casteist’ and ‘sexist’ are just a few terms people used to describe the show that gives a glimpse int...
Tags: News, Life, India, US, Iran, Chicago, Netflix, Canada, New Zealand, Mumbai, Adil, Roshan Rivetna, Karanjia, Huzan Tata, Zarin Havewala, Havewala


The last of the Zoroastrians

My grandfather had never been a tall man, and now he looked absurdly small, no bigger than a child. Swaddled in off-white sheets like a newborn, with just his head and the soles of his feet visible, his eyes were open and mouth disconcertingly agape, as if in surprise. His corpse was slightly raised from the floor, lain atop a rickety wooden stretcher. Beside the body, three priests in white robes intoned in Avestan, the long-dead language of the Zoroastrian scriptures, as a small fire burned i...
Tags: Asia, Europe, England, New York, London, Opinion, Life, Russia, India, Israel, BJP, Narendra Modi, US, Toronto, Iran, Britain


Groundbreaking trilogy finds Zoroastrian ties in religions

The ambitious project opens the scriptures of seven faiths to anyone who wishes to learn Article by James Christie | Broadview Once upon a time, a mere six centuries or so before the birth of Jesus of Nazareth, the world’s greatest religious traditions emerged from what German philosopher Karl Jaspers called the Axial Age. The dating is under some debate, but from approximately 650 BCE* to 400 BCE, religious creativity exploded across the ancient world — in India, China, Persia (Iran), th...
Tags: Silk Road, Opinion, Washington, Life, India, Toronto, Los Angeles, Iran, Afghanistan, Morocco, Islam, New Zealand, Jesus, Christian, North America, Christ


Saklatvala Mausoleum in New York

An email from my friend Kersi Shroff tipped me off on what turned out to be a great treasure hunt in search of the Saklatvala Mausoleum in the Woodlawn Cemetery in the Bronx in New York City. Kersi writes… The Woodlawn Cemetery has cuneiform inscription on the tomb of the then well-known Phirozshah Saklatvalla, whose mother was the sister of Jamshedi Nusserwanji Tata. Phirozshah became a U.S. Citizen in 1904, making him one of the earliest non-whites to be granted citizenship. Prof. John ...
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Neu auf Netflix: Auf diese Serien & Filme kannst du dich im August freuen

Die zweite Sommerhälfte hat begonnen und ganz langsam starten auch wieder die ersten Dreharbeiten. Nachdem wegen Corona monatelang gar nichts ging, darf jetzt endlich wieder gearbeitet werden. Allerdings nicht überall. Und auch nur unter extrem strengen Auflagen.Ein paar Serien und kleinere Filme werden also aktuell schon wieder produziert. Großproduktionen finden dagegen immer noch kaum statt – genauer gesagt ist „Babelsberg momentan der einzige Standort weltweit, an dem gedreht wird.“, so Chri...
Tags: Fashion, Music, New York, Salma Hayek, France, Germany, US, Toronto, Los Angeles, Iran, Colombia, Netflix, New Orleans, Miami, Nashville, Connor


The Killing of a Zoroastrian Priest Highlights Religious Apartheid in Iran

The murder of a Zoroastrian cleric in Kerman province in late July has sparked fresh debate over the rights of religious minorities in the Islamic Republic. In Iran, non-Muslims are not entitled to the same legal rights as Shia Muslims, and this has a huge impact on the way murder is dealt with in the country. If a non-Muslim is killed by a Muslim, intentionally or otherwise, the victim and his or her family is not entitled to qisas, or retribution in kind. This is one of the most discriminator...
Tags: Life, Iran, Islam, Muslim, Islamic Republic, Kerman, Guardian Council, BAHA, Expediency Council, Yazd, Islamic Consultative Assembly, Yonathan Betkolia, Nemat Ahmadi, Islamic Republic Some, Petrosian, Arash Kasravi


Massiah Foundation challenge gift to fund UCI chair in Zoroastrian studies

$1.5 million endowment will establish first chair of its kind in the U.S. The University of California, Irvine has received a $1.5 million challenge commitment from the Massiah Foundation to establish the Ferdowsi Presidential Chair in Zoroastrian Studies – the first of its kind in the United States. Additionally, the University of California will support the chair with up to $500,000. The Massiah Foundation was founded by Fariborz Maseeh, Ph.D., an Iranian American businessman and pion...
Tags: Education, Life, Iran, United States, Orange County, University Of California, Southern California, UCI, Persia, University of California Irvine, Association of American Universities, Howard Gillman, Ferdowsi, Jordan Center, Touraj Daryaee, Massiah Foundation


US-based Zoroastrian priest killed in Iran, in apparent murder

Local prosecutor tells Iranian media that body of Arash Kasravi, who was visiting to deal with his father’s estate, found alongside those of two other men days after going missing A Zoroastrian priest who resided in the United States has been killed on a visit to Iran, the country’s judiciary said in local media reports on Sunday. The body of Arash Kasravi was found in the central province of Kerman alongside those of two other people who were not members of the religious minority, the prov...
Tags: News, California, Life, US, Iran, United States, North America, Southern California, Kerman, Persia, Mahan, Zarathushti, FEZANA, Kerman Iran, Arash Kasravi, Dadkhoda Salari


The IranShah Initiative – Donation With Vision 2020 (Part 1 of 2)

“There are no gods in the universe, no nations, no money, no human rights, and no justice outside of the common imagination of human beings,” says Yuval Noah Harari in his book Sapiens. Harari argues that humanity functions cooperatively because human beings created religions and belief systems, political societies, financial markets, judicial systems etc. That these common imagined realities “exert force in the world” because everyone believes in them.  Author: Homi D. Gandhi, Immedia...
Tags: Greece, Life, India, Iran, Rome, Yuval Noah Harari, Udvada, Atash Behram, Ahura Mazda, Homi D Gandhi, Sapiens Harari, Homi, Haft Keshvar Zameen Today


11 PoC-Accounts auf Instagram, die deinen Feed bereichern

Instagram ist eines der wichtigsten Medien unserer Zeit. Ich selbst verbringe mehrere Stunden am Tag damit, mir Posts anzuschauen, sie zu liken oder auch mal zu kommentieren und an meine Freund*innen weiterzuleiten – auch, wenn sie nicht unbedingt große Fans davon sind (sorry, not sorry!). Ich will ehrlich gesagt nicht wissen, wie viele Kilometer ich schon auf dieser App gescrollt habe.Doch mir ist bewusst, dass Insta schon längst nicht mehr nur ein Ort für schöne Urlaubsfotos oder Memes ist. Ne...
Tags: Fashion, Music, Instagram, Iran, Rice, Seite, Namen, Raum, Westen, Dann, Leben, Amani, Seele, Hanau, Fokus, Scharf


80-plus Irani brothers with a zest for life die of Covid-19 in Mumbai

Everyone who has known of the Ferzandi brothers — Darius, 85 and Plumarz, 81 succumbing to the deadly coronavirus within weeks of each other last month, have been aching with memories of the two bespectacled old Parsi men. Darius was a fixture at the glass gallah of his quaint little Byculla Restaurant & Bakery taking the loban around his cafe every evening, and Plumarz who knew almost every patron of his Byculla Pharmacy & Stores by name ever since they took over the reins of their father’s bus...
Tags: Life, India, Iran, Mumbai, Bombay, Parsi, Darius, Irani, Vakil, Rustom Baug, Ferzandi, Hormazdiyaar Vakil, Plumarz, Byculla Pharmacy Stores, Kaikushru Ferzandi, Parsi Bawa


One of India’s richest minority groups enjoys some of Mumbai’s best rents.

“Imagine a world within a world.” That is how Hormuz Bana describes the centuries-old community where he lives in Mumbai — and which is in danger of vanishing. Article by Rhea Mogul | CNN Located below the Eastern Express Highway, this storied enclave is everything that most of Mumbai is not: idyllic, languid, and devoid of the city’s signature traffic. “Living here has given me a sense of belonging,” says the 30-year-old marketing executive. Bana lives in Dadar Parsi Colony, one of...
Tags: Life, China, India, Iran, Getty Images, Judaism, Khan, Mumbai, Bombay, Petit, Persia, PCA, Bana, Mumbai India, Corbis, Joshi


Looking for My Ancient Religion in Uzbekistan

Still, I was in search of something more, something concrete, something material Article by Meher Mirza | Catapult.Co Last October, I walked on the trail of emperors. Like most ogle-eyed tourists, I ping-ponged my way through different cities in Uzbekistan: Samarkand, Bokhara, Khiva, Nukus, Urgench, Margilon, Tashkent, Termez, Andijan, and Kokhand. Unlike most tourists, though, I was here to quench my curiosity for a long-vanquished empire—Uzbekistan is amongst the richest source of Zoroastrian ...
Tags: News, Life, India, Iran, Afghanistan, Egypt, Pakistan, Macedonia, Islam, Romania, Bulgaria, Libya, Uzbekistan, Mumbai, Samarkand, Gujarat


The Bundahisn

The Zoroastrian Book of Creation Edited and translated by Domenico Agostini, Samuel Thrope, Preface by Shaul Shaked, and Afterword by Guy Stroumsa First complete English translation of the Bundahisn in nearly a century Includes commentary on each chapter The Bundahisn, meaning primal or foundational creation, is the central Zoroastrian account of creation, cosmology, and eschatology. Compiled sometime in the ninth century CE, it is one of the most important surviving testaments to Zoroas...
Tags: Books, Life, Iran, University Of California Berkeley, Wolf, Hebrew University, Zoroaster, Polonsky, Shaul, Raquel Ukeles, Tel Aviv University He, University of Haifa He, Domenico Agostini Samuel Thrope Preface, Shaul Shaked, Guy Stroumsa, Domenico Agostini



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