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Mahrukh Mogrelia: How the Gujarati Influence in Parsi kitchens helped create a whole new cuisine.

Sundays on #FinelyChoppedTV are #foodocracyforher days and in this episode, I speak to Mumbai based Parsi home chef, Mahrukh Mogrelia who runs Mahrukh’s Kitchen. Mahrukh’s food talks of the times of yore and has a certain rustic flavour that one does not see in the Parsi food of Mumbai today. This made me order from her weekly menus Sunday after Sunday for my wife who is Parsi. She loves Mahrukh’s food, as do I. I am Bengali of course. In this chat Mahrukh, who hails from Navsari in south Guj...
Tags: Life, India, Iran, Mumbai, Gujarat, Parsi, Navsari, Food And Beverage, Mahrukh, Mahrukh Mogrelia


The past is a strange country: The paintings of Katayun Saklat

Stained glass designer Katayun Saklat’s paintings, with their disconcerting details, give a dark twist to sweet nostalgia At first glance, Katayun Saklat is just another kindly, elderly lady with a thatch of grey hair. But she is much more than that. She is one of the most accomplished designers of stained glass in India, with her work included in several public and private collections. She is also a painter, working chiefly with oil and watercolour. At 83, Saklat is trying her hand at a new me...
Tags: Art, Europe, London, Life, India, Time, Mumbai, Kashmir, Kolkata, LAHORE, Parsi, Baroda, Katayun Saklat, Grant Lane, Metcalfe Street, Katayun


The Literary and Archaeology story of the arrival of the Parsis in India and their dispersal

Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya in collaboration with Museum Society of Mumbai cordially invites you to a lecture titled The Literary and Archaeology story of the arrival of the Parsis in India and their dispersal by Dr. Kurush Dalal on Monday, 18th January 2020 at 5:30pm IST To register click here From 2002 to 2004 the WZCF, Mumbai and the IAS, New Delhi conducted an intensive archaeological project, under the auspices of the ICHR and the Tata Trust, at the Me...
Tags: Life, India, Iran, Mumbai, New Delhi, Talks, Tata Trust, Rajasthan, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya, Dalal, University of Mumbai, ICHR, west coast of India, Kurush Dalal, Sanjan, Museum Society of Mumbai


Bisni Dakhma Restoration at Mumbai Doongarwadi Completed

Below is a report circulated by The Parsee Voice The repairs to the Bisni Dakhma at our hallowed Mumbai Doongerwadi, are finally completed thanks to donations received from certain members of the Parsee community and the unrelenting efforts of the BPP trustees and staff. Under the guidance of Dasturji Dr. F. M. Kotwal, the required ceremonies to restore the spiritual strength of the Dakhmas was undertaken by Ervad Aspandiar Dadachanji and his son Ervad Hormuz, which concluded with the p...
Tags: Asia, Life, CSR, Mumbai, University of Edinburgh, Stockholm, Asia Society, South Mumbai, Bombay Parsi Panchayat, BPP, Doongerwadi, Armaity Tirandaz, Hanging Gardens, Pardiwala, Kotwal, Parsee


Zend and the midnight concert at Yazdani

Here’s an entertaining story about Yazdani Bakery and Zend Meherwan Zend that was told to me by the blustery Irani baker who passed away on Sunday. He was my friend. And I knew him from when he was a much younger man. Strapping, with a roaring voice, as crusty as the crackling Brun that Yazdani baked. But Zend was also a droll man. I had experience of that. Yazdani was near my newspaper office. Zend would often come over with Mawa Cakes. And stay for a chat. Once he came red in the face. His Ira...
Tags: Life, Russia, Mumbai, Parsi, NCPA, Zend, Irani, Brun, Individuals, Yazdani Bakery, Yazdani, Zend Meherwan Zend, Strapping, Mawa Cakes, Austria Israel, red Kinetic Honda


In passing of Yazdani’s Zend, Mumbai has lost a master baker

“Get rid of your cough, eat my ginger biscuit.” The baker who kneaded such happy prescriptions into Mumbai’s gut via the blackboard of the iconic Yazdani bakery in Fort is no more. Zend Meherwan Zend, the jovial co-owner of the six-decade-old Irani bakery who said bread must have a bite to it and who did not let Parkinson’s disease keep him from sipping tea or relishing ice-cream at the cash counter, passed away at age 86 this past Sunday. Article by Sharmila Ganesan Ram | TNN With the departu...
Tags: Life, Mumbai, Bombay, Alexander, Fort, Parkinson, Colaba, Zend, Irani, Food And Beverage, Deepak Rao, Mantralaya, Kurush Dalal, Yazdani, Zend Meherwan Zend, Kalyan Karmakar


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


Co-owner of Fort’s Yazdani Bakery, Zend Meherwan Zend, dies at 86

Food historian Kurush Dalal recalls Zend as the baker who wasn’t afraid to experiment and wished to give his customers quality products. Sitting behind the cash counter or instructing staff by the woodfire oven, Zend Meherwan Zend was synonymous with Yazdani Bakery. He was a regular at the iconic bakery in Fort, even after being afflicted with acute Parkinson’s in his later years. On Sunday, Zend died due to advancing age. He was 86. Food historian Kurush Dalal recalls Zend as the baker who ...
Tags: News, Life, Mumbai, Fort, Parkinson, St Peter, Zend, Individuals, Dalal, Food And Beverage, Tirandaz, Yazdani Bakery, KARMAKAR, Mantralaya, Kurush Dalal, Yazdani


B. Merwan & Co. Bakery in Mumbai

An interesting short documentary on the iconic B. Merwan & Co. Bakery
Tags: Life, Mumbai, Food And Beverage


Mercedes-Benz Classic Car Rally 2020

Cars are in the Parsi DNA since the day automobiles were invented, or so it seems ! It is no surprise that some of the top automobile restorers, journalists, organizers and most importantly owners and collectors are Parsis. One such gentleman is Perseus Bandrawalla who organized the 2020 Mercedes Benz Classic Car Rally to end 2020. Perseus writes…. From a parsi angle we have a number of well known Parsi families that participate in the event year on year. Some of the star cars this year b...
Tags: News, Life, India, Mumbai, Mercedes, Mercedes Benz, Mercedes Benz India, Maharashtra, Parsi, Bandra, Mumbai Police, Amit Jha, Hormazd Sorabjee, Bandra Worli Sea Link, Adenauer, Rayomand


Mumbai: Parsis aggrieved as BMC plans to relocate Parsi Gate to facilitate coastal road project

Mumbai: Members of the Parsi community are aggrieved with the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) as the fate of the iconic ‘Parsi Gate’ continues to remain uncertain. In order to facilitate the ongoing construction work for the Coastal Road Project (CRP), the civic body had approached the Bombay Parsi Punchayet (BPP), seeking its approval to relocate the 100-year-old structure. Article in Free Press Journal On Wednesday, a group of concerned citizens from the Parsi community went to t...
Tags: Life, US, Heritage, Mumbai, Donald Trump, EIA, Bmc, Bombay, MLA, CRP, NOC, Girgaum Chowpatty, Marine Drive, Parsi, Colaba, Chahal


Two Critically Injured in Fire at Panthaki Baug in Andheri, Mumbai

Two persons were injured in a fire that broke out at Mehta building in Panthaki Baug in Mumbai’s Andheri East late on Wednesday. The fire broke out on the first floor of the four-storey building on Andheri-Kurla Road. According to fire brigade officials, the injured were identified as Yohan Irani (17), who was admitted to Citi Care hospital and Naushad Chapgar (83), admitted to the civic-run Cooper hospital with 60% burns. Doctors said that both of them were stable and under treatment. Officials...
Tags: News, Life, Mumbai, Cooper, Mehta, Andheri East, Andheri Mumbai, Panthaki Baug, Andheri Kurla Road, Yohan Irani, Citi Care, Naushad Chapgar


Marzy Parakh Launches 24/7 Outreach To Make Hospital Beds, Ambulance Available

Marzy Parakh, 36; Restaurateur And Founder Of Live To Give India has just five hospital beds per 10,000 Indians, according to a study by the Human Development Report. The results show that out of 167 countries, India ranks 155 in access to healthcare. No surprise then that there was a mad scramble for expert medical treatment a month into the Coronavirus infection outbreak. Marzy Parakh, a restaurateur and philanthropist, remembers the time all too well. As the founder of a WhatsApp group call...
Tags: Life, India, Uncategorized, Mumbai, LTG, Parakh, Marzy Parakh


Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos and his girlfriend, Lauren Sanchez, have weathered a tabloid scandal, a lawsuit, and maybe even interference from a foreign government. Here's where their relationship began and everything that's happened since.

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos and his girlfriend, Lauren Sanchez. Simon Stacpoole/Offside / Contributor In January 2019, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos and Lauren Sanchez were publicly outed as a couple the same day Bezos and his wife, MacKenzie, announced their divorce.   The National Enquirer had been investigating Bezos and Sanchez for months and had obtained leaked photos and texts the couple had sent, including the now-famous message where Bezos called Sanchez "alive girl."  In the 18 months since, bo...
Tags: Amazon, New York Post, Hollywood, California, Washington Post, Washington, Life, Relationships, India, Los Angeles, Trends, Tech, Spain, Features, Fox, Culture


Through the stained glass, vividly

Katayun Saklat , 82, is a charming and exuberant painter and stained glass artist Seated in the drawing room of her Auckland Square apartment, Katayun Saklat, painter and stained glass artist, though not necessarily in that order, speaks about her exceptional life and her art, as a number of her assistants come and go, pleasantly interrupting her for instructions. Saklat, 82, is a charming and exuberant personality and the room is a bit like her. But then it is also her gallery, Gallery Kata...
Tags: Art, UK, Life, Mumbai, New Delhi, Bombay, Buckinghamshire, Srinagar, Calcutta, Parsi, Zarathushtra, Katayun Saklat, Grant Lane, Katayun, Suhas Roy, Auckland Square


Astad is gone, but is more alive than ever

‘Astad had the courage to plough a lonely furrow. He made a life of his own, on his own, and created a path-breaking dance style.’ ‘Only a few in the performing arts could do what he did.’‘A classical dancer can fall back on tradition, but Astad created something absolutely new.’ Article by Archana Masih | Rediff IMAGE: Astad Deboo, the legendary dancer who died after a brief illness on the morning of December 10, performs at the Mehrangarh Fort, Jodhpur. Photograph: Kind courtesy Ritam Banerj...
Tags: Art, Europe, Washington, France, Life, India, Syria, Afghanistan, Paris, Myanmar, Delhi, Mumbai, Damascus, Maya, Afghanistan Syria, Foreign Service


NAMC Lecture Series: The Life of Prophet Zarathushtra by Ervad Soli Dastur

NAMC LECTURE SERIES Topic: Life of Prophet Zarathushtra Date: Sunday December 20, 2020 @ 2:00 PM  Eastern – 11 AM Pacific Join Meeting on Zoomhttps://zoom.us/j/95671042784?pwd=bkNNaDVQVG9CcjRXeXE2ZUVUaGpUdz09Meeting ID: 956 7104 2784Passcode: NAMC This presentation will deal with the whole life history of our Vakhshur-e-Vakhshuraan Zarathushtra Spitamaan. It will cover the usual stories of his birth, troubles he faced in childhood from his enemies, his ten year seclusion in a mountain and his...
Tags: Usa, Life, India, Religion, Toronto, Washington Dc, New Jersey, North America, Mumbai, Hinduism, Télé, South Florida, Montreal Canada, Jo Ann, Procter Gamble, Indian Army


Kesavananda Bharati Case And Friendship Between Nani Palkhivala & HM Seervai

Remembering an episode form legendary jurist Nani Palkhivala’s life on his 18th death anniversary When Nani Palkhivala entered the Supreme Court to argue Kesavananda Bharti, India’s future rested on his shoulders. The case was to be heard by a mammoth bench of 13 judges, and their decision would decide the fate of the largest democracy in the world. Palkhivala knew that this was to be an uphill battle, especially because he was to go up against a celebrated jurist and his long-time friend from B...
Tags: Supreme Court, Life, India, History, Parliament, Mumbai, Bombay, Madras, Oxford University Press, Kerela, Bombay High Court, Kanga, DE, Nani Palkhivala, Palkhivala, Jamshedji Kanga


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


Dance pioneer Astad Deboo dies in Mumbai at 73

He once said there was a time when most Indians saw his style as ”too western” while westerners found that it was ”not Indian enough”. Contemporary Indian dancer Astad Deboo, renowned for marrying Kathak and Kathakali into a unique form, died in Mumbai on Thursday, his family said. 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 family announced on social media. ”He leaves behind a formidable legacy of unforgettable pe...
Tags: News, Life, India, Mumbai, Gujarat, Kathakali, Deboo, Hussain, Padma Shri, Navsari, Astad Deboo, Individuals, Guru E K Pannicker, Astad Deboo Dance Foundation, Mani Ratnam Vishal Bhardwaj


Zeenia Batliwalla: Spotlight on Youth Organizers of 8WZYC

8th World Zoroastrian Youth Congress: London calling! Spotlight on Youth Organisers Article by Zeena Batliwalla, Treasurer 8WZYC With the 8th World Zoroastrian Youth Congress (8WZYC) 2023 being hosted by the Zoroastrian Trust Funds of Europe (ZTFE) in the United Kingdom (UK) in Summer 2023, a dedicated team of youth volunteers have already commenced early groundwork to start planning and organising this momentous event. As part of a series of articles, we will be sharing the insights and v...
Tags: UK, London, Law, Congress, Life, United Kingdom, Kpmg, Mumbai, United Kingdom UK, Kuo, Atash Behram, Zoroastrian Trust Funds of Europe ZTFE, ZTFE, Ava Roj, 8WZYC, Zeenia Batliwalla


Zeena Batliwalla: Spotlight on Youth Organizers of 8WZYC

8th World Zoroastrian Youth Congress: London calling! Spotlight on Youth Organisers Article by Zeena Batliwalla, Treasurer 8WZYC With the 8th World Zoroastrian Youth Congress (8WZYC) 2023 being hosted by the Zoroastrian Trust Funds of Europe (ZTFE) in the United Kingdom (UK) in Summer 2023, a dedicated team of youth volunteers have already commenced early groundwork to start planning and organising this momentous event. As part of a series of articles, we will be sharing the insights and v...
Tags: UK, London, Law, Congress, Life, United Kingdom, Kpmg, Mumbai, United Kingdom UK, Kuo, Atash Behram, Zoroastrian Trust Funds of Europe ZTFE, ZTFE, Ava Roj, 8WZYC, Zeena Batliwalla


Maneckji Seth Agiary – Parsi Imprint on Mumbai

Anyone who has lived in or grown up in Mumbai would know at least one Parsi for sure. And if new, you will wonder about the fuss around Bun-Maska (Bun-Butter), Bhurji-Pav (Scrambled eggs-Bread) and Irani Chai (Persian Tea). That is the extent to which the Parsis are part of the cosmopolitan weave of this city. The history of Bombay and the Parsis almost run parallel, with the community making their presence felt since the mid-17th century. Their contribution to the island’s early development, an...
Tags: Life, India, Unesco, Mumbai, Bombay, Fort, Parsi, Irani, Vikas Dilawari, Wadia, Wadia Clock Tower, Banaji Limji Agiary, Perin Nariman, Lamassu, Maneckji Seth Agiary, Bun Maska Bun Butter Bhurji Pav


Rusi Surti: Indian cricket’s original braveheart and ‘the poor man’s Garry Sobers’

Queenslanders saw one of their own in the first and only Indian Test player to play in the Sheffield Shield Patrick Skene Indian Test cricketer Rusi Surti plays a classic cover drive. ‘To see him perform in the middle was like sipping champagne and he gave endless pleasure to fans,’ says Kersi Meher-Homji. Photograph: Percy Surti Fifty-three years ago, the second Indian Test team to tour Australia arrived, turning the wheel of history and sowing the seeds of the respect Virat Kohli’s modern-da...
Tags: England, Australia, Life, India, Sports, Pakistan, Queensland, New Zealand, Brisbane, Muslim, PERCY, Melbourne, Mumbai, Western Australia, West Indies, Hindu


Remembering Jehangir Sabavala, the versatile nonconformist

In an exclusive conversation with The Morning Standard, Puneet Shah, Founder of Akara Art, and Curator of the show tells us more. Connoisseurs of Jehangir Sabavala (1922-2011), will take delight that a new exhibition titled ‘Pilgrim Souls, Soaring Skies, Crystalline Seas’, stands true to its name as the showcased works contain all the signature details that the Parsi modernist came to be known for. ​It is organised by Mumbai’s Akara Art and is on view both online and in the gallery space. I...
Tags: Art, Life, India, Paris, Mumbai, Jehangir Sabavala, Sabavala, Akara Art, Shirin Sabavala, Puneet Shah Founder of Akara Art, Afreed Sabavala, Churchill Chambers, Lalit Kala Ratna


How did Mumbai Indians celebrate their IPL win?

By being on the receiving end of an agonisingly protracted lecture from Nita Ambani, of course! Regular readers will be well aware of our morbid fascination with Nita’s breath-taking commitment to interminable public speaking. As soon as we realised that Mumbai were going to win, our thoughts immediately turned to Nita’s victory talk and whether or not it would be powerful enough to entirely drain away all of the positive feelings arising from becoming champions. We have all experien...
Tags: Sex, Uncategorized, Ipl, Mumbai, Mumbai Indians, Nita, Nita Ambani


These landscapes from Jehangir Sabavala’s new solo reveal the luminous beauty of his art

A master of light and play, with a blend of Impressionist and Cubist elements, Jehangir Sabavala’s blue-chip art has inspired a sense of wonder and awe. Akara Art’s latest show revives the late artist’s legacy Article by Shaikh Ayaz | Architectural Digest India PUBLISHED: NOV 04, 2020 | 09:30:19 IST Jehangir Sabavala, The Miasmic Shore, Oil on Canvas 28 x 42 inches, 1967 Puneet Shah remembers only one brief encounter with the late Jehangir Sabavala who passed away in 2011 at 89, but he met t...
Tags: Art, Europe, France, Life, India, Paris, Italy, Mumbai, Kerala, Bombay, Rajasthan, Shah, Madhya Pradesh, Mark Rothko, Shirin, Parsi


Mithuben Hormusji Petit: Indian Freedom Fighter

MITHUBEN PETIT, WHO FOUGHT FOR INDIA’s FREEDOM WITH GANDHIJI, RENOUNCED HER COMFORTS AND LUXURIES Petit surname has its roots in the French word ‘petit’ (meaning physically small). One of the women pioneers of India’s freedom struggle, Mithuben’s ancestors had worked as a shipping clerk and interpreter for the British East India Company, French merchants who dealt with a lively, short Parsi clerk and they called him ‘le petit Parsi’. He was great grandfather of Mithuben’s father Sir Dinshaw Men...
Tags: Life, India, History, Mumbai, Bombay, Gujarat, Petit, Gandhi, Mahatma Gandhi, Raj, Parsi, Padma Shri, East India company, Sardar Patel, Gandhiji, Kasturba


This Artwork Changed My Life: Pestonji Bomanji’s “Feeding the Parrot”

Elephant and Artsy have come together to present This Artwork Changed My Life, a creative collaboration that shares the stories of life-changing encounters with art. A new piece will be published every two weeks on both Elephant and Artsy. Together, our publications want to celebrate the personal and transformative power of art. Article by Rhea Dhanbhoora Pestonji Bomanji, Feeding the Parrot, 1882. Image via Wikimedia Commons The artists of the 19th century often came alive for me in my grandm...
Tags: Art, Life, India, Johannes Vermeer, Delhi, Mumbai, Van Gogh, Bombay, Monet, Renoir, Manet, Cezanne, Degas, Wikimedia Commons, Parsi, National Gallery of Modern Art


The House Hunt Decision

This is that time of the year. NO! Not that time when there is this festive cheer in the air and everyone is happy and smiling and cheerful and in the celebration frame of mind. But the time when I go through the annual ritual of looking for a house that's good enough in my opinion and affordable enough in my pocket's opinion and unobtrusive in my friends' opinion and accessible enough in Mumbai traffic's opinion. You would've guessed that the combination is as rare a find as life's purposes are...
Tags: Travel, Money, Life, India, Househunting, Starbucks, Mumbai, Bangalore, Whitefield, SRK, Myra, Malad, Andheri, Bandra, Thane, Koramangala



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