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Remembering Soli Batlivala

It was a scene out of a film. The young patriot supporting the Quit India struggle heard the police knock on the door of his Parel home. Though no stranger to jail, alerted by his mother Bachoobai, he bolted from a back door and jumped on the tiled roof. Unable to share his son and wife’s sympathies, red faced before the officers was Dr Shiavax Batlivala, a physician and Mayor of Bombay under the British. Article by Meher Marfatia | Mid-Day Soli Shiavax Batlivala, diehard Congressman turned card...
Tags: Congress, France, Scotland, Life, India, Delhi, Mumbai, Opera House, Bombay, Ahmedabad, Art Deco, Chekhov, Menon, Left Bank, Mama, Yehudi Menuhin

Cooking with the Time & Talents Club

The smell of dried Bombay duck infiltrates the air. Mum is making the Parsi dish Tarapori Patio, a ruddy pickle made from the quintessentially Bombay fish, the curiously-named Bombay duck, assertively spiced and humming with the tang of vinegar. An old cookbook lies next to her, the pages brittle, dog-eared, covered with scrawls—“Add chopped coriander, 1/2 cup”; “easy for tiffin.”1 By Meher Mirza | Photographs by Meher Mirza. This kitchen treasure is Recipes from the Time & Talents Club, an ic...
Tags: London, Life, Berlin, India, Food And Drink, Club, Mumbai, Mum, Bombay, Gujarat, PTI, Persia, The Club, Arabian Sea, Parsi, Muslim Iran

The Parsi burial ground is a sign of Rawalpindi’s rich heritage

On Murree Road, in the heart of the city, a lane leads towards a heavy iron gate that opens out on an era of Parsi history Article by Ammad Ali | Daily Times Pakistan Resting place of a WWII soldier of Royal Indian Air Force at Parsi Cemetery Rawalpindi It is a sweltering morning of June 1947. Weeks after vicious communal riots in Rawalpindi, Parsis are proffering teary-eyed goodbye to their home, Rawalpindi – standing amid Parsi cemetery on the narrow patches that part each grave, by laying o...
Tags: Life, India, History, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Kabul, Mumbai, Peshawar, Hyderabad, Bombay, Gujarat, KARACHI, RAWALPINDI, Parsi, Gurpurab, Surat

The men from Mumbai who cycled around the world

Between 1923 and 1942, a handful of young Parsi men took off on three expeditions from Mumbai to cycle around the world. A photo exhibition tells their story. Written by Parth Khatau | Indian Express Bicycle Diaries: Rustom Bhumgara (from left), Adi Hakim, and Jal Bapasola in Alexandria, Egypt, in 1924. BOMBAY, MARCH 22, 1931. Framroze Davar and his Austrian friend Gustav Sztavjanik had arrived in the city after a seven-year-long cycling expedition, during the course of which they covered ...
Tags: Europe, Japan, New York, Life, Africa, US, Sports, Austria, Egypt, Miami, North America, Mumbai, Alexandria, Bombay, ROME Italy, Patel

Dadar boy Jehan Daruvala drives to F3 glory in Spain

20-year-old survives multiple safety car disruptions to lead from start to finish in the second race of the junior single-seater series Jehan Daruvala at the winners’ podium in Barcelona, Spain Article by Abhishek Takle | Mid Day Indian Formula One hopeful Jehan Daruvala opened the FIA F3 season with a victory yesterday in the second race of the junior single-seater series’ Spanish round. Daruvala, who hails from Mumbai’s Dadar Parsi Colony, looked unflappable as he survived multiple safety c...
Tags: Life, India, Sports, Spain, Barcelona, Mumbai, Force India, Carlin, FIA, Barcelona Spain, Narain Karthikeyan, Dadar Parsi Colony, Circuit de Catalunya Barcelona, Jehan Daruvala, Marcus Armstrong, Daruvala

JRB Jeejeebhoy: Mumbai has forgotten the ‘leading historian’ who once highlighted its forgotten past

JRB Jeejeebhoy, who wrote numerous pieces on the city and its heritage from the 1920s to the 1950s, has met the fate of his subjects. History unfortunately has been superseded in favour of flighty novels and trashy periodicals, with the result that the investigation and research into the ancient annals of cities and villages have been entirely neglected. It is sincerely to be hoped that this branch of the study will interest the present and the future generations and that they will continue to c...
Tags: Congress, Life, China, Boston, History, Kaiser, Mumbai, London School Of Economics, Bombay, Gandhi, Times of India, Mahatma Gandhi, East India company, St Xavier, Nirupa Roy, Parsi Tower

The dancer’s guide to hitchhiking: Astad Deboo

Celebrated Indian contemporary dancer and choreographer Astad Deboo on his 50-year career, hitchhiking across the world and more Article by Samira Sood | CNN Traveller Astad Deboo in flow. Photo: Amit Kumar Astad Deboo is no stranger to accolades: from a Sangeet Natak Akademi award to a Padma Shri, he has them all. But perhaps his greatest prize is his own story. How did the boy from Jamshedpur go on to become the pioneer of modern dance in India? 8 years, 32 countries. Feat. a cargo boat ride...
Tags: Art, Europe, Japan, England, New York, London, Amit Kumar, Australia, Life, India, Africa, US, America, Iran, Pink Floyd, Philippines

A Bid to Maintain One of the World’s Oldest Culinary Traditions

For the ever dwindling Parsi community of western India, food is both pleasure and heritage — and a secret language in danger of dying out. TO TASTE DHANSAK at the Ripon Club in Mumbai — whose version of the slow-cooked, densely spiced lentil, vegetable and meat stew is one of the city’s greatest pleasures — you must come on a Wednesday, and you must be invited. Only members and their guests are permitted to enter, and membership is granted only to Parsis, the descendants of Persian Zoroastria...
Tags: Amazon, England, New York, London, Life, India, Africa, Time, Iran, Colombia, Afghanistan, Czech Republic, Prague, Paris, Islam, Burma

Irani Cafes: A fading love story

The little culinary revolution that Mumbai’s tiny Iranian diaspora began a 100 years ago is now quickly dwindling “Agar teer e aalambejombad be jay. Na barradragi, gar nakhwaahadkhodaay (Even if the world shoots all its arrows at you, not even a vein will be pierced if God protects you),” gushes 97-year-old Aqa Boman Kohinoor, digging into mouth-melting baklava at his legendary heritage restaurant, Britannia & Co, established in 1923, the year of his birth. Article by Krishnaraj Iyengar | The Tr...
Tags: Life, India, Iran, Food And Drink, Diana, Raj Kapoor, Mumbai, Bombay, Elizabeth, Tribune, McDonald, Iran India, Irani, Kyani, Britannia Co, Afshin Kohinoor

My Happy Place: Banaji Limjee Agiary

Tucked away in the bylanes of Fort, Mumbai stands the quaint old Banaji Limjee Agiary. Article by Ervad Sheherazad R. Pavri One of the many fire temples to celebrate it’s Salgreh (birthday) today, this fire is that special one to me . 311 years old , Mumbai’s oldest fire temple and my favourite for many reasons. In times where we hear complaints about deserted fire temples, this one puts up a great show but one of simplicity. No fancy garlands or big chalk decorations draw the laiety here. And y...
Tags: Life, Mumbai, Fort Mumbai, Fire Temple, Atash Padshah, Banaji Limjee Agiary, Ervad Sheherazad, Salgreh

Godrej and the Ballot Boxes for for India’s First Elections

When independent India was laying the groundwork for its first elections in 1952, clueless to the rest of the world, workers at a factory in Mumbai’s Vikhroli were making history. They were manufacturing the first-ever ballot boxes to be used in the general elections. At Plant 1 of the Godrej & Boyce Mfg Co Ltd, these workers burned the midnight oil to produce nearly 12.83 lakh ballot boxes within four months. Here’s the lesser-known story. The first election was a result of the continuous eff...
Tags: Life, India, History, Mumbai, Election Commission, The Times of India, Godrej, Vikhroli, Panchal, Godrej Boyce Mfg Co Ltd, Sukumar Sen, Godrej Nathalal Panchal, Vrunda Pathare, Thanewalla, Thanewala, The Times of India Vrunda

Made To Order: Gulshan Kolah

Custom-made garments, whether couture or everyday outfits, are a significant part of our dressmaking heritage. Verve scouts around for Mumbai-based tailors and boutiques that specialise in the art of bespoke clothing and make it a seamless experience Gulshan Kolah When I first visit her house I am surprised by the scale of her enterprise. I had assumed that since she works out of her living space, she would have a small set-up. Gulshan Kolah invites me into a long, rectangular room that has t...
Tags: Fashion, Life, India, Mumbai, Parsi, Kolah, Gulshan Kolah, Rushmika Banerjee, Shweta Desai Kolah, Nariman Paghri Wala, Kolah Kolah

The Forever Bike by Adil Jal Darukhanawala: Book review

This near-300-page volume is an encyclopaedic account of Ideal Jawa and Yezdi’s history and is overflowing with insights. Book reviewed by Ruman Devmane | Autocar India That The Forever Bike makes you huff, puff and grunt every time you attempt to lift it off the coffee table, is itself an exciting premise for anybody with motorcycling inclinations. This is, I must say at the onset, the most in-depth treasure trove of everything related to Ideal Jawa and Yezdi – names that dominated the Indian m...
Tags: Books, Life, India, Bmw, Mumbai, British Empire, Singh, Sunbeam, Adil, Yezdi, Jawa, Adil Jal Darukhanawala, Gunbow Street, Ideal Motors, Ruman Devmane, Rustom S Irani

Ban on Parsi newsletter shows an old press tradition

The ban on the distribution of the newspaper in community housing estates, which houses nearly 5,500 families, was ordered by the BPP’s chairperson Yazdi Desai Last week, HT had reported that a newsletter, which was critical of the management of the Bombay Punchayet (BPP) – the largest Parsi-Zoroastrian representative body – was banned from some housing colonies, called baugs, controlled by the trust. The fortnightly, which has been publishing reports about alleged corruption in the BPP, claim...
Tags: Life, Kaiser, Mumbai, Bombay, Parsi, Gujarati, Desai, Bombay Parsi Panchayat, BPP, Yazdi Desai, Parsi Times, Anahita, Dadabhai Naoroji, Manoj Nair, Kersi Randeria, Mumbai Samachar

Hong Kong-based Parsi couple renew pledge to donate $22.5 mn to hospital at Breach Candy

A Hong Kong-based Parsi tycoon and his wife on Saturday renewed their pledge to donate $22.5 million (Rs 160 crore) to the financially-ailing Parsi General Hospital (PGH) at Breach Candy in south Mumbai. The couple, Jal and Pervin Shroff, had earlier set a March 31 deadline to resolve the fierce opposition by some Parsi activists against a controversial deal signed between the PGH managing committee and Gurugram-based Medanta Group. Article by Nauzer K. Bharucha | Times of India Two separate...
Tags: Hong Kong, News, Life, Mumbai, Deboo, Pgh, Parsi, JAL, Medanta, TOI, Parsee General Hospital, Shroff, Gurugram, Aspi Deboo, Pervin Shroff, Jal Shroff

What does your job have in common with playing for the Mumbai Indians in the IPL?

Nita Ambani (via YouTube) Yesterday we mentioned our grim office job at a company that was dying on its arse. It later occurred to us that Cricket Fever, the Netflix documentary about the Mumbai Indians, might be the reason why this particular slice of our working life had resurfaced uninvited in the ooze of our consciousness. You wouldn’t think that over-pressured underpaid work in a tinpot digital marketing firm would have much in common with being a cricketing superstar, but...
Tags: Sex, Netflix, Ipl, Mumbai, Mumbai Indians, Kieron Pollard, Royal Challengers Bangalore, India cricket news, Jasprit Bumrah, Ambani, Nita, Pankaj Jaiswal, Chennai Super Kings IPL, Nita She, Nita Ambani, Yuvraj Singh Yuvraj Singh

A play in Mumbai on Parsis called Geedra of Thrones

A play that imagines a world with no Parsis reminds us why we need them more than ever There are people outside of Mumbai, who think Parsis are a figment of our imagination. “You can’t blame them,” says theatre director Meherzad Patel. “Sixty thousand is literally the crowd in this area. But, we are so loud and boisterous that one Parsi sounds like 50 Parsis. We look at swear words as punctuation. Article by Ekta Mohta | Mid-Day The way we treat our car, our bike, our food, our drinking habi...
Tags: Life, Buckingham Palace, Theater, Mumbai, Nowruz, Antia, Patel, Parsi, Geedra, BPP, Nallasopara, Moti Antia, Meherzad Patel, Ekta Mohta, Meherzad Patel Sixty, Shazneen Acharia


The unthinkable happened yesterday.I got a call from my landlord asking me to pay my rent that was overdue. No, the rent was not overdue because I could not pay. I have the money. But because there is a cash component in the rent that requires me to withdraw cash and send someone over to his office and deposit the same. Haha, cashless economy. And of course, I could not find someone to do that! Thus the snafu.So the landlord called me and was curt when he spoke to me about it. I don't blame him....
Tags: Travel, Money, Life, Time, Rant, God, Mumbai, MDI, Crib, Saurabh Garg, Ghatkopar

Celebrating the Persian New Year in Mumbai

Every year in the third week of March, Manijeh Irani, 64, makes a tour of the markets of her adopted city, Mumbai—grocery stores, stalls of fresh and dried fruit, sweet shops, even an aquarium—for goods to adorn her festive table for Nowruz, the Persian New Year. Article by Chandrahas Choudhury | Wall Street Journal Nowruz (”new day”) is pegged to the Northern Hemisphere’s vernal equinox and symbolizes the upswing of the forces of light and life after the dark cold days of winter; it is one of h...
Tags: Facebook, Silk Road, Youtube, Life, India, Iran, North America, Tehran, Delhi, Mumbai, Gujarat, Nowruz, Northern Hemisphere, Persia, Parsi, Shiite Muslim

5 Delicious Parsi Dishes and Where to Eat them in Mumbai this Navroze

Navroze, The Persian New Year is right around the corner and that can only mean a celebration full of great food. For those of you who do not have Parsi or Irani friends willing to feed, you don’t fret. Restaurants across the city will come out to celebrate but more importantly, you should know what you need to eat! We picked 5 stellar Parsi dishes that we think you should indulge in and exactly where you can find them. The cuisine, of course, has a lot more to offer but these 5 are a great plac...
Tags: Life, Food And Drink, Mumbai, Britannia, Lagan, Parsi, Irani, Andheri, Bandra, Sali, Navroze, Lagan Nu Custard, Roxanne Bamboat, Pulao, Jimmy Boy, Navroze Mubarak

Metro speedily realigned at BKC but not elsewhere

Work on the 2B corridor, which will connect D N Nagar and Mankhurd, has begun at several places along its 23.6km route. The corridor will run along the 3.6 km-long arterial BKC road. MMRDA metropolitan commissioner R A Rajeev did not respond to calls or texts by TOI. A senior MMRDA official said, “Earlier, the Metro 2B viaduct and the flyover at Kala Nagar were to be constructed on the same pillar on the BKC road median. The flyover was planned on Level 1 and the viaduct on Level 2.” Article ...
Tags: Life, Mumbai, Bombay, Metro, Juhu, Nagar, Kalbadevi, Times of India Now, MMRDA, Rajeev, MMRC, BKC, Jamshed Sukhadwala, Mankhurd, Kala Nagar, Matoshree

Dinaz Vervatwala : A tale of grit and determination

Ever wondered what it takes to make it big in life? A bit of inspiration, zeal to not drift, the magic potion of immense hard work and of course some incredible courage. Meet Jamshedpur-born Dinaz Vervatwala, a true example of grit and determination. Born to a middle class Parsi family and studied at Sacred Heart Convent in Jamshedpur, Dinaz has brought laurels to his hometown by achieving rare feats. Article by Parvinder Bhatia | Pioneer She has not only been fitness trainer of badminton champ...
Tags: Life, Sports, Guinness Book of World Records, Rio De Janeiro, Mumbai, Yemen, Hyderabad, Jamshedpur, Parsi, Saina Nehwal, Saina, Dinaz Vervatwala, Jamshedpur Dinaz, Parvinder Bhatia, Dinaz, Little Hearts Play School

Short cut to fiction: In Conversation with Murzban F Shroff

City writer Murzban F Shroff in his third book, crafts a collection of stories that can be read in five minutes It is difficult to imagine how the world can change in a minute. But on November 8, 2016, when news of demonetisation broke – through an unscheduled televised address – the world did change for many. In Fasttrack Fiction (Juggernaut Books), a three-part collection of digital shorts, Murzban Shroff capitalises on fast-paced narrative, where the worlds of his protagonists evolve in eve...
Tags: Books, Life, India, Mumbai, Bombay, Shroff, Koshy, Jonathan Koshy, Murzban F Shroff, Murzban Shroff, Dalreen Ramos

Jamsetji Nusserwanji Tata, a Swadeshi who tried to make India a manufacturing hub

On Jamsetji’s 180th birth anniversary, ThePrint’s Remya Nair remembers the industrialist who set up India’s most well-reputed business empire. Jamsetji Nusserwanji Tata was the founder of the entity that went on to become Tata Sons, an Indian conglomerate that now employs more than 7 lakh people and has a total revenue of more than $110 billion. His first cousin Ratanji Dadabhoy Tata would take his work forward and the Tata Sons would reach its zenith under Ratanji’s son J.R.D. Tata. Today, Ra...
Tags: Life, China, India, History, Mumbai, Bengaluru, Bangalore, Bombay, Gujarat, Tata, Jamshedpur, Nagpur, Tata Group, Navsari, Wacha, Surat

Zia Mandviwalla: Kiwi-Indian woman finds spotlight in Netflix series Chef’s Table

A Kiwi-Indian woman and noted short filmmaker Zia Mandviwalla has become the first ever New Zealander to direct an episode of popular Netflix series Chef’s Table. Chef’s Table, a popular Netflix series created by filmmaker David Gilb and Co-Producer Brian McGinn, profiles a world-renowned chef in each episode, with each chef sharing personal stories, inspirations and styles, as they prepare a dish. The episode directed by Zia portrays a renowned British-Indian Chef Asma Khan, who is incident...
Tags: England, London, Film, Australia, Life, India, Netflix, Italy, Dubai, New Zealand, Mumbai, King, Rajasthan, Zia, Asma, Brian McGinn


The amazing folks at XYZ have a fantastic new initiative and if you are local in Mumbai, please do get involved. Our dear friend and XYZ Founder Hoshaang Gotla write Dear members of the community, Our organisation – XYZ (Xtremely Young Zoroastrians) is organising a MAD (Making A Difference) Initiative called XYZ VESSEL-A-THON which is a Vessel Collection Drive on Sunday, 24th February 2019. Our XYZs along with parents, friends, family and well-wishers will be going to 25 different colonies an...
Tags: News, Life, Mumbai, XYZ, Hoshaang Gotla, Goonj Hamara Footpath WWH Trust Oscar Foundation, Being Better Parsis Warm Regards Hoshaang Gotla

19 celebratory photos from Mumbai’s historic 2019 Pride

Pride is always a fabulous party no matter where it’s held, but the thousands-strong crowd at Queer Azaadi Mumbai Pride March 2019 had extra cause for celebration.
Tags: Life, India, Lifestyle, Mumbai, Indian, Pride, Ad Friendly, Queerty, Queer Azaadi Mumbai, Gay Indians, Indian men, gay India, Indian Gays, Lgbtq India, Mr. Gay India

Parsi community gets partial relief; metro station to shift away from fire temple

In a partial relief for the Parsi community, the Metro Rail Authority on Monday informed the Supreme Court that it will shift the Kalbadevi Metro III station 20 metres away from the nearest boundary wall of the Wadia Atash Behram (Fire Temple). Manthank Mehta | Times of India The Atash Behram situated at the Princess Street junction in south Mumbai, is one of the eight in India, and was consecrated in 1830. The earlier location of the station box was very close to the fire temple with an ove...
Tags: Supreme Court, Life, India, Mumbai, Metro Line, Atash Behram, Kalbadevi, MMRC, Fire Temple, Zerick Dastur, Wadiaji Atash Behram, Wadia Atash Behram, MMRCL, Fali Nariman, Jamshed Sukhadwalla, Metro Rail Authority

Ervad Zal Darius Mody Ordained as Navar

Ervad Zal Darius Mody was recently ordained as a Navar on December 20, 2018, Roj Khordad, Mah Amardad, in memory of his grand uncle Ervad Sorab Hormusji Mody.  Zal was taught his Navar prayers by his grandfather Ervad Keki H. Mody and guided and mentored for his Navar initiation by Ervad Keki Ravji at the Cama Baug Agiary in Mumbai.  Zal (11) attends Chapman Elementary School in Cheshire, Connecticut. Zal is the son of proud parents Tinaz and Darius Mody, brother of Jehan Mody and beloved gra...
Tags: New York, Life, Religion, Mumbai, Diane, Zal, Chapman Elementary School, Zoroastrian Association of Greater New York ZAGNY, Navar, Ervad Zal Darius Mody, Roj Khordad Mah Amardad, Ervad Sorab Hormusji Mody Zal, Ervad Keki H Mody, Ervad Keki Ravji, Cama Baug Agiary, Cheshire Connecticut Zal

Dinyar Contractor Awarded 2019 Padma Shri Award

The brilliant theater legend Dinyar Contractor has been awarded the Padma Shri Award by the Goverment of India in 2019. The awards announced on the eve of the Republic Day are a testament to Dinyar’s contribution to theather and to Parsi and Gujarati theater specifically. From wikipedia… Dinyar Contractor is a stage actor, comedian and Bollywood/Tollywood actor. He acts in Gujarati theatre and Hindi theatre, as well as Hindi movies. He started acting at school and began his professional caree...
Tags: Life, India, Theater, Mumbai, Parsi, Gujarati, Sodhi, Dinyar, Adi Marzban, Dinyar Contractor, Mumbai Doordarshan, Aao Marvao Meri Saathe, Chori Chori, China Town Khiladi

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