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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


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


Tycoon may withdraw Rs 150 crore donation offer to Parsi hospital

Hong Kong-based Parsi tycoon Jal Shroff may withdraw his offer to donate Rs 150 crore to Parsi General Hospital (PGH) after March 31 if challenges to a controversial agreement are not resolved by then. Shroff arrived here on Wednesday, even as the joint charity commissioner on March 15 will hear an application challenging the deal signed between the PGH management and Gurugram-based Medanta Group. Article by Nauzer K Bharucha | TNN Some Parsis moved the charity commissioner’s office on the groun...
Tags: Hong Kong, Life, Uncategorized, Pgh, Parsi, Medanta, Shroff, Zoru Bhathena, Gurugram, Jal Shroff, Nauzer K Bharucha, Khushru Zaiwala, Medanta Corporation, Medanta Group, Parsi General Hospital PGH, Sub Registrar of Assurances


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


Jhalawar’s century-old Parsi theatre getting a facelift

Nearly half the work in the restoration and facelifting of the century-old Parsi Opera Theatre at Bhawani Natyashala in Jhalawar has been completed, state government officials said. The Rajasthan archaeology and museum department is carrying out the restoration at an estimated budget of Rs 5 crore. Article in Hindustan Times The Rajasthan archaeology and museum department is carrying out the restoration work at Parsi theatre in Jhalawar. Photo by: HT Photo The repair, restoration and facelift...
Tags: Life, Theater, Hindustan Times, Rajasthan, Parsi, Jhalawar, Parsi Opera Theatre, Bhawani Natyashala, Jhalawar Photo, Mahendra Kumar Nimhal, Nimhal, Maharaja Bhawani Singh


Rati Framroze Cooper: In Memorarium

On Friday March 8, 2019 Rati Framroze Cooper passed away in Lahore, Pakistan. It may be coincidence or not, that one of the most amazing women educators of the Indian sub-continent, passed away on International Women’s Day. I had the opportunity to meet Rati Aunty only for a few days on my trip to Lahore in January 2016. I was introduced to her and her sister Perin Aunty, through several contacts and I first met up with them in the lobby of the Avari Lahore. Rati Aunty has to have been the most...
Tags: Usa, New York, London, NYC, Life, India, Pakistan, Cooper, LAHORE, LAHORE Pakistan, Marlowe, Parsi, British Council, Madam, Individuals, Wadia


5 Ways Parsi Cuisine Evolved In India

From Malvani and Gujarati to English, find these influences in Parsi food The Parsis of India are people from the Zoroastrian community that migrated from Persia (now Iran) in the 7th century and made the west coast of India their home. As the community moved from its place of origin and integrated with the local communities in their new-found land, the changes reflected in Parsi cuisine as well. A popular story goes that when the Parsis first came to Gujarat, they promised the then ruler Jadi...
Tags: Life, India, Iran, Food And Drink, Gujarat, Gulf, Katy, Persia, Caspian Sea, Parsi, Gujarati, Pomfret, Dalal, Jadi Rana, Malvani, Henna Achhpal


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


Down memory lane with Shelley Subawala’s magic from Grandma’s kitchen

Nostalgia is a definitive by-product of grandmothers’ cooking, triggering memories of food made with love, intuition and authority. It pales the experience of swift and perfunctory ease of “ordering in” from a dozen options at the swipe of a finger. Tapping on the same sentimental value and her Parsi heritage, Gurugram-based Shelley Subawalla, 43, has been delighting foodies with Zarin’s Secrets, a business hinged on her grandmother’s ingredients and recipes. Entrepreneurship is juxtaposed with...
Tags: Life, India, Uncategorized, Facebook Instagram, Parsi, Gurugram, Zarin, Shelley Subawalla, Zarin Gimi, Subawalla, Shelley Subawala, Supriya Sehgal, Jalnawala, Parsi Chawanprash


Noel Tata joins Tata Trusts board

Tata Trusts, which controls India’s largest conglomerate, the Tata Group, has inducted chairman Ratan Tata’s half-brother Noel Tata on the board. The appointment is seen as paving the way for a potential successor to the present chairman. Speculation about Noel’s entry has been gathering steam with the small but prominent Parsi community rooting for a Tata family member to helm the Trusts in the future. TOI had reported on the likelihood of Noel, who is chairman of Trent and MD of Tata Interna...
Tags: News, Life, India, Cbi, Ratan Tata, Noël, Tata, Jimmy, Tata Group, Cyrus Mistry, Parsi, Pune, Venkat, Tata International, Tata Sons, R Venkataramanan


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


A Tribute to the Feriyas

Feriyas is a colloquialism from Feriwalla, Gujarati for someone who takes a ‘Fero’, a round of some place. During the struggle for Indian Independence, people used to have Prabhat Feri, a small early morning procession that went around singing patriotic songs, raising the Indian flag and reminding people about Independence struggle. From time to time we invite readers to contribute. This article is by Havovi Govadia. For any Parsi living in a Baug or Colony, Feriyas are the lifeline… a mea...
Tags: Usa, Life, Heritage, Mumbai, Bombay, Britannia, Bruns, Nagpur, Parsi, Ramo, Chacha, Tulsi, Polson, Bansi, Bomi, Rupee


WZCC kicks off funding initiative for young Parsi entrepreneurs

Parsis offer interest-free loans, flexi pay options to its young entrepreneurs A year ago, Parsi community came together to encourage young entrepreneurs and new start-ups and founded a programme to help deserving candidates with interest-free loans and a flexible payment schedule. Article by Payal Gwalani | Mumbai Mirror The India chapter of the World Zarathushti Chamber of Commerce (WZCC) tapped high net-worth individuals from the community and founded the scheme that already has three win...
Tags: News, Life, India, US, Mumbai, Cyrus, Parsi, Surat, WZCC, WZCC India, Tavadia, Payal Gwalani, World Zarathushti Chamber of Commerce WZCC, World Zoroastrian Organisation WZO Trust Fund, Percy Master, Cyrus Pithawala


Tracing the journey of a Parsi who brought French Revolution in Bombay

A new book revisits the untold, illustrious life of a renowned academician, Zenobia Mistri, who steered a French revolution in Bombay When the late Dr APJ Abdul Kalam, the former President of India and veteran scientist, said he wanted to be remembered as a “good teacher”, it might have seemed strange that a man with such a meritorious career, measured his worth so simply. “Teaching is a very noble profession,” he had said, “It shapes the character, calibre, and future of an individual.” London-...
Tags: Books, London, France, Life, India, Paris, Mumbai, Bombay, Fort, KARACHI, KARACHI Pakistan, Parsi, Pune, Collège de France, Abdul Kalam, Zenobia


The incredible history of the traditional Parsi Gara sari

The timeless elegance of a traditional Parsi Gara is undeniable. Embroidered to life with photorealistic precision, the Gara sari is a unique member in the exhaustive variety of crafts found in the country. Predominantly worn by the Parsi community during weddings and special occasions, the exquisite Gara sari deserves not to be stashed away just for those big days. Vogue spoke to Ashdeen Lilaowala—one of the few creative minds carrying the legacy of the Gara forward—about the history of the emb...
Tags: Europe, Fashion, Life, China, India, Iran, Vogue, Mumbai, Bombay, Chine, Gandhi, Gara, Parsi, Margi, Shamu, Garas


Majority of Bombay Parsi punchayet trustees want chairman out

Four of seven Bombay Parsi Punchayet (BPP) trustees have voted to file a no confidence motion against chairman Yazdi Desai for allegations ranging from protecting a non-Parsi trespasser to promoting his wife as a “shadow chairman”. The BPP is considered the largest private landlord in Mumbai, controlling around 5,500 community flats in Parsi baugs such as Cusrow Baug in Colaba. Desai, who took over as chairman in 2011, said there is “no provision for a no confidence motion in trust law or in ou...
Tags: Life, Mumbai, Parsi, Mehta, Desai, Bombay Parsi Panchayat, BPP, Yazdi Desai, Wadia, Dadrawala, Jehangir Patel, Dinshaw Mehta, Bombay Parsi Punchayet BPP, Viraf Mehta, Cusrow Baug, Noshir Dadrawala


Tower of Silence out of bound for drones, aviation ministry to mark it as prohibited area

The Ministry of Civil Aviation (MoCA) has ruled against flying drones around Tower of Silence in Malabar Hills, where the Parsi community carries out last rites for their departed. The MoCA has also said that flying drones will not be permitted in 5-km radius of Mumbai Airport and 3-km radius of Juhu Airport. From December last year, the Central government started accepting applications from drone operators to obtain flying licence. Article by Mehul Thakkar | DNA There are three specific zones...
Tags: Life, Ministry Of Defence, Mumbai, Bombay, Green Zone, Parsi, Mumbai Airport, Lok Sabha, Bombay Parsi Panchayet, Noshir Dadrawala, Juhu Airport, Malabar Hills, Tower of Silence, Ministry of Civil Aviation MoCA, Mehul Thakkar, Navi Mumbai Airport


A Parsi art historian rediscovers his heritage on a trip across Iran

What do you mean you’re from New Zealand?” a shopkeeper in Mozaafarieh named Omid exclaimed. We were in the carpet quarter of Tabriz’s Grand Bazaar, and I had just told him that I was a Kiwi Parsi. “Look at yourself: you’re a son of Persia. Welcome home.” This was one of many similar reactions my Zoroastrian identity elicited in Iran. It made me teary, as I walked alone through the vaulted streets of the world’s largest covered bazaar. By Areez Katki, elle.in When I told my family I was going  ...
Tags: Asia, Europe, Life, India, Iran, West, Paris, New Zealand, Tehran, Mumbai, Kurdistan, Auckland, Persepolis, Unesco World Heritage Site, East, Persia


Cillie’s – A sweet token from the Parsis of Karachi

The Parsi community in Karachi has always been a minority, but one that has left an inimitable legacy. Late Jehangir Framroze Punthakey, in his book, The Karachi Zoroastrian Calendar, called the Parsis, “the makers of the Karachi of today.” They belonged to the elite in Karachi, with the city’s first mayor, Jamshed Nusserwanji, also belonging to a Parsi family. Be it institutions like The Mama Parsi Girls’ Secondary School and the BVS Parsi High School, or infrastructure facilities such as the M...
Tags: Texas, Life, Food And Drink, KARACHI, Parsi, Avari, Houston USA, Saddar, Parsi Community, Parsi Colony, Bakhtawar, Cillie, Jehangir Framroze Punthakey, Jamshed Nusserwanji, Parsi Girls ' Secondary School, BVS Parsi High School


Ashdeen Lilaowala: The ‘gara’ goes mod

Traditional Parsi embroidery finds contemporary expression with fresh motifs and colours while retaining its multicultural roots in the hands of textile designer Ashdeen Z. Lilaowala Ashdeen Z. Lilaowala at his flagship store in Delhi. Photo: Priyanka Parashar/Mint Article by Sohini Dey For his most recent collection Vintage Tales, textile designer Ashdeen Z. Lilaowala has taken inspiration from old Parsi photographs. One of the standout saris in the collection borrows its motifs from a gara s...
Tags: Fashion, Life, China, India, US, Delhi, Leno, Gara, Parsi, National Institute of Design NID, China Iran, Ashdeen Lilaowala, UNESCO Parzor Foundation, Ashdeen Z Lilaowala, Lilaowala, Ashdeen Z Lilaowala Ashdeen Z Lilaowala


‘Vacationing’ to reconnect with India’s Zoroastrian culture

Farzad Irani, a physical therapist born and raised in New York, tucked into a plate of mutton dhansak and egg chutney pattice, happily reacquainting himself with Parsi cuisine as part of a 15-day trip through western India intended to stir up his connections to his ethnic and religious identity as a Zoroastrian. Article by Bhavya Dore | Religion News Service Irani had last visited Mumbai as a 12-year-old, when he’d undergone his navjote, the traditional Zoroastrian initiation ceremony. Th...
Tags: New York, News, California, Life, India, Israel, Iran, United States, United Arab Emirates, New Zealand, Dallas, Mumbai, Auckland, Persia, TEHRAN Iran, KARACHI Pakistan


Zoroastrian Return To Roots Kicks Off 5th Trip to India

The 5th edition of the Zoroastrian Return To Roots Program began in Mumbai, India today on December 19, 2018. 22 Zarathushti youth from USA, Canada, Pakistan, New Zealand and India gathered in Mumbai at the Cusrow Baug Pavilion to kick off the program. Aban Marker-Kabraji, Co-Chair of RTR Program welcomed the RTR Fellows and briefed them about the history of the program and the ethos and principles on which the program is based. She emphasized the diversity of the program and than...
Tags: Facebook, News, Life, India, Toronto, Mumbai, KARACHI, Mumbai India, Parsi, Surat, RTR, Kayras Irani, Zubin Gheesta, Sam Wadia, Sam Balsara, RTR Alumni


Aryenish Birdie: People in the Movies Aren’t Parsi Like Me, Except in ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’

Flaws aside, the Freddie Mercury biopic was “deeply personal” for writer and activist Aryenish Birdie because it was the first time she ever saw her ethnic identity in pop culture. “Bohemian Rhapsody,” the recent film about the life of Queen lead singer Freddie Mercury, is breaking records. It’s the highest-grossing musical biopic of all time worldwide and is expected to exceed the $600 million mark any day now. It’s also the first-ever blockbuster film about a Parsi, the tiny ethnic/religious...
Tags: UK, London, Film, Life, India, Iran, Heathrow, Freddie Mercury, Kansas, Anna, Mercury, Rami Malek, Persia, Farrokh, Parsi, Islam Judaism


Jiyo Parsi Kicks Off Brilliant ‘Care’ Campaign

‘Jiyo Parsi’ – the Government of India’s undertaking which supports our community’s efforts in arresting the declining Parsi population and aid in its increase – kicked off its latest Campaign titled ‘Jiyo Parsi – CARE Movement’. Having tasted a fair amount of success in its previous two campaigns, the new campaign is based on a well-thought out and inclusive guideline, which employs a holistic approach to solve the community’s increasingly threatening demographic challenge, while simultaneously...
Tags: News, Life, India, Parsi, Government of India, Parsi Times, Jiyo Parsi, Shernaz Cama Director PARZOR, Inter Generational Care Programme, Parzor Foundation Bombay Parsi Punchayet


Sale to non-Parsi stokes society’s 25-yr legal battle to expel member

A cooperative housing society formed exclusively for Parsi community members in Sanjan town of south Gujarat has been fighting a legal battle for more than 25 years to expel a member. The main grouse against the member, fellow Parsi E E Sabawala, being that he sold society’s property to non-Parsi people. The dispute erupted between Mazda Rise Cooperative Housing Society and one of the flat owners, Sabawala, after he built five shops in his apartment on the ground floor and sold two of the shop...
Tags: Housing, Life, Gujarat, Parsi, Sanjan, Parsi E E Sabawala, Mazda Rise Cooperative Housing Society, Sabawala, Umesh Patel, J B Pardiwala


Parsis in Mumbai move SC to realign Metro-3 tunnel below Atash Behrams

A special leave petition was filed challenging the HC order, which was mentioned before Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi. Article by Yesha Kotak | Hindustan Times Three days after the Bombay high court (HC) rejected their petition, members of the Parsi community moved the Supreme Court (SC) on Monday, seeking the realignment of a tunnel for the Metro-3 line that goes below two revered fire temples in the city. A special leave petition was filed challenging the HC order, which was mentioned before C...
Tags: Issues


Arzan Nagwaswalla Plays Cricket For Gujarat: First Parsi in Decades to Play at State Level

Parsis have played an important part in Indian cricket history. Parsis were the first Indian side to visit England in 1886. And around 12 Parsis, such as Farrokh Engineer, Polly Umrigar, Nari Contractor, have played for the Indian cricket teams over the years. The last big name being India women’s captain Diana Edulji. There still exist a few Parsi clubs in Mumbai which play in the famous monsoon cricket Kanga League, but the Parsi cricketers are almost invisible on the cricketing scene. On Wed...
Tags: England, Life, India, Sports, Mumbai, Gujarat, Karnataka, Yadav, Maharashtra, Yuvraj Singh, Parsi, Bawa, Zaheer Khan, State Level, Parsi Times, Aditya Tare


JIYO PARSI: CARE OF ELDERLY DEPENDANTS

Our dear friend and mentor Dr. Shernaz Cama write in the Jame Jamshed newspaper The Jiyo Parsi Scheme was set up to arrest the decline in our community’s population. However, over time, it has been realised that there’s no one direct method to solve our problem. In recent years, changes and additions have been made to the Scheme to best suit the community’s needs. Jiyo Parsi is not just an infertility treatment programme but a project that addresses the multiple socio-cultural concerns of the ...
Tags: Life, Issues, Parsi, Jamshed, Ministry of Minority Affairs, Jame Jamshed, Shernaz Cama, Jiyo Parsi


Bombay High Court Permits Mumbai Metro 3 tunnelling under two fire temples

Senior Journalist and friend of Parsi Khabar, Nauzer Bharucha writes A COMMUNITY SCARRED “The Bombay High Court today allowed a metro rail tunnel to run under one of the most venerated Fire Temples of the Parsis in India—the 188-year-old Wadia Atash Behram in south Mumbai. The entire Parsi-Irani community is in a state of shock at this impending desecration of one of their holiest Fires consecrated way back in 1830. This is probably the first time in several centuries of the Parsis in India t...
Tags: Supreme Court, Life, India, BJP, High Court, North, Mumbai, Citizens, Bombay, Diwali, Metro, Maharashtra, TBM, Parsi, Bombay High Court, Patil


A Persian Popinjay. A Review of the Film Bohemian Rhapsody

The Demands of the Narrative The film opens with a close-up of star Rami Malek’s eye, a circlet of pale blue-grey iris clearly visible around a wide black pupil. The actor probably chose to eschew the tinted contact lenses that would have given him Freddie’s chocolate eyes because he found them uncomfortable. But I like to think of this discrepancy in eye color, in retrospect, as an early warning to viewers. To have a chance of enjoying the film, you must accept that it’s not in any sense a fait...
Tags: London, Film, Life, Germany, India, Britain, South Africa, David Bowie, Heathrow, Freddie Mercury, Biba, Elizabeth Ii, Zanzibar, Bombay, Gujarat, Erika



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