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Young Parsi comics share their insights on the community one joke at a time

Young Parsi comics, who are laughing at themselves and the innate behaviour that makes Parsis, Parsis, are taking over a corner of the Internet Pardiwalla believes that Bollywood stereotyping spoiled it for Parsis, and his portrayal of the community is closer to the truth Article by Aastha Atray Banan | An actor serious about theatre, Shreyas Pardiwalla, would cringe at the thought of being on TikTok. But, he succumbed to its charms during the Coronavirus induced lockdown. “As an artiste, ...
Tags: News, Instagram, Life, India, Pakistan, Mumbai, Bollywood, Barry, Kolkata, Shirin, Parsi, Colaba, Delhi University, Lionel Ritchie, Yaariyan, Parsis


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


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


The Legal Effect Of Declaring A Statute Unconstitutional; Revisiting The Pesikaka Case

What happens to a statute when the Supreme Court declares it unconstitutional, either in its entirety or in part? Does it vanish like a disappearing message on WhatsApp or does it get temporarily eclipsed due to a declaration by the Lords? The question was the subject matter of a detailed judgment delivered many moons ago by the Supreme Court in Behram Khurshid Pesikaka v. State of Bombay[1] (hereinafter referred to as “the Pesikaka case“) which is an authority on this point of law. The author t...
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Everyday Parsi: Nergish Udwadia

Our first author in the Everyday Parsi 2020 series is Nergish Udwadia from Melbourne, Australia. I was recently invited by Parsi  to provide a write up on the significance of Muktad in my life. After quite some reflection, memories both coherent and remarkably clear began to emerge. Memories thought lost, though details still sketchy, musings of prayers and ceremonies magically reached the cortex and poured onto paper. Ultimately for me, Muktad is synonymous with my dear mother and as suc...
Tags: Australia, Life, Brown University, Melbourne, Bombay, Melbourne Australia, Parsi, Colaba, Atash Behrams, Everyday Parsi, Muktad, Mazagaon, Yatha Ahu, Agiyaris, Sukhar Loban, Bombay Mumbai Melbourne


Byram Jejeebhoy Passes Away

Noshir Dadrawala informs us that Byram Jejeebhoy passed away today. Noshir reminisces… He had contested the BPP elections in 2008 as a member of the Adult Franchise for Progress (AFP7) comprising eminent Parsis like Legal Luminary Mr. Nadir Modi, Director of Tata Memorial Hospital Dr. Katy Dinshaw, Managing Director of HDFC Mr. Keki Mistry, Media Baron, Muncherji Cama, former BPP trustee Mr. Maneck Engineer, Mr. Byram Jejeebhoy, tax expert Mr. Soli Dastur (he was added later and opted out). I t...
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Kainaz Messman Writes a Book on Building Her Empire

Kainaz Messman is the founder of Theobroma, once a family-run café and bakery, now an empire with 50 outlets. Sharanya Deepak talks to Kainaz about her journey as an entrepreneur, and her new book, Baking a Dream. Kainaz Messman has had a difficult two months. But she remains calm as she describes the mayhem that has followed her business due to restrictions imposed during the Covid-19 pandemic. “The lockdown has really turned the business on its head. I’ve started referring to what is happeni...
Tags: Interview, France, Life, India, Harpercollins, Mumbai, New Delhi, Dad, Hyderabad, Bangalore, Anita, Cyrus, Tina, Kamal, Parsi, Pune


Meet the Messman Sisters who cake-started their entrepreneurial journey with Theobroma

Meet the two sisters who cake-started their entrepreneurial journey with Theobroma Sisters Kainaz Messman Harchandrai and Tina Messman Wykes, the Founders of Theobroma, are a ‘batch made in heaven’! In an interview with HerStory, Kainaz speaks about their new book, Baking a Dream, their strengths and weaknesses, and plans for the future. Article by Rekha Balakrishnan | Her Story If you haven’t tried brownies from Theobroma, you have missed out on one of India’s most popular desserts. But did you...
Tags: Life, India, Food And Drink, Hyderabad, Gurgaon, Tina, Colaba, Theobroma, HarperCollins Publishers India, Kainaz, Kainaz Messman Harchandrai, Tina Messman Wykes, Rekha Balakrishnan, Messman, Kainaz Messaman Harchandrai, Elsie Nanji


How tourists can give back in Mumbai

Two social impact travel organizations have joined forces to offer walking tours in Mumbai, India, focused on the role of development of arts, culture, and fashion in India. The tours, named “Conscious Fashion in Colaba” and “The Role of Development on Arts & Culture in Bandra,” provide a glimpse into India’s sustainable and resourceful epoch while helping the city develop options for responsible tourism. The tours are two great examples of how India is developing one of the most dynamic soci...
Tags: Travel, India, Athens, Mumbai, All, South Mumbai, Mumbai India, Colaba, Bandra, Anias, Pete Burana Shutterstock, Inside Mumbai, Hara World, Bianca Caruana, Ministry of Tourism Incredible India Among, Jazzmine Raine


Colaba agiary cancels navjote for two kids of non-Parsi father after backlash

A week after news of the proposed navjote or religious initiation of two children born to a non-Parsi father, sparked a debate in the Parsi-Zoroastrian community, the Jeejeebhoy Dadabhoy Agiary at Colaba, where the ceremony was scheduled to take place, denied it was hosting the function. Article by Yesha Kotak | Hindustan Times This came days after the decorator had confirmed that an event was scheduled there on Saturday. An invite for the navjote was shared on social media. In it, the famil...
Tags: News, Life, India, Parsi, Pune, Colaba, Bandra, Bombay Parsi Punchayet BPP, Yesha Kotak, Kondhwa, Jeejeebhoy Dadabhoy Agiary, Yezdi Hodiwalla, Hodiwalla, Roshni Maloo, Kerssie Wadia


A navjote that divided the Parsi community

Parsi businessman holds ceremony for nephew and niece over objections of community members A navjote – the ritual through which a Parsi is inducted into the Zoroastrian religion – of the nephew and niece of a prominent Parsi in Mumbai has led to divisions in the community, with recriminations flying back and forth. The ceremony was to be held at the Seth Jeejeebhoy Dadabhoy Agiary, in Colaba, but had to be moved to a different location following objections from some members of the community, wh...
Tags: News, Life, Mumbai, Parsi, Pune, Colaba, Wadia, Hanoz Mistry, Vispy Wadia, Seth Jeejeebhoy Dadabhoy Agiary, Dara Mehta, Yezdi Hodiwala, Hodiwala, The Parsee Voice


Solo Female Travel in India — Is it Safe?

Solo female travel to India is much more popular than you might think. In some ways, India is actually a very good destination for solo female travel, despite all the warnings and dire media reports. I’ve spent many years traveling solo in India, and I now live there – in Rishikesh, which is an ideal destination for a solo female traveler interested in Yoga. (It’s called the Yoga capital of the world!) Having said that, I know that as much as I love India, and the adventure of traveling there, ...
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BJP vs Congress: Parsi community stands divided over Lok Sabha elections

The Parsi community who otherwise shows the united front is split when it comes to voting this election season. The members who are known to support the Congress, are now divided. Many members of the community backed BJP last general elections. This time the drift is because of the BJP-Shiv Sena joining hands. “Their decision to not realign metro route was the big disappointment. They did not realign the route when we requested them to. We even approached the matter legally, but no decision wa...
Tags: News, Congress, Life, BJP, Narendra Modi, Metro, Parsi, Thackeray, Lok Sabha, Colaba, BJP Shiv Sena, United Front, Congress Both, Viraf Kapadia, Napean Sea Road Kapadia, Jamshedian Irani


Mumbai’s Iconic Parsi Cafes

Mumbai is a diverse city that mixes modernity with tradition. Around the downtown Fort and Colaba neighborhoods, there is a unique community. The Parsis came from Persia and follow the Zoroastrian religion. If you keep your eyes open in south Mumbai, you will notice their fire temples and the iconic Parsi cafes. Although the fire temples are open to Parsis only, the cafes welcome everyone, and...Read the whole entry... »          Related Stories Impressions of VaranasiSeeing a Different Side...
Tags: Travel, India, Food & Drink, Mumbai, Asia Travel, City Or Urban Travel, Jennifer Projects, Persia, Maharashtra, Parsi, Colaba, Parsi Cafes


Month-long feast in Colaba celebrates Parsi lagan fare

Oct 30, 2018, 07:59 IST | The pop-up curated by Perzen Patel, known for her catering service The Bawi Bride Kitchen, will feature dishes authentic to the community and common to a Parsi wedding menu Mamaji’s curry and rice If marriages are about two people, then Indian weddings are about two people, their families, and possibly, everyone on the mailing list, too. The Parsi community is not be left out either, offering an exquisite feast at lagans. Article by Suman Mahfuz Quazi | Mid-Day “...
Tags: Life, Food And Drink, Bombay, Patel, Parsi, Colaba, Gambhir, Perzen Patel, Kolah, Mamaji, Sumit Gambhir, Bombay Vintage, Lagan Nu Bhonu, Mercantile Mansion Regal Circle Colaba


Shourie’s Address at Mumbai on 12th September

A number of Rotary Clubs of Mumbai had invited Shri Shourie to address them on the evening of Wednesday 12th Sept, 2018 at the Yacht Club in Colaba. The following is a report of what he said. I lay out the main points. I believe I have faithfully recorded the ideas.  For the record, I … Continue reading Shourie’s Address at Mumbai on 12th September
Tags: Travel, Mumbai, Colaba, Yacht Club, People I Admire, Arun Shourie, Shourie, Rotary Clubs of Mumbai, Shri Shourie


Hollywood framed for a father

Maxie Cooper’s art exhibition, Now Showing, reels back in tribute to her movie mogul father Keki Modi and the golden cinema years he brought Bombay Brothers Sohrab Modi (extreme left) and Keki Modi with their wives Mehtab and Ellen It was irony heaped on irony. Four years ago, the last poster tore away from the New Empire walls. The film? 300: Rise of an Empire. It marked the fall of that iconic single-screen cinema which had limped along, suffering losses with viewers whittled to under 20 at...
Tags: Asia, Hollywood, News, Life, Roy, Ellen, Warner, Warner Bros, Disneyland, Mumbai, Paramount Pictures, Paramount, MGM, Columbia, Excelsior, Bombay


Navi Mumbai gets its first Fire Temple at Kopar Khairne

Shirinbai and Khurshedji Hormusji Doongaji Daremeher Navi Mumbai gets its first Fire Temple at Kopar Khairne Parsis celebrate after the new fire temple at Kopar Khairane was inaugurated on Monday. After the idea to build a fire temple or dadgah was first conceived 11 years ago, Shirinbai and Khurshedji Hormusji Doongaji Daremeher was inaugurated at Kopar Khairane on Monday. Inauguration of the dadgah — third category of holy fire, which is lower than agiaries and atash behrams — comes ...
Tags: Life, Pune, Colaba, Bandra, Bharuch, Navi Mumbai, Kopar Khairane, Godrej Baug, Fire Temple, Parsi Anjuman, National Commission for Minorities, Dastur, Dasturji Khurshed K Dastur, Thane Dadar, Kopar Khairne, Shirinbai


Controversy over entry rules at new Navi Mumbai fire temple

Run-up to the inauguration, however, has been marked by a debate among Parsi-Zoroastrians about the rules of entry into the fire temple Today, Zoroastrians from Navi Mumbai will inaugurate their first fire temple, 11 years after it was conceived. There are between 300 and 400 Zoroastrians in Navi Mumbai. In the absence of a local place to worship, community members would travel to fire temples in Thane, Dadar or Bandra. Article by Manoj Nair | Hindustan Times Since May 9, priests have been c...
Tags: Life, India, Iran, Mumbai, Persia, Pune, Colaba, Bandra, Desai, BPP, Yazdi Desai, Navi Mumbai, Desai Desai, Fire Temple, Manoj Nair, Bombay Parsi Punchayet BPP


Parsika’s classic delicacies tickle Parsi palettes

Launched on September 1 last year, Parsika is an effort by four Zoroastrians to help our community do what it does best – eat to its heart’s content. As their Facebook page so honestly puts it – Parsika aims to connect those who love good food with those who make it. Marking their debut with probably the most lip-smacking Badam Paak this author has ever tasted, the company also markets a very authentic Vasanu, some truly melt-in-your-mouth Orange and Coffee Ganache and a range of evergreen Asso...
Tags: Life, Food And Drink, Parsi, Colaba, Parsika, Badam Paak, Orange and Coffee Ganache, Jogeshwari Parsika, Badam Paak Ganache


17 Best Things to Do in Mumbai

By Adam Groffman Cities like Mumbai may seem chaotic at first, and even if the first reaction of many travelers is to flee to the relatively peaceful beaches of Goa, Mumbai is a diverse, cosmopolitan, noisy city, and one of the most interesting places in India. India, as a subcontinent, is huge and traveling around it is both refreshing and challenging. Mumbai is that type of place that you’ll either love or hate because it’s just so damn big (19 million people and growing). Microcosms of differ...
Tags: Travel, Hollywood, India, Things To Do, Mumbai, New Delhi, Walk, Kitchen Garden, Gandhi, Adam Groffman, Bademiya, Nicobar, India India, South Mumbai, Marine Drive, Colaba


Exploring Old Mumbai

It is said that ‘Mumbai is a city, but Bombay is an emotion.’ Mumbaikars who have lived the better part of their lives in Mumbai, can easily relate to it. The city has grown immensely over the past decades, and in the race to become the next Shanghai, it has lost several aspects that made it Bombay. While the city has changed from Bombay to Mumbai, you can still experience the old-world charm in certain parts of Mumbai. While cabs in Mumbai can be one way to explore the old city of Mumbai,...
Tags: Travel, India, Shanghai, North, Mumbai, Bombay, Unesco World Heritage, Fort, Juhu Beach, Arabian Sea, Chor Bazaar, South Mumbai, Colaba, Irani, Grant Road, Juhu


Zoroastrains in India to explore cultural boundaries

An annual tour is bringing together young Zoroastrians from across the world to explore their culture in India and even find a partner Return To Roots fellows on a BEST, Mumbai. Photo: Aniruddha Chowdhury/Mint As the tall blue bus rounds the corner of Mumbai’s Crawford Market on to Mohammed Ali Road, the Sunday morning street traders squint up at the tourists assembled on its open upper deck. Some of them wave, and one guy blows a cheerful kiss to the 22-year-old American with a camera stra...
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Ex-communicated Parsis Get their own Fire Temple

The Rs 2.5-crore shrine was funded by donors like top lawyer Fali Nariman, corporate head honcho Cyrus Guzdar, ex-advocate general Darius Khambhata, industrialist Anu Aga and Pirojshah Godrej Foundation Article by Linah Baliga | Pune Mirror A group of reformist Parsis on Monday raised the banner of revolt against orthodoxy by inaugurating a fire temple in Pune that not only recognises children of Parsis who have married outside the community, but also allows non- Parsis entry. The fire temple, w...
Tags: Life, India, Uncategorized, Norway, Mumbai, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Parsi, Pune, Mehta, Colaba, Irani, Wadia, Dasturs, Cyrus Guzdar, Anu Aga


Bhikha Behram Trust wants 292-year-old well in south Mumbai to be protected during Metro-3 work

The Bhikha Behram trust wrote to the Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation Ltd (MMRCL) on Wednesday, seeking a fresh survey be conducted to ensure that their centuries-old well will not be damaged by the Metro tunnel. This comes months after construction work for the Colaba-SEEPZ underground Metro damaged the JN Petit Library in Fort. The incident made the Parsi community wary. They said they would take extra precautions to ensure that their religious places were protected. Article by Yesha Kotak | ...
Tags: Life, Mumbai, Bombay, Metro, Fort, Parsi, Colaba, Bhikha Behram, Dhobi Talao, Petit Library, Kotwal, Wadiaji Atash Behram, Seepz, Viraf Kapadia, Bhikha Behram Trust, Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation Ltd MMRCL


Parsi high priests in a debate over Metro 3 route

Metro 3 is from Colaba to Bandra to SEEPZ which passes by two fire temples and a well A difference of opinion — with a trace of lack of trust — broke out between Parsi high priests, with one saying that a neutral person from the community should come forward to explain the Metro 3 alignment issue. The Parsi community that gets bitterly divided in in the community’s religious matters, saw another such case rise up on Wednesday, after a letter written by two high priests to the prime minister an...
Tags: Life, Bombay, Metro, Wadi, Parsi, Colaba, Bandra, Atash Behram, BPP, Yazdi Desai, Anjuman, Vada Dasturji Khurshed Dastoor, Kotwal, National Commission for Minorities, Anjuman Atash Behram, Wadia Atash Behram


Farrukh Dhondy: An open letter to my fellow Parsis

In his words: “I am just a professional writer, which means I don’t do blogs and try and get money for whatever I write.” The Parsis gathered in numbers at this well as it is regarded by some as sacred and reputed to make wishes come true. Article by Farrukh Dhondy | Asian Age Mumbai Parsi community is objecting to the proposed route of the underground railway as it passes under a couple of fire-temples and under the well between Churchgate and Flora Fountain, known as “Bhika-Behram, no kuo”....
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Random Mumbai

Geo 19.0801 72.9134So i finally made my way down to Colaba which is in the main downtown area of Mumbai at this point i didn39t have anything booked So I made my way towards the Red Shield Salvation Army Hostel along the way I saw a guy so I aske
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Seven Reasons Why Mumbai has the Best Nightlife in India

For the city that never sleeps, the night life needs to aspire to very high standards. And it very much does. The spirit of Mumbai at midnight is something that cannot be truly captured in words, it is something to experience. The same people who sombrely worked through the day will throw their suits away and put on their party hats come night time. Especially at these best 5 star hotels in Mumbai are paradise for people who love to party. Mumbai – The City that knows how to Party Be it the...
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Navrozji Fardunji, 19th-century reformer and the ‘great son’ whom India forgot too soon

Today is the 200th birth anniversary of the academic, activist and freedom fighter who contributed immensely to the rise of the nationalist movement. March 10 marks the 200th birth anniversary of one of the most influential figures to emerge from western India during the 19th century, one who played an outsized role in the political life of colonial Bombay and went on to contribute significantly to the emergence of the nationalist movement. But though he was hailed as “Tribune of the People” a...
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