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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...
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BBC to create temporary local radio services

The BBC is to create new temporary local radio output for new locations currently underserved by local radio stations including Bradford, Wolverhampton and Sunderland. These are not fully operational radio stations, but services to provide extra local content focussing on serving local audiences. Some will be broadcast and some will be online – but full details have not been released as yet. The BBC it will provide local news and information and invite our audience to get involved. A BBC spok...
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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...
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Kaiser-I-Hind: How an Anglo-Gujarati newspaper kept publishing through the Bombay plague and into the 1980s

Jehangir Patel, editor of the Parsi community magazine Parsiana, acquired the weekly Anglo-Gujarati newspaper Kaiser-i-Hind in the early 1980s. Along with it, he also got control of its hoary printing press. Located on Bazaar Gate Street in the Fort of Bombay, most of the printing equipment in the press was hopelessly outdated. At a time when offset presses were being commonly used for printing newspapers, the English text of the Kaiser-i-Hind was set using Linotype and Monotype machines, a tec...
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Everyday Parsi: The Tombstone Edition

On the last Gatha at the end of this Muktad period, I would like to share an #everydayParsi story of a different kind. While the last few authors have all shared their memories of muktad as “Everday Parsis” like you and me, today we remember the Everyday Parsis of yore who have passed away, some nearly two centuries ago. They lay in rest in faraway Parsi cemeteries. Their graves are not only a marker of their final resting place, but also a testament to the pioneerng Parsi spirit of our ancesto...
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Everyday Parsi: Soonu Engineer

Our fourth author in the Everyday Parsi 2020 series is Soonu Engineer of London, United Kingdom Soonu writes… As a child, Muktad filled me with wonderment. Our house, already swept and swabbed twice daily, was given an extra special sparkle and, sometimes a whitewash, in anticipation of the arrival of the heavenly souls of our ancestors. Delicious but simple food was prepared as a gesture of hospitality. The marble-and-copper prayer table in our kitchen gleamed in the flickering light of ...
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How the first English novels by Parsis were written in the backdrop of the plague and politics

The histories of the novels ‘My Friend, The Barrister’ and ‘Pootli, A Story of Life in Bombay’ The library of the University of Mumbai, housed in an 1870s edifice flanked by the Rajabai Tower, is perhaps the grandest repository of literary treasures in the city. Shelved under its lofty vaulted wooden ceiling are the last surviving copies of many obscure Bombay publications in English, Marathi, Gujarati, Persian and Urdu. Article by Murali Ranganathan | Scroll.in In the early 1900s, the collect...
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Silvern Journey: The Story of the Afarganyu of the Sukkur Agiary

Recently we had carried an article about the erstwhile Sukkur Agiary in Pakistan. Our dear friend Nerina Rustomji sent us an article she had authored more than two decades ago. This was published on April 10, 1998 in the program book on the occasion of the opening of the Zarathushti Heritage & Cultural Center, in Houston; the home of the Zoroastrian Association of Houston. Allow me to introduce myself I am the Afarganyu in the prayer room of the Zarathushti Heritage and Culture Center in Hou...
Tags: Life, Pakistan, Dubai, Houston, North America, KARACHI, Quetta, Houston Texas, Sukkur, Gujarati, Sarfaraz, Meher, Fire Temple, Parsi Anjuman, Nerina, Sukkur Pakistan


Fading Sweetness: A Parsi Story in Pakistan

The Beginning In the masterfully tucked away Dinshaw Avari colony in Karachi, Syrus Doctor spends every business day looking after a tiny and all-but-forgotten library towered over by the Tower of Silence, a unique structure used by Zoroastrians during funerals, next door. He is of short stature, a middle-aged man in a striped T-shirt, standing next to a golden dog that, considering the Parsi adoration of dogs, probably belongs to somebody in the colony. “It used to be active,” I detect a hi...
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The Benevolent Businessmen From Aden

Meher Marfatia: The Benevolent Businessmen From Aden The Cowasjee Dinshaw Collection of the Adenwalla Archive reveals rare records of a family of merchant-princes, last of the philanthropic Bombay sethias, who fronted the golden age of Parsis in Aden Article by Meher Marfatia | Mid-Day Aden House, the Cowasjee Dinshaw & Bros. building They were the uncrowned kings of Aden in an age of Empire. Tempering entrepreneurial acumen with gentle philanthropy, Cowasjee Dinshaw (1827-1900) and his heirs ...
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How Parsis shaped India’s taste for soft drinks

A bottle of Pallonji’s raspberry soda comes with this helpful disclaimer: “Contains no fruit.” Electric red in colour, and syrupy sweet to the taste, the raspberry soda is a beloved cultural icon of India’s fast-disappearing Parsi community – as well as the endangered Irani cafes in the western city of Mumbai. Article by Dinyar Patel | BBC It is pure, fizzy nostalgia. But peer more closely into one of Pallonji’s ancient glass bottles and you can discern a story of much greater significance: ho...
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Tardeo physician Dr Veena Patel, who treated Dinshaw Gandhi, to get all their assets

Tardeo resident had willed everything to his family physician; assets include 3 bank accounts and properties across the state; couple’s grandniece had contested the will, saying it was forged. By Sharmeen HakimSharmeen Hakim, Mumbai Mirror A general physician who runs aclinic in Tardeo will get all the assets owned by an elderly couple she had treated for at least five years. The Bombay High Court recently upheld the authenticity of a will drawn up by 87-year-old Dinshaw Gandhi five years befor...
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India’s brilliant Bombay duck

When I was a little girl growing up in Bombay, June was the month I looked forward to the most. It was the month when the charred, inky monsoon clouds, clipped with streaks of lightning, brushed away the fetid summer heat. It was when I went back to school with my new books, wrapped carefully in crackling-new brown paper. Best of all, June was also the month for the Bombay duck to grace the kitchens of Parsi homes such as mine. This delicious monsoon specialty, which is most plentiful and easies...
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I cannot live without Parsi food: Amyra Dastur

When Amyra Dastur walked the ramp in a pant suit for designer Vanessa Pandita at Golfer’s Shot, Good Life Soiree at Morbagh farms in Delhi, it was hard to believe that the new-age actress is actually a desi food lover and her first love was with Parsi cuisine. Article by Rishabh Raj | Times of India “I am a hardcore Pasri food lover, because that’s part of my identity and I can actually survive on that food”, says Amyra in a quick chat with Times Food. Amyra is a home food lover and for her ‘Ma...
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Adi Pherozeshah Marzban – Doyen of Indian theatre who modernized Parsi theatre in the second half of 1900s

Adi Pherozeshah Marzban, also known as Adi Marzban (1914–1987) was a doyen of Parsi theatre in the post-independent period. Though he has directed and stage plays in English and Gujarati languages in the early 1950s, he later fully switched over to Parsi theatre, and played a magnificent role in revolutionizing, modernizing and popularising it. Padma Shri in 1964 and Sangeet Natak Akademi Award in 1970 are the major honours received by him. He had experience in journalism, and most of his pla...
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Vispi Kharadi Breaks Two World Records in Surat

PARSI BREAKS TWO WORLD RECORDS AT SURAT VISPI KHARADI IN ONE MINUTE BENT 21 IRON RODS 90 DEGREES YOUTHS PERFORM DANGEROUS STUNT ON A 9 LAYER BEDOF 5600 NAILS (Translated from Gujarati into English from SANDESH newspaper of Thursday 24-10- 2019 page 14 by Marzban Jamshedji Giara) Bollywood superstar Akshay Kumar planned Kudo World Tournament at Indoor Stadium at Surat to encourage martial arts. Over 5,000 Kudo players from several countries are taking part in this event. Two world records – mos...
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Giving, time, and a wish

This forum, Gospels of giving, is dedicated to discussing wealth and why it is given. One of my central research questions concerns how wealth is given. What tools or techniques do the wealthy use to dispense their charity and, as such, ultimately, their vision for the future? Apart from a few tales about Howard Hughes giving a $100 tip, most stories of the wealthy are not of immediate or direct giving. Few “make it rain.” Instead, most of the wealthy use legal and financial instruments, and o...
Tags: Hong Kong, Opinion, Life, China, India, Iran, Mumbai, Panama, Bombay, New York University, Howard Hughes, Parsi, Chinese University, Bombay Mumbai, Gujarati, Prakash


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...
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Facebook adds fact-checkers in Urdu, English, Tamil, and Gujarati

Facebook has now added fact-checkers in four new Indian languages – Urdu, English, Tamil, and Gujarati, expanding its fact-checking capacity to 10 languages, reports the Economic Times. Its also increased the number of posts fact-checkers can review by 25%, per the report. Its unclear which of its... ...
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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...
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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


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...
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What if #Demonetisation’s goal was not financial or digital? What if it was a psychological operation to condition your mind to learn to accept and acquiesce?

“To break the grip of corruption and black money, we have decided that the five-hundred rupee and thousand-rupee currency notes presently in use will no longer be legal tender from midnight tonight, that is 8th November 2016.” *** Even as he uttered those words 730 nights ago, it was blindingly obvious that Narendra Modi‘s three professed objectives behind #demonetisation—rooting out black money; detecting fake currency and ending terror financing—would meet the fate of Achche Din. When the que...
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Dr. Irach J S Taraporewala – Zoroastrian Scholar

The below is a profile of the legendary scholar Dr. Irach J S Taraporewala penned by his grandson and namesake Irach Taraporewala. This appeared on the Zoroastrian Heritage page on Facebook When the administrator of this page asked me to put together a profile of my late grandfather, the Zoroastrian scholar and translator of the Gathas of Zarathushtra, Dr. Irach Jehangir Sorabji Taraporewala, at first I thought that wouldn’t be possible, as I never actually knew or met my grandpa. I was born fou...
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IndiGo to connect Surat with five Indian cities in massive introduction

India’s largest domestic airline, IndiGo, is making a massive entrance in to the Gujarati city of Surat connecting it to five major Indian cities. From August 16th onwards, the airline will begin flights between Surat and Bangalore, Hyderabad, Jaipur, Mumbai, and New Delhi. At the same time, the airline is launching flight on three new … The post IndiGo to connect Surat with five Indian cities in massive introduction appeared first... >>> To read the full story click on the headline above.
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Gujarat CM Vijay Rupani arrives in Israel on 6-day visit

Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani today arrived here on a six-day trip to Israel to strengthen cooperation in the fields of internal security, water management and agriculture. Rupani's visit to Israel comes months after he hosted Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in his state in January. "We are happy to continue our strong partnership with Gujarat. It is a proud moment for us to host the Chief Minister of Gujarat and his delegation," Israeli ambassador to India Daniel Carmon sa...
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BPP Trustee Elections: Anahita Desai

Candidate Profile Anahita Desai The past few weeks have witnessed a couple of Manifestos coming from candidates standing for BPP Trusteeship. These Manifestos clearly expose the candidates’ limited understanding of the BPP or how the BPP actually functions. When making promises and painting ideal scenarios, candidates fail to take into account the ground reality, the probability of a lack of support on the Board, the financial constraints of the institution, the calibre of support staff, th...
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Gujarat students who couldn’t spell their own name, excelled in English in Board exams

Students of class X who failed to spell simple words like ‘friend’, ‘clever’, ‘fondly’, ‘tennis’ correctly, and shockingly, even their own names in English, excelled in the English paper of State Board exams this year using all the above words, and numerous other adjectives in the subjective part. In another instance in Sanskrit paper, students made same mistakes while translating Sanskrit shlokas into Gujarati and in the Hindi paper, where they attempted the same questions on poetry and s...
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Meet the Kavinas, one of the only two Parsi families in Kerala

Dressed in regular ‘nighties’ with a dash of sacred ash on their forehead, Rathi and Dhan Kavina could easily pass off as Malayalis. But a look around their modest flat reveals a picture of Prophet Zarathustra on the wall, as well as a prayer note with the Faravahar (symbol of Zoroastrianism), pasted behind the front door. The sisters, into their seventies, are the only remaining members of the Kavina family, one of the only two Parsi families in Kerala today. But neither Rathi nor Dhan are to...
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Navroze with the San Francisco Bay Area’s Zoroastrian Community

Zoroastrianism is a monotheistic faith that began in ancient Iran over 3,000 years ago. The Bay Area happens to be a hub for the Zoroastrian community, whose global population has dwindled to just over . With Nowruz (Persian New Year) celebrations winding down, KALW’s Asal Ehsanipour set out to explore her roots by learning more about modern-day Zoroastrians in the Bay Area. The haftseen table, one of the main customs of Nowruz, includes seven items to symbolize wishes for the year to come. N...
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