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Darius Ferzandi of Byculla Restaurant and Bakery Passes Away

We are saddened to hear about the passing away of Darius Ferzandi, the owner of Byculla Restaurant And Bakery which closed down earlier this year. In a social media post Bombaywalla Historical Works writes We are sorry to hear about the passing of Mr. Darius Ferzandi, senior partner of Byculla Restaurant & Bakery, which shut earlier this year. Mr. Ferzandi sat at the gullah (counter) of the Restaurant since 1954, and would perform the loban ritual every evening. Here he is with Mr. Sheri...
Tags: Usa, Life, India, Ford Mustang, Dubai, Marshall, Katy, Persia, Darius, Irani, Individuals, Jehangir, Rustom, Kurty, Zarine, Roshan


The Collectors: Chemould Prescott Road Gallery

Chemould Prescott Road is doing a wonderful series on The Collectors. Here are some of the Parsi collectors it has featured View this post on Instagram Looking Back | The Collectors ⁣ ⁣ As a gallerist, we are privileged to have two kinds of conversations. ⁣ ⁣ One with artists – clearly they are our teachers – their instincts, their sense of the present is unique. ⁣ ⁣ The other conversations are with our collectors. ...
Tags: Art, Life, India, Bombay, Nicholson, Kali, Raza, NCPA, Husain, Jehangir, Khorshed, Homi Bhabha, Bhabha, Tata Institute of Fundamental Research TIFR, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, Nicholson Museum


Not so Parsi love

Not so Parsi love Some stories are so ordinary that the fact that most anyone can relate to them makes them extraordinary. One such story is that of my late parents. A story of love, sacrifice, and struggle. It’s a story that both my pre-teens can narrate to you verbatim. One that I wouldn’t mind narrating right now, amid all the chanting while being clad in nothing but a flimsy white cotton shirt and pajamas. Article posted on Hyper Ranchi But first, I’d like you to know what I see at the momen...
Tags: Life, India, Sheffield, Short Stories, Mom, Dad, Bombay, University Of Sheffield, Gara, Parsi, AAI, Mumma, Sunanda, Jehangir, Allahabad University, Delu


Dr. Russi Balsara: An Obituary

The Balsara family is saddened to announce the passing of their father Russi Dinshaw Balsara on Tues April 7, 2020 in Toronto at the age of 86. Devoted father (and father in law) of Khorshed ( Khor and Darrin Tooth) and Navroze (Andrea Balsara). Proud Grandpa of Zara (Ryan Bottriell), Emma, Aidan and Justine Tooth and Mehra Balsara. Russi was born in Bandra, Mumbai (Bombay) on October 19, 1933. He is predeceased by his wife of 57 years Moti Balsara. He is also predeceased by his parent...
Tags: England, News, Life, India, Toronto, Society, Iran, Canada, United States, House, Columbia University, Mumbai, Unicef, University of Toronto, Bombay, Ontario


Luxury hotels in Rajasthan, India

No place in India exemplifies the spirit of monarchy and the splendor of royalty better than the state of Rajasthan. The very name contains royalty: Raja translates to “king” and sthan refers to “place” in Hindi and other Indian languages. When the British left India, there were about two dozen princely states in the region, which merged into the new Union of India, along with other princedoms around the country. The erstwhile royalty was allowed to retain their properties and was granted an...
Tags: Travel, India, Luxury Hotels, Jaipur, Rajasthan, All, Raja, Rajasthan India, La Pâtisserie, Northern India, Khurram, Udaipur, Jaisalmer, Jehangir, Aravalli Hills, Jagmandir Island Palace


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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Mandu: Lost in Time

Dilapidated structures narrated numerous stories of kings and queens, lush green landscape looked picturesque, lakes shimmered during the day, tall baobab trees induced the feel of a far away land and the fort walls took me deep into history. That’s Mandu, which has been hailed by many as one of the most romantic destinations in India. I do adhere to that statement as Mandu seems like lost in time and reeks of nostalgia. It’s a place one would want to go back and stroll through aga...
Tags: Travel, India, Africa, Delhi, Damascus, Madhya Pradesh, Shiva, Indore, Baobab, Dai, Mughal, Akbar, Bhopal, Shah Jahan, Malwa, R Niranjan Das


Remembering an Indian Prometheus: Homi J. Bhabha

On 12 March 1944, a proposal was despatched from the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) at Bangalore to the Sir Dorab Tata Trust in Bombay. The letter read ‘I have for some time past nurtured the idea of founding a first class school of research in the most advanced branches of physics in Bombay… when nuclear energy has been successfully applied for power production in say a couple of decades from now, India will not have to look abroad for its experts but will find them ready at hand’. The lett...
Tags: Europe, France, Life, India, United States, Cambridge, Einstein, Bangalore, Bombay, Russia Germany, Jawaharlal Nehru, Parsi, Gonville, Atomic Energy Commission, Sankar, Individuals


Rawalpindi’s Parsi benefactor

During colonial times the Parsi community expanded to every corner of India. These fortune seekers settled in developing towns across the Subcontinent. And they took with them their unique origins, lifestyle and beliefs even as they mixed into the many peoples and cultures of British India. There was a sudden rise in the number of sites which are today considered to be part of a Parsi legacy or heritage. Article by By Ammad Ali, www.thefridaytimes.com Massey Gate Rawalpindi in the 1920s, with ...
Tags: Life, China, India, History, South Africa, Pakistan, British Army, Kaiser, Mumbai, Kashmir, South Asia, Tonga, Bombay, LAHORE, Srinagar, National Assembly


Spenses: In The Age Of Colas, This Parsi Family Survives In Biz Of Fizz

When the Parsis first landed in India sometime in the 7th century to escape persecution in Iran, they promised King Jadhav Rana that they would sweeten the Indian community as sugar sweetens milk. That was nearly 1,200 years ago in Sanjan. If that was in Gujarat, in Secunderabad’s Sardar Patel Road, the Iranis have lent their own flavour to the ‘sugar and milk’ story. Instead of milk, the family has added sugar to carbonated water with a dash of vanilla, ginger, lemon, orange and a host of other...
Tags: Life, India, Iran, Army, Food And Drink, Hyderabad, Gujarat, Colas, John Burton, Nizam, Irani, Jehangir, Secunderabad, Bidar, Rama Rao, Cyrus Irani


Remembering Behram Palkhivala (1926-2018)

Behram Palkhivala, the younger brother of Nani Palkhivala, passed away last Friday (27th July). Not many lawyers know of the enormous role he played in the writing of Kanga and Palkhivala’s “Law and Practice of Income-tax”. Article by Arvind P Datar | Bar and Bench After the death of Nani Palkhivala in 2002, the Palkhivala Memorial Trust in Mumbai decided to commission two books: one was a biography by MV Kamat and the other, a book that would chronicle his legal journey, by Soli Sor...
Tags: Life, Mumbai, Nani, Bombay, Kapadia, Kanga, Mandal, Individuals, Jehangir, Bharucha, Nani Palkhivala, Palkhivala, Jamshedji Kanga, Chagla, Kesavananda Bharati, Soli Sorabjee


Asma Jehangir, Leading Pakistani Rights Activist, Dies at 66

Jehangir, one of Pakistan's most prominent activists, died of a heart attack
Tags: News, Uncategorized, Pakistan, Obituaries, Jehangir, Onetime, Asma Jehangir


Srinagar- Paradise on Earth

“There is not as much violence or unrest in Srinagar as portrayed by the media. It is quite a beautiful place where tourists throng every year and what is shown on the television is propaganda”, said Mehaj, as he sipped his tea. I looked up from my aloo parantha at his face and nodded in reciprocation. He was quite right as I found many on my travel dissuading me from travelling to Kashmir and Srinagar. There can be a curfew or riot or protests without a cue and that could put a halt to m...
Tags: Travel, India, Iran, Earth, Jesus, Ruby, Kashmir, Prophet, Maharaja, Shah, Buddhist, Srinagar, Shiva, Lambert, Jammu, Meena


Brothers-in-Arms : The Flying Engineer Brothers

In the undivided India of 1930, Karachi was the ‘aerial gateway of India’, boasting the first flying club in the country. One early morning in March two young men started up a small plane and, shrouded in secrecy, started on the journey of their lives. Seventeen-year-old Aspy Engineer and his friend R.N. Chawla, older by a few years, were attempting to fly to London in Aspy’s little single-engine aircraft. From there Aspy would return solo to compete in the race for the Agha Khan Cup. This pione...
Tags: Japan, England, London, Tibet, Life, China, India, Civil Service, Iran, History, Canada, Atlantic, Pakistan, Army, Burma, Congo


Mani Clubwala: 70 years ago today in Pakistan

Yes, it was the day India got its Independence. But in Karachi, for 18-year-old Parsi teenager Mani Mehta, August 15, 1947, was the day of her engagement to Jehangir Clubwala, a young executive from Mumbai with a promising career in Parry and Co. “I remember there were people out on the streets of Karachi celebrating Pakistan’s independence. They were taking bus and tram rides for free that day. People were running on the roads. But to me, it was my engagement day and that was what I was more ex...
Tags: Life, India, Pakistan, Mumbai, KARACHI, Chennai, Parsi, Parry, Mani, Individuals, Jehangir, Astad, Mani Clubwala, Mani Mehta, Jehangir Clubwala, Mumbai Jehangir


173-year-old agiary adds to Pune Camp’s pluralism

From the exterior, the Jamsetjee Jejeebhoy Agiary looks anything but 173 years old or remotely as ostentatious as the life of the person this agiary or fire temple is named after. Article by Shiladitya Pandit | TNN Jamsetjee Jejeebhoy, a Parsi, was in more ways than one a parallel to another settler in Pune and Mumbai, the maverick Baghdadi Jewish businessman David Sassoon. Both of them were honoured by the British for their association and their crucial commercial and financial ties. Sassoon...
Tags: Life, China, India, David, Mumbai, Baghdad, Parsi, Pune, Sassoon, East India company, Jehangir, David Sassoon, Fire Temple, Pune Camp, Jamsetjee Jejeebhoy Agiary, Shiladitya Pandit


Old relatives from Mumbai pay tribute to Jer Bulsara

Days after the late British rocker Freddie Mercury’s greatest champion, his mother Jer Bulsara, passed away quietly in her sleep in the UK, a wave of grief has hit Dadar’s Parsi Colony, where the extended Bulsara family continues to live. “I cannot believe Jer kaki is no more,” Jehangir, Freddie’s second cousin, told mid-day at his Parsi Colony home on Sunday. Article by Hemal Ashar and Ruhi Khan | Mid Day As Freddie Mercury transformed from boy to British rock star to international icon, hundre...
Tags: UK, News, Life, Nottingham, Freddie Mercury, Mumbai, Freddie, Sobo, Jehangir, Dadar, Farrokh Bulsara, Hemal Ashar


Portraits, Dreams And Quirks Of Nine Young Parsis In Mumbai

There’s nothing quite like observing a creature in its natural habitat. Fortunately for us, India is one of the few places a particularly rare specimen are still fairly common. So, for the avid naturalist, here are a few tips for spotting and luring in that ever so endangered species–the Parsi. Article Published on Homegrown.in They are most active around dusk when the remains of their dhansak lunch has finally been digested. Leaving their siestas behind needs just the right amount of coaxing so...
Tags: England, Life, India, Earth, Mumbai, Frank Sinatra, Bmc, Bombay, Gujarat, Britannia, Mary, Neville, Rani, Parsi, Colaba, Yohan


The Writing Life: No, Usha Khanna Did Not Die, She Still Lives

Usha Khanna died on Saturday morning at the age of 89. I never met her, and this will always be one of my regrets. But I feel compelled to write about her because she was a larger than life personality whose warmth and hospitality and sense of humor and caring for the dispossessed were widely appreciated. She was a culturista in my native city of Mumbai, often termed as India's cultural capital. Usha was married to noted documentary maker, the late Rajbans Khanna. If you speak to people of my ...
Tags: News, India, Dubai, Mumbai, Huffington Post, Hyderabad, South Mumbai, Amitabh Bachchan, Suresh, Siddharth, Jehangir, Usha, Jehangir Art Gallery, Malavika Sangghvi, Anil Dharker


Santhome: The Parsi locality in Chennai where you are welcomed with hugs

For about a century, since dropping anchor in Chennai, the Clubwalla family has been credited with founding several institutions in the city. “Hugging,” says 87-year-old Mani Clubwalla, is one she would like to take credit for. When Mani and her husband first moved to the city in 1970, the Parsi community threw a dinner to welcome the new family in town, inviting members of other communities as well. “There were several Chettiar families who had come for the party and I decided to give everybody...
Tags: Life, India, US, Mumbai, KARACHI, Chennai, Parsi, Mani, Jehangir


The journey from Guru Arjan to Maharaja Ranjit Singh

There is a small red structure inside the Mochi Gate of Lahore, one of the 13 historical gateways into the walled city. Painted red, the structure now hosts the shrine of Haq Char Yaar. This shrine tells yet another tale of a place of worship belonging to another religion that was appropriated by the dominant Muslim population of the city after the creation of Pakistan. I don't know much about the history of the shrine, but the epithet Haq Char Yaar refers to the "four friends" in Islamic Sunni ...
Tags: Pakistan, Huffington Post, Ali, Shah, Sikhism, LAHORE, Punjab, Amritsar, Sikh, Nankana Sahib, Nanak Jayanti, Granth Sahib, Maharaja Ranjit Singh, Arjan, Jahangir, Ranjit Singh


A box of tissues for Mr. Jehangir Patel please!

Yesterday we published an editorial by Jehangir Patel titled “A Parsi Trupti Please”. Below is a rebuttal to the same by Ervad Marzban J. Hathiram,  Editor of Frashogard The ubiquity of Whats-app means that even on days when prayer and reflection is necessary, the peace is broken by the incessant beep announcing one more message. When such beeps resound early in the morning, their shrillness seems even more pronounced and urgent…is it some good news, or a harbinger of doom, some calamitous occur...
Tags: Opinion, Life, Rome, King, Patel, Parsi, Brutus, Jehangir, Jehangir Patel


Jehangir Art Gallery set to gift more room to artists

When the beloved Café Samovar shut shop in the March of 2015, the city’s cognoscenti mourned. The Jehangir Art Gallery’s (JAG) chairperson Adi Jehangir, however, was determined to make something better out of “a cafe that bloomed beyond everyone’s imagination“. In fact, in an interview with the Mumbai Mirror last year, Jehangir pointed out, “Wouldn’t it be financially feasible to give all of the six licensee’s spaces out to a posh restaurant or private gallery, and charge them South Mumbai renta...
Tags: Art, Life, India, Bmc, Bombay, South Mumbai, Jehangir, Mumbai Mirror, Jehangir Art Gallery, Heritage Committee


Dasturji Kotwal In Conversation with Shernaz Cama

Here is a 2007 interview where Dastur Dr. Kotwal is in conversation Dr. Shernaz Cama; Chair of the UNESCO PARZOR Project. This interview originally appears on the PARZOR website Dastur Dr. Firoze Kotwal is a High Priest of the Parsi Zoroastrians of India and perhaps their greatest scholar in the Priestly tradition. From the age of 19 he has spent many hours each day studying Zoroastrian Manuscripts, particularly at the Meherjirana Library, Navsari, Gujarat. He has been Advisor to the UNESCO Parz...
Tags: Europe, UK, Interview, Life, Germany, India, Narendra Modi, America, Iran, University, Unesco, Paris, Macedonia, Cambridge, Switzerland, Copenhagen


Kanch Mahal near Akbar's Tomb at Sikandra near Agra in Uttar Pradesh

MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 0 2 DocumentNotSpecified 7.8 Normal 0 Kanch Mahal is located in  Akbar's  Tomb  premises in Sikandara. Sikandara is located around 9 KM away from Agra. Both cities are in Uttar Pradesh.   Kanch Mahal As Rohan, didn't join me on my visit to Agra, I decided to venture all by myself here.  A couple of ladies stand outside the Kanch Mahal, they provide  information on it for Rs.10. The information provided is not full  proof. But at 5 PM th...
Tags: Travel, Garden, India, Agra, Uttar Pradesh, Rohan, Merwynsrucksack, Akbar s Tomb, Jehangir, Kanch Mahal, Sikandara, Anonymous Lodi Grave, Forecourt near Akbar's Tomb, Sikandra, Merwyn Rodrigues, Lodi Tomb


Akbar's Tomb at Sikandra near Agra in Uttar Pradesh

Akbar's Tomb is located at Sikandara which is located around 9 KM away from Agra. Both cities are located in Uttar Pradesh. Entrance to the Tomb premises History states that Mughal Emperor Akbar had started and finished the construction of his tomb and the garden around it, in his lifetime. It was built between 1605 to 1613 AD. An other photo of the Entrance to the Tomb premises The entrance to the tomb premises is this structure made of red sandstone and marble. T...
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