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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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Dr Khushroo Laskari: Eminent Surat doctor loses coronavirus battle, dies at 75

A 75-year-old family physician and known personality in the Parsi community, Dr Khushroo Laskari, succumbed to the novel coronavirus late on Thursday night. Dr Laskari was fighting a battle against Covid-19 for the past six weeks at the Seventh Day Adventist hospital. He is survived by his wife and two daughters Also known as a doctor of the poor, Dr Laskari was operating his family clinic at Machlipith near Saibaba temple at Chauta Bazaar. The clinic was started by his grandfather and later hi...
Tags: News, Life, Parsi, Kapadia, Surat, TOI, Saibaba, Indian Medical Association IMA, Mughalsarai, COVID, Khushroo Laskari, Laskari, Machlipith, Chauta Bazaar, Laskari Marg Dr Jayendra Kapadia, Jamshed Dotiwala


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 Located on Bazaar Gate Street in the Fort of Bombay, most of the printing equipment in the press was hopelessly outdated.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...
Tags: News, Life, India, South Africa, Kaiser, Library Of Congress, Kashmir, Shimla, Bombay, Gujarat, Urdu, Gandhi, University of Manchester, Anglo, AINA, South India


Nowrojee General Store In McLeodganj shuts shop after 160 years

Business turns unviable for Delhi-based Parsi owner as one of the oldest stores of the British era in Himachal Pradesh closes down in September Dharamshala: Located in the heart of McLeodganj town and barely a kilometre from Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama’s abode, the iconic Nowrojee & Sons General Merchants will shut shop next month after a 160-year run. Article by Naresh K. Thakur | Hindustan Times Parvez Nowrojee at the 160-year-old Nowrojee & Sons General Store in Mc...
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19 days later, Tardeo family still living with landslide rubble

A portion of a stone wall crashed right outside Adil Driver’s bedroom window in Parsi colony, but rain is impeding clearance; he wants permanent relocation. Each time it rains, Adil Behram Driver rushes to his bedroom window and warily eyes a hillock 3 ft away. Nineteen days after a landslide sent a portion of a stone wall abutting the hillock tumbling towards the 16-storey Baria building-3 in Gamadia Colony, Tardeo, neither have the boulders been cleared nor have Driver and his family been move...
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Parsis in Hong Kong: what’s the secret behind their growing population?

Twelve years ago, Homyar Nasirabadwala was working as an accountant in his hometown of Mumbai, India, when he came across a job advert in a Parsi magazine seeking a full-time dasturji, a Zoroastrian priest. Already ordained in doctrines dating back to antediluvian Persia that influenced essential principles of Judaism and Christianity, Nasirabadwala figured it might be time for a change, so after 11 years of number-crunching service at Shapoorji Pallonji & Co, he applied online. Article by Rhea ...
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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...
Tags: Hong Kong, Life, Macau, Bombay, LAHORE, Amritsar, LAHORE Pakistan, Parsi, Gujarati, Ashem Vohu, Gatha, Parsi Cemetery, Yatha Ahu Vairyo, Rustomji, Garothman Behest, Everyday Parsi


Everyday Parsi: Nazneen Thanawalla Spliedt

Our seventh author in the Everyday Parsi 2020 series is Nazneen Thanawalla Spliedt of Northern California, United States Nazneen writes about her Muktad memories from Karachi Pakistan. My earliest memories of celebrating the Muktad Days in Karachi were as a young child, when my Maternal Uncle passed away and my Grandmother had his Muktads performed at home. With tables laid with fruits, flowers, divo, and every day some delicious food prepared, we would remember the souls of the depar...
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Everyday Parsi: Homi Gandhi

Our third author in the Everyday Parsi 2020 is Homi D. Gandhi Homi writes… When I was a child, Muktaad prayers at the Gandhi household on the Gandhi Street of Parsiwad, Fort, Bharuch had a special significance, as it was one of the few Parsi homes hosting the 18-day Fasli Muktaad at home. Although I had participated in the rituals, I was very young and unaware of their significance. Sometime in February 1946, my Bapaiji (paternal grandmother) confided in me that our community handyman,...
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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


The last of the Zoroastrians

My grandfather had never been a tall man, and now he looked absurdly small, no bigger than a child. Swaddled in off-white sheets like a newborn, with just his head and the soles of his feet visible, his eyes were open and mouth disconcertingly agape, as if in surprise. His corpse was slightly raised from the floor, lain atop a rickety wooden stretcher. Beside the body, three priests in white robes intoned in Avestan, the long-dead language of the Zoroastrian scriptures, as a small fire burned i...
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Saklatvala Mausoleum in New York

An email from my friend Kersi Shroff tipped me off on what turned out to be a great treasure hunt in search of the Saklatvala Mausoleum in the Woodlawn Cemetery in the Bronx in New York City. Kersi writes… The Woodlawn Cemetery has cuneiform inscription on the tomb of the then well-known Phirozshah Saklatvalla, whose mother was the sister of Jamshedi Nusserwanji Tata. Phirozshah became a U.S. Citizen in 1904, making him one of the earliest non-whites to be granted citizenship. Prof. John ...
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Salli, Soli and Saala BC-MC… Bachi Karkaria on the Parsis

How dare you ask me to write on this topic, Editorji? It’s a contradiction in terms, and only an oxy-moron would think that such a species with common traits exists. Our most common feature is that each of us is so uncommon. Shylock may have said ‘Sufferance is the badge of all our tribe’, but we have as little use for it as a meal without eggs. Instead, ‘Individuality is the badge of all our tribe’, as much as the sadra we wear. Naturally, the ‘I’ factor kicks into even this sacred garment. Hil...
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Where The Fire Burns Eternally: Chenai Dar-E-Mehr Secunderabad

Witness the journey of 100 years of Secunderabad’s Parsi Fire Temple, Khan Bahadur Edulji Sohrabji Chenai Anjuman Dar-e-Meher. As per the Zoroastrian Shenshai calendar, 14th July 2020 marks the centenary of the Khan Bahadur Edulji Sohrabji Chenai Anjuman Dar-e-Meher. Hon’ble Dastoor Khurshed Dastoor Behram Jamasp Asa consecrated the Dar-e-Meher. Since then, it has served as a place of worship for the Parsi and Irani Zoroastrians of the Twin Cities of Secunderabad and Hyderabad. © Arnaz Jehangir...
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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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80-plus Irani brothers with a zest for life die of Covid-19 in Mumbai

Everyone who has known of the Ferzandi brothers — Darius, 85 and Plumarz, 81 succumbing to the deadly coronavirus within weeks of each other last month, have been aching with memories of the two bespectacled old Parsi men. Darius was a fixture at the glass gallah of his quaint little Byculla Restaurant & Bakery taking the loban around his cafe every evening, and Plumarz who knew almost every patron of his Byculla Pharmacy & Stores by name ever since they took over the reins of their father’s bus...
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One of India’s richest minority groups enjoys some of Mumbai’s best rents.

“Imagine a world within a world.” That is how Hormuz Bana describes the centuries-old community where he lives in Mumbai — and which is in danger of vanishing. Article by Rhea Mogul | CNN Located below the Eastern Express Highway, this storied enclave is everything that most of Mumbai is not: idyllic, languid, and devoid of the city’s signature traffic. “Living here has given me a sense of belonging,” says the 30-year-old marketing executive. Bana lives in Dadar Parsi Colony, one of...
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Looking for My Ancient Religion in Uzbekistan

Still, I was in search of something more, something concrete, something material Article by Meher Mirza | Catapult.Co Last October, I walked on the trail of emperors. Like most ogle-eyed tourists, I ping-ponged my way through different cities in Uzbekistan: Samarkand, Bokhara, Khiva, Nukus, Urgench, Margilon, Tashkent, Termez, Andijan, and Kokhand. Unlike most tourists, though, I was here to quench my curiosity for a long-vanquished empire—Uzbekistan is amongst the richest source of Zoroastrian ...
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P. D. Patel: My Fifty Years in Burma

Mitra Sharafi, a legal historian writes in… I am very excited to say that P. D. Patel’s My Fifty Years in Burma (Rangoon, 1954) is now up on my website. This remarkable out-of-print memoir tells the life story of a Parsi lawyer who survived the Japanese occupation of Burma in WWII. Thanks to to Zareer Sam Ruttonsha, Firdaus Sam Ruttonshaw, Semine Jal Patel, and Rubina Jamshed Patel for sharing this scan. MY FIFTY YEARS IN BURMA With a view to find a suitable place to settle d...
Tags: London, Life, History, Burma, Royal Hotel, Thomas Cook, Peshawar, Rangoon, Stewart, Calcutta, Madras, Patel, Parsi, Surat, Kalaw, Chisa


Sir Shapoorji Burjorji Bharucha

A tribute on his death centenary by Marzban Jamshedji Giara He was a self made and large hearted man, financier and business magnate. He was born at Bharuch on 30th April 1845 of poor parents. He lost his father when he was a child and his mother brought the children to Bombay from Bharuch when he was 12 years old. He would sit and stitch along with his mother and sisters. He failed in his matriculation examination. He did not get higher education but learnt to speak English. ...
Tags: London, Life, India, Mumbai, Council, Rich, Bombay, Gujarat, Morley, Parsi, Grant Road, Andheri, Gwalior, Individuals, Bharuch, Bombay Parsi Punchayet


Magaj Nu Lockdown ft. Shri Yazdi Karanjia

Our dearest friend and legendary Parsi theater artist Yazdi Karanjia has started a series of short skits during the COVID-19 lockdown. You can see all of them on the Youtube channel : Bawaji Ni Double Dhamaal Boss no mijaaj rangilo, ne ena editor “KAVARANA” no mijaaj gotala maarvano…. Have aai gotala thi boss ni company nu su thase ne Kavarana ni nokri rehse ke jase e jova chokkas aai video JoJo ne niche comment pan aapjo….. #GujaratiNatak #ComedyVideo #YazdiKaranjia “Bawaji Ni Doubl...
Tags: Life, Theater, Parsi, Yazdi Karanjia, Kavarana, Shri Yazdi Karanjia, Farzan Karanjia, Rohan Gandhi, Kishan Meghawala


Avesthagen Releases The First Complete Zoroastrian-Parsi Mitochondria Reference Genome

Avesthagen releases “The First complete Zoroastrian-Parsi Mitochondria Reference Genome: Implications of mitochondrial signatures in an endogamous, non-smoking population” – The study unravels mitochondrial signatures linked to persian origin, longevity and associated health conditions Avesthagen Limited, with support from the Foundation for a Smoke Free World, New York, USA is developing a systems biology-based approach for the early predictive diagnosis of tobacco related cancers suc...
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Dadabhai Naoroji: A new life for the grand old man of India

Dinyar Patel’s biography of the politician shines a light on his multifaceted career, especially his campaign to be elected to the British parliament Dadabhai Naoroji reached Bombay (now Mumbai) from London on the afternoon of 3 December 1893. An estimated half a million people thronged the streets to welcome him. Over a year ago, in July 1892, Naoroji had become the first Asian to be elected to the British parliament. He was in India to chair a session of the Indian National Congress in Lahore....
Tags: Books, London, Congress, Life, India, Paris, Liberal party, Mumbai, Stuttgart, Bombay, LAHORE, Gandhi, Pankhurst, Patel, India House, Florence Nightingale


The story of Vividh Vaani

How a Gujarati cookbook came to symbolise love and gratitude during the bubonic plague in Bombay As I joined the cricket fans milling out of the Brabourne Stadium on a crisp Mumbai winter evening in December 2009, I could sense its ebullient mood. They had been lucky to witness an innings of a lifetime – an almost-triple century (284 not out) in one day from Virendra Sehwag against a hapless Sri Lankan bowling attack. Article by Murali Ranganathan | Scroll Walking down Churchgat...
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Menstruation and Zoroastrian Doctrine

A complex issue of womenhood The entire 16th pargarad/chapter of the Vendidad is dedicated to the matter of menstruation, and later Pahlavi texts comment on this subject extensively. For those who believed this was an adopted Hindu practice from India please realize this is an integral component of the Mazdayasni Zarathosti religion.As a side note, please realize that practices followed well into the twentieth century entailed sleeping on an iron bed (Vd.15.1.6)  and avoiding touching ...
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Exile and the Nation: Afshin Marashi

The Parsi Community of India and the Making of Modern Iran By Afshin Marashi Connecting oft-disparate fields, this book explores the Zoroastrian diaspora living in India and its role in using antiquity to bolster twentieth-century Iranian nationalism. In the aftermath of the seventh-century Islamic conquest of Iran, Zoroastrians departed for India. Known as the Parsis, they slowly lost contact with their ancestral land until the nineteenth century, when steam-powered sea travel, the increas...
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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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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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Parsi Agiary and Dharamsala In Sukkur Pakistan

The Endowment Trust Fund of Sindh shares… The Zoroastrian Agiary or fire temple of Parsi community on Wallace Road near river Indus is an extensive building compound built in 1923. An old memorial stone on the Agiary or the fire temple inscribe “Mama Parsi Worship Place”. The temple building is in the possession of some private dwellers, who are using it residential purpose. The extensive temple compound comprises Khan Bahadur Marker Parsi Dharamshala and a school. With the migration of Parsi ...
Tags: Life, Dharamsala, Indus, Parsi, Sukkur, Fire Temple, Wallace Road, Parsi Agiary, Sukkur Pakistan, Endowment Trust Fund of Sindh, Khan Bahadur Marker Parsi Dharamshala, Momin Bullo


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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