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Empowering Mobeds Conduct Second Offsite Workshop in Sanjan

Last weekend the Empowering Mobeds hosted an offsite workshop at the WZO Sanatorium in Sanjan. Over two days, young mobeds from the Dadar Athornan Institute gathered along with some of their dads, and other older mobeds, and community experts in various fields for a two day exercise. Dinshaw Tamboly giving a motivational talk to the Young Mobeds after some fun ice breakers Ervad Meher Modi sharing his insights on the role played by parents to encourage Mobedi Kashmira Kakalia , all smile...
Tags: Life, Religion, Parsi, Dinshaw Tamboly, Atash Behrams, Dadar Athornan Institute, Sanjan, Binaifer Sahukar, Sanjan Gujarat, Mobeds, Sahukar, Ervad Meher Modi, Mobedi Kashmira Kakalia, Sharukh Karkaria, Madressa, Ervad Sheherazad Pavri


Marazban Erucshah Wadia Enthralls with Music and Song

Our dear friend and eminent Parsi historian and author Marzban Giara sends us the following update Watch the  80 years young Marazban Eruchshah Wadia sing and dance to some of the songs composed by him. He is the President of Davier anjuman. Davier has a dadgah fire and a dharamshala. The first song is  Haalo, haalo Davier Gam jaiye. Marazban is a behdin pasban and has served at various dadgah fires. He still plays cricket and takes part in the...
Tags: Music, Life, Parsi, Navsari, Marzban Giara, Mumbai Marathon, Marazban Erucshah Wadia, Marazban Eruchshah Wadia, Davier, Umbargaon, WZO Senior Citizens Centre, Bapsy Marzban Giara, Ervad Adi Mirza


Numbers shrinking, Parsis appeal for preserving their legacy in Lucknow

Members of Parsi community in Lucknow on Monday urged the administration to free their properties of encroachments and help in its preservation. Speaking at the book launch of ‘Bharat Ka Parsi Samaj’ by Dr Naresh Singh, president of Avadh Girls’ Degree College, Zarine Viccajee, whose family was one of the first settlers from the community in Lucknow, said: “Parsis have contributed to the country’s development and continues to do so in different fields. But the community’s strength is dwindlin...
Tags: Life, India, Delhi, Mumbai, Gujarat, Lucknow, Parsi, Naresh Singh, Parsi Anjuman, Navroz, Avadh Girls ' Degree College, Zarine Viccajee, Viccajee, Lucknow Parsi Community, Homi Sipai, Nauroji Damkewala


‘Pioneering Parsis of Calcutta’ launched in city

A book launched in Calcutta on Tuesday speaks about “intrepid men who had left settled homes in the west to journey to Calcutta to start a new life” two centuries ago. It goes back to men “who made millions and lost it all and started again”. Book on a community with 240-year-old history in Calcutta By Debraj Mitra | Telegraph India Pioneering Parsis of Calcutta, written by Prochy N. Mehta, was launched at Olpadvala Memorial Hall in Chowringhee, the venue named after Edulji Olpadvala, one of the...
Tags: Books, Life, China, India, South Africa, Bengal, Calcutta, Murshidabad, Parsi, Mehta, Surat, Bachi Karkaria, ABP Group, Karkaria, Prochy N Mehta, Sam Balsara


Manekji Limji Hataria

Tomorrow 15th February is the baj of Manekji Limji Hataria, the Parsi missionary to Iran. A jashan will be performed at Wadiaji Atash Behram 1st floor hall in the morning at 10 a.m. Below is an article penned by our dear friend and esteeem Parsi historian Marzban J. Giara. MANEKJI LIMJI HATARIA (1813-1890) He was sent as a Parsi missionary to Iran by the Persian Zoroastrian Amelioration Society of Bombay in 1854 to better the condition of the Iranian Zoroastrians. This great and brave man ...
Tags: Life, Iran, History, Bombay, Parsi, Teheran, Shah of Iran, Yazd, Bombay Parsi Punchayet, Henry Rawlinson, Wadiaji Atash Behram, Marzban J Giara, Manekji Limji Hataria, Persian Zoroastrian Amelioration Society of Bombay, Jaziya, Tehran Kerman Yezd


Iran’s $1.4bn Deal for Oilfields near Iraq Border

By John Lee. The National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC) has agreed a $1.4-billion deal to develop two oilfields in Khuzestan, near the border with Iraq. The National Iranian South Oil Company (NISOC) and Iran’s MAPNA Group signed a ten-year contract within the IPC framework, to improve the recovery rate, increase production and exploitation of the Parsi and Paranj fields. According to the NIOC, the deal aims to achieve a maximum production of 85000 barrels of oil per day and an additional cumulativ...
Tags: News, Iraq, Iran, Iraq Business News, John Lee, Khuzestan, The National Iranian Oil Company NIOC, NIOC, Parsi, IPC, EOR, MAPNA Group, Ahvaz, National Iranian South Oil Company NISOC, Paranj, Paranj Square


Bawas Got Talent: One for the community

Bawas Got Talent is a chance for the Parsi community to showcase their skills in the performing arts The Parsi community may be small and dwindling in number but that hasn’t proved to be a deterrent while they try to make a mark in the performing arts. From theatre to music and dance, they have been making their presence felt in the cultural landscape of Mumbai for a long time now. Article by Sanskrita Bhardwaj | Hindustan Times Keeping this in mind, a group of people from the community have...
Tags: Life, India, Theater, Mumbai, Parsi, Shernaz Patel, Burjor Patel, National Centre for Performing Arts NCPA, Shernaz, Sanskrita Bhardwaj, Hindustan Times Keeping, Hoshang Gotla


In Kolkatta Dharmashala stands, but not many travellers as the community shrinks

A leftover of time but living testament to the Parsis in Kolkata. “Manackjee Rustomjee Dharmashala for Parsi travellers” — the inscription in an old-fashioned font on the doorway transports one to the days when accommodation wasn’t pre-booked online and travel itself was fraught with uncertainties. Article by Bishwanath Ghosh | The Hindu The building itself, with slatted windows, belongs to that era, and so does the neighbourhood where it stands — Kolkata’s famous Bow Barracks, located off t...
Tags: Life, India, Kolkata, Ahmedabad, Parsi, Hansotia, Bagdogra, Meher, Calcutta Zoroastrian Community, Kolkatta Dharmashala, Bishwanath Ghosh, Dara Hansotia, Manackjee Rustomjee, Bombay Calcutta, Ardeshir Dinshaw Vehvalvala, Mrs Hansotia


Order Of Australia Conferred on Dr. Sabar Rustomjee

She has spent a lifetime listening to people’s stories with empathy, compassion and respect. In a career spanning over 50 years, Melbourne-based psychotherapist Dr. Sabar Rustomjee has helped people navigate some of the most challenging times in their lives. Dedicated to redefining possibilities and improving lives, she is a proud recipient of the AM honour this Australia Day. Article by Simmi Singh | Indian Link Speaking with Indian Link Sabar detailed her life story. “I was born in Sri Lanka ...
Tags: News, Australia, Life, Spain, Liverpool, Victoria, Melbourne, Mumbai, Sri Lanka, Sigmund Freud, Mumbai India, Monash, Parsi, Shepparton, Tom Murray, Grant Medical College


Sumptuously Persian

India’s pioneering Persian chef Afshin Kohinoor unlocks his culinary treasure chest for Krishnaraj Iyengar Welcome my dear welcome,” he gushes over his galla counter as a mixed international crowd pours in on a Saturday afternoon. After selfie sessions with Julius, the handsome pet canine standing tall on the counter, they make themselves at home on old wooden chairs and sturdy tables with quaint checkered table cloth for some pure culinary magic. Article by Krishnaraj Iyengar | Deccan Herald ...
Tags: Life, India, Iran, Food And Drink, Buckingham Palace, Mumbai, Britannia, Elizabeth, Julius, Parsi, Irani, Yazd, Berry Pulao, Boman Kohinoor, Afshin Kohinoor, India Known


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...
Tags: Life, India, Iran, Britain, Cambridge, Food And Drink, Victoria, Kate, William, Mumbai, Jack, Elizabeth Ii, Bombay, Gujarat, Mary, Mahatma Gandhi


Review: A Murder at Malabar Hill is a new kind of crime novel

Sujata Massey kicks off the decade with the first book in a fresh new crime series – the historical, award-winning whodunnit A Murder at Malabar Hill. She introduces Perveen Mistry, in 1921 Bombay’s only woman lawyer and an amateur sleuth. In the spirit of Alexander McCall Smith’s likable Precious Ramotswe from the No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency series set in Botswana, A Murder at Malabar Hill celebrates women solving crimes and getting shit done. Article by Chris Cassford | The Spinoff Perveen...
Tags: Books, UK, Life, India, Oxford, John, Alexander McCall Smith, Agatha Christie, Bombay, Botswana, Calcutta, Persia, MASSEY, Parsi, Sujata Massey, Malabar Hill


Areez Katki: Bildungsroman at the Otago Museum

Otago Museum is thrilled to host Areez Katki’s acclaimed textile-based art exhibition, Bildungsroman, at the H D Skinner Annex opening on Saturday 11 January. The embroidered works explore Katki’s two, often conflicting, identities. Katki is a Parsi, an ethnoreligious group originally from Iran who fled to India during the first Muslim invasion between the 8th and 10th century. The Parsis are an opaque and insular population, traditionally only marrying within their community and keeping cent...
Tags: Art, Life, India, Iran, West, New Zealand, Mumbai, Auckland, Australasia, Persia, Dunedin, Auckland New Zealand, Parsi, Otago Museum, Malcolm Smith Gallery, Art Collector


Soli Sorabjee: We celebrate the life and legacy of Nani Palkhivala

Due to sensational events that seem to happen almost daily these days, we tend to forget legendary personalities. One of them was Nani Palkhivala, whose 100th birthday was on Thursday, January 16. Palkhivala was born in Bombay (now Mumbai), came from a Parsi working class family and became a household name in India. His father was in the palkhi (Litter) business and hence the family name Palkhivala. Palkhivala’s schooling took place in the city’s high school tutorial. As a brilliant student h...
Tags: Supreme Court, Life, India, Pakistan, United Nations, Geneva, Montreal, Shakespeare, Mumbai, International Civil Aviation Organization, Nani, Bombay, Parsi, Bombay High Court, Individuals, World Court


Rustom Siodia: A Forgotten Master

Art in India has largely been a niche world, with few artists being known beyond the rather small circle of connoisseurs. But even within this small world, some brilliant artists and their work have been forgotten or lost with the passage of time. One of them is Rustom Siodia. Article by Anshika Jain | Live History India Siodia, who is little-known, was a brilliant Indian artist, who lived at the dawn of the 20th century. This was a a time when the art scene in the country was rapidly evolvin...
Tags: Art, London, Life, India, United States, Dallas, Columbia University, Royal Opera House, Mumbai, New Delhi, Bombay, Suez Canal, Persia, Harun, South Mumbai, Rashtrapati Bhavan


Portrait of Darius Forbes

A portrait of a special man Writers and dramatists have a saying: ‘Show, don’t tell.’ It means to convey a thought or emotion through dialogue or action, rather than telling the audience directly. The same principle applies to the most impressive leaders, especially those with strong values and philanthropic achievements. Article By Denise Kenyon-Rouvinez | Eurpoean Financial Review I first met Darius Forbes, founder of the Indian family firm Forbes Marshall, in 2017. The occasion was a...
Tags: California, Life, India, Industry, Switzerland, Delhi, Hyderabad, Stanford University, Forbes, Calcutta, Parsi, Supervisory Board, Pune, Confederation of Indian Industry, Farhad, Ingold


Nusli Wadia withdraws defamation suit against Ratan Tata

Tata told the Supreme Court that he did not intend to defame Wadia Wadia Group Chairman Nusli Wadia has withdrawn a defamation suit against Ratan Tata. The decision by the Indian-born British Parsi businessman comes after Tata told the Supreme Court that he did not intend to defame Wadia. The defamation case, filed in December 2016, sought Rs 3,000 crore. Wadia backed Cyrus Mistry after he had been ousted from Tata Sons in October 2016. In the defamation suit, Wadia also mentioned board memb...
Tags: News, Supreme Court, Life, Ratan Tata, Tata, Cyrus Mistry, Parsi, Wadia, Tata Sons, National Company Law Appellate Tribunal NCLAT, N Chandrasekaran, Nusli Wadia, Wadia Wadia Group, Subedar, Sharad Arvind Bobde, Bobde


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...
Tags: Life, Uncategorized, Delhi, Mumbai, Parsi, Gujarati, Amyra dastur, Amyra, Vanessa Pandita, Morbagh, Rishabh Raj, Pasri, Times Food Amyra


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


Iranshah Udvada Utsav 2019 off to a flying start

India’s biggest Parsi culture festival begins: The Iranshah Udvada Utsav 2019 The third edition of the Iranshah Udvada Utsav was off to a flying start last evening here at the Gymkhana grounds in Udvada. The third edition of the Iranshah Udvada Utsav commenced today in the heart of Udvada, Gujarat – the religious center point for Parsi Zoroastrians across the globe. Hosted by the Foundation for Development of Udvada, sponsored by Dr. Cyrus Poonawalla, Founder and Chairman of Serum Instit...
Tags: Life, India, Narendra Modi, Mumbai, Gujarat, Azad Maidan, Parsi, Surat, Udvada, Dadra Nagar Haveli, Iranshah Udvada Utsav, Iranshah, Mickey Mehta, Vada Dasturji, Arzan Sam Wadia, Yazdi Karanjia


Gujarat Gears Up For Parsi Festival

Gujarat is gearing up for a Parsi festival, Iranshah Udvada Utsav, in the holy town of Udvada from December 27 to 29. The event is hosted by Foundation for Development, Udvada, Gujarat Tourism and Dr Cyrus S Poonawalla. Gujarat chief minister Vijay Rupani said, “The Iranshah Udvada Utsav is an initiative that was envisioned by our Hon’ble and beloved Prime Minster, Shri Narendra Modi because he too being from the great state of Gujarat, understands the wonderful impact the Pa...
Tags: Life, India, United Kingdom, Gujarat, Parsi, Shri Narendra Modi, Udvada, Iranshah Udvada Utsav, Smriti Irani, Parsi Community, National Commission for Minorities, Vijay Rupani, Foundation for Development Udvada Gujarat Tourism, Cyrus S Poonawalla Gujarat, Parsi Community Cookery


Indian Govt bats to retain Parsi jury system to protect customs

After enacting a law to make triple talaq a punishable offence, the Centre told the Supreme Court on Tuesday that jury system to adjudicate matrimonial disputes, including divorce and child custody, through a jury system needed to be retained for the Parsi community. Article by Dhananjay Mahapatra | TNN In response to a Parsi woman’s petition challenging several provisions of the Parsi Marriage and Divorce Act, 1936, the Centre opposed the petitioner’s claim for parity in the legal s...
Tags: News, Supreme Court, Life, Mumbai, Bombay, Parsi, Irani, HC, Kolkata Chennai, Dhananjay Mahapatra, Neela Gokhale, Petitioner Naomi Sam Irani, Parsi Panchayat Bombay, Minorities Commission


A miracle might just happen and Parsis may survive

Penned by lawyer, former journalist and columnist for Parsiana, a popular international Zoroastrian community magazine, Berjis Desai, The Bawaji: Chronicles of a Vanishing Community was released by Supreme Court Justice Rohinton Nariman. Justice Nariman said, “Berjis, reading your book has inspired me to write about my family and other animals.” Article by Siman Raikar A BOOK on the Parsi community that dwells on the life stories of 50 “unforgettable” members of the community was launched on...
Tags: Opinion, Life, Evelyn Waugh, Supreme Court Justice, Padma Bhushan, Parsi, Desai, Berjis Desai, Parsiana, Vanishing Community, Rohinton Nariman Justice Nariman, Siman Raikar, Wodehouse Nariman, Dr Farokh Udwadia


Lt Jamshed Manekshaw: An unsung hero of World War II

Lt Jamshed Manekshaw (standing left on the second row) on the Burma Front during WWII. The world knows late Field Marshal Sam Manekshaw as the man who, as the chief of the Indian army in the 1971 Indo-Pakistan War following the Bangladesh Liberation War, made great contributions to the creation of Bangladesh. Sam also fought on the Burma front as a Captain of the 12th Frontier Force and was seriously wounded fighting the Imperial Japanese Army during World War II. But the world is unaware tha...
Tags: Life, India, Iran, Afghanistan, Britain, Egypt, Pakistan, Burma, Kabul, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Goa, Mumbai, Sam, Dhaka, Commonwealth


ZAC-LA Religion Class Hosts 2nd Annual Gratitude Gahambar

On November 17th, the students of the ZAC-LA Religion Class, ranging in age from 3 to 15, hosted a Gratitude Gahambar.  The event allows each student’s family to invite guests to whom they wish express gratitude. The students work the event under the guidance of their parents.  They set up the Arjani Hall, hauling tables and chairs to set up a theatre area in front of the stage, and a dining “path” — complete with place settings and florals — where they serve the lunch that they have spent the ...
Tags: Life, Lagan, Parsi, Bawa, Festivities, Gulab Jamun, Gahambar, Zubin Daruwalla, Ervads Zarrir Bhandara, Jehangir Dastur, Ervand Zerkxis Bhandara, Zane Commissariat, Zara Commissariat, Reishad Pagdiwala, Riyan Bilimoria Kadribegovic, Nadia Mehta


Eduljee Sorabjee: The Curious Case of the ‘First’ Indian-American Citizen

Los Angeles in the 1880s was a town reinventing itself. The Gold Rush was subsiding but the air was filled with promise and there were new opportunities for those who knew how to seize them. Among these was an enterprising and ingenuous Parsi gentleman from Bombay, who “with a little money and a little mystery” was able to wrangle American citizenship and make a comfortable life for himself there. His name was Eduljee Sorabjee, a ‘rarity’ whose creative mind helped him work his way through the s...
Tags: Europe, England, New York, California, Washington, Life, India, US, America, Los Angeles, Turkey, History, Britain, Pennsylvania, New Orleans, South Pacific


Zip-lining Zoroastrianism to the Communty and at SOAS – Not Just a Lesson in History

It is difficult to Zip-line religious facts from 1500 BCE to the present times but this is exactly what Khojeste Mistree did in his four hour session with teenagers and adults in London. At the request of parents, keen on exposing their children to the faith, Khojeste was invited to return to ZTFE, to brief teenagers, on what it means to be a Zoroastrian, beyond the commonly held dictum of Good Thoughts Words and Deeds. “Surely our religion has more to offer” he said to them, singling out and d...
Tags: London, Life, China, Religion, Iran, Rome, Cleopatra, Valerian, Mark Antony, Parsi, Merv, SOAS, Zarathushtra, Sarah Stewart, Avesta, Ardeshir


For a sportsperson, fitness is a way of life, says racer Jehan Daruvala

20-year-old racing driver Jehan Daruvala’s cheat meal, once a month, is a greasy burger. He is a rare Indian motor-racing champ, and in 2017 became the first Indian to take pole position in the FIA Formula 3 European Championship. The Daruvalas used to watch F1 races together on their TV every weekend. They couldn’t have imagined then that their little Jehan would one day be on the other side of the screen. The 20-year-old is a rare Indian motor-racing champ, and in 2017 became the first India...
Tags: UK, London, Life, Sports, Mumbai, Hindustan Times, FIA, Parsi, Jehan, FIA Formula, Jehan Daruvala, Pooja Bhula


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...
Tags: Life, India, US, Theater, Mumbai, Bombay, Sandy, Adi, Parsi, Padma Shri, SILLA, Gujarati, Jamshed, Kala Kendra, Adi Marzban, Elphinstone College