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DELLA Leaders Club: Global Soft Launch

The Global Soft Launch of DLC: Della Leaders Club is scheduled for Saturday June 12, 2021 at 7:30 PM India, 10:00 AM New York, 3:00 PM London This very first of its kind Business Platform is the brainchild of our very dear friend and eminent Parsi entrepreneur Jimmy Mistry. Join via ZOOM Meeting ID: 966 448 7000 Passcode: DLC Link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/9664487000?pwd=R3JrSUVnWnZ6Z1Rwa3FEVDI0LzVUZz09
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Dadar Parsi Colony: Cherishing the Bombay that was

Inflatable pools, barbecues, open backyards…this is how architect Rooshad Shroff recalls the better part of his childhood spent with his parents in the Dadar Parsi colony. With the endless lockdowns, he realises how deeply he misses this oasis of bliss in the heart of Mumbai. “I certainly took the greenery for granted. You simply can’t beat it. There are almost fifteen beautiful gardens organically woven into the layout of the colony,” says Shroff. Article by Arman Khan | architecturaldigest.in...
Tags: Life, India, History, Unesco, Heritage, Mumbai, Alice, Bombay, Parsi, Bandra, Alberta Park, Dadar Parsi Colony, Shroff, Rustom Tirandaz, Five Gardens, Mancherji Edulji Joshi


Parsis, a tiny Indian minority, challenge ban on traditional sky burial rite amid Covid-19 pandemic

They have, for centuries, left their dead to be devoured by scavenging birds and decay naturally atop circular raised structures known as dakhma or Tower of Silence. But the pandemic has put a stop to this funeral rite for many Parsis, who now have to cremate Covid-19 victims. Article by Debarshi Dasgupta | The Straits Times The Parsis, a tiny Indian minority of less than 60,000, follow Zoroastrianism, one of the world’s oldest monotheistic religions, which prescribes veneration for natural el...
Tags: News, Life, India, Iran, World Health Organisation, Delhi, Mumbai, Ratan Tata, Gujarat, Persia, Straits Times, Patel, Parsi, Surat, BPP, Serum Institute of India


Grand Tour: A century ago, these Parsis circumpedalled the world

In the 1920s, long before the dawn of fake news, one Chinese man was told that Rabindranath Tagore had composed the Gujarati national anthem of the Parsi community that went: “We are old Zoroastrians”. The culprit was Adi Hakim, one of the “Super Six” khaki-clad Parsi cyclists who had endured brass band music as they set off from Lamington Road’s Gilder Tank ground on October 15, 1923 to fulfil a lofty dream: putting India on the global sports map by pedalling through the war-torn streets, snow-...
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Gujarat High Court Issues Notice On Plea Seeking Permission To Perform Dokhmenashini, The Practice Of Disposing Dead Bodies In Parsi Community

The Gujarat High Court has issued notice on a petition filed by Surat Parsi Panchayat Board seeking permission to perform Dokhmenashini, a customary practice among the Parsi community of putting the dead body in a tower of silence, even for those who succumb to Covid-19. Article by Akshita Saxena | Live Law The Petitioner, represented by Advocate Manan Bhatt, has stated that they have a fundamental right to perform the last rites of its community members in accordance with their religious prac...
Tags: Life, India, Gujarat, Parsi, Gujarat High Court, Parsi Community, Surat Parsi Panchayat Board, Dokhmenashini, Akshita Saxena, Manan Bhatt, Parsi Ground


The Battle of the Parsis

Will the house that Jamsetji built with a capital of Rs 21,000 in 1868 continue to retain its values? LET’S START THIS story with the one question everyone asks. How many Parsis are there in India? The answer is likely to be anything between 50,000 and 60,000. No one knows for sure. Ask the Parsis. They will claim 60,000. Ask the demographers. They are more likely to say anything between 45,000 and 50,000. Article by Pritish Nandy | The OPEN Magazine In either case, you would imagine such a ti...
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Farohar Cafe in Udvada: How a mother-son duo is popularising Parsi cuisine through authentic recipes

A sleepy coastal town in Gujarat, about 180km from Mumbai, is home to one of the world’s oldest religions – Zoroastrianism. Udvada, also spelled Udwada, in Pardi taluka of Gujarat’s Valsad district, has been the custodian of the oldest continuously burning temple fire in India at Atash Behram – the most revered Parsi pilgrimage centre in the country. And it is in this very town that mother-son duo Hilla and Shezad Marolia is working towards preserving and popularising the 1,300-year-old Parsi cu...
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COVID-19 has forced Surat Parsis to cremate the bodies

Around 40 members of community who succumbed to the infection in Surat denied the traditional funeral of consigning the dead to dakhmas and cremated as per Covid guidelines Monaz Bhesania, a 30-year-old Parsi woman succumbed to the coronavirus infection on Monday and was cremated in Surat as per Covid-19 guidelines. She lived with her mother at Sargam apartment in Adajan, Surat. Article by Gaurav Khara | Ahmedabad Mirror As many as 40 Parsis have been cremated in Surat in the past one month ...
Tags: News, Life, Parsi, Surat, Dungarwadi, COVID, Jamshed Dotiwala, Surat Parsi Panchayat, Sargam, Adajan Surat, Gaurav Khara, Ahmedabad Mirror, Bombay Market


"Azaria, who is White..."

Is he?I'm trying to read the WaPo article, "Hank Azaria apologizes for playing Apu on ‘The Simpsons’ for three decades." I've already blogged about this apology, so I'm not rehashing that. I just want to focus on the unsupported assertion that Azaria "is White." If Azaria is White, maybe Apu is also White. The question whether people from India are white has been litigated in the United States. From Wikipedia's article "Racial classification of Indian Americans":  Throughout much of the early 2...
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Goodbye, Mehli Irani !

Former Mumbai batsman passes away in Dubai at 90; will be known for his long club cricket journey that spanned generations Mehli Irani at the Bombay Gymkhana. Pic/mid-day archives It seems only yesterday that I visited Mehli Irani’s home in Byculla to interview him for a piece I was doing on him playing the Dr HD Kanga Cricket League for 42 years. Article by Clayton Murzello | Mid Day We headlined the story NEVER SAY BYE, but Irani, 90, did say goodbye on Friday in a Dubai hospital. He figur...
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Delhi Woman Revives Grandma’s ‘Secret’ Parsi Spice Mixes; Exports Across The Globe

Shelley Subawalla in Delhi is taking generations of Parsi family masalas and chutneys recipes to the world through ‘Zarin’s Secrets’ – named after her grandmother. There remain few things that invoke the same sense of joy, nostalgia and unparalleled taste the way a grandmother’s cooking does. For me, it was my nani’s aloo parathe and pudina chutney, the taste of which I have spent years trying to find and recreate. For Shelley Subawalla, it was her grandmother’s Parsi-style kadhi-chawal and ...
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How the tale of milk and sugar kept my people’s faith alive

My faith is Zoroastrianism, the oldest monotheistic religion in the world, originating in ancient Persia. The Persian prophet and religious reformer Zarthushta [Zoroaster] is regarded as its founder. It pre-dates the Abrahamic faiths of Judaism, Christianity and Islam and is likely to have influenced those religions too. Article By Dilnaz Billimoria | The Age A Zoroastrian priest outside a fire temple in Mumbai, India. CREDIT:AP Zoroastrians believe in a benevolent deity of wisdom, Ahura Mazda...
Tags: Australia, Opinion, Life, Melbourne, Mumbai, Gujarat, Persia, Mumbai India, Parsi, Judaism Christianity and Islam, Asha, Gujarat India, Ahura Mazda, Dilnaz Billimoria, Zarthushta, Zoroastrian Sasanid


Parsis – The People from Pars — and the ancient tradition of Jamshedi Navroze

Niloufer is a cookbook author and cooking instructor with a great passion for food and a love of world travel. The people from Pars – a province in the Persian Empire — migrated to Gujarat, India, 2500 years ago. Persecuted, most of them fled, taking with them their rich culture, heritage, traditions and cuisine. The locals referred to them as Parsis, which continues to date. Article by Niloufer Mavalwala | The Cooks Cook Adopting and adapting to many of the local traditions, the Parsis are a...
Tags: UK, Life, India, Iran, Canada, Dubai, Rose, KARACHI, Freddy Mercury, Farsi, Parsi, Zubin Mehta, Gujarat India, Festivities, Food And Beverage, Navroze


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


Remembering-The lady of the Law – Mithan Tata Lam

Women’s Day Special: Remembering-The lady of the Law- Mithan Tata Lam There are few life stories as invigorating as that of Mithan Tata. Mithan Tata has the distinction of smashing the thickest of all professional ceiling- she has the distinction of being the first women, allowed to practice law before the Bombay High Court. In a sense, she was fortunate that The Legal Practitioners (Women) Act 1923 was passed in April, 1923 which allowed woman to practice law. Bombay bar room was radiated wit...
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Bhicoo Manekshaw: Indian women chefs who left indelible culinary footprints across the nation

Indian women chefs who left indelible culinary footprints across the nation From cookbook writers to chefs in commercial kitchens of hotels and restaurants, several Indian women too have emerged as path-breakers in the culinary world. Kitchen was their battlefield and vision and grit, their commander. Let’s take a look at who these superwomen are! The first Cordon Bleu chef from India, Bhicoo J Manekshaw is a champion of Parsi cuisine – At 83 years of age, she still popularises Parsi cuisine...
Tags: Life, India, Parsi, Food And Beverage, Bhicoo Manekshaw, Bhicoo J Manekshaw, Basil Thyme Delhi


Parsi woman’s bid for Bombay Parsi Punchayat post fails as proposer’s faith remains in doubt

A Parsi woman who challenged rejection of her nomination to contest Bombay Parsi Punchayat (BPP) elections got no immediate relief from Bombay high court. HC referred to her “obvious reluctance’’ to obtain confirmation that her proposer, Rustom Jeejeebhoy, member of the illustrious Jeejeebhoy family, continues to profess Zoroastrianism. Elections to two vacancies are on March 14 but BPP will approach court to postpone the elections in view of Covid. Article in the Times of India BPP said it w...
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The Parsis of Of Bombay: A Commentary

Parag Sayta writes a commentary on the Parsis of Bombay on the Brown Pundits blog I just finished reading Michael Axworthy’s Iran: Empire of the Mind, one of Razib Khan’s recommended reads on Iran. The book serves as a useful primer on Iranian history for novices (such as myself), covering over 3,000 years of history in less than 300 pages. It lacks the literary flair and flourish of Tim Mackintosh-Smith’s magisterial Arabs. I found myself skimming through the latter parts of the book- the Pahla...
Tags: Asia, Opinion, Life, India, Iran, George Orwell, Royal Air Force, Mumbai, Bangalore, Bombay, Gujarat, Arabian Peninsula, Persia, Marine Drive, Tata Group, Parsi


Nina Wadia on breaking through & giving back to society

Grab an icepick, start climbing the ladder: Nina Wadia on breaking through & giving back to society Nina Wadia, who rose to fame in the 1990s with the iconic comedy sketch show ‘Goodness Gracious Me’, received an OBE for contributions to entertainment and charity in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours List 2021. ‘ iGlobal’ caught up with the former ‘EastEnders’ star to hear about her life and achievements, and how she came to be one of the most pioneering Global Indians on British television, insp...
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A maestro dips into nostalgia

Photographer Arif Mahmood’s Pestonjee, Silver Linings leave one in sweet melancholy KARACHI: As the pandemic makes us nostalgic, longing for the yesteryears when times were simpler, a studio-light setup and a little brown bench in front of a dimly lit Arif Mahmood photo helps in turning the bitter yearning into a sweet melancholy. This is precisely what makes Mahmood the maestro. Article by Tehreem M Alam |The Tribune Often associated with black and white photography, the Karachi-born artist h...
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Kayomi Engineer: Want to have every single building in Parsi Colony sketched for archival value

A Dadar Parsi Colony resident’s four-year-old attempt at using photos, anecdotes, municipal records, memories and sketches to the iconic neighbourhood in a book speaks of public participation in conserving the cityscape. The houses in the enclave, says Engineer, comprise an interesting mix of cottage-style villas and apartments to accommodate more families. Some structures also have visible Art Deco elements Article by Jane Borges | Sunday Mid-Day At 9 am, Kayomi Engineer is already out and abo...
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The Parsis who pedalled across the world

‘The Bicycle Diaries’ details how 12 cyclists set out as global explorers from 1923 to 1942 Last November, tired of being cooped up at home, travel enthusiasts Bakcen George, Allwyn Joseph and Ratish Bhalerao decided to ‘work from cycle’. Carrying their devices and basic necessities, the trio cycled from Mumbai to Kanyakumari — a journey of 1,687 km that took over a month — while meeting their daily work targets. An impressive feat, but not without precedent. Article by Aparna Narrain | The Hi...
Tags: Amazon, Europe, Books, Life, India, Sports, America, Vienna, South America, Mumbai, Bombay, Parsi, Viegas, Kanyakumari, Mody, Vajifdar


India’s Vaccine Diplomacy and the Parsis

India’s vaccine diplomacy drive which has become the toast of the town in many a world capital, has much to thank the Parsis –  a tiny community which migrated from ancient Persia to India’s western shores some 12 centuries ago. Billionaire Adar Poonawala and his father Cyrus took the leap of faith in the early days of development of the Oxford University – AstraZeneca vaccine and agreed to invest in a huge facility in the west Indian city of Pune to make a billion doses of the vaccine for the ...
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Mahrukh Mogrelia: How the Gujarati Influence in Parsi kitchens helped create a whole new cuisine.

Sundays on #FinelyChoppedTV are #foodocracyforher days and in this episode, I speak to Mumbai based Parsi home chef, Mahrukh Mogrelia who runs Mahrukh’s Kitchen. Mahrukh’s food talks of the times of yore and has a certain rustic flavour that one does not see in the Parsi food of Mumbai today. This made me order from her weekly menus Sunday after Sunday for my wife who is Parsi. She loves Mahrukh’s food, as do I. I am Bengali of course. In this chat Mahrukh, who hails from Navsari in south Guj...
Tags: Life, India, Iran, Mumbai, Gujarat, Parsi, Navsari, Food And Beverage, Mahrukh, Mahrukh Mogrelia


How Kipling wove a Parsi into his fantasy tale

Wonder how the world-famous author Rudyard Kipling, a Parsi artist and a Rhinoceros are connected? Look at the portrait of a Parsi artist, Pestonjee Bomanjee (1851-1938) with his long white beard, working on a canvas and beside it is a facsimile of a story written by Rudyard Kipling, on ‘How the Rhinoceros got his Wrinkly Skin’. This is a must for all English literature buffs and all those who have for long inhabited the mesmerising world of Rudyard Kipling. Article By: Firoza Punthakey Mistree ...
Tags: Art, Life, China, History, Bombay, Rudyard Kipling, Parsi, Kipling, JJ School of Art, John Lockwood Kipling, School of Art, Rudyard, Ajanta, John Griffiths, Jamsetjee Jejeebhoy, Dadabhai Naoroji Road


The past is a strange country: The paintings of Katayun Saklat

Stained glass designer Katayun Saklat’s paintings, with their disconcerting details, give a dark twist to sweet nostalgia At first glance, Katayun Saklat is just another kindly, elderly lady with a thatch of grey hair. But she is much more than that. She is one of the most accomplished designers of stained glass in India, with her work included in several public and private collections. She is also a painter, working chiefly with oil and watercolour. At 83, Saklat is trying her hand at a new me...
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Imagining Zoroaster’s Domestic Life

How did medieval Zoroastrians imagine the family of Zoroaster, the founding figure of their religion? Unlike founders of many other religions about whose time and place we can reach a certain degree of certitude, there has been and still is much scholarly debate over the time, place and even the historicity or otherwise of Zoroaster. The same uncertainty applies to the facts about his family life. What I intend to do in this blog is rather to demonstrate how interpretations of certain aspects ...
Tags: Life, Iran, History, Oxford University, Bombay, Gujarat, Din, Leiden, Jam, Middle, Parsi, Cambridge University Press, Pahlavi, Zoroaster, Bachi Karkaria, Asia Institute


Zend and the midnight concert at Yazdani

Here’s an entertaining story about Yazdani Bakery and Zend Meherwan Zend that was told to me by the blustery Irani baker who passed away on Sunday. He was my friend. And I knew him from when he was a much younger man. Strapping, with a roaring voice, as crusty as the crackling Brun that Yazdani baked. But Zend was also a droll man. I had experience of that. Yazdani was near my newspaper office. Zend would often come over with Mawa Cakes. And stay for a chat. Once he came red in the face. His Ira...
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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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Mercedes-Benz Classic Car Rally 2020

Cars are in the Parsi DNA since the day automobiles were invented, or so it seems ! It is no surprise that some of the top automobile restorers, journalists, organizers and most importantly owners and collectors are Parsis. One such gentleman is Perseus Bandrawalla who organized the 2020 Mercedes Benz Classic Car Rally to end 2020. Perseus writes…. From a parsi angle we have a number of well known Parsi families that participate in the event year on year. Some of the star cars this year b...
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