Children raise Rs 10 lakh for cancer patients through dance competition

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MUMBAI: Parsi children, part of an organization called XYZ (Xtremely Young Zoroastrians) raised Rs 10 lakh for cancer patients by organizing a dance competition held on November 12. Founder of XYZ, Hoshaang Gotla, said the initiative was to make youngsters understand the power and fulfilment in service. “Cancer is a disease that affects many people […]

Dwindling population in Navsari, Mecca of Parsis

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Navsari, once a sleepy town with magnificent buildings, sprawling lawns and wide roads but is fast turning into a ghetto. Kersi K Deboo’s eyes light up when he starts talking about the Parsi connection of Navsari, a small city located 37 km south of India’s textile capital, Surat. “Navsari is the Mecca of Parsis. It […]

Voting for Arish Bhiwandiwala

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*HOW TO VOTE 1… *Website Voting: ( very fast ONLY 2 MINUTES FOR 100 VOTES )* a) click on the link www.colorsinfinity.com/thestage/ b) Then click “Vote for Artists” c) Then click VOTE NOW below pic of Arish d) Then click CONTINUE WITH GOOGLE and *log on* to yr g-mail account e) Your 1 vote would […]

The Last of the Zoroastrians

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Far removed from Tehran’s bustling tin-roofed teashops and Isfahan’s verdant pomegranate gardens, the deserts known as Dasht-e Kavir and Dasht-e Lut meet at the city of Yazd, once the heart of the Persian Empire. Walking across the wind-whipped plains of the forgotten city, a young Iranian woman dressed in colorful floral garbs points out a […]

Udvada Station To Get New Lease Of Life In 2018

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Two months after Aspi Sepoy, 46, caretaker of the Parsi community museum in the holy beach town of Udvada, lost his legs after slipping into the gap between the train and platform at Udvada station, the Railways have started work on increasing the height of the platform. Repeated follow-ups by mid-day led to the Railways […]

Parsis: The makers of Karachi

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Being Parsi works to your advantage at Karachi airport. “At the security checkpoint they often look at our names and say, ‘Let them go ahead; they’re OK,” smiles Arnab Lakdawala, 56, looking over at her mother-in-law, who is nestled comfortably on the drawing room couch. They live in Karachi’s Parsi Colony, a clean, gated enclave […]

Ancient Persian temple discovered in northern Turkey could rewrite religious history

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Archaeologists have uncovered an ancient Persian temple from the fifth century B.C. in Turkey’s northern Amasya province that could rewrite the history of the region. Istanbul University Archaeology Professor Şevket Dönmez said discoveries at the ancient Persian Oluz Höyük settlement in Toklucak village have the potential to change long-held notions of religion and culture in […]

Controversial IVF scheme gives India’s vanishing Parsis hope

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A government-funded IVF programme that aims to help save India’s shrinking Parsi community from extinction is delivering bundles of joy and controversy. Some 120 children have been born through the “Jiyo Parsi” fertility initiative since it was launched four years ago in a bid to help reverse a dramatic decline in India’s Zoroastrian population. The […]

President, PM convey nation’s grief at Dina Wadia’s funeral

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WASHINGTON: Shocked at the demise of Dina Wadia, the daughter of its founder, a grateful Pakistani nation sent heartfelt condolences to the Wadia family at her funeral in New York on Friday. The Pakistani consulate in New York delivered four messages, along with four bouquets, to the family, signed by President Mamnoon Hussain, Prime Minister […]

Restaurant Review: Moombai & Co.

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Indian restaurants in Dubai are a lot of things but fun isn’t one of them. Some perform food theatrics others prefer to be strictly traditional while there are those that take the music-lounge-food trail, emulating their western counterparts. However, few focus on making it a crazy, quirky fun place that beckon you for a drink, […]

Parsi food fest: Flavours to die for

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Those craving delectable Parsi food were in for a treat at a recent festival in Kolkata. Delectable Parsi cuisine in Kolkata is a rarity unlike other exotic regional delicacies. Parsis are Indians of Persian origin and Zoroastrian by faith —they escaped to India many centuries ago fearing the religious intolerance of Islamic fundamentalists in Persia […]

Chef Jehangir Mehta: The Most Sustainable Chef in NYC

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“I almost say you can compare umami to the first time seeing someone you really love,” says Jehangir Mehta, chef/owner of Graffiti Earth in New York City’s TriBeCa neighborhood. “You can’t really say it. It’s just a feeling in your body.” “Graffiti is my style—it’s my aspects of life growing up as well as what […]