LOL on the stage

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The Class Act is an out-and-out comedy, which has returned to the stage after a gap of two years. Last Sunday, the audience seated inside the Tata Theatre at NCPA, were overheard laughing loudly every few seconds and breaking into an applause, every now and then. The Class Act, a Silly Point Production, brought to […]

Mehrgān

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The Zoroastrian Celebration at Autumnal Equinox in Iran and the region since Antiquity. It was during the mid-60s in Iran, that the Afshid (sunbeam) primary school yard overflowed with hundreds of playful, nutty, and noisy K-6 students. They were quieted when the custodian rang the shiny brass bell that hung on the school’s front porch. […]

SAXOPHONIST RYAN SADRI ON ADDING A MELODIOUS ZING TO A WEDDING

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“I don’t perform at too many weddings in a season because I don’t enjoy playing Bollywood stuff — can’t relate!” When you’ve been brought up a Parsi, nothing holds your imagination quite like cars, bikes, dhansak and English music do. Ryan Sadri, a 33-year-old saxophonist, attributes his love for music to his Bawa upbringing. “My […]

First Look: Moombai & Co. Café and Bar

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Time Out Dubai checks out the new modern Parsi café at The H Dubai There’s a brand-new Indian restaurant in town – and Time Out Dubai got an exclusive look ahead of its opening. Moombai & Co. Café and Bar is due to throw open its doors this Friday (September 15) in The H Dubai […]

Being a Parsi priest in Hong Kong

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Homyar Nasirabadwala, one of the few full-time Parsi priests working outside India, talks about his community, traditions and making sure the dhansak is right In a small, air-conditioned room in Hong Kong’s busy Causeway Bay area, behind a framed, larger-than-life portrait of Parsi merchant Jamsetji Jeejeebhoy, there is talk of dhansak. Homyar Nasirabadwala is speaking […]

In Iran, archaeologists have unearthed a Zoroastrian “tower of silence”

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Throughout the country there are several similar towers. In Iran, archaeologists have discovered the ruins of a Zoroastrian “tower of silence”. “These studies will allow us to better understand the Zoroastrian funeral rites,” — said the head of the archaeological expedition Mehdi Rahbar. He said that studies show that each of the rooms served as […]

Yazd on traveler’s radar after getting UNESCO status

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TEHRAN – Tour operators working in Iran and even abroad have lauded the inclusion of Yazd on UNESCO World Heritage list, as a privilege that helps to put the historic city on traveler’s radar worldwide. The UN cultural organization annually expands its list of heritage sites, and this year’s class of inductees, announced in July, […]

Metro-III may endanger fire temples, fear Parsis

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MUMBAI: The upcoming Metro-III project has caused disquiet within the Parsi community as the underground corridor will pass below some of their ancient and most revered fire temples in south Mumbai. Some of these temples were consecrated in the 19th century and the buildings are listed heritage structures. Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation (MMRC) officials, executing […]

DR. ZELDA VISPI DADACHANJI HAS TOPPED THE MAHARASHTRA UNIVERSITY EXAMS OF M.S. OPHTHALMOLOGY

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The young and brilliant Dr. Zelda Vispi Dadachanji has topped the Maharashtra University exams of Master of Surgery in the specialty of Ophthalmology (M.S. Ophthalmology). Dr. Zelda, M.B.B.S. M.S.(OPHTHAL), did her Master of Surgery from the prestigious Nair Hospital (T.N.M.C.) in Mumbai securing First State Rank with Distinction in the Mumbai University exams held in […]

Mumbaikars donate ear plugs to cops on duty for Ganpati Visarjan

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A campaign that sees Mumbaikars donating cheerful orange ear plugs to cops readying for Ganpati Visarjan duty Drums are set to beat, bells are ready to peal and the latest Bollywood numbers will rent the air, on Tuesday, as Mumbai becomes one long Grand Trunk road. As the city says its goodbye to Lord Ganesh, […]

World in Progress: India’s Parsis fighting for survival

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The Parsis, decendents of Persia’s Zoroastrians, are a tiny religious minority in India, they are well-respected and are unusually succesful in fields from business to arts and sciences. Yet because too few babies are born, the community is dwindling and now facing extinction. A fertility program is now encouraging couples to have more children. Will […]