Zoroastrians to observe Pir-e Sabz pilgrimage in Yazd

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The annual pilgrimage runs from June 14 to 18 at a mountainous fire temple embedded in a shallow cave in the central Ardakan county, Yazd province. The entrance of the cave is reached via 230 steps. It’s where an “eternal” flame is kept alight. Narratives say that Pir-e Sabz is dedicated to the princess Nikbanu […]

Filmmaker Oorvazi Irani’s short film, Anahita’s Law, raises pertinent questions on caste, and gender-based stereotyping

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AFTER HER full-length feature film, The Path of Zarathustra, in 2015, Oorvazi Irani is back with a short film that raises pertinent questions on caste and gender discrimination, while exploring the identity of a woman. The 43-year-old Parsi filmmaker who produced, directed and also acted in her short film Anahita’s Law, spoke with Indulge about […]

Parsi Cafes, A Centuries-Old Tradition In India, Are Vanishing

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The brown walls are peeling at all ends. Giant paint chips cake the ceiling. And the cash register — if you can call it that — is just a series of old wooden drawers. “I’m going to put up a sign that says ‘Enter at your own risk.’ Otherwise someone is going to hold me […]

The only Parsis in a 1,000km radius

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A sea-loving Parsi family moved to Port Blair 35 years ago, to a house that had no electricity, no toilets, and on one occasion, no roof. Today, they run a thriving homestay, a spice farm and a kayaking tour company   In 1985, after a lifetime spent at sea, Captain Kersi Phiroze Noble set foot […]

Navar of Er. Verzan Karkaria

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9 -year old Er. Verzan Karkaria, son of proud parents Jennifer and Er.Cherag Sam Karkaria, was ordained Navar on 2nd June, 2019 at Kappawalla Agiary, Tardeo under the able guidance of Panthaki Er.Zubin Dalal, Er. Adil Bhesania and Er. Farshid Dalal. Verzan is thankful to his parents, grand-parents and Er. Khushroo Kanga for teaching him […]

SodaBottleOpenerWala presents ‘Keri Nu Kraze’

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The quintessential Bombay-Irani Café SodaBottleOpenerWala has incorporated a whole new level of quirkiness this summer with ‘Keri Nu Kraze’.  This menu aims at elevating the Parsi cuisine with a blend of seasonal fruits and offers Keri Kanda Par Eedu – a mix of onions and ripe mango with spices, baked with egg on top and […]

Veteran actor Dinyar Contractor passes away

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Veteran actor Dinyar Contractor passed away today early morning. He will be cremated at Worli prayer hall in Mumbai at 3:30pm. The 79-year-old actor died of old age-related illnesses. Dinyar Contractor was seen in many Bollywood movies like ‘Baazigar’, ’36 China Town’,’Khiladi’ and ‘Baadshah’. He was also a part of many popular TV shows. He had started […]

Oldest Parsi High Priest Kaikhusro Navroz Dastoor Meherjirana passes away at 92

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The Parsi community’s oldest High Priest, Kaikhusro Navroz Dastoor Meherjirana (92) passed away early Tuesday morning after a brief illness in Navsari, Gujarat. A respected scholar priest, Meherjirana was also an advocate, author of two books on banking law and a student of Indian classical music. He lived most of his life in Mumbai before […]

Parsi pall-bearers to get help from abroad

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Treated as outcasts and untouchables, the pall-bearers have little income and poor working conditions. They have been treated as ‘outcasts’ and ‘untouchables for centuries. They are the Parsi pall-bearers called nassesalars and khandhias, who do the job of lifting corpses after the prayers are chanted in the Tower of Silence in Doongerwadi. In an endeavour […]

The Parsis of Sri Lanka

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Very few people today have heard of the Parsi community in Sri Lanka, because there are only about 60 in all including men, women and children. Although small in number, the contributions to our nation by this intriguing community throughout the years, have left an indelible mark in the history of Sri Lanka. They have […]

MPSD enthralled locals with Parsi theatre

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The students of Madhya Pradesh School of Drama (MPSD) gave a splendid performance of Parsi theatre before the theatre buffs of the city. Parsi Rangmanch Ke Manzaron Ka Guldasta was a collage of four plays staged in Parsi theatre style. Directed by Zafar Sanjari and Ayaz Khan, the plays were beautifully performed by the students […]

Navsari: What to See And do in This Ancient Town in Gujarat

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From Dandi Beach to Ajmalgadh, this is what you must see in Navsari.  When we think of Gujarat, Navsari is perhaps one of the places to never cross the mind. That’s because it’s an extremely offbeat place in general; yet has a lot to offer to the intrepid traveller. Located to the south of Gujarat, […]