Parsi New Year 2017: The Sweet Beginning of the Parsi Community In India

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Parsis all over the country will be celebrating Jamshedi Navroz on 17th August 2017 as per the Shehenshai calendar. The term Navroz is derived from two Persian words, ‘nav’ meaning ‘new’ and ‘roz’ meaning ‘day’. Hence, Navroz signifies ‘a new day’. According to ancient Zoroastrian beliefs, the king of Persia, Jamshed ascended the throne on […]

Zoroastrians renew pledge of love, coexistence in sacred ceremony

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Zoroastrians gathered in a sacred cave in Kurdistan’s mountains near Sulaimani to celebrate their faith and renew their pledge of love and coexistence. Zoroastrianism is an ancient religion which grew to popularity in present-day Iran and some parts of Iraq and then spread to the rest of the world. Kurds largely practiced Zoroastrianism before adopting […]

Armchair criticism uncalled for, says Jiyo Parsi head

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Advertisements encouraging Parsi couples to have more kids have been called ‘regressive’ Following criticism from several quarters on the government-backed Jiyo Parsi advertisements being ‘regressive’ and in ‘poor taste’, its creators have replied saying the shrinking community doesn’t need ‘armchair critics’. Dr Shernaz Cama, director, Parzor, a project to preserve Parsi Zoroastrian heritage that implements […]

The death of an Indian minority

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The Parsis are an ancient group in India. In the 8th century Zoroastrian refugees fled Islamic persecution in Persia to the western Indian state of Gujarat. These refugees were the forerunners of the current Indian Parsis. Over the centuries they have managed to maintain their separate ethnic identity and the success and influence of their […]

XYZ Indoor Mania

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XYZ Indoor Mania Register online by 27th Aug 2017. Date: Sunday, 3rd Sept. 2017 Time: 9 am to 5 pm Venue: The Alexandra Girls’ English Institution

AN INDIAN DESCENT PARSI APPOINTED HIGH COURT JUDGE

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Wellington barrister Pheroze Jagose – a person of Parsi Indian descent – and a highly acclaimed legal professional has been recently appointed as a Judge of the High Court. The announcement of this appointment was made earlier in the month of July by Attorney-General Christopher Finlayson and the swearing ceremony was held in Wellington on […]

Jimmy proud of Pakistan Movement painting

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LAHORE: World renowned Pakistani artist, social crusader and peace activist Jimmy Engineer has reiterated that he is genuinely proud of having painted different aspects of Pakistan Movement showing on huge canvasses in colours the sufferings and sacrifices of millions of Muslim men, women and children and their migration to the newly created Motherland amidst hopes […]

How Bhikaji Cama fought against the British while living in Britain

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A bold and elegant woman, Bhikaji Cama moved out of her house to fight for freedom of India. She is the first woman to hoist India’s flag abroad. Mahatma Gandhi had once said – “When a woman, whom we call abalaa (weak) becomes sabalaa (strong), all those who are helpless will become powerful”. The sacrifices […]

Peacocks at Mumbai Parsi colony stump residents

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Residents say that they immediately rang the animal welfare officers upon spotting the birds In an unusual sighting for the city, a pair of peacocks — a male and a peahen — was spotted by residents of Dadar Parsi Colony on Tuesday around 10am. “There have been no reports of peacocks in this area for […]

World’s First Oil Tanker, Built by Nobel Bros., was called ‘Zoroaster’

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From Shernaz Italia, a curious tale of ‘connectedness’, taken from: ‘Stansberry’s Investment Advisory,’ November 2011. The article is titled ‘America’s Oil Boom’. ‘Robert Nobel (Sir Alfred Nobel of Dynamite fame & Nobel Prize founder!) surely knew about Zoroastrianism and its flaming temples before he arrived in Baku in 1876. As a wealthy, highly educated Russian it’s […]

A Summer’s Day at Udvada

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My need to voraciously absorb all odd bits of information was the reason why I used to be good at General Knowledge in school. Parents obviously approved and hence every Sunday night at 9.00 I was allowed to sit through Siddharth Kak-Renuka Shahane hosted Surabhi—a true blue infotainment programme which will strongly be embedded in […]