Mumbai: Metro 3 affects iconic library

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Percy Wadia, a staff member of the library told the Free Press Journal that they have around 3, 000 members as the regular visitors to the library before the Metro work began. Jamshetjee Nessarwanjee Petit Institute and Library at Fort (JN Petit Institute) is witnessing fewer visitors due to the ongoing Colaba-Bandra-SEEPZ (Metro-3) work. Percy […]

Most Decorated Parsi In CANADA

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The National Ethnic Press and Media Council Of Canada recently honoured and Awarded Adil D. Mama with their Medal for his many years of Distinguished and Outstanding Services to The People and the Government of Canada and was given all the rights, privileges and honours afforded as an Honorary Member of the Board of Directors. […]

She kept three generations from going under

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A swimming coach for 51 years, she trained national champions; was Olympian Michael Klim’s first coach I’m just glad I still do what I love most, teach swimming. When you love what you do, I don’t think there is any other way,” SoBo’s legendary swimming coach Khorshed Bhathena used to say until she passed away […]

Dadar Parsee Gymkhana Under Threat

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It is time that every member knows the untold story that no trustee or managing committee member will ever tell you. What follows is the TRUTH and we challenge the TRSUTEES & the MANAGING COMMITTEE to deny the same. Let us tell you’ll what the burning issue is which should be actually tackled instead of […]

Understanding 20th century Parsi theatre

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During 1857- 1930 big theatre companies which were largely owned by Parsi business community flourished which used to showcase plays in Gujarati, Hindi and Urdu languages. In the early 1900s, some Parsi theatre producer switched off to new media called by bioscope and ultimately became film producers. Parsi communities life has theatre as its integral […]

Three prime Parsi baugs told to cough up over Rs 35 crore for lease renewals

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The city collector has issued demand notices to the city’s largest private landlord, Bombay Parsi Punchayet (BPP), for various properties, including prominent residential baugs built by industrialist Nusli Wadia’s family in the last century. Land leases of three landmark Parsi enclaves- Rustom Baug and Jer Baug at Byculla, and Ness Baug at Nana Chowk-that came […]

Marzban Patel: Kudos for a lifetime of coaching hockey

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Marzban Patel—better known as Bawa—has been doing this for almost 40 years, and he did not change it on August 17, when it was announced that he had been awarded the Dronacharya in the Lifetime category. Marzban Patel is a small, gaunt man with close cropped hair that’s entirely silver and a toothless smile. Every […]

Rs 200 crore offer for Parsi trust bungalow at Bandra

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Bids for a dilapidated, early 20th century bungalow property belonging to a Parsi trust in the prime sea-facing Bandra Bandstand area were opened on Thursday and it is believed offers in excess of Rs 200 crore have been made. There were around seven bidders, mostly city-based builders, but the winning bidder was not known till […]

Bombay Parsi Punchayet constitutes committee to resolve issues facing the community

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Trustees of the Bombay Parsi Punchayet, founded in the 17th century to look after the welfare of the Parsi community, have constituted a 16-member consultative committee of prominent people to resolve contentious issues facing the community. The objective of forming the committee is to “resolve and move forward on some of the long-standing issues and […]

Parsi trail: A tale of near extinction

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The heady fragrance of ‘patra ni machi’ – fish smeared with green chutney, wrapped in banana leaves and steam cooked – now exists only in memories and anecdotes. Even the sheer joy of sharing a bowl of dhansak – a slow-cooked, spiced lentil, vegetable and meat stew – at a potluck party is a thing […]

Two years after tragedy, a new dawn for Udvada station

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Spot where a local lost both legs wears new look, as revamp work sparked by mid-day’s coverage is completed. Even as Aspi Sepoy, 46, who lost his legs to a railway accident at Udvada, has got on with his new life, the station has a spanking new face after renovation was completed. mid-day’s reports on […]

Mumbai school for Parsi priests marks 100 years, struggles to stay afloat

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The school estimates that it will be required to spend Rs 2 lakh per head for boarding, lodging and educating each student and has sought donations from both Parsis living in India as well as abroad, apart from corporates and organisations. In November, the city’s only school dedicated to training Parsi priests will complete a […]