Preserving the Parsi-Gujarati language

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A Russian linguist is chronicling a dialect of Parsi-Gujarati before it dies out India’s Parsi community is a small one, numbering to about 57,000 people Anton Zykov snaps open his laptop and sifts through the video files. He opens one of a Parsi man showing him around a burial ground in Navsari, talking to the […]

BJP vs Congress: Parsi community stands divided over Lok Sabha elections

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The Parsi community who otherwise shows the united front is split when it comes to voting this election season. The members who are known to support the Congress, are now divided. Many members of the community backed BJP last general elections. This time the drift is because of the BJP-Shiv Sena joining hands. “Their decision […]

Young Musical Talent

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The Symphony Orchestra of India’s SOI Music Academy celebrated the graduation ceremony of five of their academy students last Saturday (April 13th 2019).  Among these was 15 year old Leah Divecha, who started learning the Violin at the tender age of six and was enrolled in the pilot project of the NCPA Western Classical Music […]

Parsis defend rights to bar non-Zoroastrians from entering fire temples

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A petition filed by Sanjjiiv Kkumaar alleges that a system of apartheid, untouchability and communalism is practised at the Zoroastrian temple. In an affidavit filed before a division bench of the Delhi High Court, the Delhi Parsi Anjuman (DPA) has claimed that the law doesn’t grant any person the right to demand an entry or […]

XYZ SUMMER CAMP – 5th to 11th May 2019

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The XYZ Summer Camp is back… A Summer Camp for our Xtremely Young Zoroastrians will be held simultaneously in Andheri, Bandra, Dadar and Colaba from Sunday, 5th May to Saturday, 11th May 2019. This is a week-long fun filled camp designed for children between 4 – 15 years. The summer camp includes family games, sports, visit […]

Jim Sarbh Puts Spotlight On Planet Healers In India

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Parsi actor Jim Sarbh has become synonymous as the conniving Bollywood baddie. His latest stint, however, puts him in bed with the good guys. The Made In Heaven star is presenting a four-part original docu-series ‘Planet Healers’ featuring eight of India’s most promising environment friendly start-ups. Jim said, “I don’t believe in the separation between […]

Doctors plead for Parsee hosp’s last shot at survival

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Request Hong Kong-based philanthropist couple Pervin and Jal Shroff and Medanta Group to extend their deadline to resolve opposition to the new hospital project. Thirty-seven doctors associated with BD Petit Parsee General Hospital (PGH) have made a last-ditch attempt to save the financially-crippled 107-year-old Cumballa Hill facility. They have appealed to Hong Kong-based philanthropist couple […]

Roadies Real Heroes: Cuttack boy Xerxes makes history

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From a national level sportsman to an entrepreneur to a social worker, Xerxes Diniar Irani’s CV is as variegated as a busy Manhattan street on a Friday evening. Hailing from Cuttack and an alumnus of Stewart School, Xerxes made history by becoming the first-ever contestant from Odisha to qualify for the ‘Culling Round’ of the […]

Trust bans Parsi newsletter from community housing estates

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The ban will come into effect this weekend as the newsletter is published fortnightly. Parsi Junction currently has a circulation of around 5,000 across the city and news of the ban has triggered criticism from its readers. Parsi Junction, a newsletter which was critical of the Bombay Parsi Punchayet (BPP) Trust, the biggest Parsi-Zoroastrian representative […]

Parsi Home Truths

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Celebrate Navroz at the Parsi speciality restaurant Soda Bottle Opener Wala with a meal that is reminiscent of home style cooking. The Bhonu includes a specially-curated menu of vegetarian and non-vegetarian options for the feast. The Vegetarian Bhonu comprises of Saria, Sprouted kachumber salad, Gajar nu aachar, Papeta papti nu shak, Vegetable cheese pattice and Masala ni daal. The Non-vegetarian […]

To the grand old Parsi ladies of the Time & Talents Club

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Kunal Vijayakar looks back on Victory Stall, forgotten gems and one of the most precious recipe books in the city’s history. Goolu, Siloo, Sheroo, Dolly, Polly, Jeroo, Aloo. These names sound like they come from another world. You could actually imagine all of them sitting around cups of tea, Swiss rolls and banoffee pies or […]