Zoroastrians: Iran’s forgotten minority

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The decline of this ancient community is a tragedy not just for Iran, but for human civilization writ large. It is disheartening, but the adherents of the world’s first monotheistic religion appear to have been consigned to oblivion in their ancestral homeland, and as their numbers shrink, it is not only a religion that is […]

Zoroastrians make a comeback in northern Iraq, but still face stigma

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DOHUK, Iraq (Reuters) – Carefully tucking his Farvahar pendant under his shirt, Aram Mehdi reminds himself of the core Zoroastrian principles it represents: good words, good thoughts and good deeds. Born and raised in a conservative Muslim family, the 31-year-old Iraqi Kurd from the city of Dohuk, in the north of Iraq’s semi-autonomous Kurdistan region, […]

BMC finalises design to save Parsi Gate, awaits trust’s nod

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MUMBAI: The BMC has finalised a design to conserve the Parsi Gate at Marine Drive and submitted it to the Bombay Parsi Punchayat for approval. The civic body has given two options to the trust: Either relocate the century-old monument towards the south side (near Al-Sabah Court building) of the Marine Drive stretch, or shift […]

Review: Land’s End by Adil Jussawalla

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A pivotal figure in the Indian English poetry scene for six decades, Adil Jussawalla’s maiden collection, first published in 1962 and recently reissued, is full of poems that are intriguing and authentic. 53pp, Rs 350; Copper Coin Adil Jussawalla has been an inspirational and pivotal figure in the Bombay poetry scenario since the early Seventies. […]

Revealed! Sanaya Irani’s Inspirational Journey

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Take some inspiration from Sanaya Irani if you are thinking of seeing yourself on the big screen!   The journey from the simple girl and then to the Bollywood and getting back on television may seem easy but the only actor or actress going through it knows how it feels to do so. Many actresses […]

Opinion | The ritual of Parsi ‘choi’

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Tea time is an indulgent affair for Parsis. Come evening, a full tea service is laid out complete with snacks and bone china crockery Once, during pre-pandemic times, I stopped to chat with a neighbour. Not one to let anyone leave empty-handed, she thrust some lemongrass picked from her garden into my hands, saying, “For […]

Freddie Mercury: Queen singer HONOURED with Munich street named after him

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Freddie Mercury spent a good chunk of the 1980s living and working in Munich, Germany. Not only did the Queen singer have his famously wild 39th birthday party in the city, but also recorded five albums there. And now Munich is honouring the late star with its very own Freddie Mercury Street. The proposed street name […]

The last of the Zoroastrians

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My grandfather had never been a tall man, and now he looked absurdly small, no bigger than a child. Swaddled in off-white sheets like a newborn, with just his head and the soles of his feet visible, his eyes were open and mouth disconcertingly agape, as if in surprise. His corpse was slightly raised from […]

Mumbai: Online petition launched to save Parsi Gate at Marine Drive

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The Parsi Gate is likely to be relocated by the BMC for the upcoming coastal road MUMBAI: A group of concerned citizens have started an online petition to save the Parsi Gate at Marine Drive in south Mumbai, which is likely to be relocated by the BMC for the upcoming coastal road. The petition states the […]