The predicament of the Khada Parsi

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In a cheeky comment on Mumbai’s ageing Parsis, a story goes somewhat like this: “If you visit Mumbai’s Parsi General Hospital and require hospitalisation, you are first asked your age. If you are under 60, you are admitted to the children’s ward and those above that, to the adult ward.” A fun-loving community, open to […]

Part and Parsi of city

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Entrepreneurial and large-hearted, Parsis add their own, unique charm to the twin cities HYDERABAD: Did you know that Cherma’s, where we used to shop (and even now do) before the entry of malls and multiplexes has been founded by the Parsi community? Their religion Zoroastrianism is arguably the world’s first monotheistic faith, and is one […]

Parzania screened on 1st day of children’s film festival

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A film Parzania was screened marking the first day of children’s film festival. The film was screened here on Thursday. Parzania is a 2007 Indian drama film co-written and directed by Rahul Dholakia; David N. Donihue is the other co-writer. The film featured Naseeruddin Shah and Sarika in the lead roles, while Corin Nemec and […]

For a sportsperson, fitness is a way of life, says racer Jehan Daruvala

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20-year-old racing driver Jehan Daruvala’s cheat meal, once a month, is a greasy burger. He is a rare Indian motor-racing champ, and in 2017 became the first Indian to take pole position in the FIA Formula 3 European Championship. The Daruvalas used to watch F1 races together on their TV every weekend. They couldn’t have […]

Tappeh Mill – one of Iran’s oldest temples

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One of the oldest Zoroastrian temples of Iran – Tappeh Mill (literally – a mill hill), also known as the Bahram fire temple  – sits majestically on the hill near Ghal’eh Noe Village not far from the city of Rey. It was named ‘Mil Hill’ due to the distant similarity of the two main structures […]

Diana Edulji: There’s no harm in fighting for your rights

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She is mercurial, candid, and often, controversial. She is also the greatest Indian woman cricketer of all time. Born into a Parsi family in Mumbai, Diana Edulji was among the first women to play for the national cricket team, and remains the third highest wicket taker in Tests to date. In 2017, she was appointed […]

Parsis mark 175th anniversary of Banaji Atash Behram at Thakurdwar

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Members of the Parsi Zoroastrian community on Friday gathered at Cawasjee Byramjee Atash Behram, popularly known as Banaji Atash Behram, at Thakurdwar, to commemorate the 175th anniversary of the fire temple. The trustees of the fire temple said people from the community have great faith in it, and it is also associated with charity. “This […]

Being a Parsi, playing a Sindhi in Nanavati story is poetic: Viraf Patel

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Being a Parsi, playing a Sindhi in Nanavati story is poetic: Viraf Mumbai, Sep 26 (IANS) Actor Viraf Firoz Patel finds it quite poetic that, being a Parsi, he gets to portray the Sindhi businessman who was allegedly killed by the Parsi Naval officer KM Nanavati, in the upcoming web series “The Verdict: State vs […]

Jamsetji Nusserwanji Tata: Magnate with human touch

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Founder of India’s largest conglomerate, the Tata Group, this extraordinary entrepreneur infused into it humanism, one of the hallmarks of the Tatas. His pioneering efforts went a long way in India’s industrialisation. Born on March 3, 1839 in Navsari, Gujarat, Jamsetji was the only son of Nusserwanji and Jeevanbai Tata. Even though Nusserwanji belonged to […]

Boman Irani is back with a bang

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The actor will be next seen as a sexologist in Made in China, and will also essay the role of Farokh Engineer in ’83. Boman Irani is back, and will soon be in Kabir Khan’s ‘83, playing World Cup commentator Farokh Engineer. In preparation for the role, the actor even met the man his character […]

After 214 births, government to boost ‘Jiyo Parsi’ scheme

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The Centre announced the Jiyo Parsi Scheme in September 2013 to check the declining Parsi population. According to the Union minority affairs ministry, the population declined from about 114,000 in 1941 to 57,264 in 2011. A government scheme that offers cash assistance to encourage Parsi couples to have children has resulted in 214 births over […]

A decade of bonding, praying together at Bhikha Behram Well

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The initiative of holding Parsi community prayers every month on Ava Roz (day of water) is completing 10 years on Friday Once a month, 80-year-old Parsi businessman Nariman Mody ensures he stops by at Bhikha Behram Well at a corner of Cross Maidan in south Mumbai. For Mr. Mody, the humbandagi or praying together is a […]

Can’t sell community’s properties in MP: Deputy collector to Parsi group

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After constant disputes within the Parsi community over its properties at Neemuch, Madhya Pradesh (MP), the local deputy collector passed an order rejecting a proposal to sell the properties. The proposal was made by the Federation of Parsi Zoroastrian Anjumans of India (FPZAI), a subsidiary of Bombay Parsi Punchayet (BPP), which is the caretaker of […]

Friends in need: Parsis care for their elderly

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A group of caregivers headed by Sam Medora has been looking after elderly Parsis in Calcutta for nearly two decades When Ava Mehta flew down from England to visit her parents in the city during Navroz last month, her mother Tina Mehta hosted a tea party for her to meet the people who look after […]