Glimmer of hope at last for India’s vanishing Parsis

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A jubilant Katy Gandevia passed around a box of celebratory sweets she had received in her office at the Tata Institute of Social Sciences in Mumbai. “That,” she said, gesturing towards the sweets, “was to celebrate the birth of the 102nd baby.” The baby in question had been born under the Jiyo Parsi scheme, a […]

Amyra Dastur to open Parsi restaurant in South Mumbai

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She may still be finding her feet in Bollywood, but Amyra Dastur is already set to turn entrepreneur. The actor, who was last seen in Jackie Chan-starrer ‘Kung Fu Yoga’, will open a Parsi restaurant in the city. “My brother (Jehangir Dastur) and I had dreamt of becoming chefs. My dream was to open a […]

Measures to Improve Yazd’s Global Profile

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Officials in the city of Yazd are considering measures to help improve the ancient city’s international image. A section of Yazd’s historical texture was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List last week, making Yazd Iran’s 22nd world heritage site and the country’s first UNESCO-listed city where people still live. One of the measures is […]

Bhonu Queen Tanaz Godiwalla opens a resort in Nashik

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Mumbai’s top Parsi food caterer serves up Summer Vines, a 14-room property If you’re a true-blue Mumbaikar, chances are you’ve sampled Tanaz Godiwalla’s mouth-watering food at a Parsi wedding or navjote. The city’s undisputed ‘Bhonu Queen’, [lagan-nu-bhonu means wedding food] Godiwalla prepares massive feasts of multiple courses, which typically include favourites like chicken farcha, patra […]

Jiyo Parsi phase 2 to focus on counselling

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The second phase will be launched on July 29 by the Union Minister of minority affairs, Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, who will be in Mumbai for it. After a successful 20 per cent increase in the birth rate in the Parsi community after the launch of Jiyo Parsi scheme, the government of India will be soon […]

Percy The Parsi Powerlifter

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Why this veteran has set his hopes for a dying community on a weightlifting competition. Percy Farhad Bahmani runs a farm in Dahanu. But his calm exterior hides a great love and passion for martial arts and weight lifting. For the last 16 years, he, along with a dedicated group of Parsis have been gathering […]

2nd Edition of Iranshah Udvada Utsav

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2nd Edition of Iranshah Udvada Utsav is open. We just launched the edition of “2nd Edition of Iranshah Udvada Utsav” yesterday and you will now find all the details on our website iuu.net.in . You can now download the registration form and even pay online. The dates are 23-24-25 December,2017. Please pass the word around. […]

Dadar Parsi Colony: Who To Know In Mumbai’s Only Unwalled Baug

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The best Homis in one of the city’s loveliest neighbourhoods. Strange things are afoot in Dadar Parsi Colony. This summer, for the first time in 89 years, the well at the Rustomji Faramna Agiary on Dinshaw Master Road ran dry. Then the BMC tried to separate the area from its northern neighbour Five Gardens in […]

File affidavits in Parsi case: HC

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KOLKATA: The Calcutta high court on Tuesday directed city resident Prochy N Mehta to file an affidavit in two weeks on a suit she filed complaining that late EDB Mehta’s Zoroastrian Anjuman Atash Adaran Trust wasn’t allowing her grandchildren (from her daughter’s side) to enter Atash Adaran, Kolkata’s only active fire temple, though they were […]

Dadar Parsi Colony sees red over BMC’s road-widening plan

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Mumbai: Residents of Parsi Colony in Dadar are opposed to the BMC’s plan to widen a few roads within the heritage precinct. Residents fear that the road widening would reduce the green cover in the area as most of the roads encircle open spaces. At a recent Mumbai Heritage Conservation Committee (MHCC) meeting, the BMC […]

In Partition-era mansion, the bond between the Zoroastrian landlord and his Sindhi tenants

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Partition-era refugee late Govind Daryanani and the Bhagwandas Nanwani family, who came from different backgrounds, eventually became neighbours in Ketty Mansion, owned by the late Iranian-Zoroastrian businessman Firoze Irani. Tenants living for generations in rented flats don’t normally return such properties easily to their landlords in the expectation of a bounty in cash or kind. […]

Yazd Inscribed on World Heritage List

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The historical city of Yazd in central Iran has become the country’s 22nd world heritage site after the World Heritage Committee voted in favor of its inscription on Sunday during the committee’s 41st session in Krakow, Poland. Almost 200 hectares of the city’s 2,270-hectare historical texture now boast world heritage status. Yazd is now the […]

Good climate, low rents draw Parsis from Mumbai, Gujarat

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PUNE: Shernavaz Katrak was driving her car in Mumbai in 2004 when an army truck crossed the median and crushed her vehicle. The accident left her with multiple fractures in her arms, legs and hips. And though she could walk soon afterward, climbing the stairs to her fourth-floor flat in Grant Road proved impossible. “I […]