Metro realignment for Matoshree irks Parsi community

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Say all problems should have been taken into consideration, some call it blatant discrimination Reports of the Mumbai Metropolitan Region Development Authority (MMRDA) realigning Metro 2B near Bandra Kurla Complex due to security concerns for Shiv Sena chief Uddhav Thackeray’s residence Matoshree have irked the Parsi community. The community had been demanding realignment of the […]

Watch: A play in Mumbai on Parsis called Geedra of Thrones

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A play that imagines a world with no Parsis reminds us why we need them more than ever There are people outside of Mumbai, who think Parsis are a figment of our imagination. “You can’t blame them,” says theatre director Meherzad Patel. “Sixty thousand is literally the crowd in this area. But, we are so […]

Zoroastrian Temple ‘Atash Kadeh’ to Open Doors in Houston

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HOUSTON: Those who practice the 4,000-year-old faith of Zoroastrian will now have a place to worship in the Bayou City. On March 23, the Atash Kadeh Temple will open on West Airport Blvd. and will be the first in North America to facilitate a full range of traditional Zoroastrian religious practices, including performance of higher […]

Short cut to fiction

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City writer Murzban F Shroff in his third book, crafts a collection of stories that can be read in five minutes It is difficult to imagine how the world can change in a minute. But on November 8, 2016, when news of demonetisation broke – through an unscheduled televised address – the world did change […]

5 Ways Parsi Cuisine Evolved In India

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From Malvani and Gujarati to English, find these influences in Parsi food< The Parsis of India are people from the Zoroastrian community that migrated from Persia (now Iran) in the 7th century and made the west coast of India their home. As the community moved from its place of origin and integrated with the local […]

Remembering Homai Vyarawalla, India’s first female photo journalist

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The year: 1959. In the crowd milling around the then young Dalai Lama who had just arrived in Sikkim, was a young woman with chiselled nose, deep-set eyes, a mop of mischievous curls, a heavy camera with wooden exterior and a flash that weighed nearly 9 kg.That was not all. She had two other cameras […]

Residents suffer as well water levels dip around Metro tunnel

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Residents around Wadiaji Atash Behram write to MMRCL about water levels in building wells dropping; ask, where’s the groundwater recharge plan you promised For the Zoroastrians living across the road from Wadiaji Atash Behram, it’s a case of ‘we told you so’. Within just two months of the Mumbai Metro Rail Corporation Limited (MMRCL) boring […]

Parsi prayer hall at Mumbai crematorium: Success or failure?

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The traditionalists, who are called the orthodox, say the facility has failed to convince community members to adopt unconventional funerals. In August 2015, a group of Parsi-Zoroastrians inaugurated a prayer hall at the Worli municipal crematorium for families of those who chose not to be interred at the Tower of Silence on Malabar Hill. Traditional […]

Eat like a Parsi

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This Sunday, Tanaaz Godiwalla will serve her most loved dishes at a rare pop-up Restaurateur Riyaaz Amlani knows he has scored a coup with this one. Amlani has persuaded one of the city’s most popular Parsi caterers – Tanaaz Godiwalla to host a feast this Sunday, at his Lower Parel restaurant. The first thing, any […]

Parsi New Year 2019: Significance, history and celebrations during Nowruz

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Parsi New Year or Navroz is also popularly referred as Pateti. Special food and desserts are prepared for a hearty feast on Parsi New Year. Worldwide, people commemorate the holiday on the first day of the Zoroastrian calendar’s first month. This actually falls on March 21st. In India, on the other hand, the Shahanshahi calendar […]