Parsi Dairy redux, right here on Lavelle Road

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The driving force behind this menu refresh is Chef Irfan Pabaney who has recently taken over as country head for SodaBottleOpenerWala. SodaBottleOpenerWala on Lavelle Road has always been a diner favourite, reminiscent of the quaint Bombay Irani Café experience, laced with Parsi flavours and quirky atmospherics. Now, with eight outlets, four cities and six years […]

Anahita Dhondy: The Popular Celebrity Chef Manager And The Awards Under Her Cap

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Anahita is one of the few Indian female chefs who have managed to create their own space in the Indian food industry The popular Indian celebrity chef, Anahita Dhondy is the current chef manager at the famous restaurant chain SodaBottleOpenerWala, known for its Parsi cuisine. Famous for her finesse in French baking and expertise in Parsi cuisine, Anahita […]

How a letter of a 27-year-old gets him a job with Ratan Tata

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In 2014, Shantanu joined Tata group after completing his graduation Once he returned to India, Shantanu received a call from Ratan Tata with a job offer to become his assistant Sometimes a letter can change your life and if you are lucky, it can end up landing you in your dream job. In a recent […]

Capturing the Parsi legacy

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Photographer Shantanu Das’ exhibition in the city documents the lives, rituals, and customs of the diminishing Parsi community.   When photographer Shantanu Das visited the Gujarati town of Udvada, he was immediately drawn to the Parsi community living there. The photographer then did what he is best at: Capturing the moment. He then went on […]

XYZ Xtravaganza 2019

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Xtremely Young Zoroastrians is once again Making A Difference by organising a fund raiser for children with special needs from Ahura Support and Mann Foundation through the XYZ Xtravaganza an entertaining dance competition showcasing the theme "Human Emotions".

‘A miracle might just happen and Parsis may survive’

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Penned by lawyer, former journalist and columnist for Parsiana, a popular international Zoroastrian community magazine, Berjis Desai, The Bawaji: Chronicles of a Vanishing Community was released by Supreme Court Justice Rohinton Nariman. A BOOK on the Parsi community that dwells on the life stories of 50 “unforgettable” members of the community was launched on Saturday. […]

Parsi Food: All About Its History And Various Mouth-watering Dishes

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Parsi food has adopted indigenous spices and ingredients, to make new dishes. Here is the history of Parsi cuisine and many other interesting details. During the 17th Century, Persians migrated from Iran to different parts of the world. Reportedly, the majority of the migrated Persians settled in the west coast of India and Karachi in […]

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 […]