Mumbai Food: How Parsi Is Mr Daaruwala?

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Mid-day’s lone resident Parsi books a table at the city’s newest community eatery and comes away convinced that Daaruwala is a counterfeit bawa The difference between Rustom Sodawaterbottleopenerwala, and Mr Daaruwala, is more than a face profile. Rustom, the imaginary owner of AD Singh’s chain of Bombay Irani cafés, prefers the side profile as is […]

Ratan Tata to lay foundations for a 300 bed cancer hospital

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RANCHI: Tata Trusts will build a a 300-bed cancer hospital cum research center in Ranchi. Ratan Tata, the chairman emeritus of Tata Sons and the chairman of Tata Trusts, will lay the foundations for a the hospital cum research center on Saturday. The hospital will come up on 23 acres of land donated by the […]

Parsis, Jews join hands for Masina Hospital restoration

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Spread across eight acres, the cost of restoring the facade, internal structure and roof of the premises is estimated at ₹22 crore The restoration plans of 116-year-old Masina Hospital in Byculla will witness the collaboration of the country’s two eminent communities, the Parsis and the Jews. Once the residence of wealthy Jewish businessman David Sassoon, […]

ETERNAL FLAME: HOW AZERBAIJAN BECAME THE ‘LAND OF FIRE’

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“This fire has burned 4,000 years and never stopped,” says Aliyeva Rahila. “Even the rain coming here, snow, wind — it never stops burning.” Ahead, tall flames dance restlessly across a 10-meter stretch of hillside, making a hot day even hotter. This is Yanar Dag — meaning “burning mountainside” — on Azerbaijan’s Absheron Peninsula, where Rahila […]

Home blaze kills senior citizen who stayed alone

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MUMBAI: A 65-year-old woman was charred to death after a fire broke out in her third-floor flat at Nirmal Niwas building at Gowalia Tank early on Wednesday. Other residents came out safely after alerting each other. Nargis Kanga was an unmarried lawyer who stayed alone, said police. “No one came forward to claim her body. […]

Textile Artist Areez Katki Retraces His Family’s Odyssey

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From Auckland to Mumbai to Tehran, textile artist and aesthete Areez Katki is retracing his family’s great odyssey, for inspiration for his next collection A Parsi house is a living museum. It is a space so well-preserved in time that every household object is an objet d’art. Ceramics, wall cabinets, diwans, curios, photo frames, barnis: […]

THE LIGHT EURYTHMY ENSEMBLE FROM DORNACH, SWITZERLAND

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Some of you may recall the Eurythmy performances of the Light Eurythmy Ensemble from Dornach, Switzerland, when they were in Mumbai in 2014 and in 2016. We are delighted to announce that the Light Eurythmy Ensemble will be back in Mumbai with a new Eurythmy programme, and they will perform at the Inodai Waldorf School […]

Freddie Mercury’s family faith: The ancient religion of Zoroastrianism

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In the Freddie Mercury biopic, “Bohemian Rhapsody,” there’s a scene in which a family member scolds Mercury. “So now the family name is not good enough for you?” “I changed it legally,” Mercury responds. “No looking back.” It might come as a surprise to some that Freddie Mercury was born Farrokh Bulsara. He came from a […]

GODFATHERS ON BPP BOARD ALLOT FREE FLATS ONLY TO THEIR CHOSEN ONES

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n our issue of 26-8-2018 we had highlighted the case of a proposed allotment of one more flat in Dadar Parsi Colony to Kairesh Patel, a Bhabha Sanatorium occupant though he was in actual possession of his fathers vacant Godrej Baug flat since his demise in 2016. His father, Cyrus Faramroze Patel, was the sole […]

IS BPP MEANT FOR WELFARE OF PARSI ZOROASTRIANS OR MIXED MARRIAGE COUPLES?

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In the last Issue of Metro Junction of 14- 10-2018 we had high lighted the Gross Misuse of the Discretionary Powers of Trustees in allotting a 2RK flat in Navajbai Contractor Baug to mixed marriage couple, Kaikhushru Irani with a Christian wife. This expose led to more skeletons coming out of the closet thanks to […]

Mumbai: Parsis In Uproar Over ‘Hurtful’ Videos; Police Start Probe

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An FIR was registered by the Gamdevi police on Tuesday after a community member made repeated complaints Parsis have been most displeased and unhappy the last couple of months. Reason: certain videos, uploaded in February-March and circulated among community members in September-October, have hurt their religious sentiments. An FIR was registered by the Gamdevi police […]

Our Parsi Rich Have Fallen on Evil Days: A Sharp Account of the Community in the 19th Century

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An excerpt from the book ‘I am the Widow: An Intellectual Biography of Behramji Malabari’ by Harmony Siganporia. Behramji Malabari (1853-1912) was a social reformer, journalist, poet, travel writer/ethnographer and vital catalyst of change, who did much to shape the national reform discourse in late-19th century Western India. Born in Baroda and raised in Surat, […]

Bakhtiyar Irani: The new season of Zaban Sambhal Ke will cater to all groups

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ALTBalaji’s remake of Zaban Sambhal Ke has Bakhtiyar Irani playing Keki, the Parsi guy in the school. In an exclusive chat with indianexpress.com, the actor opened up about the show, what keeps him away from television and being an entrepreneur. ALTBalaji recently remade the iconic sitcom Zaban Sambhal Ke. Sumeet Raghavan is seen reprising the […]