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Keep Calm and Humour On

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The hoi polloi he dubs as the “masoor paavs”, those who gobble their masoor dal with smelly cut onions and suck the marrow from bones using their hands, rather than an elegant marrow spoon. Book: Oh! Those Parsis: A to Z of the Parsi Way of Life Author: Berjis Desai Publishing: ZERO DEGREE PUBLISHING Pages: […]

Chak Chak Shrine in Iran’s Ardakan

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TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Chak Chak or Chaku Chaku is one of the important Zoroastrian shrines. The shrine that is also called “Pir-e Sabz” by Zoroastrians is located between Ardakan and Anjireh Mountains in Ardakan in Yazd Province. Every year Zoroastrians are gathered in this shrine on 24th of Khordad (June) for four days to pray. […]

Citizens park in Parsi cemetery to avoid fines

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With the civic body imposing heavy fines for illegal parking, motorists around Kemps Corner have taken to parking their vehicles inside the Parsi Tower of Silence cemetery, also called Doongerwadi. This has forced the Bombay Parsi Punchayet, which manages the cemetery, to put up a notice at the cemetery gate, stating that unauthorised vehicles in […]

After opposition from community, ₹160cr deal for Parsi hospital scrapped

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After infighting within the community, a Hong Kong-based Parsi tycoon and his wife have decided to call off the ₹160-crore deal that would have helped revive the Parsee General Hospital (PGH) at Breach Candy. A committee member of the hospital said the deal was cancelled because of “administrative bureaucracy, legal challenges and disruptive opposition from […]

Jiyo Parsi’s baby boom: 207 born in five years, 12 more on the way

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After four failed attempts of intrauterine insemination (IUI) and two failed cycles of invitro fertilisation (IVF), 47-year-old Mumbai resident Parul Turel was doubtful if she would ever become a mother. Though determined to face physical pain, the financial drain due to the fertility treatment had started to hit her. But in November 2017, at the […]

Congratulations !!! Sohrab Khushrushahi Vogue Fitness Expert of the Year

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Whether you’re a beauty connoisseur or a Bollywood fan, chances are you’ve been keeping tabs on Vogue India’s annual beauty extravaganza. Each year, VBA celebrates the best of the best in the beauty industry, and has only become grander by the year. Mumbai’s JW Marriott hotel, Juhu, lit up with Bollywood stars and the country’s […]

Mumbai’s Britannia restaurant loses its Kohinoor

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97-year-old Boman Kohinoor passed away on September 25. No longer will patrons at Mumbai’s Britannia & Co be told that they’re too skinny and they must eat more. No longer will they be persuaded into ordering ‘something sweet’ to end their meals. No longer will they hear tales and be shown photographic evidence about how the […]

Journey of the Parsi petal with Ashdeen Lilaowala

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Ashdeen’s floral bouquet takes its cue from Japan this season, as seen on Gara saris, blouses and kimonos. There is a quality of depth to Ashdeen Lilaowala’s blooms that is only getting better with age. At 39, the textile designer has spent the last 15 years researching the legacy of the Parsi Gara, ancient techniques […]