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Requiem For A Bird: Documentary on the Towers of Silence

Requiem for a Bird currently stands as a last chance to document the singular relationship of the Parsi and the vultures.  The two have been linked through death for centuries, with the bodies of the Parsi faithful brought to a Tower of Silence, and as final act of generosity, laid out for consumption by the […]

An Excerpt from the life of Dosebai Cowasjee Jessawalla

Old school English stands proud   Article by Bhavani Krishna Iyer | The Sun Daily Malaysia   THERE have been generous outpourings of all things women in the past weeks, among others, and I am not sure if I missed what the occasion was. I am especially intrigued by men who write in support of […]

MLA seeks sop from Indian Prime Minister for Parsis to visit Iran

Member of legislative assembly, Mangal Prabhat Lodha has written a letter to prime minister, Narendra Modi asking for subsidy for Parsi community to help them visit their “place of origin”. Lodha has asked Modi to set aside around Rs5 crore so that the Parsis can visit Iran. Lodha in his letter states: “Government of India […]

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A candid chat with restaurateur Farrokh Khambata

He gave Mumbai its first taste of Oriental cuisine, especially the Burmese dish of Khow Suey. With Joss, his first restaurant at Kala Ghoda, finding a new home in the western suburbs last month, Farrokh Khambata has once again won hearts. The owner of Catering & Allied, which runs four restaurants in Mumbai — Joss, […]

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Well-known hotelier Jehangir Cama dies at 76

Leading hotelier Jehangir Cama, 76, passed away at a private hospital in Ahmedabad on Monday evening. Cama, chairman of Cama Group, was admitted to HCG Medisurge Hospitals at Mithakali for the past 15 days for lung infection, diabetes and triple-vessel coronary artery disease. According to hospital sources, Cama died around 5.30pm and his body was […]

Navroze low key for lone Parsi family in East Maharashtra

Chandrapur: Even as their community members celebrated ‘Navroze’ in Mumbai on Monday with fervour, the new year was not that boisterous for ‘Gundevias’, the only Parsi family residing in Chandrapur and Gadchiroli districts in East Maharashtra. Mahiyar Gundevia (65), who lives with his wife Minnie in his ancestral home at their farm in Rajura, said […]

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Power of Three: Parsis who shaped Modern Indian Art

An upcoming exhibition thrives on nostalgia, exploring the relationship between two gallerists and a collector who shaped the destiny of modern Indian greats. Passionate collector Jehangir Nicholson (right) found perfect partners in astute businessman Kali Pundole (left) and dreamer gallerist Kekoo Gandhy It’s the triumvirate – Parsi-only, as their community loves to say – that […]

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Sooni Taraporevala: 10 Tips For Screenwriters

DearCinema organized IndieTalk with renowned screenwriter Sooni Taraporevala on July 19 in Mumbai. This is what the writer of films like Salaam Bombay!, The Namesake and Mississippi Masala had to say:   Some people say: only write what you know. Some people say: write what you don’t know. I say: write what you don’t know […]