Mumbai’s Parsis fight to preserve the city’s greenest space in Dadar

Mumbai’s Parsis fight to preserve the city’s greenest space in Dadar

The Parsi colony in Mumbai’s Dadar neighbourhood is unique. It is the world’s largest concentration of Parsis, now down to its last 80,000 despite the community’s wealth and education. Article by Bachi Karkaria | The Guardian Locally, this central urban enclave is everything that this great Indian city is not: low-rise, languorous, its 25 acres…

Surat’s Garda College’s lost glory to be restored

A new governing body in S B Garda Trust, one of the oldest Parsi educational trusts in south Gujarat, has brought to an end differences simmering for two decades and also controversies involving its earlier members. The new governing body has promised to restore the institution’s past glory despite court cases still pending against faculty…

Spotlight’s on khandias, the Parsi ‘untouchables’

Spotlight’s on khandias, the Parsi ‘untouchables’

Sam Vesuna was 19 when he became a pallbearer at the Parsi Towers of Silence at Malabar Hill. Today, bodies laid to rest in the roofless towers putrefy below solar panels, but at that time, hungry birds of prey still slouched along their stone walls. Article by Nergish Sunavala | Times of India “When I…

The curious case of the vanishing Parsis

The curious case of the vanishing Parsis

“I’ll grow up to be a math teacher,” declares Delicia Billimoria. Looking at the ease with which she demolishes a complex multiplication assignment on a canvas blackboard hung in her living room at her Surat apartment, the seven-year-old with pigtails and a bucktooth smile appears to have a way with numbers. Article by Aasheesh Sharma|…

Kolkata Parsi Zoroastrians file petition in high court against Snoop Dogg video

The Parsi Zoroastrian community in Kolkata is up in arms against a video uploaded on YouTube that they feel is blasphemous and shows disrespect to the ‘Faravahar’, a symbol held sacred by them. Darayas Jamshed Bapooji, president of the Parsi Zoroastrian Association of Kolkata has filed a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) in Calcutta high court…