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Vahbiz Dorabjee: Playing a Parsi

Vahbiz Dorabjee was last seen in Saraswatichandara and now she will be seen in an episode of Code Red. She talks about her cameo, playing a Parsi and Nach Baliye. What is special about the episode of Code Red? This episode is very special to me as it was in my destiny. The story is…

Ruttie Petit and Bella Captain: The Tale of Two Parsi Women

Mitra Sharafi, the amazing author at South Asian Legal History Resources writes: I was recently struck by the strangely inverted but parallel lives of two young women, both tragic figures in early 20th-century Parsi history. Ratanbai Petit and Bella Captain were born in 1900. Ratanbai or “Ruttie” lived in Bombay. She was the only daughter…

Banaji Limji Agiary, Mumbai’s oldest fire temple, turns 306

Banaji Limji Agiary, Mumbai’s oldest fire temple, turns 306

Parsis-Zoroastrians will celebrate The Feast of Fire, held on the ninth day of the ninth month (roz adar, mah adar) of the Shenshai or Shahenshahi calendar. It is an important day for the community as it celebrates the “birth of the creation of fire”. The community believes fire is a physical representation of the son…

Tales of the haft seen table

Tales of the haft seen table

It’s been a while since Navroze has passed us by. The more-than-usual excitement over Parsi food is over, the pantry re-filled and the fridge is no longer bursting at its seams with endless packs of Lagan Nu Custard. Article by Perzen Patel | India Food Network For the uninitiated, Navroze is the star calendar attraction…

Café Mondegar, others won’t vacate Colaba’s Metro House building

Café Mondegar, others won’t vacate Colaba’s Metro House building

Despite an eviction notice from the Mumbai Port Trust (MbPT), the tenants of Metro House in Colaba, which houses iconic establishments such as the famed Café Mondegar, have refused to vacate the premises. The port trust will initiate legal action, if the tenants fail to vacate the premises by Sunday. Article by Sumant Salunke |…

Longing and Loss at Dadar Parsi Colony

Longing and Loss at Dadar Parsi Colony

The heritage precinct is both, a tree spangled island and the last bastion of a threatened community. To its residents, the BMC’s move to fill its streets with hawkers has become a metaphor of loss. Jimmy Gymkhanawalla is flexing his muscles. Homi Homeopath looks like an overdose of Nux Vomica. Soli Solicitor is preparing a…

Dadar Parsi colony residents fight for hawker-free zone

Dadar Parsi colony residents fight for hawker-free zone

One of the oldest area in Mumbai, the Dadar Parsi colony area’s residents came out, on Sunday in large numbers for anti-hawkers protest march. The protest which began from Five Gardens had residents and well-wishers turning up in large numbers to support the anti-hawkers stand. Here is the glimpse of the protest march that followed.…

Eating in Thousands: The Parsi Gahambars

Eating in Thousands: The Parsi Gahambars

It’s a fight for a seat, and sometimes, a chicken leg, at the Parsi gahambar that celebrates an age-old tradition of praying and feasting. Article By Meher Mirza | Mumbai Mirror At 8 pm on March 21, stewards from legendary caterer Tanaz Godiwala’s team were on stand-by like soldiers awaiting a general’s order, even as…