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India’s Declining Parsi Population: Al Jazeera

India’s Declining Parsi Population: Al Jazeera

Al Jazeera English TV had a panel discussion revolving around the Jiyo Parsi scheme and recent ad campaign. The panelists were Shireen Havewala of Zoroastrian Return To Roots, Hoshaang Gotla of XYZ Foundation, Simin Patel of Bombaywalla  and Parsi Khabar’s own Arzan Sam Wadia. Check out the video recording. If you are in the USA…

Parsi Weaves and Palate Offerings at Chennai Exhibition

Parsi Weaves and Palate Offerings at Chennai Exhibition

As part of Crafts Council of India’s golden jubilee celebrations, efforts are being made to revive the exquisite Parsi Gara embroidery. Apoorva Sripathi meets the people behind the initiative For a group that hasn’t seen an increase in its population over 80 years (there are roughly 125,000 of them in the world), the influential Parsi…

Attorney Narges M. Kakalia Receives Human Rights First’s Pro Bono Star Award

Attorney Narges M. Kakalia Receives Human Rights First’s Pro Bono Star Award

Narges M. Kakalia, a Member of the Litigation Section of Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C., has received Human Rights First’s prestigious Pro Bono Star award for excellence in legal advocacy. Human Rights First is a nonprofit, nonpartisan international human rights organization based in New York, Houston, and Washington, D.C. The organization presents…

NDTV India Special on Jiyo Parsi

NDTV India Special on Jiyo Parsi

NDTV ran a segment on Sunday November 23, 2014 in their Hum Log program. A very well presented media segment; that focuses on the issue at hand. They interviewed a few prominent Parsi women and men on this show. They are Dr. Zinobia Madon is an esteemed medical professional and has been involved with Jiyo…

Cyrus Broacha on the Jiyo Parsi Campaign

Cyrus Broacha on the Jiyo Parsi Campaign

A funny and hilarious take on the recently launched advertising campaign regarding the Jiyo Parsi scheme. Cyrus’s take on Jiyo Parsi campaign which did not go down very well with the Parsi community. The Jiyo Parsi campaign was in support of the dwindling number of the Parsi community. So as to not lose out on…

From Living in a Mumbai Brothel to Seeing the World

From Living in a Mumbai Brothel to Seeing the World

Zaneeta E. Daver is a young Zoroastrian living in Washington D.C. Last year she did ….for a second time !!….something we all dream of….sailing around the world. And now she is trying to give the same opportunity to two young girls, for what makes it an unbelievable story. She brings about the true Zarathushti spirit…

Nat Geo Parsi: Rahul Da Cunha

Nat Geo Parsi: Rahul Da Cunha

And so I’m sitting in Albless Baug at a Navjote — (for the unintiated, that’s the Parsi thread ceremony to initiate little Perizaads and Khushrus into Zoroastrianism). In this case, my hearty, sonically over-challenged neighbour Tempton’s grand daughter is entering the faith. Article by Rahul Da Cunha | MidDay Albless Baug, nestled in the heart…

Two Women Talking: Tales From India That Need To Be Told

Two Women Talking: Tales From India That Need To Be Told

One rainy fall evening in Brooklyn, two women walk out onto a small stage and stare at the audience. They stand in comfortable silence for several minutes – until the short-haired woman in the blue and white kurta begins to talk. Author: Meera Nair At her boarding school in Connecticut, she says, three of her…