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Portraits, Dreams And Quirks Of Nine Young Parsis In Mumbai

Portraits, Dreams And Quirks Of Nine Young Parsis In Mumbai

There’s nothing quite like observing a creature in its natural habitat. Fortunately for us, India is one of the few places a particularly rare specimen are still fairly common. So, for the avid naturalist, here are a few tips for spotting and luring in that ever so endangered species–the Parsi. Article Published on Homegrown.in They…

Parsis sweetening rich Canadian diversity, like sugar in milk

Parsis sweetening rich Canadian diversity, like sugar in milk

One small community that has continued to punch way above its weight and even today sweetens the rich cultural diversity that is India is the Parsi community. And just as Indians started immigrating to Canada, so did some of India’s Parsi community — and they continue to sweeten the fabric of Indo-Canadian society, and of…

Tanka Water Harvesting System of the Parsi Community

Tanka Water Harvesting System of the Parsi Community

Dr. Shernaz Cama informs us… We at Parzor have been working on Ecology since the beginning of our UNESCO Parzor Project . Zoroastrianism has been called ‘ the world’s first ecological religion’ and it is an integral part of our cultural heritage. Water like Fire is sacred in our tradition and WHO standards of drinking…

Maharukh Chichgar: A Parsi Woman Taking On The World

Maharukh Chichgar: A Parsi Woman Taking On The World

During 8th to 10th century, when Parsi community migrated from Greater Iran to Gujarat, nobody imagined how beautifully this community will adopt the land of India and the people of this region. Today, on the occasion of Parsi New Year, Pateti, we tried to know what Parsi youth is thinking and how are they looking…

Yuhan Sohrab-Dinshaw Vevaina To Be Yarshater Lecturer At University of Toronto

Yuhan Sohrab-Dinshaw Vevaina To Be Yarshater Lecturer At University of Toronto

The University of Toronto will now offer Avestan and Pahlavi language courses at the Faculty of Arts & Science’s Department of Near & Middle Eastern Civilizations, thanks to a $250,000 USD commitment from the Persian Heritage Foundation. The limited-term lectureship is named in honour of Ehsan Yarshater, a professor emeritus of Iranian studies at Columbia…

The Art of Parsi Cooking: How one woman is reviving an ancient cuisine

The Art of Parsi Cooking: How one woman is reviving an ancient cuisine

Top chef Niloufer Mavalvala’s quest to share Parsi cuisine to an international audience is one step closer with the launch of her first cookbook “The Art of Parsi Cooking : Reviving an ancient cuisine” this month. What started off as a blog to share recipes with family and friends in 2013, “Niloufer’s Kitchen” soon garnered…

How did Parsi food become cool again?

How did Parsi food become cool again?

Berry pulao to salli chicken: How did Parsi food become cool again? Until a few years ago, there were only two ways to experience an authentic Parsi bhonu (meal). You either plead a Parsi friend to invite you to a Lagan (wedding) or Navjote (initiation). Or you coax them to get entry into Ripon Club,…

Dr. Roshni Rustomji and the Diversity of Karachi

Dr. Roshni Rustomji and the Diversity of Karachi

Dr. Roshni Rustomji-Kerns, a renowned author, was nine years old in 1947. She lived in a building full of diverse tenants, in a Parsi family that espoused the ideals of acceptance, integration and justice. Her teachers at school were Satyagrahis, who supported the nationalists’ demand for independence from the British. In the context of these…

Happy Parsi New Year 2016 Saal 1386 Y.Z.

Happy Parsi New Year 2016 Saal 1386 Y.Z.

Today marks the beginning of a new year according to the Shehenshahi Parsi calendar and we would like to take this opportunity to wish each and every single one of you a very Happy New Year….Navu Varas Mubarak ! May this be the year when we find the best in all of us as individuals…

How To Make Parsi Sev: Eat In Style by Feritta

How To Make Parsi Sev: Eat In Style by Feritta

In just a few hours it will be Parsi New Year all over the world. And to celebrate, we bring you the quintessential Parsi sweet dish to be made on all auspicious occasions. The video below is by our friend Feritta as she shares her mom’s Parsi Sev Recipe. To check out more recipes by…