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Female Entrepreneur: Zeenia Master | Founder, Xenia Hospitality Solutions

Female Entrepreneur: Zeenia Master | Founder, Xenia Hospitality Solutions

Female Entrepreneur: Zeenia Master | Founder, Xenia Hospitality Solutions Interview by Ashish Bhardwaj, wearethecity.in Tell us a bit about yourself, background and what you do currently Being hospitality professional with degrees from Switzerland and London, I have climbed up the ladder from waitress to manager by the time I left my last remunerated job. I…

KF Rustamji: India’s iconic police officer

KF Rustamji: India’s iconic police officer

His centennial birth year is an opportunity to celebrate the man who set up the Border Security Force and laid the ground for the first Public Interest Litigation case Though he was born a Parsi on May 22, 1916, Khusro Faramurz Rustamji, one of modern India’s most celebrated police officers and the first Director General…

The Parsee Cemetry of Darjeeling India

The Parsee Cemetry of Darjeeling India

HERITAGE LOST: The Parsee Cemetery Author: Faiyaz Shafique Ansari The Parsees– one of India’s smallest minorities – have been worried about their dwindling numbers for decades. During British Raj many rich business class Parsees migrated to Darjeeling. Among them were the Dinshaws and Madans who owned hotels and Cinema Halls.Avari Saheb was an icon figure.…

Ariana Vafadari: Gathas, Songs My Father Taught Me

Ariana Vafadari: Gathas, Songs My Father Taught Me

Ariana Vafadari is a singer and along with her team at Quart de Lune has produced a new album of music titled: Gathas, Songs My Father Taught Me. Here is a youtube trailer of her album. Ariana Vafadari, vocal;  Habib Meftah Bousheri, percussions;  Haroun Teboul, oud, tanbur, ney;  Mohamed Hafsi, double bass;  Julien Carton, piano

Ancestral Affairs: Poet Daruwalla’s latest novel is a runaway romp

Ancestral Affairs: Poet Daruwalla’s latest novel is a runaway romp

When I begin reading Ancestral Affairs, my only reference point is Rohinton Mistry’s Family Matters — a Parsi family saga that had left me with much heartache. Keki N. Daruwalla’s second novel, with its sepia-tinted cover photograph of a Parsi family gravely contemplating the world, seems to set off similar vibrations. My relationship with verse…

How I Got There: In Conversation with Tanya Balsara

How I Got There: In Conversation with Tanya Balsara

CAP India’s blog features an interview with Tanya Balsara, CEO of Tanya Computer Center in Mumbai India. I met Tanya Balsara five years ago, while co-authoring my book, Cuisine for A Cause. If I hadn’t been told that she had a condition called Retinitis Pigmentosa, I would never have guessed that she was almost completely…

Dr. Hirji Adenwalla: Adding Smiles To Lives

Dr. Hirji Adenwalla: Adding Smiles To Lives

Smile Train partner surgeon Dr. Hirji S. Adenwalla is, quite possibly, the only surgeon in the world who has been exclusively performing cleft surgeries for the last 15 years. He is the head of The Charles Pinto Cleft Centre at Thrissur’s Jubilee Mission Hospital in south India, the very first hospital to apply for Smile…

Prof. Spenta Wadia to Speak at PARZOR Film Festival

Prof. Spenta Wadia to Speak at PARZOR Film Festival

As The Everlasting Flame International Program enters the last two weeks PARZOR invites you to a great film and not to be missed talk by Prof Emeritus Spenta Wadia of TIFR Bangalore, one of those who helped create this film. Prof Wadia will be discussing Homi Bhabha’s vision of institution building and how it is…

With 95 candles on cake, Mama Parsi still going strong

With 95 candles on cake, Mama Parsi still going strong

UPDATE: This article was erroneously published again. The original publication date is April 2013. Mama Parsi Girl’s High School was decorated with garlands of marigold, rangoli and handmade posters to celebrate its 95th anniversary on Monday. “It amazes me that the building looks exactly the same when we used to study here in 1990s and…