Author Archives: arZan

How the Government-Funded Parsi Fertility Scheme Works

Persis Kamakhan had been trying to have a child for nine years. After an attempt at in-vitro fertilization in 2010 didn’t work, Ms. Kamakhan says she had all but given up — IVF was unaffordable on her husband’s monthly income of $400. Article by Shanoor Seervai | The Wall Street Journal Then Ms. Kamakhan, 35,…

Picnics at Juhu Beach: Indian Memory Project

Picnics at Juhu Beach: Indian Memory Project

The Indian Memory Project is a fantastic website that curates memories. They have a wonderful post by father daughter duo Rumi and Sooni Taraporevala about picnics at Juhu Beach. This photograph of our family was taken by my youngest kaka (uncle) Shapoor at Juhu Beach. We had all gone out to Juhu beach for a…

Animating The Word: Legacy of Iran’s Minority Calligraphic Traditions.

Animating The Word: Legacy of Iran’s Minority Calligraphic Traditions.

Tally Beck Contemporary will present a group exhibition of contemporary works that incorporate calligraphy from Iran. Animating the Word: The Legacy of Iran’s Minority Calligraphic Traditions will open on Wednesday, December 10 and run until December 30. The opening reception on December 10 will begin at 6:00 pm and run until 9:00 pm. While Persian…

Ashdeen Lilaowala: I am Floored by the City’s Love for Saris

Ashdeen Lilaowala: I am Floored by the City’s Love for Saris

Taking the dazzling textile tradition of the culturally-rich Parsis to a wider audience, young designer Ashdeen Z Lilaowala dons several hats. Article By Janani Sampath | The New Indian Express An author and curator, Lilaowala, who is a graduate in Textile Design from National Institute of Design (NID), Ahmedabad, was in the city recently, to…

The Travelling Parsi by Kamal F. Sunavala

The Travelling Parsi by Kamal F. Sunavala

The book was an accidental baby. But being pro-choice (for books, at any rate) the author would not abort it, and raised it with love, satire and laughter. When the book was ready, it was sent off into the big bad world, where it is currently battling demons, sex fiends, annoying teenagers, vacuous celebrities, genuine…

Towers of Silence: Official Trailer

Towers of Silence: Official Trailer

‘The Towers of Silence’ explores the fundamental question faced by every small community, namely how to preserve one’s traditions in a rapidly changing and modernizing world. The film focuses on the story of the ten-year-old Dinshah Magol and the decision he has to take between following his fate in becoming the priest of his Zoroastrian…

Baby, Come and Save Us

Baby, Come and Save Us

Kaiyan Mistree and Shireen Havewala are not very different from other young professional couples living in Mumbai. He is an architect and she is a banker. They are both serious-minded 20-somethings. He is communicative, and she is measured; he is robust, and she is trim. They get on well together. They met through common friends,…

Parsis : A Community and a battle for survival

Parsis : A Community and a battle for survival

In her spartan office, Dhun Daraius Bagli is answering the third call in half an hour. The query is the same. So is her answer. “Sorry, we are full for December,” says Bagli, putting down the receiver. Bagli manages the Parsi Dharamshala at Parsi Anjuman near Delhi Gate — the hub of the community’s activities,…

Beheroze Shroff: Decade of African diaspora

Beheroze Shroff: Decade of African diaspora

Beheroze Shroff, a Bombay soul now exploring foreign shores, was fascinated by the vibrant history of the African diaspora. What we gained out of it are some exceptional documentaries On December 10, 2014 the United Nations will launch the Decade for People of African Descent (Jan 2015-Dec 2024). By Eunice de Souza | Times Of…

Parsis debate priest’s organ donation appeal

Parsis debate priest’s organ donation appeal

While most support it, a small section of orthodox Parsis are in opposition claiming the body belongs to god. By Jyoti Shelar | Mumbai Mirror A Parsi high priest’s appeal to donate organs has the community debating yet again – while a majority are in favour, a small section questions the right to donate parts…