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Rustom’s Parsi Bhonu in New Delhi

Lace curtains, antique cabinets, wooden chairs, glass ceiling lanterns and family photographs stud the little room, as Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da plays over the speakers. The space is a replica of her own home, from the geometric tiles to the creamy yellow walls, smiles chef-owner Kainaz Contractor, who has tied up with Café Lota’s Rahul Dua for…

Must a Zoroastrian Date only Zoroastrians?

Must a Zoroastrian Date only Zoroastrians?

After we linked to the article you will read below, we received emails from Karishma Patel, who is one of the subjects of the article below; and Homi D. Gandhi; Vice-President FEZANA. Their emails both touch upon the same issue of misrepresentation by the author. We hope that the original author of the article will…

Scouter Khurshed D. Hathiram Awarded the Silver Elephant

Scouter Khurshed D. Hathiram Awarded the Silver Elephant

Scouter Khurshed Dadiba Hathiram was awarded India’s highest Scouting honour, The Silver Elephant by the President of India. At a glittering ceremony at the Rashtrapati Bhavan on February 16, 2015; Scouter Hathiram was conferred the award for his service to the Scouting movement in India. The President of India is the Chief Patron of the…

Parsi Punchayet calls truce on priests issue

The Parsi Punchayet and two prominent Parsis Jamshed Kanga and Homi Khusrokhan reached a settlement on February 19 to put an end to a legal dispute that had been on since 2009 over the ban of two “renegade” Parsi priests. “The settlement has been arrived in larger public interests of the community and puts an…

The changing face of the legal profession

The changing face of the legal profession

In an article Mitra Sharafi who is an associate professor at the University of Wisconsin Law School; discusses how even as falling law school enrollment leads to a merger, among Middle Eastern and South Asian Americans there is growing engagement with the field. Her research brings about a fascinating story about Parsis and their involvement…

Knot so classified

Knot so classified

Though matrimonial ads have changed substantially, the emphasis on looks, caste and income persist, mirroring the complexities and paradoxical nature of Indian society, says Roshni Nair as she tracks listings down the ages Here is an excerpt from a longer article on DNA India Inside stories Vasai-based Parsi matchmaker Katy Marfatia’s skills have tied 25…

Sanaya Ardeshir: Syncing With Sound Designer Sandunes

Sanaya Ardeshir: Syncing With Sound Designer Sandunes

One of the hottest acts to emerge over the last couple of years, Sandunes needs no introduction to lovers of electronic, garage and dub step. The young Mumbai based music producer, composer and synth player draws her influences from the London underground with a unique South Asian feel. Not to mention her training as a…

Parsi Priests’ Court Battle with BPP Likely To End Amicably

Two priests were banned from fire temples after they were found to have performed ceremonies for Parsis who chose to be cremated and children of non-Parsi fathers The Bombay Parsi Punchayet’s (BPP) three-year bitter court battle against two “renegade” priests may soon come to an end. Article by Jyoti Shelar Mumbai Mirror A recent mediation…

Parsis consider surrogacy to boost population

Parsis consider surrogacy to boost population

Ultra orthodox in the community are debating if scriptures allow renting of a non-Parsi womb. Article by Jyoti Shelar | Mumbai Mirror Parsis are considering the option of surrogacy under the government funded Jiyo Parsi scheme to boost the community’s dwindling population. While a high priest who was consulted on the idea has given a…