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Pakistan Parsi community’s migration alarming

Pakistan Parsi community’s migration alarming

KARACHI: As you enter the Parsi Colony from MA Jinnah Road you experience a strange feeling. You are truly taken away by the architecture of beautiful bungalows and houses. But then you are taken aback to find that their owners have long gone and now no one lives in these houses. Once a vibrant community,…

Upcoming Events at the Everlasting Flame Program in New Delhi

Upcoming Events at the Everlasting Flame Program in New Delhi

Dr. Shernaz Cama the head of the PARZOR Foundation informs us…. “As we enter this Phase of the Everlasting Flame Programme we look forward to having you with us . Please see the attachments below and plan on being with us , either to learn more about the history of the founding of New Delhi…

Recalling history

When people talk about the Parsi community, it is inevitable that the conversations turn to Fire Temples and the Parsi form of worship, which is unusual and unique to the community. There is a mystique around this place of worship, as non-Zoroastrians are prohibited from entering Fire Temples. Shilpa Raina | Deccan Herald It was…

North American Zarathushti Leaders Gather in Detroit Michigan for FEZANA AGM 2016

North American Zarathushti Leaders Gather in Detroit Michigan for FEZANA AGM 2016

Over 100+ Zoroastrians from all over the United States and Canada will gather this weekend for the Annual General Meeting of FEZANA, the Federation of Zoroastrian Associations of North America. This is the first time that Michigan hosts this annual event. Zoroastrian Association of Michigan plays host to three days of meetings, Gala and other…

Is Anahita Dhondy rewriting the future of the cookbook?

Is Anahita Dhondy rewriting the future of the cookbook?

A 25-year-old chef’s book may change the way recipes are served up to readers in India “When I entered I got the aroma of jasmine flowers. So I told my mum, we’ll dry a batch of jasmine and put it in a bottle to use in gin cocktails the next time we have a party.”…

How a new prayer hall is changing funeral patterns in Mumbai’s Parsi community

How a new prayer hall is changing funeral patterns in Mumbai’s Parsi community

After more than a decade of controversy, a growing number of Mumbai’s Parsi Zoroastrians are now choosing to cremate their deceased loved ones instead of consigning them to the traditional Towers of Silence to be consumed by vultures. Article by Aarefa Johari, scroll.in Before 2015, barely 6% of the city’s 45,000 Parsis opted for cremation,…

The forgotten characters of Tata Steel

The forgotten characters of Tata Steel

IN SEPTEMBER 1945, E. M. Forster, who had been hired by George Orwell to host a literary programme for BBC’s India service, chose to discuss a slim book called “A Steel Man in India”. It was a memoir by John Keenan, the recently-retired general manager of the Tata Steel Iron and Steel Company. Then the…

Zubin: Just another Parsi boy

Zubin: Just another Parsi boy

A nervous, awestruck gentleman had been granted fifteen precious minutes of the Maestro’s time. My friend, the gentleman in question, had spent a sleepless night memorising what to say to the great man. The moment arrived. They met. Fifteen minutes flew. My friend emerged walking on air. His first reaction said it all : “My…

Pakistan’s first female rally racer: Tushna Patel

Pakistan’s first female rally racer: Tushna Patel

Her start was very different from what she had imagined for herself. She ended up in fourth place! This was in 2013 when Tushna Patel made her rally racing debut, becoming the first woman in Pakistan to take up the sport which till then was restricted to only male drivers here. Driving her Vigo 3,000cc…

Mumbai Rail Metro Threatens Bhikha Behram Well

Mumbai Rail Metro Threatens Bhikha Behram Well

Tunnel dug for project will deplete sweet, holy water, fear trustees; authorities respond, promise meeting to allay fears The Bhikha Behram Well, one the city’s oldest sunken sweet water sources, Grade I heritage structure and holy to the Parsis, near Cross Maidan and Churchgate, may be threatened by the Metro Rail Line 3 plan. There…