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Godrej Legacy and Winning in India

Godrej Legacy and Winning in India

The talk titled “ Godrej Legacy and Winning in India” was delivered by Nadir Godrej at Enterprise Dubai 2014 on December 20th, 2014. It started with our illustrious founder ‘We couldn’t have asked for someone sounder Thoughjust a lawyer by Profession, Invention was a strong obsession. His first case was in Zanzibar And though he…

A 1,200-Year-Old Flame Draws Parsi Pilgrims

The town of Udvada, in India’s northern state of Gujarat, is home to the holiest Zoroastrian site in India: a flame burning since around 800 A.D. Zoroastrians revere fire as a link to divinity and pray or meditate in fire temples. Several hundred priests once tended to this fire temple, called Iranshah, in Udvada, and…

Can Higher Salaries Save Parsi Priesthood?

Can Higher Salaries Save Parsi Priesthood?

Ardeshir Nariman, 15, is fast approaching graduation. Like many boys his age in Mumbai—educated and upwardly mobile, his curiosity heavily seasoned with ambition—he’ll continue to college to study science when he finishes school this spring. Unlike most of the other boys, he will also be ordained a priest. Nariman’s education was supplemented by intense religious…

Aging Parsis Turn to Community Charity

Aging Parsis Turn to Community Charity

The Parsi ward at Mumbai’s JJ Hospital seems a particularly sunny convalescent home. Its full-length gothic windows and yellow-beige walls light 45 beds, which most patients cannot leave. The tiny piles of possessions beside beds hold journals, faded photographs and knitting needles. Article by Rosalie Murphy | Pulitzer Center Nergis Sidhwa, like most patients, came…

Fereidoon Demehri Passes Away

Fereidoon Demehri Passes Away

Fereidoon Demehri, who started the yahoogroup Zoroastrian News Agency passed away in a accident earlier this week. ZNA writes: It is with deepest sadness we inform you that Mr. Fereidoon Demehri, the founder of our Zoroastrian News Agency (ZNA), passed away on Sunday January 18, 2015 at 12:57 PM in Vancouver Canada as a result…

A winter time walk in Dadar Parsi Colony

A winter time walk in Dadar Parsi Colony

Many moons ago, the bead-like red seeds that emerge from the tiny star shaped yellow flowers were used by Arabian Jewellers as units of weight because all of them have identical weights. These are from Ratan Gunj tree. As they say, nature provides the strangest story. Article by Sudeshna Chatterjee | DNA India As I…

Khushru Patel Stands First in 75 year age Group at Mumbai Marathon

Khushru Patel Stands First in 75 year age Group at Mumbai Marathon

Rushing to the local bazaar for odds and ends, sprinting out with his siblings to spot the rare car turning into their lane, racing indoors and tracking mud across the floor, from the then-marshy land around their bungalow—running features prominently in Kushru Patel’s memories of his childhood. It is perhaps no wonder then that the…