A candid chat with restaurateur Farrokh Khambata

He gave Mumbai its first taste of Oriental cuisine, especially the Burmese dish of Khow Suey. With Joss, his first restaurant at Kala Ghoda, finding a new home in the western suburbs last month, Farrokh Khambata has once again won hearts. The owner of Catering & Allied, which runs four restaurants in Mumbai — Joss, […]


Well-known hotelier Jehangir Cama dies at 76

Leading hotelier Jehangir Cama, 76, passed away at a private hospital in Ahmedabad on Monday evening. Cama, chairman of Cama Group, was admitted to HCG Medisurge Hospitals at Mithakali for the past 15 days for lung infection, diabetes and triple-vessel coronary artery disease. According to hospital sources, Cama died around 5.30pm and his body was […]

Navroze low key for lone Parsi family in East Maharashtra

Chandrapur: Even as their community members celebrated ‘Navroze’ in Mumbai on Monday with fervour, the new year was not that boisterous for ‘Gundevias’, the only Parsi family residing in Chandrapur and Gadchiroli districts in East Maharashtra. Mahiyar Gundevia (65), who lives with his wife Minnie in his ancestral home at their farm in Rajura, said […]


Power of Three: Parsis who shaped Modern Indian Art

An upcoming exhibition thrives on nostalgia, exploring the relationship between two gallerists and a collector who shaped the destiny of modern Indian greats. Passionate collector Jehangir Nicholson (right) found perfect partners in astute businessman Kali Pundole (left) and dreamer gallerist Kekoo Gandhy It’s the triumvirate – Parsi-only, as their community loves to say – that […]


Sooni Taraporevala: 10 Tips For Screenwriters

DearCinema organized IndieTalk with renowned screenwriter Sooni Taraporevala on July 19 in Mumbai. This is what the writer of films like Salaam Bombay!, The Namesake and Mississippi Masala had to say:   Some people say: only write what you know. Some people say: write what you don’t know. I say: write what you don’t know […]


New documentary explores the Parsi community

Unique to India, there is no other community like the Parsis. Divya Cowasji and Shilpi Gulati, postgraduates from TISS and documentary filmmakers, get the community to share their most sacred spaces and tongue-in-cheek jokes in front of the camera, painting a delightful world in their new documentary, Qissa-e-Parsi. Kanika Sharma takes a dekko “We’ve been […]


Dossabhai Oliaji: RIP

We are sad to inform the passing away of Dossabhai Oliaji one of the legends of Parsi Hospitality. Good friend and reader of Parsi Khabar Zarir Oomrigar informed us of this sad news.  Image Link: Generations of Parsis have  enjoyed his hospitality at the Duke’s Hotel in Devka. The name of the town became […]


Who Are the Yezidis: Are they Zoroastrians ?

The article below is an edited and abridged version of the original article that apepared in the Deen Parast. We thank Soonu, good friend and regular reader of Parsi Khabar for editing the article.   THE YEZIDIS OF KURDISTAN – ARE THEY REALLY ZOROASTRIANS ??? by Noshir H. Dadrawala This article uses academic sources and […]