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Who really owns this Bangalore Parsi burial ground?

Who really owns this Bangalore Parsi burial ground?

Three acres of prime land in the heart of the city which has been used as a burial ground by the Parsis for 123 years has turned into a conflict zone. The community has filed a case against the cemetery’s caretaker, alleging he has trespassed into and defiled their prayer hall as well as starting…

All is not well in the high corridors of hospitals

All is not well in the high corridors of hospitals

Are patients being given an adequate say in the treatment they receive? Almost one year ago, Jehangir Cama, a respected hotelier, who was the former President of the Federation of Hotel and Restaurant Association of India, and the Gujarat Chamber of Commerce, walked into a multi-speciality cardiac care corporate hospital in Ahmedabad with a patch…

Amicable End to Stalemate at Doongerwadi

Amicable End to Stalemate at Doongerwadi

An Interim Settlement has been reached between the Mumbai Mazdoor Sabha and the Bombay Parsi Punchayet. Via Parsiana “All is well that ends well”. The Parsi community can heave a sigh of relief as an amicable albeit an Interim Settlement has been reached between the management of BPP Trust and the Union acting on behalf…

Pairing a Parsi with food

Pairing a Parsi with food

She started helping her mom in the kitchen when she was 10 years old and by the time she was 13 she started cooking in her free time after school. “By then I knew that I wanted to be a chef,” says chef  Anahita Dhondy. “I got the perfect opportunity with SodaBottleOpenerWala and AD Singh’s…

Why Are India’s Parsi People Going Extinct?

Why Are India’s Parsi People Going Extinct?

There are less than 60,000 Parsis in India today. That fact itself is so alarming that it demands measures to help the community from fading away. Despite their low numbers, their contribution in the field of education, architecture, literature, business, entertainment & food is impactful. The Government’s scheme called Jiyo Parsi is one such scheme…

New Film Debuts: The Path of Zarathushtra

New Film Debuts: The Path of Zarathushtra

A feature film ‘The Path of Zarathustra’ will be released at Mumbai in PVR theaters on Friday September 3, 2015. It will also be released at theaters in Delhi, Bengaluru and Pune. The film is the culmination of the vision, tenacity and determination of Oorvazi Irani, a Zoroastrian youth, who dares to think for herself.…

Sleepy Udvada Will Spring to life with first-ever Parsi festival

Sleepy Udvada Will Spring to life with first-ever Parsi festival

It’s where history meets hearty Parsi cuisine. Udvada, a coastal town about 200km north of Mumbai and a place of pilgrimage for Zoroastrians, is as beloved for housing the community’s sacred fire or Iranshah as it is for dishing out scrumptious fare like khurchan and kheema pav. Once an ‘uth vada’ or grazing ground for…

Ratan Tata inducted into Automotive Hall of Fame

Ratan Tata inducted into Automotive Hall of Fame

Other automotive heavyweights inducted include former Ferrari chariman Luca di Montezemolo Ratan Tata has been inducted into the Automotive Hall of Fame for his contribution to the automotive industry and also for turnaround of Jaguar Land Rover. The 77-year old founder of Tata Motors and Chairman Emeritus at Tata Sons was bestowed the honor at…

Food Picks in Udvada

Food Picks in Udvada

While Mumbai and Pune are the first two cities people think of when it comes to good Parsi food, they forget that Udvada is really the heart of this cuisine. Udvada is home to the Iranshah, a sacred fire temple which houses the fire the Zoroastrians bought with them when they escaped from Iran. Article…

House of Fire: Can India’s Parsis survive their own success?

House of Fire: Can India’s Parsis survive their own success?

Fali Madon was looking for a bride. A boyish twenty-seven-year-old with twin passions for physical fitness and expensive cars, Fali was the chief priest of a Parsi fire temple in the Colaba district of Mumbai. For six years he’d been searching for a wife from within his tiny, tight-knit community — the Parsis, Indian practitioners…