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The world of Parsi matchmakers: Bringing together eligible singles to help preserve a shrinking community

Most Parsi matchmakers maintain Excel sheets or handwritten diaries of profiles and a collection of bio-datas. They don’t advertise their services at all; it is word of mouth or social media chatter that does the job. Article by Huzan Tata |...
Everyday Parsi: Khushru Master

Everyday Parsi: Khushru Master

Our sixth author in the Everyday Parsi 2020 series is Ervad Khushru Master of Auckland, New Zealand. Khushru shares the “Memories of a 12 year-old-mohbed” All of 12, I vividly recall how excited my...

Everyday Parsi: Ervad Zarrir Bhandara

Everyday Parsi: Ervad Zarrir Bhandara

Our fifth author in the Everyday Parsi 2020 series is Ervad Zarrir Bhandara of Los Angeles, California, USA Ervad Zarrir writes… The 10 days of Shehenshahi Muktad begins this Thursday August 6th...

Everyday Parsi: Soonu Engineer

Everyday Parsi: Soonu Engineer

Our fourth author in the Everyday Parsi 2020 series is Soonu Engineer of London, United Kingdom Soonu writes… As a child, Muktad filled me with wonderment. Our house, already swept and swabbed twice...

Everyday Parsi: Homi Gandhi

Everyday Parsi: Homi Gandhi

Our third author in the Everyday Parsi 2020 is Homi D. Gandhi Homi writes… When I was a child, Muktaad prayers at the Gandhi household on the Gandhi Street of Parsiwad, Fort, Bharuch had a special...

Everyday Parsi: Nergish Udwadia

Everyday Parsi: Nergish Udwadia

Our first author in the Everyday Parsi 2020 series is Nergish Udwadia from Melbourne, Australia. I was recently invited by Parsi  to provide a write up on the significance of Muktad in my life....

The Everyday Parsi in 2020

The Everyday Parsi in 2020

August 6th 2020 is the first day of the Muktad per the Shehenshahi Parsi Zoroastrian calendar. Parsis around the world and especially in India remember the dear departed of their family. Special...

The last of the Zoroastrians

The last of the Zoroastrians

My grandfather had never been a tall man, and now he looked absurdly small, no bigger than a child. Swaddled in off-white sheets like a newborn, with just his head and the soles of his feet visible,...

Magical Mangroves

Magical Mangroves

Consumer goods firm Godrej & Boyce along with WWF India on Monday launched a nationwide campaign for conservation of mangroves. The ''Magical Mangroves'' campaign will span across eight states...

Cyrus Karanjia: An Art Director’s Showreel

Cyrus Karanjia: An Art Director’s Showreel

Our dear friend and young budding art director Cyrus Karanjia of Karachi, Pakistan has put on a new showreel. Check out a small glimpse of the amazing art direction and prop styling that Cyrus has...

Looking for My Ancient Religion in Uzbekistan

Looking for My Ancient Religion in Uzbekistan

Still, I was in search of something more, something concrete, something materialArticle by Meher Mirza | Catapult.CoLast October, I walked on the trail of emperors.Like most ogle-eyed tourists, I...

The FEZANA Talks Commence Today

The FEZANA Talks Commence Today

The FEZANA Talks is a new initiative started by FEZANA. In the first series we invite the youth of the 7th World Zoroastrian Youth Congress 2019 to celebrate the first anniversary of the Congress...

The Bundahisn

The Bundahisn

The Zoroastrian Book of CreationEdited and translated by Domenico Agostini, Samuel Thrope, Preface by Shaul Shaked, and Afterword by Guy StroumsaFirst complete English translation of the Bundahisn...

Zoroastrianism Rises in North America

Zoroastrianism Rises in North America

The faith is shrinking in Iran and India but growing in the U.S. and Canada.Most elementary-school boys spend their free time playing videogames or hanging out with friends. Zerkxis Bhandara’s...

P. D. Patel:  My Fifty Years in Burma

P. D. Patel: My Fifty Years in Burma

Mitra Sharafi, a legal historian writes in… I am very excited to say that P. D. Patel's My Fifty Years in Burma (Rangoon, 1954) is now up on my website. This remarkable out-of-print memoir tells the...

Celebrating the Life of Jamshid Jam

Celebrating the Life of Jamshid Jam

The Zoroastrian Society of Ontario via its newsletter informs us of the passing away of Jamshed Jam. Jamshed was a legendary figure in the Zarathushti community in Toronto. ZSO writes.... The...

Magaj Nu Lockdown ft. Shri Yazdi Karanjia

Magaj Nu Lockdown ft. Shri Yazdi Karanjia

Our dearest friend and legendary Parsi theater artist Yazdi Karanjia has started a series of short skits during the COVID-19 lockdown. You can see all of them on the Youtube channel: Bawaji Ni...