Mehernaaz Shovir Irani Articles

Zoroastrians of Pakistan: Pakistan on a Plate

The Zoroastrians of Pakistan are an integral part of the fabric of us- in all aspects; similar to all who chose to come to Pakistan and make it their home. They are one of the prominent communities who built the towns and communities we call home,...
ZOROVERSE Podcast Launches

ZOROVERSE Podcast Launches

An amazing initiative by 5 Zarathushti youth from the UK…. the ZOROVERSE Podcast is live !!Check out episode one that features the amazing athlete Ayesha Bilimoria aka “FitGirl”Facebook:...

The Irani Aviator And His Flying Machine

The Irani Aviator And His Flying Machine

The Irani doctor of Dahanu and his flying machineDr. Behramshah Mazda, MBBS, was on the phone. Talking to me from Dahanu. Hometown of the Zoroastrian Iranis. About 120-km from Mumbai by road. I was...

The Benevolent Businessmen From Aden

The Benevolent Businessmen From Aden

Meher Marfatia: The Benevolent Businessmen From Aden The Cowasjee Dinshaw Collection of the Adenwalla Archive reveals rare records of a family of merchant-princes, last of the philanthropic Bombay...

Zoroastrianism: The rhapsody of an ancient faith

Zoroastrianism: The rhapsody of an ancient faith

In the Oscar-winning film “Bohemian Rhapsody,” a biopic of Freddie Mercury, his father berates him: “So now the family name is not good enough for you?” “I changed it legally,” Mercury responds. “No...

FEZANA  AT 30: Year Long Celebrations Kick Off

FEZANA AT 30: Year Long Celebrations Kick Off

The apex body of Zoroastrians in North America, the Federation of Zoroastrian Associations of North America kicks off its 30th Anniversary Celebrations this weekend with a Gala function at its...

Xerxes V. Dastur: Know Your Candidate

Xerxes V. Dastur: Know Your Candidate

In our effort to highlight and introduce the various candidates in the elections for the Trusteeship of the Bombay Parsi Panchayet, we wrote to Xerxes V. Dastur and asked him some questions via...

Mapping Mumbai: Gardens With Something To Tell

What could a Parsi knight and a Cross-crowned fountain on the grounds of the city's first Anglican Church possibly have in common? Article by Meher Marfatia | Times of India To answer this riddle...

Fali Sam Nariman: An Interview

For The Record: Fali Sam Nariman. ‘I have no take on Supreme Court’s verdict on Carbide’ An interview with the Times Of India. At 81, Fali Sam Nariman, elder statesman and conscience keeper of the...

Minoo Bhandara Remembered

Out of my 10 favourite contemporary Pakistanis, four happen to be Parsis: Justice Dorab Patel, Ambassador Jamsheed Marker, Ardeshir Cowasjee and Minoo Bhandara. Article by Khaled Ahmed / Express...

The Early Years of Sarosh Kapadia

When a wide-eyed Parsi teenager with a slightly unkempt look first arrived at the plush law offices of Behramjee Jeejeebhoy in the Fort area of Mumbai in the early 1960s, stenographer Perin Driver...

Todywalla Auction House: Numismatics

Old coins and paper money are not just an antiquarian interest; they are also big business. The 103-year-old Todywalla House in Mumbai’s bustling Khetwadi locality may look uninviting, but it is the...

Game Changer: The TATA Nano Story

The story of the world's cheapest car begins on a rainy day in Bangalore. Ratan Tata was in the south Indian city on business and on his way to the airport. The head of India's most famous business...

Iran rediscovers value of Persian roots

Over the weekend, Iran hosted the presidents of Iraq, Afghanistan, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan to celebrate Nowruz, the ancient Persian new year marking the first day of spring that is celebrated by...

Well Done Boman Irani

In limited edition crème de la crème parties, corporate cats and their Chanel No 5-perfumed wives fawn over him. A German woman wants to jet across to Mumbai to meet him. Heads turn as the six feet,...

Navroz Mubarak from Bollywood

Good morning, Mumbai — and Navroze Mubarak! The Irani New Year and first day of spring began at 11.02 and 13 seconds last night. But BT invited the ‘Bawajis of Bollywood’ (actually, two Parsis, two...

Thinking Big

In the 10th century, a group of Zoroastrians arrived from Iran on the shores of Gujarat, India, and sought refuge in the kingdom of Jadi Rana in Sanjan. An oft-told tale then describes a meeting...