Parsis: The Zoroastrians of India Pakistan and The World

Armaity Rustom Tirandaz: An Interview

Shernaaz Engineer interviews Armaity Tirandaz, wife of recently deceased BPP Trustee Rustom Tirandaz.

What does one call you – Rabri Devi (as you have recently been rechristened) or Armaity Rustom Tirandaz?

I was born Armaity Karani and, by marriage, became Armaity Rustom Tirandaz. I cannot be anyone but myself! While I yearn, strive and struggle to fill my Rustom’s shoes, I certainly cannot wear anyone else’s but my own.

Ideologically, where do you stand on crucial community issues?

I have no qualms confessing that I’m a traditionalist. However, this does not mean there should be no progress for the betterment of the community. I’m all for change – but not when it comes to our religious tenets, which are time-honoured and must be treasured. I am totally against cremation – no Cremate ni Bungli and no four-day prayers for those opting for cremation. Neither do I advocate intermarriage – I had told my children a long time ago that whenever they married, it should be within the community. Intermarried Zoroastrian women know from the start that they need to make a choice between their spouse and their religion – and they make it willingly, so why raise a fuss later?

Continue reading the entire interview on Shernaaz’s blog