Parsis: The Zoroastrians of India Pakistan and The World

Freewheeling for a cause: Parsi Bike Rally Mumbai 2008

For the Parsi community in the city, Sunday was Bawas’ day out on bikes. Hundreds of Parsis, both young and those young-at-heart raced their way on their motorcycles from Dadar Parsi colony to Bandra Tata Colony, Andheri and back to Dadar Parsi Colony in a road show that was organised not just to showcase their love affair with bikes, but also to bring the community together.

The participants flashed their latest imported bikes, vintage bikes, custom-made bikes, sports bikes and Indian bikes. Present were some of the fastest speed bikes like Harley V-Rod, Kawasaki Ninja and Suzuki Hayabusa. What added to the attraction were the beautiful women as pillion riders on some of the bikes and the women bikers themselves. “We had about 50 women who rode on their bikes all the way,” said Nasha Jassawalla, trustee of the Parsi Resource Group that organised the event. He added, “We conducted the event to give youth a platform and spread the message of the community—togetherness.”

Jassawalla said since Parsis were fond of bikes, it was the easiest way to get them together. It was not just another bike rally. The group organised a rock concert, a religious talk and a dinner for the troupe. Said Jimmy Mistry of the organising committee, “It was successful event.”