Parsis: The Zoroastrians of India Pakistan and The World

Parsi Research Assistants Needed In Mumbai

Dear Parsi community

My name is Håkon Tandberg, and I’m a Ph.D. researcher from Norway studying Zoroastrianism. I’ve earlier enjoyed a research visit among the Parsis in Mumbai (2008), and will now return for 6 weeks this upcoming February. In that regard I would love to know if anyone reading this still upholds the Paying Guest system in Mumbai, and have the opportunity to lodge a researcher from Norway in 6 weeks (or less) during the period of 13. Feb – 27. March.

Furthermore, I’m also looking for two (or more) Parsi individuals (of both sexes) that would be interested in working together with me as research assistants for a short period of time. The list below is a preliminary sketch of requirements, but is open to flexible modifications as per the interest(s) and time resources of the assistant.

Research time span: 6 weeks (14 Feb – 25 March, on selected days during this period depending on the assistant’s schedule and wishes)

Time duration: 2-4 hour shifts (X many shifts, depending on the assistant’s schedule and wishes)

Type of work: Observe religious worship at an agiary (in agreement with the specific panthaky/Head Priest)

Compensation: Hour based, payment according to contract (INR 200 pr.hour, negotiable – contact me for more specific information)

Requirements: Fluency in English (and Gujarati), ability to cooperate and some religious knowledge/literacy

If this sounds interesting, please contact me for more details concerning the specific research, my main contacts in Mumbai, or anything relating to these issues. Please do not hesitate to pass on the information to someone you think would be interested.

Kind regards,

Håkon Tandberg

University of Bergen



Phone: +47 555 82472