Category Archives: Bombay

Almost 150 yrs later, Cowasjee’s noble cause still prevails

Almost 150 yrs later, Cowasjee’s noble cause still prevails

A meeting on September 22, 1852, between friends of Framjee Cowasjee collected sizeable fund which was used used to construct a memorial institute to further Cowasjee’s ideals. Article written by Shaun Vaz | Indian Express ON the evening of September 22, 1852, a number of friends and admirers of the late businessman and philanthropist Framjee…

Portraits, Dreams And Quirks Of Nine Young Parsis In Mumbai

Portraits, Dreams And Quirks Of Nine Young Parsis In Mumbai

There’s nothing quite like observing a creature in its natural habitat. Fortunately for us, India is one of the few places a particularly rare specimen are still fairly common. So, for the avid naturalist, here are a few tips for spotting and luring in that ever so endangered species–the Parsi. Article Published on Homegrown.in They…

Meher Marfatia: Whose lane is it anyway?

Meher Marfatia: Whose lane is it anyway?

UPDATE: An earlier version of the article stated that it was Rohinton Mistry who was taught by Moti Dalal of Sunrise building. It is now corrected to Firdaust Kanga, who was a student of Moti Dalal. The error is regretted. Just how Italian are the four Pasta lanes of Colaba is really the question When…

Digging up the past: Neil MacGregor

Digging up the past: Neil MacGregor

Former director of the British Museum is in the city to re-kindle his love for Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sanghralaya, and learn more about the Parsis’ relationship with fire After successful collaborations in the past, it looks like the British Museum and the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sanghralaya (CSMVS) have more to look forward to.…

Parsi School Buildings to Get an Architectural Facelift

Parsi School Buildings to Get an Architectural Facelift

When the Bharda High School building was established in the 19th century, its neo-classical facade looked out on the vast expanse of the Bombay esplanade. Sea breeze streamed through the louvered windows of its grand hall, up the majestic central staircase and through the wrought iron grilles crowning its wooden doorways. “You could see all…

Sophocles and sizzlers at Scandal Point

Sophocles and sizzlers at Scandal Point

Colonial class to Boutique Boulevard, the seaside strip of Breach Candy still spells midtown magic Speak of symmetry and serendipity. After 26 years of growing up on Hill Road, Bandra, I’ve spent a ditto span of the next 26 discovering the delights of Warden Road, Breach Candy. Article By Meher Marfatia |Mid-Day Christened with geographic…

This Duo is Documenting Mumbai’s Fast Disappearing Irani Cafes

This Duo is Documenting Mumbai’s Fast Disappearing Irani Cafes

The  culturescape of Mumbai is one that is vast and diverse and there are many elements – old and new,  that make the city as you know it today. Some of these aspects are such that add character and depth to the personality and vibe of Mumbai, One such feature which the city possesses are…

Once upon a Hill Road

Once upon a Hill Road

An arterial road in Bandra is as deep-steeped in general lore as it is in personal memory for someone who grew up on this street I am the Resurrection and the Life’ affirms the inscription on the life-size marble statue of Christ at the entrance to St Peter’s Church in Bandra. I have just stepped…

XYZ is MAD

XYZ is MAD

Our dear friend Hoshaang Gotla writes in to inform us of an excellent initiative he is putting together with the Xtremely Young Zoroastrians, a program he founded. On the occasion of XYZ’s Foundation Day (Ava Roj Deh Mahino, ie. Monday, 23 May 2016) we would like the Xtremely Young Zoroastrians to dedicate the month of…

How a new prayer hall is changing funeral patterns in Mumbai’s Parsi community

How a new prayer hall is changing funeral patterns in Mumbai’s Parsi community

After more than a decade of controversy, a growing number of Mumbai’s Parsi Zoroastrians are now choosing to cremate their deceased loved ones instead of consigning them to the traditional Towers of Silence to be consumed by vultures. Article by Aarefa Johari, scroll.in Before 2015, barely 6% of the city’s 45,000 Parsis opted for cremation,…