Category Archives: Books

Pride of Pakistan : Bapsi Sidhwa

Pride of Pakistan : Bapsi Sidhwa

In lieu of Independence Day on August 14, all of August, the Daily Times will highlight individuals who continue to make Pakistan proud. Our 29th feature is on the renowned award-winning novelist Bapsi Sidhwa A writer par excellence, with some of the most well-read and award-winning books to her credit, Bapsi Sidhwa has indeed done…

Book Launch: Lt General Faridoon Bilimoria: His Life & Times

Book Launch: Lt General Faridoon Bilimoria: His Life & Times

On Monday 25th July, Lt General Bilimoria: His Life & Times – a biography of Lord Karan Bilimoria’s father, was launched at the Nehru Centre, the cultural wing of the High Commission of India, by the Indian High Commissioner, His Excellency Navtej Sarna. The event celebrated the distinguished career of Lt General Faridoon Bilimoria, “Billy”…

Book launches for Dadabhai Naoroij: Selected Private Papers

Book launches for Dadabhai Naoroij: Selected Private Papers

Zoroastrian scholar and our friend Dinyar Patel informs us about a new book he has co-authored, that will be released soon in India. Dinyar writes… In early August, Oxford University Press will be bringing out a volume of selected correspondence from the papers of Dadabhai Naoroji, co-edited by S.R. Mehrotra and me: https://global.oup.com/academic/product/dadabhai-naoroji-9780198076667?cc=us&lang=en& We will…

In Search of Bobby Mugaseth Bags Raghu Karnad the Sahitya Akademi Yuva Award

In Search of Bobby Mugaseth Bags Raghu Karnad the Sahitya Akademi Yuva Award

The writer’s search into his family’s history is a riveting biography, that recently won the Sahitya Akademi Yuva Puraskar. If you don’t know your history, you cannot fully fathom the present or future. In the Sahitya Akademi Yuva Puraskar-winning book, Farthest Field: A Story of India’s Second World War, writer, journalist and searcher of truth,…

The First Navjote: A Book By Ava Mehta.

The First Navjote: A Book By Ava Mehta.

‘The First Navote ‘ is a new book written by Ava Mehta for both children and their families  in the same style as her first very successful book, now in 4 th edition ‘The story of the religion, Zoroastrianism.’ The first Navjote portrays the  journey Zarathushtra makes to King Vishtaspa’ s kingdom to spread the…

Of affaires d’amour and princely intrigues

Of affaires d’amour and princely intrigues

Firmly intertwining the personal with political history, this brilliant novel’s strength lies in Keki Nusserwanji Daruwalla’s trademark wit and underscored humour, effortlessly flowing prose, and a trenchant grasp of the historic events that are accorded an unconventional treatment. It’s not a mere family saga, says KALYANEE RAJAN Ancestral Affairs Author- Keki N Daruwalla Publisher- Fourth…

ABC For Zarathushtis

ABC For Zarathushtis

Anaheet Gazder is the author and illustrator behind this new beautiful book ABC For Zarathushtis. This is a self-published book put together painstakingly over 6 years. In an email Anaheet informs us. “I have worked on writing and illustrating this book for almost 6 years. I have self published 1000 copies for sale in North…

The Parsi demi-god of Israel: Zubin Mehta

The Parsi demi-god of Israel: Zubin Mehta

Biographies written about artist-celebrities by Indian writers often read like extended Wikipedia pages. Or like a résumé running into hundreds of pages. Most of the information is either known, or poorly sourced, with Net myths often being the touchpoints on which the career of the celebrity is established. The trend is more pronounced when the…

Ancestral Affairs: Poet Daruwalla’s latest novel is a runaway romp

Ancestral Affairs: Poet Daruwalla’s latest novel is a runaway romp

When I begin reading Ancestral Affairs, my only reference point is Rohinton Mistry’s Family Matters — a Parsi family saga that had left me with much heartache. Keki N. Daruwalla’s second novel, with its sepia-tinted cover photograph of a Parsi family gravely contemplating the world, seems to set off similar vibrations. My relationship with verse…

Parsiana at its best

Parsiana at its best

“When I proposed this idea to Meher (Marfatia) so many years ago, she coincidentally had the same idea along with her friend, psychiatrist Dr Parveen Dadachanji. Article by Malavika Sangghvi | Mid Day So it was a book that was meant to be,” said filmmaker and photojournalist Sooni Taraporevala, about Parsi Bol 2, a delightful…