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The Parsi in history, imagination, life and culture

The Parsi in history, imagination, life and culture

A series of events in the capital seeks to demystify the fast-dwindling community who migrated to India more than a millennium ago. By Shailaja Paramathma VoN, viewsonnewsonline.com In the Zoroastrian faith, a spiritual force called “Fravashi”, is a guardian angel watching over every man, woman, child, plant, animal, and even the sun and the moon.…

Parsi Nicknames

From time to time we invite readers to contribute. This article is by Havovi Govadia. The occasion was my brother’s children’s Navjote. Parsis celebrate this “initiation into the Zoroastrian faith” or thread ceremony for their children with a lot of gusto and festivity. The family was sitting down to write down the invitation cards. The…

Six Parsi Aunties You’ll Want For Company !

Brownpaperbag knocks on doors from Cusrow to Behram Baug to scout six Parsi ladies with hobbies and businesses that you should know about. 30.04.2015 Ranging from suspicious and wary to chatty and cheery, we found Gulshan, Zenobia, Benaifer, Gool, Nilofer and Roshan, all with mad skills. You should see what they can do with a…

Navroze Around The World

For most people across the world, March 20th signifies little more than early morning rush hours, household chores and office deadlines to meet. They go about their business as per usual which — if you are in this veritable freezer known as Canada — probably includes a whole lot of snow shovelling before you can…

Threads of partnership

Friends and collaborators Bina Rao and Villoo Mirza are bound by their passion for handlooms Bina Rao of Hyderabad-based Creative Bee foundation and Villoo Mirza of SEWA (Self Employed Women’s Association), Ahmedabad, have for been friends for years, bound by their passion: handlooms. By Sangeetha Devi Dundoo | The Hindu A vegetable-dyed kalamkari jacket adorns…

The grace and movement of ‘Gara’

It is fashionable amongst engineers and systemic solution experts to talk about India’s last mile problem. It applies to roads, power plants, and pretty much any type of construction, they will say. By Shoba Narayan | LiveMint Indian workmen will work diligently and dutifully through the project. At the last mile, when things are to…

Death and bawdiness from the Parsi tongue

Parsis don’t have the reverence for the dead that other Indians do and their irreverence is extreme, as shown by numerous Parsi sayings By Aakar Patel | Livemint The Parsis are my favourite Indian community, followed by the Christians. Both give and have given many times more to this country than they take. And both…

Stars in the milky way: Parsi Dairy Farm

Relative Value: Sarfaraz K Irani, 28, and Bakhtyar K Irani, 31 Meet the two boys who gave Mumbai’s iconic dairy a steroid shot of success. Brothers Bakhtyar, 31, and Sarfaraz K Irani, 28, can’t recall a single year at St Mary’s School in Mazagaon when their boisterous classmates didn’t remember their birthdays. By Jharna Thakkar,…