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Zarathushti Women’s Herstories: An Oral History Project

The ZXX study was created as a tribute to Zarthusti women and as a way to celebrate their lives. Our aim was to interview Zarthusti women about their lives in order to gain insight and contribute to the gap in literature surrounding this topic. We...

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”...

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...

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...

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....

The Glory of the Gara

Part of every Parsi bride’s trousseau, the gara sari is an enchanted garden of visual delight Author: Saloni Madan | Source: Deccan Chronicle A thing of beauty is a joy forever/ Its loveliness...

Gara Magic

Parsi garas, characterised by intricate needle work on them, date back to the 1800’s. By Homai Sagar | Deccan Herald According to research findings, three brothers of the Kaikhushroo Joshi family of...

Hanging by a thread

Parsi embroidery is being kept alive by a few patrons in the Capital. At Navjote or during a Parsi wedding, the entire congregation of Parsi women is transformed into a sea of Gara saris, in shades...

You Cannot Wish Pateti Mubarak

Ervad Marzban J. Hathiram clears a very common misnomer…that of wishing “Pateti Mubarak” on Parsi New Year. On 19th August, we Parsis will celebrate our New Year with traditional gaiety, visiting...

Parsi Gara back in vogue

The 150-year-old gara embroidery is stunning, mysterious, but not dead, as it was once believed. Designers and entrepreneurs are doing their best to revive what was originally a Chinese art form. By...

Thinking Big

In the 10th century, a group of Zoroastrians arrived from Iran on the shores of Gujarat, India, and sought refuge in the kingdom of Jadi Rana in Sanjan. An oft-told tale then describes a meeting...

Of An Edwardian India

When life in a Parsi household was lived at a leisurely pace... By Silloo Mehta Indian cities were beautiful a century ago. Bungalows had gardens, leafy parks were well maintained and flowering...

Life in a Parsi Baug

SHERNAAZ ENGINEER peers into the minutiae of life in the Parsi colonies (or our baugs bustling with busybodies) and dishes up some delightfully saucy details. Forget 'Life in a Metro'. 'Life in a...

Sapat Makers: Kerawalla and Company

Somewhere in the noisy lanes of Dhobi Talao stands a picturesque shop; a little old fashioned, with a small cosy bench, and loads of memories. The owner is a fourth generation Parsi; but the heavy...

The Demands on our Holy Fire

This is a delightful piece sent to us by Mickie Sorabjee, a regular here at Parsi Khabar. The author of this piece is not known. The intent of this article is humour and nothing else. It is* Friday...

Happy Mother’s Day

On the occassion of Mother’s Day, Parsi Khabar wishes all the mothers of the world a very special Happy Mother’s Day. We all remember and experience everything that our mothers have done and...

The Zoroastrian Way Of Seeking Solace

By Ervad Marzban Hathiram We live in tumultuous times. Our miseries seem never-ending. Calamities, both natural and human-made, visit us with uncanny regularity. Faced with these misfortunes, some...

Inside the young Parsi mind

Cosmopolitan or confused? Liberal or conservative? For almost every term that can describe the Parsi youth, the opposite also holds true. To understand the mindset of the young Parsi, Lata Narayan,...

The Parsis of Delhi

The below is an article titled "Being Parsi" that appeared in the Indian Express. We would also like to give a shout-out to our friends at DelhiParsis.com. They have a very informative and wonderful...