Category Archives: Current Affairs

Udvada and Navsari Atashbehrams: A Report by Berjis Desai

Our annual pilgrimage to the Navsari and Udvada atash behrams made us pensive. Although it was not one of the "big days” of the Parsi calendar, there was no sitting space at Iranshah. Occupancy at the hotels and the recently spruced up sanatorium is high. Sales of mawa cakes at the local Irani Bakery are…

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…

No dignity for some even in death

The death of an 86-year old woman living in a trust-run housing colony in Colaba recently made news in the Parsi newspapers – not because she was a notable member of the community, but because after she died a lonely death in a hospital, the trust that manages the housing colony refused to accept claims…

Growing up Parsi and gay in Bombay

Ten years of a Parsi Purgatory. But that still did not prepare me for the American ‘Paradise’. In 1958, in the proverbial sexual encounters of Bombay’s fast trains, I came to know about sex. We lived in Bandra, school was in Churchgate. By Hoshang Merchant |  DNA So every morning, I had undiluted fun for…

Falling Indian minority hopes romance can stop decline

India’s ancient minority Parsi community are pinning their hopes on modern methods such as speed-dating, social networking and IVF to stop their numbers vanishing, finds the BBC. By Sanjoy Majumder / BBC Inside a small classroom, a group of young boys sways back and forth, reading aloud from the ancient scriptures of the Zoroastrian faith…

Ervad Mody: Show the strong will to survive

About 100 Parsis were on Sunday reminded again of the need to show the will for survival. The message was communicated to them by one of the most learned members of the community, Ervad Navad Modi. By Ashutosh Shukla / DNA India Modi was talking on the subject ‘How to increase numbers without decreasing quality’…