Heritage Articles

The oldest surviving Zoroastrian scriptures were found not in Iran or India, but in China

In its Epic Iran exhibition, the British Library will be displaying its unrivalled collection of manuscripts.Article by Ursula Sims-Williams | Scroll.inThe opening to chapter nine of the 'Videvdad Sadah'. | British Library (Public domain)In the...
Fading Sweetness: A Parsi Story in Pakistan

Fading Sweetness: A Parsi Story in Pakistan

The Beginning In the masterfully tucked away Dinshaw Avari colony in Karachi, Syrus Doctor spends every business day looking after a tiny and all-but-forgotten library towered over by the Tower of...

Navsari: Home to the Parsis

Navsari: Home to the Parsis

Live History India present a great visual treat about Navsari. Archeologist Kurush Dalal and historian and author Pheroza Godrej are featured on the video and explain some of the history of the...

The Runaways

The Runaways

Bolting from their village homes to build better lives, plucky young boys landed in Bombay with no more than a coin rattling in ragged pockets. Years of slog later, they contributed considerably as...

Digital Zoroastrian at the British Library

Digital Zoroastrian at the British Library

The British Library is fortunate in having an unparalled collection of over 100 Zoroastrian works ranging from the oldest, the ninth century Ashem Vohu prayer written in Sogdian script discovered by...

Parsis in Pakistan: A life in photos

Parsis in Pakistan: A life in photos

Photojournalist Mobeen Ansari has spent close to a decade capturing facets of the Parsis — a community that has contributed immensely to the building of Pakistan Walking around Jamshed Baugh, a...

Sanjan: Digging Deep into History

Sanjan: Digging Deep into History

On a dark and stormy night, a ship full of Zoroastrian refugees from Persia was lashed by the wind, rain and waves off the west coast of India. The refugees in the ship, fearful for their lives,...

A Tribute to the Feriyas

A Tribute to the Feriyas

Feriyas is a colloquialism from Feriwalla, Gujarati for someone who takes a 'Fero', a round of some place. During the struggle for Indian Independence, people used to have Prabhat Feri, a small...

Dadar Parsi Colony: A Photo Tour

Dadar Parsi Colony: A Photo Tour

My first encounter with Dadar was back in 2004 when I used to travel from Churchgate to Dadar during the evening rush hour. Most of my journey would go in planning my exit strategy from the crowded...

DNA proves Parsis link to Iran

DNA proves Parsis link to Iran

Hyderabad: They have just proved the correctness of a popular myth — ‘Like Sugar in Milk, about Parsis. The Centre of Cellular and Molecular Biology (CCMB) scientists, along with researchers from...

Preserving Parsi Traditions

Preserving Parsi Traditions

In the highly competitive food and beverage business environment of Delhi–National Capital Region, the restaurant brand SodaBottleOpenerWala is just another name where customers expect a fine dining...

A Walk In Karachi’s Katrak Colony

A Walk In Karachi’s Katrak Colony

Parsi influence on Karachi’s architecture is immense. Parsi businessmen and philanthropists commissioned some of the most remarkable structures in Karachi especially at the turn of last century....

Quetta Parsis: The Untold Story

Quetta Parsis: The Untold Story

In the heart of the city, surrounded by beautiful mountains, Quetta’s Parsi Colony is picture-perfect. The lush green trees sway in the breeze. There is a rare feeling of trust: instead of the...

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...

BH Wadia Clock Tower in Mumbai Vandalized

BH Wadia Clock Tower in Mumbai Vandalized

How safe is Mumbai's heritage from wrecking? How safe is Mumbai’s heritage from wrecking? A theft at Fort’s century-old BH Wadia clock tower throws up uncomfortable questions Mumbai isn’t free from...

Nostalgia

Nostalgia

There are certain incidents and memories that are forever imprinted in your mind’s eye. It just needs a trigger to awaken those memories and then you remember as though that incident took place just...