Category Archives: Heritage

How a Mumbai cemetery tour  turned into a debate on religion and menstrual rules

How a Mumbai cemetery tour turned into a debate on religion and menstrual rules

On December 11, professors from Wilson College and the principal of a Zoroastrian religious school led a group of 25 people, including a few foreign travellers, on a one-hour tour of Doongerwadi, the Zoroastrian forest cemetery on Malabar Hill. The walk should have been an inconsequential one – like the many others organised in Mumbai…

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. People still don’t hesitate to spend lavish sum of money on buildings in present day Karachi but the city suffers from our collective lack of aesthetics and sense…

Freddie Mercury’s House Awarded English Heritage Blue Plaque

Freddie Mercury’s House Awarded English Heritage Blue Plaque

On the occasion of the 70th birth anniversary of Freddie Mercury (Fred Bulsara), his home was awarded the English Heritage Blue Plaque. Per a news release forwarded via email by Malcolm Deboo, President of ZTFE… FREDDIE MERCURY AWARDED ENGLISH HERITAGE BLUE PLAQUE – New plaque marks family home of Queen frontman – – Beloved musician…

Tanka Water Harvesting System of the Parsi Community

Tanka Water Harvesting System of the Parsi Community

Dr. Shernaz Cama informs us… We at Parzor have been working on Ecology since the beginning of our UNESCO Parzor Project . Zoroastrianism has been called ‘ the world’s first ecological religion’ and it is an integral part of our cultural heritage. Water like Fire is sacred in our tradition and WHO standards of drinking…

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 common elevated walls demarcating boundaries of houses, there are flimsy grills with open, inviting doors. by Adnan Aftab | The Dawn To…

Cozy Building And the story of an iconic Indian Family Photograph

Cozy Building And the story of an iconic Indian Family Photograph

Indian writer and photographer Sooni Taraporevala, best known as the screenwriter of The Namesake and Oscar-nominated Salaam Bombay, took a picture of her family in a Mumbai balcony 31 years ago. Shown in exhibitions and featured in a book, this has been an iconic picture of an Indian – and Parsi – family. After the…

Mr. Alpaiwalla’s Legacy: India’s Parsi Museum

Mr. Alpaiwalla’s Legacy: India’s Parsi Museum

Housed in a quiet corner of the Kharegat Parsi Colony, the Alpaiwalla Museum of Mumbai opens its doors willingly to all curious visitors. And there can be no better guide than Ms. Nivedita Mehta, the curator, who took me through each exhibit in detail and entertained all my queries, patiently. Article by Sarita Ramamoorthy 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 life-size marble statue of Christ at the entrance to St Peter’s Church in Bandra. I have just stepped…

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 greed or irony. In an incident that occurred nearly six months ago, vandals have stolen the hands of a clock that sits within the…