History Articles

This is not the end. Apocalyptic comfort from ancient Iran

At its height, around 620 CE, the Sasanian empire ruled over a territory stretching from Jerusalem in the west to Samarkand in the east. The royal court at the ancient city of Ctesiphon, near present-day Baghdad, was the political heart of this...
P. D. Patel:  My Fifty Years in Burma

P. D. Patel: My Fifty Years in Burma

Mitra Sharafi, a legal historian writes in… I am very excited to say that P. D. Patel's My Fifty Years in Burma (Rangoon, 1954) is now up on my website. This remarkable out-of-print memoir tells the...

The Benevolent Businessmen From Aden

The Benevolent Businessmen From Aden

Meher Marfatia: The Benevolent Businessmen From Aden The Cowasjee Dinshaw Collection of the Adenwalla Archive reveals rare records of a family of merchant-princes, last of the philanthropic Bombay...

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...

Zanzibar’s forgotten religion

Zanzibar’s forgotten religion

A CRUMBLING TEMPLE for an ancient religion lies hidden from the street, just beyond the fields of Mnazi Moja. All but forgotten, its doors are rarely opened; the once prominent Zoroastrians have all...

Manekji Limji Hataria

Manekji Limji Hataria

Tomorrow 15th February is the baj of Manekji Limji Hataria, the Parsi missionary to Iran. A jashan will be performed at Wadiaji Atash Behram 1st floor hall in the morning at 10 a.m.Below is an...

Gandhi & The Tatas

Gandhi & The Tatas

Revisiting the relationship between the Mahatma and the founders of the Tata group, from satyagraha to swaraj October 2019     |   Tata.comThroughout his public service...

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,...

Jubilee Diamond & How it Saved A Tata Company

Jubilee Diamond & How it Saved A Tata Company

In a country obsessed with the legend of the Kohinoor, little public attention is paid to the fact that there were far larger diamonds in India until very recently. In fact many made the Kohinoor,...

Jeejeebhoy’s Bombay

Jeejeebhoy’s Bombay

The scion of a leading business family was among the first historians to document the city’s hidden stories, and was deeply affected by the loss of its heritage.If one were to think of a household...

Rawalpindi’s Parsi benefactor

Rawalpindi’s Parsi benefactor

During colonial times the Parsi community expanded to every corner of India. These fortune seekers settled in developing towns across the Subcontinent. And they took with them their unique origins,...

Iranshah Atashbehram – A Documentary

Iranshah Atashbehram – A Documentary

A local Indian TV channel shot this short documentary on Udvada and the Iranshah Atashbehram. The documentary has some very unique aerial drone videography that shows aerial views of Udvada and the...

The Story of Parsi Enterprise

The Story of Parsi Enterprise

Catch the story of Parsi entrepreneurship and how they made their way from shipbuilders and traders to India's leading industrialists. Also, catch the one link with the bygone days and old trade...

Fire and State: Living With The Gods

Fire and State: Living With The Gods

Neil MacGregor continues his series on the expression of shared beliefs in communities around the world and across time. In this podcast he also speaks with our Vada Dasturji Khurshed Dastoor, the...

Brothers-in-Arms : The Flying Engineer Brothers

Brothers-in-Arms : The Flying Engineer Brothers

In the undivided India of 1930, Karachi was the ‘aerial gateway of India’, boasting the first flying club in the country. One early morning in March two young men started up a small plane and,...

Of Salvador Dali, Air India and Ashtrays

Of Salvador Dali, Air India and Ashtrays

`In return, Señor Dali would like a baby elephant'  Air India might be struggling to stay afloat at this moment and piece its art collection together, but once upon a time it had legends such as...

Tata Steel & Gwalior’s Chambers of Secrets

Tata Steel & Gwalior’s Chambers of Secrets

This could well have inspired an Indiana Jones sequel - with a twist. Connecting hidden and lost treasures buried deep underground, to a modern day conglomerate with factories across the world. As...

Untold story of Bank of Bombay

Untold story of Bank of Bombay

The hitherto untold story of Bank of Bombay, one of the forebears of the State Bank of India, has been finally chronicled through rare documents and photographs at a newly opened heritage gallery at...