History Articles

Naoroji Rustomji Manek: This Surat Man Sued East India Co. & Won

He was the first Zoroastrian to sail to England from India; not to mention the first Indian who sued the British and won! He sailed back in victory with his cause vindica­ted and putting his entrepreneur skills upfront, he was received with...

Emperor Akbar’s Parsi counsel

Established in 1874, the first Dastoor Meherjirana Library in Navsari is named after the first Parsi high priest of India. The most priceless manuscript at the library is a framed original document...

Such a long journey: Malika Abbas

Such a long journey: Malika Abbas

On her first visit to Mumbai, a Pakistani photojournalist embraces her Parsi roots and learns about a community her ancestors once belonged to. On arriving in Mumbai last week, Malika Abbas barely...

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...

Bumsuckerwallah Family of Karachi

Bumsuckerwallah Family of Karachi

Have you heard of the Bumsuckerwallah’s of Karachi ?   Parsi family on a motorcar (Karachi, 1925): A Parsi family of Karachi poses for a photograph on their motorcar. Patrick O’ Meara wrote the...

Navroz in New Delhi: Shernaz Italia

While a dwindling community struggles to survive, filmmaker Shernaz Italia documents the little-known lives of the Delhi Parsis who moved to the capital at the turn of the 19th century “Aavoji,...

The changing face of the legal profession

In an article Mitra Sharafi who is an associate professor at the University of Wisconsin Law School; discusses how even as falling law school enrollment leads to a merger, among Middle Eastern and...

Of Steel, Metal Birds And More: The Tatas

The Tata sky is a limitless firmament, and its gods a generation of Parsi gentlemen like no other Article by Zareer Masani | Outlook India Telling the story of the Tatas, both the Indian business...

Chennai and its old Parsi flame

Its legacies far outnumber this fast-dwindling community with two centuries of ties to the city In North Chennai’s populous and noisy Royapuram area, the tranquil 104-year-old Jal Phiroj Clubwala...

Picnics at Juhu Beach: Indian Memory Project

The Indian Memory Project is a fantastic website that curates memories. They have a wonderful post by father daughter duo Rumi and Sooni Taraporevala about picnics at Juhu Beach. This photograph of...

Zoroaster: The World’s First Bessemer Ship

Framroze K. Patel, good friend of Parsi Khabar sends us this very interesting article. Framroze writes “These days Alfred Noble is in news. You probably did not know that the world’s first Bessemer...

Parsis and their cars

Why are Parsis into cars? Why do their prized possessions enjoy a unique brand equity in India? We meet a few Parsis to learn about their passion for their mechanical mistresses. From the archives:...

Royapuram: Wheel of time takes the sea away

In the 1970s, Ajit Diaz’s family was among the very few non-Anglo Indian families to make Royapuram their home. Article by Serena Josephine M | The Hindu What he vividly remembers about this north...

Found & lost: Tata villa in Shanghai

A hundred and ten years ago, Parsi businessman Bejan Dadabhoy Tata, a distant relative of the founder of one of India’s oldest corporate houses, sailed from Mumbai to Shanghai to further his...