Category Archives: Mumbai

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…

Cyrus Poonawalla buys iconic Lincoln House in Mumbai for Rs 750 crore

Cyrus Poonawalla buys iconic Lincoln House in Mumbai for Rs 750 crore

Bulge-bracket property deals by the rich and the famous are not new to the land-starved megapolis, but the weekend sale of the iconic Lincoln House here to the Pune-based industrialist Cyrus Poonawalla for Rs 750 crore is nothing but mind-boggling. A view of the seaside mansion which was used as the U.S. consulate from 1957,…

Mumbai’s Parsis fight to preserve the city’s greenest space in Dadar

Mumbai’s Parsis fight to preserve the city’s greenest space in Dadar

The Parsi colony in Mumbai’s Dadar neighbourhood is unique. It is the world’s largest concentration of Parsis, now down to its last 80,000 despite the community’s wealth and education. Article by Bachi Karkaria | The Guardian Locally, this central urban enclave is everything that this great Indian city is not: low-rise, languorous, its 25 acres…

Parsi Punchayet sweepers, pallbearers threaten strike

Parsi Punchayet sweepers, pallbearers threaten strike

On Monday, over 230 Class IV workers including the Tower of Silence’s pallbearers sported red Gandhi topis with their union’s name “Mumbai Mazdoor Sabha“ emblazoned across. This was the first phase of a peaceful protest, which will escalate into a strike if the Bombay Parsi Punchayet (BPP) continues to evade their demands for higher wages,…

Tehmulji Parsi Lying-In hospital may see development soon

The hospital at Fort has not been functioning for over two decades now. For the past three years, the BPP trustees and the hospital committee have been locked in a legal tussle over the redevelopment issue. The former had alleged that the latter cannot take a decision on its behalf and enter into an agreement…

Row over Parsi hospital’s pact with private firm goes to Bombay High Court

A quaint heritage Parsi hospital property built in 1895 and lying defunct for several decades in the prime Fort area of south Mumbai will be redeveloped into an orthopaedic and neurosurgery centre. Article by Nauzar Bharucha | TNN Last week, six of the seven trustees of the Bombay Parsi Punchayat (BPP) finalized an agreement with…

Adi Jehangir on the Closing of Café Samovar

As Mumbai bids goodbye to Cafe Samovar this week, Adi Jehangir says he is simply making room for artists. It’s a busy Thursday afternoon at Kala Ghoda’s Jehangir Art Gallery. A queue winds out of a narrow corridor leading to its resident eatery, Cafe Samovar, spilling into the foyer. The visitors know it’s their last…

Elderly Parsi killed by ex-help in Bandra

A 78-year-old retired principal secretary to a former Chief Justice of the Bombay high court was murdered at his residence at Tata Blocks, Bandra (West), early on Sunday. His wife was bound, blindfolded and threatened by the killers before they made off with valuables worth Rs 8.09 lakh. The accused, both in their early twenties,…

8 CCTV cameras to keep a watch on Khada Parsi statue

In a bid to safeguard the Khada Parsi from drug addicts and thieves, the BMC is set to install eight CCTV cameras and a circular fence around the statue.   One of only two such cast-iron statues in the world the other being in Cires in Chile the Khada Parsi in Byculla has been under…