Month: March 2006 Articles

Going to UDVADA on Behram Roj

Going to Udvada on Behram Roj is a custom that a lot of Parsis followd. I personally know of a coupleof people who go religiously (pun intended) every single Behraom Roj. The following is an interesting article I got as an email forward. The name...

Norouz in Kyrgyzstan

Norouz has been celebrated for at least 3000 years and is deeply rooted in the ritual and tradition of the Zoroastrian...

Curry boss in bid to save India’s vultures

nlnews@archant.co.uk 15 March 2006 THE boss of an Archway curry house is helping spice up a new campaign to save India's vultures from extinction. Cyrus Todiwala, who owns The Parsee, in Highgate...

Agiaries will go high-tech

'Parsi Resource Group' (PRG) aims to strengthen pillars of Parsi community - its Agiaries, priests and youth.. Jimmy Mistry, an architect by profession and owner of Della Tecnica, has launched...

Indian Cowboy

Throughout Indian Cowboy, performer and playwright Zaraawar Mistry asks us to "connect the dots" of his narrator's life. Yet the dots don't necessarily add up in this premiere production at Mixed...

Dadabhai Naoroji on British currency notes

The image of Dadabhai Naoroji, the first ever Asian MP to enter the House of Commons in 1892, may soon be printed on British currency notes, if the recommendation of an influential Labour Party...

Old pacemakers win hearts

Most families at the rally had cars that had been in the family for years, like AR Dadachanji, a Parsi priest, who took his family for a spin in their 1939 Morris-8. "It's from the same year that I...

Kurshetji murder puts spotlight on Parsis

The Adi Kurshetji murder case of May 2003, which culminated in the conviction of the accused on Friday, has exposed the soft underbelly of the Parsi community. With an increasing number of aging...

The Truth About Secret Societies

Parsi (Persian Zoroastrianism) influence is also seen in the Kusti ritual where each day they would tie a sacred cord around their waist. The fact that the Templars were accused of holding a ritual...

“Farsi” or “Persian” ?

"Farsi" or "Persian"?: Persian (Iranian) people in the English-speaking countries are the only community who use two different terms to refer to their language, "Farsi" and "Persian." This behavior...

Love, death and adjectives in Mumbai

Two for one, three for two: no noun without an adjective, never a single adjective where two or more will do. Silence is "utter", hatred "raw and naked", puddles "brown, murky and stagnant". The...

The Space Between Us;

A new novel by Thrity Umrigar; WHEN was it that you last thought of your household help as human? More importantly in a crunch who would you trust -- the help or your own family? Sera Dubash, a...

Originality is my forte

He is 34 and says that originality is his forte. Homi Adajania's debut feature film, Being Cyrus (English), hits theatres soon. "The story was rejected by publishers but I thought of making a film...

Cursetjee’s Rs 35-cr property has no heir

Two weeks after the suicide of 73-year-old Adi Cursetjee's adopted daughter Geeta Soni (35), no one knows who will inherit Cursetjee's Rs 35 crore wealth. Legally, though, the property should end up...

Boman’s secular choices of roles!

Boman's secular choices of roles! Of late probably there is one actor who has been very secular in his choice of roles. He has played a catholic in Home Delivery. He plays a Parsi in Being Cyrus. He...

India through her eyes

At 92, India's first and most famous woman photojournalist, remains as active as ever. HOMAI VYARAWALLA, 92, seems fuelled by some benign supernatural energy. She rustles up gourmet chicken and...