Month: June 2006 Articles

Aspi and Persis

An original story idea for a Parsi feature film By Sorab Irani Authors Note: As this is written in visual terms for a movie screen, readers are reminded to bear this in mind while they read it & imagine the visuals. This is a work of fiction. The...

Short Stories

Parsi Khabar is happy to announce the start of a new feature on the blog. From time to time we will feature short...

Pilgrimage to Iran – 2006

By Noshir H. Dadrawala The month of May 2006 marked my eleventh visit in the last one decade to Iran - the Spiritual Motherland of Zoroastrians all over the world. It was also one of my most...

Boman Mahino: No Non Veg

The Parsi community is known to be extremely food-loving. Unlike a majority of religions in India, the Parsis do not have the concept of fasting. They are known, on every possible occasion, to enjoy...

Shaking The Foundations

How Ratan Tata turned the country's oldest conglomerate into a global force You wouldn't expect the head of Tata group, India's largest conglomerate, to say the rich are boring. But Ratan Tata comes...

Avesta and the TV Guide

They lie on the table side by side The Khordeh Avesta and the TV Guide. One is well worn and cherished with pride. Not the Avesta, but the TV Guide. One is used daily to help folks decide. No, not...

To House or Not to House ???

Open land in Mumbai's Parsi fire temples are the latest targets for re-development. How is the community reacting? It may be all quiet at Kappawalla Agiary, in Mumbai's Tardeo, but all's certainly...

Roots of fear and hubris

TO understand why Iranians are so proud of their culture and civilisation, I was repeatedly told, one must visit a few places besides Tehran, especially Shiraz, and Isfahan, regarded as the...

Parsis A Vanishing Race: Documentary

Sorab Irani, a producer of documentaries and movies, informs us about a new very interesting documentary on the Parsis. Directed by Oorvazi Irani, this documentary tries to the film medium is a...

Ties that bind

As for Zoroastrian boys planning to study in Pune at the junior college level, the soon-to-begin Seth Dadhbhoy PB Jeejeebhoy hostel for boys is the right place. Minoo Kabraji, rector of the hostel...

Zoroastrians Today

Tenaz Dubash, a documentary film maker has launched her latest project "Zoroastrians Today" Her website informs This hour-long documentary will focus on the assimilation of the Zoroastrian community...

A Moment With Ruth Prawer Jhabvala

A lot of Jews are intermarried, but few are married to Parsis. If you had to generalize, are there any similarities between the two groups? Oh, absolutely. Parsis are known as the "Jews of India."...

Where have all the John Crows gone?

An item in my local morning paper this week grabbed my interest because it graphically evoked something I noticed in the island a few years back. The news story was about the rapid dying off of the...

Apocalypse future: Through a glass, darkly

... She said Zoroaster was the first to teach about individual judgment, heaven and hell, the resurrection of the body, the last judgment, and life everlasting. ... Continue reading here

Split in the Parsi Parivar

WHEN Anju Dawar, a Parsi lawyer based in Ahmedabad married a colleague, she was expelled from the community. ''At best her husband will convert but will this not dilute the very essence of the...

‘Builders want temple land’

The World Alliance of Parsi Irani Zarthoshtis (Wapiz) on Friday warned that fire temple lands in the city were under threat from unscrupulous developers and said one of its main objectives would be...