Month: August 2009 Articles

Authentic Irani Food in Bombay: Cafe Universal

It's funny that the only Irani features in an Irani cafe are black tea and its owner. The menu usually has Parsi food, which has more in common with Lucknow than Tehran. It's ironic that the city's fair-sized population of Iranis-both Muslims and...

The Parsis in Colonies

This is a hilarious forward sent to us by dear family friend and regular Parsi Khabar reader Bakhtavar Mistry. BE PROUD as After the the British colonies there is only the parsi colonies on which...

Parsis call for revival of business skills

Concerned over the community losing its entrepreneurial knack over the years, a group of Parsis has decided to inject the much-needed impetus. The World Zarathushti Chamber of Commerce (WZCC), a...

Parsi Theater Revival

A dearth of new scripts may have theatre veteran Sam Kerawalla worried about the decline of Parsi theatre, but on the eve of Parsi New Year, he's decided to leave Mumbai laughing with a 1970s play,...

It Pays to be Parsi at the Taj

India’s Top Chef Hemant Oberoi gets a hefty annual remuneration of over Rs. 6 million but a 60-year old Parsi senior laundry operator at the Taj Mahal Palace & Tower in Mumbai earns a net salary...

Swine flu se darna kya

Parsis plan to celebrate their New Year today with usual fervour despite the pandemic Swine flu and all the hype  around the virus notwithstanding, Mumbai's Parsi community is determined to...

Vadodra Parsis celebrate Navroze

Members of Parsi community celebrated the Pateti (Parsi New Year) with fervour here today. Parsis visited the Fire Temple in traditional dresses and greeted each other with sweets. J H Parabia, a...

India”s Parsis celebrate ”Navroz”

India''s Zoroastrian Parsi community celebrated the New Year day, ''Navroz'', with usual fervour here on Wednesday. Members of the miniscule Parsi community flocked at the Fire Temple to pay...

The Influence of Early Parsi Theater

The early influences of Parsi Theater on the film scene today… The dominance of Urdu has a lot to do with the origins of the film industry in Bombay. There were roughly two major influences — the...

Sapat Makers: Kerawalla and Company

Somewhere in the noisy lanes of Dhobi Talao stands a picturesque shop; a little old fashioned, with a small cosy bench, and loads of memories. The owner is a fourth generation Parsi; but the heavy...

Site Issues

We would like to bring to the notice of our readers that for a period of 6 - 12 hours our site was hacked. In a routine check I found out that the homepage had been hacked and a photograph of the...

Arjun Rampal and the desecration of an Agiyari

The image you see below is from a recent issue of GQ Magazine published in India. Arjun Rampal actor/model answers some candid questions and one of his answers is a boastful “I am one of the few...

Playwright Meher Pestonji: Feeding Crows

The small Parsi community has often presented a universal picture, albeit with the help of Parsi writers. The latest voice to join this force belongs to Meher Pestonji. This Mumbai-based writer’s...

Cyrus Sahukar: In Conversation

Spirituality to me means an extremely deep connection with the forces at work around me and cannot be simply picked up from a book or manuscript or be told to you by someone. I definitely believe in...