Month: August 2014 Articles

Parsi Natak, Jivto Reh

After a long lull, Parsi-Gujarati theatre gets a shot in the arm with young talent from the community dishing out fresh stories, Bawa-flavoured. Article by Reema Gehi, Mumbai Mirror Last Saturday on Khordad Saal, a day when the Parsi Zoroastrian...

Power of Three: Parsis who shaped Modern Indian Art

An upcoming exhibition thrives on nostalgia, exploring the relationship between two gallerists and a collector who shaped the destiny of modern Indian greats. Passionate collector Jehangir Nicholson...

Sooni Taraporevala: 10 Tips For Screenwriters

DearCinema organized IndieTalk with renowned screenwriter Sooni Taraporevala on July 19 in Mumbai. This is what the writer of films like Salaam Bombay!, The Namesake and Mississippi Masala had to...

New documentary explores the Parsi community

Unique to India, there is no other community like the Parsis. Divya Cowasji and Shilpi Gulati, postgraduates from TISS and documentary filmmakers, get the community to share their most sacred spaces...

Dossabhai Oliaji: RIP

We are sad to inform the passing away of Dossabhai Oliaji one of the legends of Parsi Hospitality. Good friend and reader of Parsi Khabar Zarir Oomrigar informed us of this sad news.  Image...

Who Are the Yezidis: Are they Zoroastrians ?

The article below is an edited and abridged version of the original article that apepared in the Deen Parast. We thank Soonu, good friend and regular reader of Parsi Khabar for editing the article....

All that Mawa drama

An age-old Parsi eatery announces that it’s going to shut down. Soon, media houses start speculating about the reasons and publish reams of stories glorifying the outlet and its rich history. In no...

Ame Chhaiye Parsi: Traditional Music Comes Alive

Below is a write up sent by Parsi Khabar reader and well known community figure Marzban Giara. Let us welcome Yezdezerdi 1384 with a round of lilting music in our homes, colonies and baugs. AME...

Navroze Mubarak: Happy New Year 1384 Y.Z.

Dear Reader This year marks the start of 10th year of Parsi Khabar. What started as a very small idea on August 19th, 2005 has grown over a decade to become the premier source of online Parsi news...

Everyday Parsi: Shernaz Petigara

  Our twelfth and final author in this year’s Everyday Parsi series Shernaz Petigara writes What do the Muktad days mean to me? When Parsi Khabar asked me to write on this topic, I just did not...

Everyday Parsi: Fareeza Doctor

Our eleventh author in the Everyday Parsi 2014 series Fareeza Doctor writes For much of my life, the onset of August has meant the start of preparations for Humbandagi, and Mukhtad prayers, and of...

Everyday Parsi: Behroze A. Clubwala

Our tenth author in the Everyday Parsi 2014 series Behroze A. Clubwala writes The Muktads – traditions in India and an adaptation over the years in my home. I grew up in Madras, known today as...

Everyday Parsi: Sanaya Pardiwalla

Our ninth author in the Everyday Parsi 2014 series Sanaya Pardiwalla writes As a Parsi, Muktad prayers have taken place in my family at different time points in my lifetime. I was under 3 years old...

Everyday Parsi: Ervad Jimmy Doctor

Our eighth author in the Everyday Parsi 2014 series Ervad Jimmy Doctor writes Ever since I can remember, history has been one of my favorite subjects. It is only through history that we can value...

Everyday Parsi: Rayomand J. Patell

Our seventh author in the Everyday Parsi 2014 series Rayomand J. Patell writes I grew up in a fairly small, liberal family at Altamount Road, which meant i didn’t have too many Parsi friends while...

Everyday Parsi: Kobad Zarolia

Our sixth author in the Everyday Parsi 2014 series Ervad Kobad Zarolia writes My impression more than memories would be the right title. I became Navar at the age of 11 and prayed as a hired Help at...

Everyday Parsi: Navroz N. Dabu

Our fifth author in the Everyday Parsi 2014 series Navroz N. Dabu writes   I have to confess that as a Child; I was not too enthusiastic, going to the Agiari or Atash Behram. Stark simplicity...

Everyday Parsi: Neville Sorabji Gandhi

Our fourth author in the Everyday Parsi 2014Everyday Parsi 2014 series Neville Sorabji Gandhi writes My name is Neville Sorabji Gandhi.  I was born and graduated in Mumbai.  I am happily married to...

Qissa-e Parsi: The Parsi Story

A wonderful documentarty titled “Qissa-E-Parsi” is announced to the world with a lovely trailer. Divya Cowasji, co-director of the film writes: I am a documentary filmmaker and photographer based...

Everyday Parsi: Dolly Dastoor

Our third author in the Everyday Parsi 2014 series Dolly Dastoor writes Muktad, was the sweet fragrance l of pink roses which you had to hold carefully on your way to the agiary so as not to get...

Everyday Parsi: Farzana Cooper

Our second author in the Everyday Parsi 2014 series Farzana Cooper writes I grew up in a middle class Parsi family in Mumbai which had a mix atmosphere. My father was a jovial man who followed no...

Everyday Parsi: Sarosh J. Collector

Our first author in the Everyday Parsi 2014 series Sarosh J. Collector writes Muktad and what it has meant to me. Dear Parsi Khabar, I am humbled, that you have asked me to reflect on the Muktad...

The Everyday Parsi in 2014

August 8, 2014 is the first day of Muktad or to call it correctly “Farvardegan” per the Shehanshahi Parsi Calendar. Parsis around the world and especially in India remember the dear departed of...

The Khada Parsi Statue: In Animation

Sandwiched between the famous Byculla flyovers is the 152-year old cast iron statue of Shet Cursetjee Manockjee. The long forgotten 40 feet tall statue, once known to be a famous landmark, is back...

Dadysett Atash Behram Turns 232

The oldest fire temple in Mumbai turned 232 years old on Monday August 4, 2014. The Dadysett Atash Behram at Chira Bazar in south Mumbai entered its 232nd year on Monday. It is the city's oldest...

Joss Opens in Santacruz, Mumbai

The much-loved South Mumbai landmark Joss will re-open in the ’burbs. But the restaurant has changed more than its location, as its menu will now take on a surprising, multi-sensory approach to...

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:...