Parsis, crowing cocks and sleepless nights

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Roj Aneran Mah Dae, 1382 Yz.

A recent newspaper item drew my attention, not only for its slightly amusing nature, (in the midst of all the doom, gloom and senseless politicking) but also for the fact that one of the protagonists of the item was a Zoroastrian. The report described how the peaceful slumber of the residents of a building in Colaba was being disturbed by the indiscriminate crowing of a rooster and a ...

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Rostam Nameh: part 5: The birth of Rostam

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Roj Spendarmad Mah Dae, 1382 Yz.

“Basi bar neyaamed barin roozgaar; ke aazaadsarv andar aamad babaar”

“It wasn’t many days before the stately cypress bore fruit.”

With these apt words, Firdausi begins his account of the birth of the greatest warrior the world has even seen. Soon Rodabeh became pregnant. Her happiness was short lived and soon gave way to misery and ...

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Remembering our departed on auspicious occasions

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Roj Amardad Mah Amardad, 1382 Yz.

As the season of weddings and Navjotes gathers steam, an important part of the festivities needs to be reinforced into the Parsi consciousness. It is our age old custom, that on all festive and important occasions like Navjotes, weddings, births, Navars, betrothals, etc. we always begin the festivities by remembering the Ruvans and Farohars of our dear departed relatives, generally called ‘Hama Asho Farohar’. What is the reason for ...

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Being a good Parsi, even in hospital – part 5

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 Camil Tulcan via CompfighRoj Dae-pa-Din Mah Tir, 1382 Yz.

On the day of the operation, relatives and friends should be requested to offer a few pieces of sandalwood at the Agiary or Atash Behram closest to their house. If the patient is a regular visitor at a particular Fire Temple, then arrangements should be made to offer sandalwood at that Agiary too. If possible, a Machi with Tandorasti can also be offered just before the ...

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Being a good Parsi, even in hospital – part 4

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Roj Mohor, Mah Tir 1382 Yz.

Having understood the importance of maintaining a  Saabet Kusti, we now turn our attention to the prayers to be done. One may think that in the pain and distress, tension and stress of the hospital surroundings, the last thing on a patient’s mind would be prayer. But that is not true. For those of us, for whom prayer is a daily routine at multiple points of the day, the inability to pray or to perform ...

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Being a good Parsi, even in hospital – part 3

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Roj Spendarmad Mah Khordad, 1382 Yz.

In the first part of this series, we analyzed the mental setup of a person who goes through a medical crisis.

In the second  part of the series, we delved into the spiritual reasons which cause disease and the role of the Sudreh and Kusti. We emphasized that the Sudreh Kusti should not be removed from the body at ...

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Remembering Nariman papa – part 5

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Roj Mahrespand Mah Ardibehesht, 1382 Yz.

My annual summer and winter vacations continued with Nariman papa through those years. After my Navar, papa was insistent that I should also go through the Maratab ceremony. After some persuasion, I went through the Maratab in 1985. Meanwhile, papa’s age finally began catching up with him. All those years of hard work and endless cycling between Valsad and Tithal took their toll on him. He began getting increasingly out of breath while cycling up ...

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A unique cookbook, a double tragedy and some deep devotion

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Roj Dae-pa-Adar Mah Ardibehesht, 1382 Yz.

It gives me great pleasure to put up two new books on the Ilm-e-Khshnoom SkyDrive today. Vividh Vani, part 1 and part 2, by Meherbai Jamshedji Wadia has been a classic reference book for thousands of Parsi ladies over one hundred years.

First published at the turn of the 20th century, this mammoth book of two parts totaling 1500 pages carries over 2000 recipes, ...

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