A standing ovation for Parsi nostalgia


Nostalgia was the lead player. Tuesday night, and the Tata theatre was packed to the rafters. There was room left only for laughter. Laughter in the House revived the magic of Adi Marzban whose plays and musical revues had kept all of Gujarati-speaking Bombay in splits for over 30 years. In the process, this multiple genius bestowed on the community two of its abiding cachets. The cliche of the lovable, old eccentric and the unique–and envied-reputation of being a people able to laugh at themselves.

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