Monthly Archives: March 2011

Woman with a view

Homai Vyarawalla is the first woman press photographer of our country. Not many people know that some of the most iconic pictures that represent the history of modern India—pictures of Nehru, the first unfurling of the Indian flag in free India, early photographs of Indira Gandhi—were all taken by this frail woman who defied her time and place not with fiery polemics and political rallying, but by simply doing what she wanted to do—take pictures.

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Support the North American Zoroastrian Congress in 2012

Help Support the North American Zoroastrian Congress in 2012
Hi Everyone,
As some of you may know, New York is playing host to the next Zoroastrian Congress in in August of 2012. We’re working hard to put together a great daytime and social program for everyone. And even while we do that, we’re trying to keep costs as low as possible…which is where you can really help us out.
ZAGNY has created an online auction to help raise funds for the Congress and I’d really appreciate it if you’d take a look and spread the word to your friends and family. A lot of great items have been donated to the auction, and because of the magical power of the Inter-web, you don’t have to be in New York to bid on or enjoy most of them:
  • Signed copy of PARSIS, The Zoroastrians of India (by Sooni Taraporevala) and DVD of Little Zizou
  • Restaurant gift certificate and cooking classes from Chef Jehangir Mehta
  • Roundtrip tickets to India
  • A signed copy of Nina Godiwalla’s new book, Suits: A Woman on Wall Street
  • A signed set of four books, authored by Rohinton Mistry
  • Diamond earrings
  • Make-up and beauty product gift baskets
  • Fresh, homemade Parsi snacks and even a full catered Parsi dinner
  • And much more
See below for the auction details…
Online auction commences Saturday, March 5th, 2011 and ends Friday, March 25th, 2011. ALL items on the auction list will be made available for further bidding on March 26, 2011 at the Navroze Function Live Silent Auction held at the Darbe-Mehr, Pomona, NY.
Check in every week, as more items will be posted.

Parsees of Queensland

Welcome to

A community based website for the Parsees of Queensland (QLD), Australia.

The Parsees of Queensland have mainly settled in the city of Brisbane and on the Gold Coast. There are currently, about 40+ families (approximate number) as of the year 2011. The head count is a little over 100 and growing each year!

We are a friendly group of families who have fun and satisfaction meeting up with other Parsees at Navroze, Parsi New Year and other functions

We hope that you have a chance to come and meet us all in sunny Queensland. (sunny most of the time!)

Do enjoy your visit on this website!

Queensland Parsis

Completion of whole genome sequence of a Parsi breast cancer patient

First Whole Genome Sequencing of Parsi Breast Cancer Patient Completed

All genetic variants linked to the disease can be identified by employing whole-genome sequencing of affected individuals

Avesthagen, a leading knowledge based life sciences company pioneering the convergence between food, pharma and population genetics, has recently announced the completion of whole genome sequence of a Parsi breast cancer patient. Employing whole-genome sequencing of affected individuals all genetic variants linked to the disease can be identified.

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London to Ulaan Bator via Iran

Dear all,

Dr. Anna Collar of the Ancient India and Iran Trust at Cambridge has  written about her recent overland trip which took her to many of major archaeological sites in Eastern Europe/Near East/Central Asia as part  of the 2010 Mongol Rally.  The writeup, on the website of the journal Antiquity, includes bits on Persepolis and Merv.

Best regards,


Dinyar Patel
Ph.D. Candidate, Modern South Asia
Department of History
Harvard University
+91 87672 03572