Life and times of a Zoroastrian

And if you’re visiting Mani Jehangir Clubwala’s house, you can be guaranteed of some intellectually stimulating conversations on Parsi history and evolution too.“There are a very few of us in Chennai. But in a smaller community, you tend to be closer to each other. Every Parsi family knows another here,” she says.

At 82, Mani’s appetite for life is contagious. More fascinating is her appetite for books. Her tastefully done haven in Santhome has almost every book that was ever written on the Parsis. Among her top favourites is A Zoroastrian Tapestry — a riveting account of the art, culture and religion of the community, by Pheroza Godrej and Firoza P Mistree. “It’s very dear to me and is not even printed anymore,” she smiles, with the mighty book clutched between her nimble palms.

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Courtesy : Jehangir Bisney

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