Of garas and patrani machhi

Every year, in March, the Parsis, who are probably Delhi’s smallest community, celebrate Navroze, their New Year, at the 62-year-old Parsi Dharamshala on Bahadurshah Zafar Marg, next to Delhi Gate. There is music and dancing as a jolly bunch of Parsis wish each other saal mubarak and feast on┬ádelicious salli murghi and patrani macchi.

Unlike Mumbai, Delhi does not have a strong Parsi connection and Feroze Gandhi, Rahul Gandhi’s paternal grandfather, seems to have been one of the few Parsis to have become prominent in the capital early on. Unsurprising considering the first record of the presence of 30 Parsis in the city was made in 1913. In 1925, when numbers grew to 40, the Delhi Parsi Anjuman was formed. Today, there are 734 Parsis in the National Capital Region.

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