Polson vs Amul butter: a battle that travelled all the way to Patna

A dynamic young Parsi named Pestonji Edulji Dalal, aged 13 in 1888, started a small shop in Bombay to roast and grind coffee. According to Ruth Heredia’s ‘The Amul India Story’, Dalal’s nickname was Polly, which he adapted into the British sounding Polson’s as brand name.

Polson’s coffee soon got regular customers among the British and by 1910 Pestonji was well established and looking for new opportunities. So when a customer in the Supply Corps told him of the problems the army had in getting its supply of butter, Pestonji found his mission in life. He set up a dairy in Kaira, Gujarat and used his army and railways contacts to ensure that Polson’s was so widely supplied that it became synonymous with butter.

By 1930 Polson’s had opened the most advanced dairy plant in India and dominated the butter business. But as Heredia’s book points out, it was his ruthless dominance that caused Polson’s downfall, since it provoked a Gandhian called Tribhuvandas Patel to organise a co-operative in Kaira in 1946. The cooperative idea was also supported by Vallabh Bhai Patel, the Congress stalwart. This cooperative eventually turned into Amul. But that’s another story!

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Beautiful video …. Being Zoroastrian …… In Search of My Faith

My name is Kainaz Amaria. I was born in Bombay, India and grew up in the SF Bay Area. My family is Zoroastrian and a few years ago decided to move to Bombay to gain a deeper understanding of the Parsi community. I needed to take this journey for myself but along the way I realized it has themes that many people can relate to. Like many creative endeavours, this project is far from perfect or completely realized. So I encourage your comments, questions and thoughts – I’d also love to hear your stories of identity, belonging, faith, loss, love and hope within the context of “Being Zoroastrian.” Thanks for watching – Cheers, Kainaz (mail@kainazamaria.com)

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Courtesy : Rusi Sorabji

Message from Myanmar (Burma)

The contents of this mail cannot be verified, but I wonder if someone may like to take it up on behalf of the community after proper enquiry ?
Dear Sir,
I shall be highly grateful to you if you can please be kindly forward our Parsee Fire Temple message to all of our Parsee Community through all over the whole world with your kind help. Thank you.
I have pleasure to inform you that I was elected as  VICE PRESIDENT by our Myanmar Parsee in Yangon, Myanmar. I am act all the Parsee general work on behalf of the Myanmar Parsee community.
I have to inform you our Parsee WAQFF land which is located in the central of the heart of the city in Yangon, Myanmar.(BURMA) We Myanmar Parsee community has been victim by our own Parsee gentleman who has misappropriate our Parsee Waqff land. He is wicked and cunning he sell our Parsee own
religious waqff land to one CHINESE MERCHANT at the rate of US$4000000/- lakhs.
Another one main problem in our Yangon, Myanmar (BURMA) OUR PARSEE FIRE TEMPLE & BURIAL GROUND was forced taken by the YANGON,
MUNICIPAL. On our Burial Ground they build a small grocery market their they selling ONION, GARLIC, CHILLIES, GINGER etc. THEY HAVE NO RIGHT TO
Once again I request you if you can please give our Parsee community some good suggestion, that how to get back our own PARSEE RELIGIOUS LAND from them. If you can please sent a letter to the MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS and also sent one letter to the MINISTRY OF RELIGIOUS

ismailshan parsee <ismailshanparsee@gmail.com>