The Parsi Genealogy Project

The Parsi Genealogy Project

One man’s effort to put the family trees of everyone in the community on the internet
“We have to face it,” he says somewhat despondently, “We might not be around in another few years. Or just a handful of us will remain… Will [those who do] remember their past, their ancestors? Or will everything be just darkness?” Interest in one’s ancestry and concern for one’s legacy are human traits common to all, but perhaps far more pronounced in the case of a minority group threatened with the possibility of extinction. India’s Parsi community of Zoroastrians is almost certainly on that path. According to the 1941 Indian Census, there were 115,000 Parsis in India. In 2001, the count was only 69,601. This figure has probably dwindled in the decade since.
The Parsi Family Tree is currently a mishmash of a number of family trees. Many of them are tiny, with no more than three generations listed. Some, however, look astoundingly large.  Tantra’s project is a work in progress. Every few days, he sees a new tree being formed or people updating their lists. He is pursuing many others who he knows maintain records of their family lines.
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All India Zoroastrian Colonies

Dear All,

A new group created Called “All India Zoroastrian Colonies” “All India Zoroastrian Colonies” is a New Group created where any member from any Zoroastrian colony can post updates of Upcoming Sports Events /Tournaments, Competitions, Social Gatherings i.e. Fun-n-Fair, Housi, Parties etc . Also you are free to advertise home made products for sale.  460 Members Joined in just One Day.

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Barons of Banking

In Barons of Banking: Glimpses of Indian Banking HistoryBakhtiar K. Dadabhoy revisits the story of the country’s banking industry, beginning at the turn of the 20th century. Dadabhoy follows the careers of six eminent bankers; Sir Sorabji Pochkhanawala, Sir Purshotamdas Thakurdas, Sir Chintaman D. DeshmukhA.D. ShroffH.T. Parekh and R.K. Talwar. What emerges is a tapestry rich with anecdotes and data on how the industry developed and fared up till the early 1990s.

Dadabhoy has previously authored Jeh: A Life of JRD Tata and Sugar in Milk: Lives of Eminent Parsis. In a section titled “Weathering the Storm”, the civil servant talks about the banking crisis of 1913, triggered in equal parts by greed, deceit, ineptitude, and the absence of a central bank.
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The Amazing Story of Dina Pestonji

After suffering a severe stroke that required emergency brain surgery to remove part of her skull, 29-year-old Dina Pestonji lay in a Toronto Western Hospital bed, unable to speak or move the right side of her body. She feared she would never walk again.

But a couple of weeks later, in late January, she could wiggle her right toe. Then, slightly lift her right leg. These tiny, but monumental, movements fuelled her hope and resolve.

The naturally right-handed woman, reached for a pen with her left hand and in large childlike letters wrote: OCT, MR and 20. It took days for her family to decipher its meaning: Pestonji was determined to run in the Oct. 20 marathon.

After months of rehabilitative therapy, Pestonji will run in the Scotiabank Toronto Waterfront Marathon, with the goal of completing a half-marathon, or 21 kms., in less than two and a half hours.

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Meanings of Roj

Hormazd – Lord of Wisdom

Bahman – Good Mind

Ardibehesht – Truth & Order

Shehrevar – Great Power

Asfandarmad – Devotion

Khordad – Perfection

Amerdad – Immortality

Dae-pa-adar – Giver of Fire

Adar – Fire

Ava – Water

Khorshed – Sun

Mohor – Moon

Tir – Star

Gosh – Cow

Dae-pa-meher – Giver of Friendship

Meher – Friendship

Sarosh – Prayer

Rashne – Judge

Fravardin – Guardian Spirit

Behram – Victory

Mino Ram – Joy and Peace

Govad – Wind

Dae-pa-din – Giver of Religion

Din – Religion

Ashishvangh – Wealth

Ashtad – Justice

Asman – Sky

Zamyad – Earth

Manrespand – Holy Words

Aneran – Endless Light


Courtesy : Shirin Karanjia

A book by a Parsi, for the Parsis, of the Parsis

Saturday, Oct 26, 2013, 12:31 IST | Place: Ahmedabad | Agency: DNA

Meher Medora presents a book on Amdavad Parsis which her husband began & she completed

– Piyush Patel/DNA

Parsis may be dwindling in numbers. But, they stand out in all their shining glory. A member of the community passed on to posterity the richness of Parsi culture, tradition and religion down the ages in the form of a book.


Jehan Daruvala has makings of a top-class Indian F1 driver: Mallya

Sahara Force India academy driver Jehan Daruvala is just 16 years old but he is already being tipped as the next big thing in Indian motorsports and the Silverstone-based F1 team owner Vijay Mallya wants to nurture him just like the way McLaren nurtured Lewis Hamilton. Jehan, the brightest talent to emerge from Sahara Force India’s “One From A Billion” programme, shot to limelight recently by winning the competitive British Karting Championship with two podium finishes in Shenington, UK. Mallya was quick to identify the Mumbai lad’s calibre when he said that Jehan has the potential to become a world-class Formula One driver.

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Dhansak in eight easy steps

Cooking dhansak is the gospel of Parsi cooking. Now you can make dhansak at your home in eight easy steps – it doesn’t get any easier!

It doesn’t help that all the recipes online /in cook-books have enough steps to scare the living daylights out of me. And, since the mom-in-law has so far been chief Dhansak maker, it means that I have to live up to my mom, in-laws and the Mr. standards.

However,  there is no greater joy than facing your fears which is what I exactly did last week and it turned out amazing! Much simpler than I thought it was in retrospect. So, here’s my eight – step recipe for Dhansak:

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Perzen Patel is the @BawiBride. Bawi by birth and foodie by life, Perzen believes that great moments are born out of great opportunities. The Bawi Bride blog documents Perzen’s journey of cooking everyday Parsi food to feed fellow foodie souls. She also caters to Mumbai foodies and offers dips, desserts and Parsi delicacies for purchase each weekend.