The Parsees of Bombay !

THE PARSEES OF BOMBAY

by

 

Ernest Joseph Flanagan

 

The Parsees of Bombay

Are special in every way

In their work or in their play

Always happy and gay;

 

To help their fellow man

They do the best they can

They’re honest to the core

And always help the poor;

 

The Parsee community

Has a unique identity

Most from Heaven sent

The rest of Persian descent;

 

Some are crazy, but really sweet

Loud and boisterous, not discreet

Watching them is such a treat

The best people you can meet;

 

Some have really funny names

Playing pranks and silly games

Handsome guys and pretty dames

They all fit in their Parsee frames;

 

With complexions rosy pink

They love their food and drink

Before you can even think

Parsee pegs go down with a wink;

 

In every field they take the lead

Nation building is their creed

They’re fun loving and true

And excel in all they do;

 

From industrial to nuclear yield

They’ve excelled in every field

Music, art, theater, media too,
There is nothing they cannot do;

;

 

From Homi Babha to J R D

Zubin Mehta to Freddy Mercury   

Adi Marzban to Pearl Padamsee

From Bacchi Karkaria to Busy Bee;

 

From Shariyar Atai to Boman Irani

Hafeez Contractor to Sharpoorjee

Farook Khambata to Cyrus (wala)Tody

Nari Contractor to Nagarwala Hirjee;

 

Godrej and Wadia are up there with the best

Pardiwala and Golwala don’t seem to rest

Nana Palkhiwala lives on in our mind

A non productive Parsee is truly hard to find;

 

They spread joy wherever they go

They’re the nicest people to know

They have parties all the time

And stay far away from crime;

 

Their numbers dwindle every year

They may one day disappear

Hope that day never comes

To India’s finest daughters &   sons !

Not sure of the original writer but fun to read, all the same !

Courtesy : Rusi Sorabji

3 comments

  • Most apt & befitting. Enjoyed it.

  • Where have those Parsees of yor,gone ???,where have The Parsees who were rich & famous cared & thought of their poor breathan ,gone?? Where have the PARSEES who helped his fellow friends in times of need gone???Where have the PARSEES who never had egos,& cooperated & understood others feelings,who stood by their community ,who wished well being of our community gone??? THE downward trend started about 20 or 25 years ago ,when new rich PARSEES started their inroads in the affairs of our community.Various trusts which were handed by righteous ,honest ,people has been taken over by arrogant, selfish,( what I say is right) ,making go to an extent that today our community is at crossroad ,where nobody knows what has to be done….IT IS SHAME ON OUR SOCIETY,& our COMMUNITY.That AAM ADMI PARSEES HAVE TO SEE this day…..What WILL HAPPEN TO OUR FUTURE GENERATION??????

    Date: Tue, 26 Aug 2014 07:01:10 +0000 To: aspiace@hotmail.com

    • ASPI U R RIGHT. BHABHA LEAVES TO ATOMIC. ENERGY. TATA’S GIVE 50 MILLION TO HARVARD. NOW SOMBODY IS SEARCHING FOR LATE MR. MOOS,HE MUST LEFT SOME LOT.
      OUR FIRE TEMPLES ARE NEED OF REPAIRS. MR.PALLONJI IS SITTING ON A SMALL SUM OF $10BILLION. COME ON ZARTHOSTI’S

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