Ratan Tata of the Tata Group, Adi Godrej of Godrej Industries, writer Rohinton Mistry, sculptor Arzan Khambatta, actor Boman Irani, singer Penaz Masani, musician Zubin Mehta, painter Jehangir Sabavala, Field Marshal General Sam Manekshaw, business conglomerate Shapoorji Pallonji, cricketer Farokh Engineer, singer and songwriter Freddie Mercury (aka Farrokh Bulsara), dancer Shiamak Davar, scientist Homi Bhabha, journalist Russi Karanjia, legal faculty Fali Nariman, freedom fighter Sir Pherozeshah Mehta and… the list is endless.
All have one thing in common: they are all Parsis. Descendants of the Zoroastrian community who made India their home way back in the 8th century, having fled Persia following the Arab conquest, arriving at the port of Sanjan, Gujarat.
Think of any profession and it’s very likely that they have excelled in it. Besides achieving success in their respective fields and becoming world famous, they have made a great difference to the progress of India, be it in industry, business, science, sports, medicine, legal, banking and finance, arts and other fields.
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