A GOOD PARSI SALE
by Aban Bana
It is a tradition in our community to have an Exhibition and Sale a couple of weeks before a Parsi festival. These Sales are a real joy to visit, even if you don’t need to buy anything. Last weekend there was an Exhibition cum Sale in Cama Baug at Grant Road, which I attended.
The Cama Baug sale had everything to delight the Parsi Heart! First of all there was delicious FOOD, the kind for which people queue up for hours on end, with colourful names like Chapat, Dar-ni-pori, Bhakhra, Popatji, besides the usual kababs and batata wada and falooda! So that’s reason enough to go. No food, no good. Being a vegetarian I had no problem because Parsis are now waking up to the fact that there is life beyond meat. So I tucked into the batata vadas, but skipped the fattening chapats. There were others like me who had come to look and to buy, mostly Parsis of course. It could be interesting for non-Parsis too actually! Read more
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FIRE TEMPLE BLESSINGS by Aban Bana
In our Zoroastrian religion, the ten day period between Astad Roj of Asfandarmad Mahino and the last day of the five gathas is reserved for the Muktad, the ceremonial prayers in memory of our departed relatives and friends. All the Atash Behrams and Agiarys and places of worship set up marble-top tables, one for each departed soul in whose memory the prayers are to be recited, with fresh flowers, fruits, ceremonial eatables, a divo and a prayer book with the names. The priests are given the task of reciting the prayers at a given time.
A visit to a Fire Temple during this period is a wonderful experience indeed. The place is full of the pure fragrance of the sukhad-loban and the sound of priests reciting the prayers in loud melodious voices. Large numbers of devotees attend these prayers and the whole atmosphere is festive yet solemn. People greet one another and meet in memory of the loved ones who have departed from us but who are believed to return to our plane for this short period. Some people even set up the Muktad tables in their own homes. Read more
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by Aban Bana
There was a time when Parsis were praised by all other communities in Mumbai for their genteel ways and impeccable manners. The Parsis were synonymous with good breeding and fine etiquette. But the times, they are a changing. Yes they are, and I can give you a few examples to support my statement. Please read on…
Let us begin with our places of worship, our Agiaries and Atash Behrams. You are in a Fire Temple, waiting to bow down and put your head on the “Kebla” in front of the Holy Fire and offer your sandalwood. The person in front of you is taking at least fifteen minutes for the entire procedure, but that is alright, you don’t mind, after all we all have our prayers to offer. What is surprising is that once that person has finished with the bowing and has stood up again, he/she does not budge from the doorway! So either you creep into a small space that is still open and squeeze your forehead onto the kebla, or you gently request that person to please move aside, if only just a little bit, please? But that means breaking your prayers. What a dilemma! Read more
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