We Parsi folk love our sweets and desserts, and my maternal grand-mom whom I fondly called ‘Mamaiji’, was no exception to that rule.
As the matriarch of a very large and happy family, my ‘Mamaiji’ stood in a class of her own. She inspired all our lives with her strong compassionate personality and humorous take on events, her unconditional love for family and most of all, her true passion for cooking and food. Although no longer with us, Mamaiji’s legacy lives on through her valuable life lessons and her mouthwatering recipes.
With very few of the modern day kitchen conveniences that we take for granted at her disposal; she taught us that a truly good meal is always one that is made with love and patience using simple fresh ingredients…and savored with family & friends, sitting around the dinner table.
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I am happy to announce that a new scholarly resource on Dadabhai Naoroji is currently in the works. Along with S.R. Mehrotra, formerly professor of history at SOAS as well as at the University of Himachal Pradesh, I am co-editor for a volume of selected papers from the Dadabhai Naoroji collection at the National Archives of India. The volume is being published by Oxford University Press, in conjunction with the National Archives, and should be out by the summer of 2012.
The Naoroji papers at the National Archives are massive in size and scope. Two volumes of correspondence were published by RP Patwardhan in the 1970s. The current volume focuses on Naoroji’s communication with several Indian and British leaders, as well as family members and friends. These individuals include pro-India voices in British politics such as Henry M. Hyndman and William Wedderburn along with A.O. Hume; Indian political and economic thinkers such as Romesh Chandra Dutt, Gopalkrishna Gokhale, and M.G. Ranade; British Indian administrators; correspondents in America; and contemporary scholars of Indian history, languages, and religion.
Sadly, many of Naoroji’s own letters have been lost, and the great majority of what survives today consists of letters to Naoroji. This volume tries to bring together as many of Naoroji’s own letters as well as those that reflect on his career and activities. Material by Naoroji’s correspondents carries the added bonus of giving us an insight into contemporary Indian and British society, and particularly the lives of those Indians who studied, worked and lived in the imperial metropole during the late Victorian era.
Further information on this volume can be found on Oxford University Press’ website:
Who knows if there are still followers of Zarathustra in India and Pakistan? In this article, the author brings you to the megacity of Karachi, south of Pakistan. This city is a gateway to much questioning regarding the contemporary environmental crisis. By David Knaute, Karachi (Pakistan).
Considering the unique role Parsis have played over the years in the building of Karachi, the current crisis is greatly unfortunate. Community members like to retell the story of their arrival in India some centuries ago when their priests promised the Hindu kings they would be like sugar added to a bowl of milk, meaning they would mingle into the local population and try to be as helpful as possible, and to date, this has proved true. Mahatma Gandhi himself said that Parsis were “in number beneath contempt, but in charity and philanthropy perhaps unequalled, certainly unsurpassed”. Throughout the Indian subcontinent the Parsis have always enjoyed tolerance and even admiration from other religious communities. A peace loving people, they now keep well away from politics but this has not always been the case. From the 19th century onward they gained a reputation for their education and widespread influence in all aspects of society, partly due to the divisive strategy of British colonialism which favoured certain minorities. Parsis are generally more affluent than other Pakistanis and are stereotypically viewed as among the most Anglicised and “Westernised” of the various minority groups. They have also played an instrumental role in the economic development of the region over many decades; several of the best-known business conglomerates of India are run by Parsi-Zoroastrians, including the Tata, Godrej, and Wadia families.