Wednesday, March 27, 2013

In Pictures: India's Parsi

Who are the Parsis? They are members of the largest Zoroastrian community in India. And the Zoroastrian religion is one of the world's oldest. It was started in Iran over 3,500 years ago. And many religious scholars believe that it influenced Christianity.

They are in the news because of a photographic exhibit of the community by the famous Indian photographer, Sooni Taraporevala, at Chemould Prescott Road in Mombay. The BBC has some of the photographs here.  Taraporevala is a Parsi herself and studied at Harvard and is most well-known as the screenwriter of the movie, Mississippi Masala.

You can read more about the fascinating Parsi community in the Economist here and listen to a story about them here at PRI's The World.  I did not know about the Parsi community but find them so interesting that I will try to integrate them into my religion class.

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  1. Son: Neville Cawas Cyrus Bardoliwalla

    My late father Cawas Jehangirji Bardoliwalla was born in Bombay and attended The Sir J.J.P.B Institution and was to be the Highest amongst those who Passed The S.S.C.Examination in 1953. He subsequently went on to achieve a 1st Class Honours Degree in Mechanical Engineering from The University of Bombays Technical Instute for Science and Technology. He was awarded a full honorary Scholarship from The ex-students Jubilee fund to further his studies at London’s Imperial College of Science and Technology during which time he worked alongside Professor D.B.Spalding CBE in the field of Heat Transfer and Rocket Combustion from 1958 to 1961 and was later awarded The Prestigious DIC (The Diploma of ‘Membership’ of The Imperial College). He was subsequently inducted as a Chartered Member of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and later went on to be appointed Senior Architect at The World Most illustrious Car Giant Rolls Royce & Bentley Motors UK Ltd. Three months prior to his death he was due for promotion as Head of Aerospace (Civil & Defence) Archtectural Engineering and Design at Rolls Royce’s Aerospace Divisional HQ in Crew. Sadley he passed away due to heart failure in 1978 aged just 44 years. Deeply missed.
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    Neville Cawas Cyrus Bardoliwalla OBE