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Background of the Parsis

Considering that light and fire, are the


cleanest phenomena in the earth and can never
be contaminated, therefore, Zarathustra elevated
and chose them as the symbol of Ahura Mazda.

Author Bapsi Sidhwa

Parsi Cuisine (Dhansaak)

Parsi Cuisine (the famous Patrani


Macchi)

Patra ni Machhi.mht

Parsi Wedding

pars i photo.htm

Parsi wedding

The Tower of Silence

Jamsetjee Jejeebhoy

Jamsetjee Jejeebhoy
Parsi-Indian merchant and philanthropist.
Historically notable for making a huge fortune on the opium trade to
China. Mahim Causeway: The British Government had refused to build a
causeway to connect the island of Mahim to Bandra. Jejeebhoy's wife
Avabai Jamsetjee Jeejeebhoy spent .155,800 to finance its construction,
after whom it was named. The work began in 1841 and is believed to have
been completed four years later.
Sir J. J. Hospital
Jejeebhoy donated to at least 126 notable public charities, including the
Sir Jamsetjee Jejeebhoy School of Art, the Sir J. J. College of Architecture,
[9] the Sir J.J. Institute of Applied Art and the Seth R.J.J. High School. He
also endowed charities dedicated to helping his fellow Parsis and created
the "Sir Jamsetjee Jeejebhoy Parsi Benevolent Fund".
The Dr. Bhau Daji Lad Museum, formerly The Victoria and Albert Museum,
which was designed by a London architect was built with the patronage of
many wealthy Indian businessmen and philanthropists like Jejeebhoy,
David Sassoon and Jaganath Shunkerseth.

Dinshaw Maneckji Petit, First Baronet

Sir Dinshaw Maneckji Petit, 1st Baronet (30 June 1823 5 May
1901), Parsi entrepreneur and founder of the first textile mills in
India. He was the grandfather of Rattanbai Petit, who later
became the wife of the founder of Pakistan, Mohammed Ali Jinnah.
As broker to European firms he amassed a large fortune during
the period of speculation in Bombay at the time of the American
Civil War.[1] He founded the Manackji Petit Spinning & Weaving
Mills.

In 1854 Dinshaw Maneckji Petit founded the "Persian Zoroastrian


Amelioration Fund" with the aim of improving the conditions for
the less fortunate Zoroastrian co-coreligionists in Iran. The fund
succeeded in convincing a number of Iranian Zoroastrians to
emigrate to India (where they are today known as Iranis), and may
have been instrumental in obtaining a remission of the jizya poll
tax for their co-religionists in 1882.

In 1886 he became a member of the governor-general's legislative


council where he was criticised for playing a pro-colonial role
despite being a non-official nominee to the council.He was
referred to as a "gilded sham" and a "magnificent non-entity " by
the nationalists. He devoted his wealth to philanthropic objects,
among the public and private charities which he endowed being
the Towers of Silence and fire temples of the Parsi, a hospital for
animals, a college for women, and the Petit hospital.[1]

Prominent Parsis

Jamshedji Tata -- Industrialist and philanthropist


Homi Jahangir Babha --Nuclear scientist
Zubin Mehta, who was with New York Philharmonic and
Israel Philharmonic
Mehli Mehta founded Bombay Symphony Orchestra
Rohinton Mistry -- famous writer
Sooni Taraporevala -- Screen play writer (Salam Bombay)
and photographer
Persis Khambatta -- A beauty queen in India and later a star
of Star Trek
Dadabhai Naoroji -- Indian statesman and a mentor to
Mahatma Gandhi
Nusli Wadia -- who built Bombay Dyeing, a major textile
producer
Brothers Ardeshir Godrej and Pirojsha Godrej who built
Godrej Group of Companies
Madam Cama -- A prominent freedom fighter for India

Prominent parsis

Cawas Jehangirji Bardoliwalla -- Automotive and Aerospace Engineer, UK


Freddie Mercury (1946 -1991) lead vocalist of British Rock Band "Queen"
Feroze Gandhi (1912 -1960), politician and husband of Indira Gandhi.
Jehangir Hormusjee Ruttonjee -- founder of Ruttonjee Sanatorium in Hong
Kong.
J.R.D. Tata
Russi Mody
Piloo Mody
Ratan Tata
Karan Bilimoria
Dinshaw Wacha (1844-1936) -- President of Indian National Congress
Meher Baba
Sam Manekshaw
Nani Palkiwala
Shaheen_Mistri
The woman behind the Akanksha foundation and the CEO of Teach for
India

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