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Monday, August 21, 2006

The Parsis - An Incredible People

The following is just a partial list of prominent Parsis of Indian origin. For a population of 69,601 (33,949 males and 35,652 females) according to the 2001 census they are a hugely successful lot. But their numbers are fast dwindling; their population according to the 1991 census was 76,382, a fall of around 10,000 in 10 years. Alarming, it is.

Prominent Parsis
(A partial list)

Adi Godrej
AFS Talyarkhan
Alisha Chinai
Alyque Padamsee
Ardeshir Godrej
Ardeshir Irani
Aruna Irani
Avabai Jamsetjee Jeejeebhoy
Behram Contractor
Bhikaji Cama
Boman Irani
Cyrus Broacha
Cyrus Oshidar
Cyrus Poncha
Cyrus Poncha
Cyrus Sahukar
Dadabhai Naoroji
Dinshaw Maneckji Petit
Dorabji Tata
Fardunjee Marzban
Farobag Homi Cooper
Farokh Engineer
Farrukh Dhondy
Feroze Gandhi
Firdaus Kanga
Framjee Nasarwanjee Patel
Freddie Mercury
Gary Lawyer
Godrej Sidhwa
Homi Jehangir Bhabha
Homi K Bhabha
Homi Nusserwanji Sethna
Jamsetji Nusserwanji Tata
Jamshed Khudadad Irani
Jamshetji Tata
Jehangir Ratanji Dadabhoy Tata
KD Sethna
KM Nanavati
Kaikhosru Shapurji Sorabji
Kaizad Gustad
Khurshed F Nariman
Lovji Nusserwanjee Wadia
Mancherjee Bhownagree
Meher Baba
Mehli Dinshaw Irani
Mehli Mehta
Nanabhoy Palkhivala
Nari Contractor
Nauheed Cyrusi
Ness Wadia
Nina Wadia
Nusli Wadia
Pallonji Mistry
Perizaad Zorabian
Persis Khambatta
Pherozeshah Mehta
Phiroze Jamshedji Jeejeebhoy
Pirojsha Godrej
Ratan Naval Tata
Ratan Tata
Ratanji Dadabhoy Tata
Rattanbai Petit
Rohinton Mistry
Ronnie Irani
Sam Manekshaw
Sam Piroj Bharucha
Shapurji Saklatvala
Sir Jamsetjee Jeejebhoy, 1st Baronet
Sir Jamsetjee Jejeebhoy, 2nd Baronet
Sir Jamsetjee Jejeebhoy, 3rd Baronet
Sir Jamsetjee Jejeebhoy, 4th Baronet
Sir Jamsetjee Jejeebhoy, 5th Baronet
Sir Jamsetjee Jejeebhoy, 6th Baronet
Sir Jamsetjee Jejeebhoy, 7th Baronet
Sohrab Modi
Soli Jehangir Sorabjee
Sooni Taraporevala
Zubin Mehta

Wanted to post this yesterday on the occasion of Navroz - the Parsi New Year, but the internet (as usual) was down.

Just for the sake of experimenting with new things moved to Blogger Beta. There are a lot of enhanced features, but for now almost all of them are of no good to me. You can make changes to your template very easily, but only if you're using one of Blogger's default templates. But html-java script semiliterate me had spend a lot of sleepless nights in designing my current template and I'm not going to let go it so easily. To add to my woes, I cannot post comments on other blogs which haven't shifted to the Beta version. And if someone has disabled the anonymous comment function, I can't voice my opinions. The guys at Blogger promise that things would soon be rectified. Once they are, with the additional features they are promising, it is definitely going to be an enhanced blogging experience.

4 Comments:

djk said...

I made a documentary once about Parsis being a vibrant yet dwindling community. They are an interesting bunch of people. Slightly xenophobic, but definitely interesting.

--Sunrise-- said...

mind if i add you to my blogroll?

Atul Sabnis said...

well - am planing to move to beta too. btw, a good book by Sooni Taraporewaala (in your list) has published a photographic journey through the world of Parsis.

http://www.soonitaraporevala.com/books/books_parsis.html

Shubha said...

Alyque Padamsee is not a Parsi.but a Khoja.. you should check sources!