Contemporary Zoroastrian Community
Beyond Compare -- Parsi Pioneers of Karachi
Despite their small numbers in the
context of the newly formed nation of Pakistan (1950s vintage), the
Parsi (Zoroastrian) citizens of that new nation played a great role in
the building of that nation, far out of portion to their small
numbers. This short article gives brief highlights of some of the
contributions of the descendents of ancient Iranian as 20th century
Evolution of the Zarathushti community in
A growing and thriving North American Zoroastrian community has come
into existence in the second half of the 20th century with most of
the members moving existing Zoroastrian communities in India, Iran
and Pakistan. This article provides an account of the evolution of
this community through the early part of the 21st century, and
formation of its infrastructure to meet the needs of its members
that are spread across Canada and United States and exist in small
or large packets.
Hamazor to Mobed Zarrir Bhandara
Amalsad, Meher Dadabhoy
A report on the celebration of a life of
service by Mobed Zarir Bhandara, a priest of the Zoroastrian community
in Southern California that took place on April 16, 2005.
explores the perception of the Iranian Zoroastrians held by the
Zoroastrians of India due to the differences in the evolution of the
two communities over centuries of separation.
Jahangir Behboodi Son of Khodabandeh
Jahangir Behboodi was born in 1924 in
Bombay, India, to Iranian Zoroastrian parents who had fled to India.
He served as a pilot in the British-Indian air-force during WWII,
and later left for Iran. His disappointment with the British
handling of Iranian oil fields in Khuzestan led to his departure to
Tehran. His love of flying eventually led to his becoming a leading
pilot for Iran Air, where he flew on the smallest to the largest
planes acquired by Iran air. He flew Iran Air’s maiden flights from
New York to Tehran and from Tehran to China. In the aftermath of
Islamic revolution in Iran, Capitan Behboodi and his family left for
Canada, where as of 2006 he is spending his retirement in
Toronto. Jahangir and his family are active members of the
Zoroastrian Society of Ontario.
Karachi's Katrak Parsi Colony
Where is the Katrak Parsi colony in
modern Karachi, Pakistan ,and how did its long history develop prior
to Pakistan's independence? This article will give you a thorough
account of these historic developments.
Memories of a Parsi/Zarathushti Youth During the Early Years of
The author who grew up in Karachi in the
years preceding India's independence and its partition and lived in
Karachi for some years following creation of State of Pakistan
shares his personal memories of life for Parsis in Karachi, Pakistan
during those years.
My Memories of Katrak Parsi Colony of Karachi
The author, a long time resident
of the Katrak Parsi Colony of Karachi reflects on the evolution of
the Katrak housing colony since its inception in 1920s. This article
provides insight into changing demographics of the Parsis of Karchi.
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The establishment and evolution
of a small Parsi colony in Western Pakistani province of Baluchistan
dating back to 1880 is described in this article. In the
pre-Islamic era, the areas around Quetta were predominantly
Zoroastrians, most of whom succumbed to Islamic intolerance and
forceful conversion to Islam. The small community that formed in
late 19th century and into 20th century with influx of Zoroastrians
from Bombay and areas around it, or from Iran, despite its small
size has left its mark on Quetta and its development. This article
provides insights into the make up of the community, its
infrastructure, and story of some of its members.
Zarathushtra’s Vision In Institutions of
Higher Education, Arts, Culture, Society in North America
The author provides an informative
review of the state Zoroastrians studies at North American
institutions of higher learning at the entrance to the third