Parsis: The Zoroastrians of Indiaby Sooni Taraporevala
The result of a 20 year labor of love, photographer and screenwriter Sooni Taraporevala's Parsis: The Zoroastrians of India offers a rare insiders view of how the Parsis, a religious and ethnic minority of India and the South Asian diaspora who follow the religion of Zoroastrianism, endure today. UNESCO recently celebrated 3000 years of Zoroastrian culture. Today, the Parsis are a proud but often misunderstood religious minority, small in number but significant in influencethe community has produced many well-known leaders and artists, including the world-renowned conductor, Zubin Mehta; the late rock singer Freddy Mercury, of Queen; and the international award-winning author, Rohinton Mistry. As a people, the Parsis are highly literate and educated, comprising one of India's most wealthy and urbanized communities, yet they are also the smallest. They also follow what many would consider Stone Age rituals: perhaps most notably, leaving their dead out in specially designed open air towers for vultures to devour. The words and images in Taraporevala's unique book chronicle, for the first time, the faces, voices, and unique culture of the Parsisa community of intense contradictions.
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- 18 Years
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This book about my Parsi community is very well organized. It gave me a nostalgic journey back to my city of birth, Bombay which I have not visited in last 30 years. I placed a copy of this book in our Mainz University -Dept of Anccient Iranian Languages and Culture.
This isn¿t a book just for Parsis- it¿s a perfect combination of veritable art and wonderful writing. The Parsi community is one of great diversity, and Sooni Taraporevala¿s ¿The Parsis¿ brings this variety to light in a way that few other publications have successfully managed. Not only does her book stride the cultural spectrum, but it captures each facet beautifully; heart-wrenchingly so, and one can scarcely imagine another picture that could capture the moment more eloquently. The accompanying narratives are also insightful in the extreme and lack the posturing and false grandiosity that riddles so many other publications that try to infuse a sense of pride and wonder in the reader. This is a book that I am bound to use when explaining my heritage and background, not only to non-Parsis, but to future generations of Parsis here in North America. A wonderful book that I¿d recommend to anyone.