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9 reasons to date a Parsi

Last updated on: August 18, 2014 13:02 IST

Image: Mehr Jesia is among the few Parsi models in India. (Image used here for representational purposes only.)
Photographs: Abhijit Mhamunkar

This tiny community may have just about 70,000-odd people but they are possibly the sweetest, funniest, crankiest bunch you'd ever come across!

(Psst... they celebrate their New Year today!)

If you're not living in Mumbai, home to most of the Parsis in India (or Pune for that matter), chances are you have heard very little about this community.

But if you have, you will know just why most of us simply adore this wonderful community!

The Tatas and Godrejs belong to this community. As does the composer Zubin Mehta and as did the late Freddie Mercury and Homi Bhabha!

They may be a small community but the Parsis are one enterprising but happy-go-lucky people who have enriched the tapestry of our wonderful nation.

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1. A Parsi girl in a gara sari will knock your socks off

Image: Image used here for representational purposes only.
Photographs: Abhijit Mhamunkar

The rich gara embroidery is unique to the Parsi community and gara saris are precious heirlooms.

Like several other things Parsi, the tradition of gara weaving is dying too.

There are only a handful of gara artisans left in the country and a new gara sari can cost you a small fortune.

So you can take our word when we tell you a Parsi girl in a gara can bring traffic to a halt.

Photographs: Courtesy Parsi Project

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2. Your sasural will be in one of the 'baugs' in south Mumbai

Image: Cusrow Baug, Colaba, Mumbai
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Imagine living in that!!!

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3. Dhansak

Image: Dhansak
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The lipsmacking dal preparation that is so good you can never have enough of it!

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4. You will begin to appreciate non-vegetarian food

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Photographs: Still from the film 3 Idiots

Because the Parsi cuisine ranges from chicken and mutton to fish and everything in between.

And also because at some point you will get tired of that look they give you when you say you're a vegetarian!

Yes. That look!

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5. Your knowledge about western classical music will increase drastically

Image: Zubin Mehta
Photographs: Herwig Prammer/Reuters

Where do you find 500 Parsis under one roof?

A: At a western classical music concert #TrueStory.

Make that 1500 if this guy is conducting.


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6. They are awesome dancers

Image: Freddie Mercury
Photographs: Paul Kane/Getty Images

One particular fellow also happened to be a freaking rockstar!

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7. You will always have a relative to stay with in England or the US

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Because there's always someone there :-P

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8. Your car will fetch twice as much as any other second-hand car

Image: Image used here for representational purposes only.
Photographs: Still from the film Being Cyrus

Ok that's an exaggeration but if there's one thing the Parsis love more than their food (and sometimes their drinks) it is their cars.

So it doesn't matter how many kilometres it has run, a 'Parsi-owned car' in a classified is enough to fetch you a good price.

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9. You can get married in a complex of a century-old fire temple

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The Parsis do not permit anyone from outside their religion to enter their place of worship. But some of the fire temples don't mind letting in the 'outsiders' into the compound of their beautiful structures.

Photographs: Courtesy Parsi Project