- Author: COOMI KAPOOR
- Publication: July 2021
- Price: Rs 699
- ISBN: 9789390679553
- Genre: Non-fiction
- Page Extent: 240
- Binding: Hardback
- Imprint: Context
About the Book
COOMI KAPOOR WRITES AN INTIMATE HISTORY OF HER COMMUNITY, DELVING DEEP INTO THE QUESTION OF WHAT IT MEANS TO BE
PARSI IN INDIA, AS WELL AS HOW INTEGRAL THE COMMUNITY’S CONTRIBUTIONS BECAME TO WHAT IT MEANS TO BE INDIAN
The Parsis are fast disappearing. There are now fewer than 60,000 in all of India. But since their arrival in India from Central Asia, somewhere between the eight and tenth centuries, the community’s contribution to their adopted home has been extraordinary. The history of India over the last century or so is filigreed by the contributions of Parsis in every field, from nuclear physics to rock and roll, by such names as Dadabhai Naoroji, Dinshaw Petit, Homi Bhabha, Sam Manekshaw, Jamsetji Tata, Ardeshir Godrej, Cyrus Poonawalla, Zubin Mehta and Farrokh Bulsara (aka Freddie Mercury).
In this engaging, accessible, intimate history of the Parsis, the senior journalist and columnist Coomi Kapoor, herself a Parsi, pores through the names, stories, achievements and the continuing success of this tiny but extraordinary minority. She delves deep into both the question of what it means to be Parsi in India, and how integral the community's contributions—from tanchoi silk to chikoos—became to what it meant to be Indian.
In Kapoor’s hands, the story of the Parsis becomes a rip-roaring, incident-filled adventure: from dominating the trade with China to becoming synonymous with Bombay, once, arguably, a city defined by its Parsis; from the business success of the Tatas, the Mistrys, the Godrejs and the Wadias, to such current contributions as the manufacturing of COVID-19 vaccines by the Parsi-founded Serum Institute of India.
About the Author
Coomi Kapoor is a pioneer political journalist who was the first woman chief reporter and female bureau chief in Delhi. She has been in the profession for nearly five decades and has worked with The Indian Express, India Today, The Sunday Mail, The Indian Post, The Illustrated Weekly of India and The Motherland. She is presently consulting editor at The Indian Express, where her popular column, Inside Track, appears on Sundays. Her earlier book, The Emergency: A Personal History was a bestseller.