India’s The Sunday Guardian recently ran a collection of my images from the Parsi community in their newspaper. Here is the text that I wrote which accompanied the photo essay:
Even to an American Parsi, witnessing the lifestyle of a faithful Zoroastrian in India is a novel experience. Though I grew up reciting the same prayers and learning the core tenets of the religion, I never understood what it felt like to be a faithful Zoroastrian. After living in Mumbai for two years and travelling throughout India, I realised that ‘Parsi Zoroastrian’ is not just a group of people who originally came from Persia and found refuge in India. Rather, it describes a way of life that celebrates the environment, the individual and a higher being. The celebration comes in the form of worship, ritual and devotion. While our numbers are far from mighty, the community’s strength lies in the true believers who do not seek praise but humbly serve their family, community and nation.