Category Archives: India

~ Video: Being Zoroastrian ~

“Being Zoroastrian” is a short film I completed in April 2013 to fulfill the requirements of my master’s thesis in Visual Communication.  The piece focuses on my journey to gain a deeper understanding of my Zoroastrian faith, community and heritage. I needed to take this journey for myself but along the way I realized it [...]
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~ Featured Profile: The Herald Magazine ~

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~ In Search Of Faith: A Sunday Guardian Feature Essay ~

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 [...]
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~ On Assignment: Mumbai Boss, Comic Con ~

Mumbaiboss.com, the popular online news and culture magazine, sent me to check out Mumbai’s first-ever Comic Con. The goal was to meet the superheroes amongst the mere mortals. Even though graphic novels and comic books are not my thing, I left Comic Con energized and simple happy. What makes my job fun is meeting people [...]
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~ On Assignment: The New York Times, Rural Banking ~

I remember as a child going to the A.T.M machine with my father. He would pick me up and whisper in my ear what numbers to push near the screen. Within seconds freshly pressed dollar bills would roll out. As I got older, I remember dad not wanting to share those ’secret numbers’ any longer, [...]
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~ On Assignment: Monocle Magazine, Le Mill ~

Le Mill, Mumbai’s hot new concept store, is featured in the current issue of Monocle Magazine Issue 47, Oct 2011. Cecilia Morelli Parikh, the store’s co-founder and clothing buyer fields questions in Monocle’s style directory section about her favorite selections for the new season. The sprawling 15,000 square feet store is loaded with furniture, fashion, [...]
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~ Mumbai: Ganesh Chaturthi 2011 ~

Every year Mumbai alters her daily routine to celebrate Ganesha, or the Hindu deity widely worshipped as the god of wisdom, prosperity and good fortune. She closes her roads, diverts traffic patterns, gives workers the day off and swells her waterways in preparation to swallow thousands of painted idols. After ten days of chaos, song, [...]
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~ On Assignment: The New York Times, India vs. China ~

It’s always a pleasure collaborating with the uber-talented Vikas Bajaj, reporter with The New York Times.
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~ Tollywood: Inside the Heartland of Telegu Films ~

If you think Bollywood films, with their lavish song and dance sequences, tend to be a bit over the top, then watch out for Tollywood. According to Rajkumar, a South Indian film industry professional, “Telegu films are larger than life. Bollywood has become a bit more realistic, a little too glamourous, the superhero has given [...]
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~ On Assignment: Bloomberg, The Day After Mumbai Blasts ~

I didn’t sleep much the night three bombs went off in Mumbai. Not out of fear for myself but concern for the many vulnerable people that make this city home. The majority of whom sleep in slums, shanties or on the street. The Times of India’s July 14th headline exclaimed: YET AGAIN. In two words [...]
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