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How To Be A Parsi In Paris

Survival in exile is an old Parsi credo and the 60-odd families, which comprise the community in Paris, refuse to give that up

How To Be A Parsi In Paris
A Parsi-French gathering at S.S. Cooper's Paris home in 1950s How To Be A Parsi In Paris

What do you do in a foreign country where your community barely totals 60 families, and you want to cling on desperately to your religious and cultural traditions? What can you do to ensure your barely visible community doesn't suffer haemorrhage and dies? Indeed, in what way can a Parsi in Paris hope to survive the sweeping global culture and the influence of the West and stave off extinction? Not much, you'd say, just pray and hope for the best.

But these aren't the only things Kersi Kapadia is doing to preserve the tradition of Parsis in France. Says he: "It's an uphill battle that we face. We are so few left and so dispersed. But perhaps that is precisely the reason why we are fighting hard to preserve our roots."

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