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    Zoroastrianism is the religion and philosophy based on the teachings ascribed to the prophet Zoroaster. Zoroastrians worship Fire, in temples such as this one. Zoroastrianism was once the dominant religion of much of Greater Iran. However, as of 2007 the faith is practiced by fewer than 200,000 worldwide, with its largest centers in India and Iran

    A Parsi is a member of the close-knit Zoroastrian community based primarily in India. Parsis are descended from Persian Zoroastrians who emigrated to the Indian subcontinent over 1,000 years ago.

    Mumbai is a paradise for shoppers. The Zaveri Bazaar attracts those looking for diamond, silver and gold jeweler while Chor Bazaar is a haven for antique collectors. Apart from visiting Colaba Causeway and Fashion Street, shoppers looking for trendy clothes would find Breach Candy and Kemps Corner wort a visit. In fact, the bazaars of Mumbai showcase the vibrant and ethnically diverse faces of the city

    In 1794, Mr. Charles Elphinstone, the Postmaster General for the then Bombay Presidency, founded the General Post Office. A cluster of small buildings close to the Apollo Pier in the south of the new city housed the Bombay GPO. However, due to the damage caused by a fire, the GPO changed locations in 1869

    Parsi ladies were among the earliest Indian women who had an active public life. Parsi women who crafted their own identity included Pirojbai Jamsetjee Jeejeebhoy (who worked for charitable institutions), Hirabai Cowasji Jahangir (community service) and Meherbai Tata (a champion of women's issues). In general, Parsi ladies of the past had an aura of self-assurance, probably helped by a high literacy rate. Even during the recent past, the Parsis had the highest literacy rate (97.9% as in 2001) among Indian communities

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