Visited the institution that is @sbowindia
for dinner! “Soda Bottle” offers the cuisine of the Parsi Zoroastrians, indigenous Iranians who fled Iran to escape religious persecution and became a cultural phenomenon in the former Bombay State. As some of you may know, Freddie Mercury from Queen was a Gujarati Parsi. Momma and I greatly enjoyed the mix of Persian, Gujarati, Maharati, Goan, and British elements in the menu and settled on chicken and egg stuffed paratha, Parsi kabob, and chicken berry pulao! A history buff like me was thoroughly amused lol. It was weird to spend an evening celebrating the Zoroastrians when they and closely-linked Yazidis currently face uncertainty in Syria in light of the Syrian Kurds no longer having the full support of the American troops in the region. I’ve also been fascinated by the India-Iran connection, and am a confirmed Persia-phile, even more so since following one of my favorite accounts on IG, @lifesforliving.
Over at @mookerandji
, we are actually currently infusing historically Persian-style Kalamkari prints on product. Here’s to some more visits and getting to re-live a earlier time! #bombay #irani #parsi #gujarat #mumbai #maharashtra #goa