Lucknow: Parsi group could represent a small part of town’s inhabitants however its contribution to Lucknow in commerce and commerce has been immense, mentioned Zarine Viccajee, the fifth technology descendant of Lucknow’s first Parsi household.
Viccajee mentioned her household got here to settle in Lucknow about 200 years in the past. She was talking on the launch of her guide “My Means” on the Avadh Women’ Diploma School (AGDC) on Sunday. The occasion was organised by Metaphor Lit Fest in collaboration with AGDC.
“My great-great grandfather, Nowrojee Damkewala, belonged to Mansabdars household of Damka (Gujarat) and Diu. He moved to Awadh through the rule of third king of Awadh Mohammad Ali Shah and commenced buying and selling in silks and pearls with the nawabs. He turned the primary Parsi to settle in Lucknow and contributed to a whole lot of commerce right here,” mentioned Viccajee, who can also be the president of AGDC.
“Later, he invited his physician and lawyer pals right here and thus started the settlement of a Parsi group within the metropolis. With the passage of time, the household’s enterprise modified they usually opened a carriage manufacturing workshop the place all kinds of fancy horse-drawn carriages had been constructed for nawabs, aristocrats and most people. There have been 300 Parsis in Lucknow then, however now solely 40-odd are left. The numbers have dwindled on account of many causes — primarily on account of passing away of members and lack of employment avenues,” she added. Talking concerning the Lucknow she has seen, Viccajee added that town was filled with charms in Nineteen Sixties and 70s. “Lucknow has not misplaced its outdated appeal nevertheless it has undoubtedly modified. The ‘nazaakat’ and ‘nafaasat’ are lacking,” she mentioned, including that the Parsi group made Lucknow its house and embraced its life-style.
Despite the fact that only some members of the group are left, they arrive collectively throughout festivals and different social occasions.