Author. Publisher. Editor.
Gerson Da Cunha with Meher Marfatia at the Kala Ghoda Festival, 2020
Meher and I were born in Bombay and live in Mumbai. We've been close friends and fellow columnists for many years, our favourite muse being the city. For a while now, I've watched her become one of the foremost chroniclers of "Urbs Prima in Indis", our Citty of Seven Islands. Her forte, to understand the sociology, study the underbelly and analyse the heartbeat of this living breathing organism we call home.
Mumbai is a melting pot of people of all castes and creeds, the city that befriended the the homeless, the city of opportunity, which produced many of the best in every profession and enriched the lives of all those who live in it, and who pass by it. Very systematically, Meher Marfatia has painstakingly researched on the city's histories and legacies, and we are left with nostalgia. We always seek for the comfort of selective memories, and I am confident that this beautiful publication has done the same for the present as well as the future generations.
After reading Parsi Bol it was shocking to realise that nobody had thought of doing this before. It's as scary as losing the recipe for dhansak and lagan noo custar - we would have lost forever what is unique to us - our humour, our wisdom and our heritage. Thank you Sooni, Meher and the 260 contributors for this timely restoration.
RAHUL DA CUNHA
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