FACT FOOD #556

Parsi/Parsee, the followers of Zoroastrian are originally from Iran. Many of the Parsis fled to Western India (Gujarat and Sindh) during the Arab invasion around 10th century CE. The name ‘Parsi’ in the Persian language literally means ‘Persian’. Parsis have a tradition of taking their surname from their hereditary profession. For example, if the surname is Dubash, then the hereditary profession would be that of an interpreter or a translator (from Do Bhasha meaning two languages).