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Rohinton Mistry is the only author whose every novel has been shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize. Such a Long Journey (1991), A Fine Balance (1995) and Family Matters (2002) are all set in India's Parsee community. Recognised as one of the most important contemporary writers of postcolonial literature, Mistry's subtle yet powerful narratives engross general readers, excite critical acclaim and form staple elements of literature courses across the world. This study provides an insight into the key features of Mistry's work. It suggests how the author's writing can be read in terms of recent Indian political history, his native Zoroastrian culture and ethos, and the experience of migration, which now sees him living in Canada. The texts are viewed through the lens of diaspora and minority discourse theories to show how Mistry's writing is illustrative of marginal positions in relation to sanctioned national identities. In addition, Mistry utilises and blends the conventions of oral storytelling common to the Persian and South Asian traditions, with nods in the direction of the canonical figures of modern European literature, sometimes reworking and reinflecting their registers and preoccupations to create a distinctive voice redolent of the hybrid inheritance of Parsee culture and of the postcolonial predicament more generally.

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their prophet lived and taught as far back as 5000 to 6000 BC. There is no historical evidence to support what is, on the face of it, an extremely early date, but, as Eckehard Kulke has pointed out, this belief ‘is of enormous psychological relevancy because it helps the Parsees [sic] to that feeling of religious exclusivity necessary for the existence and survival of the community’.7 Majority opinion among contemporary scholars of the religion, however, based on evidence which indicates a linguistic link between Zarathustra’s fragments and the later texts of the

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-confederation Newfoundland, the USA, Bermuda, the Bahamas and India, the IODE was restricted to Canada. In the USA the Daughters of the British Empire consisted of a small number of loyal chapters on the eastern seaboard. In common with women involved in Bermuda and the Bahamas, they were largely British ex-patriates. 16 Alternatively, in India in 1905 Miss Susie Sorabji, a Parsee Christian teacher, organized the Kaiser

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mean dilapidated bazaars of the middling and lower classes of natives, which is occupied by handsome houses enclosed in court yards, belonging to Armenian merchants, Parsees, and Bengalee gentlemen of wealth and respectability. 18 For evangelicals like William Campbell, Madras provided Dantean scenes of urban life

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(with their genial Jain traditions), Jewish, Arabian, Portuguese, Parsee, Dutch, Indonesian and Sudanese merchant communities are better defined as organisational webs more or less involved in inter-​civilisational trade. Wherever merchants settled as strangers, they encountered different grades of compromise and accommodation. Hospitality towards visitors and new arrivals in a city, at a crossroads or in a village was a test of worldly orientation. Crossroad cities where cultural and economic traffic routinely passed through stand out as examples of both inter

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–81), vol. 2: 1886–1918 . Both MPs were wealthy Indian Parsees: Dadabhai Naoroji, elected Liberal MP for the Central Division of Finsbury in 1892; and Sir Mancherjee Merwanjee Bhownaggree, a barrister elected Conservative MP for the North-East Division of Bethnal Green in 1895. 27 PRO, DO 119/92, Chamberlain to Governor

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