Nosher and Dolly Mirza

Nosher (L) and Dolly Mirza at their apartment in Sanjan, Gujarat, India
Nosher (L) and Dolly Mirza at their apartment in Sanjan, Gujarat, India

Nosher and Dolly Mirza have made Sanjan their home for some years now. After having stayed in several parts of Mumbai for most of their lives, the couple struck roots in Sanjan where they maintain a cosy apartment in a Parsi colony.

Nosher talks animatedly of his life in Mumbai where he once drove a taxi.

Today, most cab drivers in the city hail from the north Indian states of Uttar Pradesh and Bihar. But up until a couple of decades ago, it was a community dominated by Sikhs, many of who were displaced by the Partition and found a safe haven in Bombay, a city that offered tremendous opportunities for the hardworking soul.

However Parsi taxi drivers weren’t a rarity back in the day too my grandmother told me when I told her of a Parsi cabbie I met a few years ago.

Nosher doesn’t drive anymore but he does take the train to Mumbai every other day to help out the sick and needy.

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