What is the first thing that comes to your mind when you hear the word ‘Japanese’? Katana? Martial arts? Sushi? Electronics? There is no doubt that Japanese technology, food and martial arts have become popular over the world, but have you ever heard of Japanese whisky?, I bet not. We usually associated high quality scotch and whisky with Scotland, but the fact is that Japanese whiskies are equally good and have great taste that people have started enjoying lately. Surprisingly, Japanese whisky industry is not a recent phenomenon. In 1924, Shinjiro Torii opened up the first Japanese whisky distillery in Yamazaki, an area between Osaka and Kyoto. This was the time when most Japanese only drank sake, but Torii went on with his vision to start Kotobukiya company which later was renamed Suntory. So, what really makes Japanese whisky stands out from the regular Scotch and Irish blends which are already considered to be the best in the world?
One of the reasons why I started this series on Zoroastrianism is to allow people know more about the religion that have been an integral part of India. However, there is not much awareness and information about it. Only those people who are in touch with Parsis or Iranis know about us, while the rest of the India only know us as “Bawa”, a term that is commonly used across India. I am sure many across India know about Tata and Godrej groups because these two companies make wide range of products that most Indians use day in day out, but nothing beyond that. Many of my friends have come up to me and asked some really bizarre questions that root out of misconceptions, curiosity and ignorance. I don’t blame them, because Zoroastrian community is very tiny and close-knit and it hardly allows any information to leak out. What I am trying to achieve through this series is spread out some information about Zoroastrianism history and culture. While I have already covered a lot about history, its time to jump on to the culture and other aspects of Parsis. I’m starting with food, because food not just connects the community. It also connects us with the rest of the India.