So the Parsi Dairy Farm Will Not Shut Shop After All
After The Times Of India came up with the news of Mumbai’s 99-year-old iconic Parsi Dairy Farm shutting shop, the Parsi community was understandably shaken. Now, where would they get their regular quota of fresh milk and the iconic malai kulfis, without which their navjotes and lagans would be incomplete?
To track the news of the alleged ‘shutting down’ of the Parsi Dairy Farm, we headed to Princess Street, Marine Lines in South Mumbai where the first shop started by Parsi entrepreneur, Nariman Ardeshir is located.
To our surprise, the usually welcoming staff at the vintage Parsi Dairy, asked us to leave as soon as they saw our camera. “We have been telling media not to harass us since morning, we don’t know who has given this news. It’s not true”, said a lady sitting at the shop. She refused to say anything on record, even her name!
However, a man in his 30s behind the counter, did say, “We have been asked not to give any quotes to the media in person or on the phone”. After a little more probing about news of the Parsi Dairy Farm’s closure, he added, “Rest assured the shop will not be shut, we don’t know who has spread this news and I guarantee it’s not true. And I cannot give you my name because my boss has asked us not to give out any details on this matter.”
A report in the Mid-Day too seconds our finding, and quotes co-owner Silloo Nariman saying, “Journalists write anything they wish, it is not going to close down. Nothing of the sort is going to happen. Not to worry.”
So there seems to have been undue panic based on the news of the Nariman family’s decision to sell its 300-acre land at Talasari. For now, this does not in any way mean that the shutters are going to be down on the legendary Parsi Dairy Farm any time soon.