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Parsis are a small ethno-religious community in India, devoted to Zoroastrianism. During 8th century, their ancestors were emigrated from their home land, Iran. They left Iran only because to preserve their religious faith from being Islamized by the Islamic Arabians.When Iran and Persia were conquered by Arabs in 7th Century AD, they tried to impose Islam religion on Persians. In order to protect their religious faith they left their country and reached western India. Gradually they flourished in this sort and came to be known as Parsis.Rohinton Mistry an Indian diaspora writer, occupies a significant place in the Indian English Literary sceneRohinton Mistry’s character are nostalgic about their past. There is a history behind every culture.Characters of Mistry are always trying to hang on the Parsi culture. Parsi culture has a unique quality and the Parsi members show an instinct to cling on their culture at any cost. When compared to Indian culture, they follow a different one. They have their own attitude in every cultural aspect like rituals, religion, food, dressing, beliefs etc.Such a Long Journey (1991), Mistry’s first novel, is the story of a middle class Parsi bank clerk, Gustad Noble. Setting of the novel is Bombay in 1971 and it tells the story of marginalized Parsi community in India during Indira Gandhi administration in India. Gustad, the central character of the novel, is considered as the mouthpiece of a typical Parsiman, who is very strict in following the Parsi rituals.

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