Meethil Momaya and Ahalya Naidu Momaya, founders of Trilogy say, “Trilogy has been our labour of love and we love being part of the literary journey of a city. We were really shocked to find out that there are almost no inclusive bookshops in the city that stock books in Braille. We need to change that and we are inspired by the determination and passion Upasana has channeled into White Print. It’s an honour to be part of her journey that affects so many readers who deserve more attention and lots more books! Avid readers ourselves, we can barely begin to understand the frustration they must be feeling of not having enough books at hand, and that is why we look forward to building our collection of books in Braille.”
We know that Indian Parsis were exiled from Iran before they found their way to Gujarat. In their religion of Zoroastrianism, they worship the elements of nature. Founded by Zarathustra, the religion’s beliefs and thoughts have influenced many philosophers. The story and history of its origins makes up a small part of the latest graphic book by Nicolas Wild.
The journalist attempts to show us a side of Iran that is not often heard of. Right from the time the plane lands in Iran, we notice the details of the drawings. Propaganda posters of nuclear energy, walls, buildings and ad space covered with Ali Khameini’s huge posters, the political talks of taxi drivers and how the Iranian women feel ‘hijab’ is acceptable but the ‘burqa’ worn by the Afghani women is too much – are the few discerning and amusing points.
With Iran’s systematic cleansing of the Persian (Parsis) community as the backdrop, he chronicles the murder trial of Cyrus Yazdani. Yazdani was a humanist with major plans to open a cultural centre for the Zoroastrian community. Wild’s encounter with the activist’s daughters and their talks and light-hearted jabs brings in the humour. The writer’s vein of witty sarcasm surfaces at the right moment.
A straightforward graphic ‘news’ novel in monochrome, it is an outsider’s view of what Iran is for the Zoroastrians, who were the original inhabitants of the land. And also what happened to Cyrus Yazdani and his dreams.