Honoring humor

"Hindustanio hasvanu bhuli gaya chhé… Parsio baddha né hasta raakhya chhé (Indians have forgotten laughter… The Parsis keep everyone laughing),” commented Prime Minister Narendra Modi to dramatist Yazdi Karanjia. The Surat-based theater personality was in Delhi to receive his Padma Shri award for 2020 from President Ramnath Kovind on November 8, 2021. Modi’s round of handshakes with the awardees followed the felicitation by Kovind. Karanjia was all praise for the precision of the ceremony. "Ek bounceré aapuné kahyu su karvanu (A bouncer explained the protocol),” said the diminutive dramatist when he spoke to Parsiana on November 11. The recipients were......

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