“In India to protect that Iranian ancestry and the genome, they decided to prohibit any inter-faith marriages and prohibit other people from entering the faith,” he points out.
“She shared my details with the available bachelors and then shortly after I had people from India, Pakistan, England and Canada contact me,” she recalls.
But Ms Havewala’s dating database isn’t the only online matchmaking resource for young Zoroastrians.
Photo: Ms Havewala calls herself “a housewife who’s involved in some social causes”.
(Supplied) “About seven years ago, it struck me very badly [that] a lot of our youngsters are getting married outside the community,” Ms Havewala explains.
In 2016, Indian model and actor Viraf Patel launched the Parsi-only dating and social connectivity app, Aapro.
Zoroastrian Farhad Malegam says it’s very similar to Tinder — “you swipe if you like someone” — except matches aren’t limited to people in your area.“The way the numbers are going, within 50 years or a maximum 100 years, we just won’t be there — I’m talking about Parsis in India,” Ms Havewala says.“Every year we get the statistics in which the births are, say, about 50, then the deaths would be 10-fold.” According to Mr Malegram, who moved from Mumbai to Sydney in 2015, Parsi protectionism is to blame.“When you’re taught that you’re a part of a diminishing community…you feel like you’ve got a sense of responsibility to meet a Zoroastrian and to help those numbers grow,” says Ms Pourshasb, a 30-year-old HR advisor and member of the Australian Zoroastrian Association.“We definitely do know someone in the community who’s doing all the conversions, [but] that particular situation is causing a bit of a divide,” she says.