The New York Times Corrections page is one of my favorite internet cruising-grounds. Often it yields evidence of the paper’s bias or shoddy reporting. Sometimes the corrections are amusing exercises in pedantry. And sometimes they are just plain weird. Today’s corrections page includes the following item: “The Vows column on April 6, about the marriage of Dr. Sherri Treasurywala and Cyrus Mistry, referred incorrectly to an aspect of the couple’s religion, Zoroastrianism. While fire is widely used in ritual, it serves only as a divine symbol; adherents do not worship it.”
The more I pondered this the odder it seemed, so I looked up the original Society Desk article. The correction had suggested (to me, at least) the possibility of a hoax, but the original article, while rather bizarre, is apparently on the level. It begins:
“On most weekends, Dr. Sherri Treasurywala would wake up at 7 a.m., put on her Reeboks and jog along the Hudson River. She followed up with aerobics and ballet and then rested ahead of a busy week as a director of business development for the pharmaceutical company Hoffmann-LaRoche, in Nutley, N.J.
“It was a life immortalized by sardonic cartoonists and female pulp fiction writers: the 20-something high achiever in New York. Driven, focused and lonely.
“In London, Cyrus Mistry, a specialist in interbank stock trading for the Bank of New York, spent his weekends eating takeout pizza from Harrods and watching soccer on television. Mr. Mistry was gripped by the thought of being alone, he said, and worried he would become an eligible banker, without a wife.”
You can read it all to find out how our lonely Zoroastrian protagonists came together. Just another odd (but refreshingly traditional, in a strange sort of way) story about our greatest city. I will say, though, that the society pages aren’t what they used to be.
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