Power of Three

By Reema Gehi,

Click to read the ePaper, Mumbai Mirror, Sun, Aug 10, 2014, Page 10: 


Passionate collector Jehangir Nicholson (right) found perfect partners in astute businessman Kali Pundole (left) and dreamer gallerist Kekoo Gandhy

An upcoming exhibition thrives on nostalgia, exploring the relationship between two gallerists and a collector who shaped the destiny of modern Indian greats.

It’s the triumvirate — Parsi-only, as their community loves to say — that could very well be held responsible for shaping the future of modern Indian art. Jehangir Nicholson was a premier collector of his time, and they – Kekoo Gandhy of Gallery Chemould, the dreamer; and Kali Pundole of Pundole, the astute businessman – Mumbai’s pioneering gallerists. Together, they shaped the futures of master artists, including, MF Husain, SH Raza, VS Gaitonde, Ram Kumar and Akbar Padamsee.

Opening next month at the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangharalaya’s Jehangir Nicholson Gallery, is an exhibition that explores their relationship marked by friendship, competition and respect. Conceived by Kali’s son – gallerist and auctioneer Dadiba Pundole – Kali, Kekoo and Jehangir seeks to present an association of trust and friendship that often existed between collectors and gallerists and the great art collections that grew as a consequence, whether intended or unintended, says the gallery’s curator, Kamini Sawhney.

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Courtesy : Tehemton B Adenwalla

Zubin Mehta’s Interview

The Interview is in English, please be patient for a minute

To granny with love

To granny with love
Among the business community, industrialist Nadir Godrej is known as the man who speaks, writes and delivers speeches in verses. And encouraged by his niece Nisa, Godrej compiled a book of his selected speeches that was launched last Friday. The toast of the evening, however, was Godrej’s recitation of a poem in French called La Mort, which he had written when his grandmother, whom he was very close to, passed away.

Senior Journalist Jehangir Pocha Dies

Senior Journalist Jehangir Pocha Dies

New Delhi Senior journalistJehangirPocha passed away this morninginGurgaon following a cardiac arrest.MrPocha was Editor-in-Chief when ‘News X’ channel was launched and was currently a senior editorial member of the ITV Group, which controls the channel.News X journalists said Mr Pocha complained of chest pain at his Gurgaon residence and was rushed to a local hospital where he breathed his last at 4.30 am.

He was earlier editor of ‘Business World’ and the China correspondent for the ‘Boston Globe’.

Condoling his demise, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said Mr Pocha will be remembered as a leading voice on TV, print and social media.

“Shocked saddened to hear about Jehangir Pocha’s demise. My condolences to his family in this hour of grief. May his soul rest in peace,” Mr Modi said on twitter.

“His frank and insightful views on issues will be missed,” the Prime Minister further tweeted.


The Star In Our Midst

Jehangir Pocha, former editor of BW| Businessworld, passed away In Gurgaon in early morning on Saturday

Even in those early days, he stood out from the rest of the class. He had an amazing sense of humour, was a great storyteller and loved a good debate. He was SP Jain’sbiggest star at all inter-business school competitions, winning prizes in debating, and many other categories. He could charm attractive women across our campus. He rarely competed for top grades, didn’t enjoy heavy quant-based courses and believed in the value of a good, liberal education in broadening one’s mind.

Jehangir knew the complex web of relationships and history that defined the Parsi entrepreneurial story. I remember listening intently in the balcony of his home, as he narrated the history of the Tatas, pointing out specific buildings in the vicinity where momentous events had taken place. Those nuggets were invaluable in reconstructing history because until then, it was almost as if someone had deliberately smudged out the Mistry family from the official biographies of the Tatas.

Perhaps this modern-day chronicler in Jehangir came to the fore soon after, as he embarked on the most adventurous chapter in his life: moving to Beijing as a global correspondent at The Boston Globe. China was making its presence felt. And he took it upon himself to unravel the mysteries of that mammoth economy, market and society. It was an expensive place to live on a stringer’s salary. And so, I developed a plan with him to cover China for Businessworld. When Tony Joseph, our editor then, received his pitch, he immediately agreed to a regular feed of stories that would help Indian readers understand China.

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Dasturji meets Narendra Modiji

Today, our Vada Dasturji, Khurshed Dastur met the Hon. Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modiji in Delhi

dasturjiCourtesy : Aspi Jokhi


Vignettes from Parsi History & Prospect

An Update of:

Vignettes from Parsi History & Prospect – and the What IF?…Factors!

aka – Parsinustan ne Kahanis.

(Stories from Parsis’ Homeland)

For the Diaspora ‘Y-Gen’ Z’hamdins; who should known,

but are – Too Busy? or Not Bothered!

To ask about their Heritage.

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Update has the following articles added to the ‘2012 first issue’ of this e-paper for the hamdins.

- The Wadia Dynasty of India – Renowned ship builders and their legacy of philanthropy.

- The Godrej Group – From humble beginnings to a Giant Industrial Conglomerate.

- The Parsis’ contribution to – Hyderabad State under the NIZAMS.

- Burjorji Jamaspji Padshah – A versatile Parsi Genius.

Sir Hormusjee C. Dinshaw – Adenwalla . . . . In the Days of Empire.

- Bapsybanoo Pavry – The Marchioness of Winchester.

- Sir Dhanjishah B. Cooper – An Enlightened Industrialist & first PM of Bombay Presidency.

- Manockjee Cursetjee Shroff – A reformer and proponent of female education in India.

- Khan Saheb – Erv Kavasji H. Dadachanji – A self-tutored Architect & Civil Engineer/Contractor.

- Rustom C. Cooper – The one that got away.

- Ardeshir Rustomji Dastur – The Parsi-Canadian Nuclear Physicist.

- Sam Tata – Shanghai born; highly respected Parsi-Canadian photographer and raconteur.

- Sir Jehangir Jivaji Ghandy – One of the first of the new breed of Parsi technocrats.

- Sir Hormasji Peroshaw Mody – A multifaceted personality.

- Life & Times of the India’s ‘Steel Man’ – apro Russi Mody.

- NAMO complements the Parsis – ‘Prays to Iranshah for more Parsis’ contribution tothe Nation’

- A distraught Bawaji’s musings. – My End Notes: for the Parsis to Seriously Consider.


Edul Kanga.


++Vignettes from Parsi History & Prospect – What IF…!

Ratan Tata gets honorary doctorate from Canada’s York University

Canada’s world-famous York University has conferred an honorary doctor of laws degree on former Tata group chairman Ratan Tata for his quest for innovation and role in promoting corporate social responsibility.

Tata flew into Toronto to receive the honour bestowed on him at the 2014 spring convocation of York University’s Schulich School of Business at the weekend.

A citation read by Professor Dirk Matten said the most inspiring feature of Tata’s life and career has been that he has always gone beyond conventional wisdom, trusting his judgement, and worked very hard to turn his own vision into reality. Matten quoted Tata as saying, “I don’t believe in taking right decisions; I take decisions and then make them right.”

Accepting the honour, Tata told the august gathering, I just want to tell you how deeply indebted and deeply moved I am to receive this honour that you have bestowed.”



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