‘Among India’s military greats, he was the greatest’

Sam Manekshaw led the Indian Army to its greatest military victory this month 46 years ago.
Lieutenant Colonel A K Shinde (retd), the field marshal’s doctor for 25 years, tells Rediff.com‘s Archana Masih about the charming man behind the soldier’s uniform.

IMAGE: Then General S H F J Manekshaw with troops during the 1971 War. Photograph: Kind courtesy Major General B N B M Prasad and DPR Photo Division Archives

Among the family photographs in Lieutenant Colonel A K Shinde and Mrs Raj Shinde’s drawing room in Bearhatty, the Nilgiris, is a photograph of an iconic Indian soldier.

Like always, Sam Manekshaw is wearing a suit. He is bent by age but his charming smile radiates through the framed picture taken at their daughter’s wedding where he was the chief guest in 2001.

“He was a demigod. Those who remember him in the army worship him,” says Dr Shinde, who was the field marshal’s doctor for 25 years.

“He was ram-rod straight and only got a stoop in later years. He dressed immaculately — and always looked you in the eye.”

“He never demanded respect. He commanded it.”

IMAGE: Field Marshal Manekshaw flanked by Dr A K Shinde and Mrs Raj Shinde at their daughter Sangeetha’s wedding in 2001.

After taking premature retirement from the army, the doctor settled down in the Nilgiris where the field marshal lived in his later years.

He also remembers when he was consultant physician at the military hospital and General Manekshaw used to come to see him.

“There would be a small crowd waiting outside and he would never, I repeat NEVER, enter my office,” emphasises Dr Shinde.

“He would wait his turn outside talking to the jawans and their families in Gorkhali, Punjabi, English or Hindi. Then some nursing assistant would spot him and come running inside and say: ‘Sir, the field marshal is outside’.”

“And I would go out and tell him, ‘Sir, don’t do this to me!'”

“He would say ‘You bloody well go inside and do your work’,” remembers the doctor with a laugh.

IMAGE: General Manekshaw was a brilliant commander. Men who served under him all have ‘Sam Manekshaw’ stories to tell of his leadership.

The field marshal, the highest ranking officer in the Indian Army till his passing, could have informed the doctor that he was on his way and Dr Shinde would be ready but that was not Sam Manekshaw.

He was a soldier’s soldier. He liked going into the trenches to meet his men and once refused silverware, instead asking for a tin mug, while having tea with troops on the China border as chief of the army staff.

Recounting an incident when the field marshal was shifted to the army hospital in Delhi, Dr Shinde remembers receiving a frantic phone call from his daughter Maja.

“She said all these doctors are standing around and he is giving them a lecture!” recalls the doctor who first met the then lieutenant general at a forward post in the 1965 war with Pakistan.

“People were just in awe of him.”

In his last days when he was gravely ill, the field marshal preferred to stay at the military hospital rather than the hospital going to him which would have been done, considering his rank and stature.

“They could have opened an ICU inside his house but he was not that kind of man,” adds Dr Shinde.

“They don’t make soldiers like him any more,” adds Mrs Raj Shinde who worked closely with Mrs Siloo Manekshaw at a clinic for the poor for nearly 20 years.

Mrs Manekshaw was the pillar of the clinic, giving it life and building a healthy corpus of funds that it now employs two full time doctors and nurses.

IMAGE: Mrs Shinde worked with Mrs Manekshaw at a clinic for the poor. The painting on the wall was created by Mrs Manekshaw for Mrs Shinde. Photograph: Rajesh Karkera/Rediff.com

The Shindes are one of the few old timers in town who knew the Manekshaws very well. They generously share stories about the soldier widely considered the country’s greatest military hero.

Not far from their home by the bridge is a statue of the field marshal. His home, they say, was tastefully done up and had a magnificent garden. Four Gorkha boys from the regiment he belonged to were assigned to his service.

“But he watered each plant himself every day till he took ill,” says Mrs Radha Balachandran, a Coonoor resident for nearly 50 years.

“He loved gardening and his dogs. You could often see them (Siloo and Sam Manekshaw) in the market buying meat for the dogs and vegetables in their old Maruti 800,” adds Mrs Shinde.

“He was a military icon, but was very unassuming.”

As his doctor, the field marshal’s courage was known to Dr Shinde. He had seen the scars of the bullets that had riddled his torso. Shots that nearly took his life while fighting in Burma during World War II and won him the Military Cross.

General Manekshaw had an illustrious career, he commanded the hot seat commands of the Indian Army — the Eastern and Western Commands — and provided brilliant leadership to the combined defence forces, heaping a humiliating defeat on Pakistan in the 1971 War.

He also stood up to then prime minister Indira Gandhi, refusing to relent when she pressed for an earlier start to the military campaign.

“He told her — ‘Darling, you have a long nose, I have a long nose. It ends there. You mind your matters and let me mind mine’,” continues Mrs Shinde.


IMAGE: The field marshal proposed a toast at Sangeetha Shinde’s wedding.

The field marshal wore his laurels lightly. Often glossing over it with his famous humour, flamboyance and charm.

Once while addressing a doctors conference as chief guest, he spoke about coming from a family of doctors himself.

“‘My father was a doctor, my brother was a doctor and I too nearly became a doctor’,” recalls Dr Shinde repeating the field marshal’s words, “‘But better sense prevailed and I joined the army — but to this day, no lady has complained about my bedside manners’.”

“He had such a great sense of humour.”

Many who met Field Marshal Manekshaw have ‘Sam Manekshaw’ stories to tell.

This one is from Mrs Shinde — whose father was from the last Indian Civil Services batch and helped quell the post-Partition riots under Sardar Patel at the home ministry.

Mrs Shinde along with her mother and sister had taken a cruise to Israel. At one of the ports en route, they went shopping and an Arab shop owner took a fancy to her.

He told her mother that he would be willing to give 10 camels for Mrs Shinde if she would join him.

“And my mother-in-law instead of saying ‘Impossible’ asked how much is a camel worth?” laughs Dr Shinde, an excellent story-teller.

“On her return, my wife was relating the story and the field marshal told her, ‘Darling, I don’t have any camels but I have two cows and three dogs’.”

“Oh, you never took offence because he said it in good humour and was a complete gentleman. The ladies loved him,” adds Mrs Shinde with a laugh.

IMAGE: Dr Shinde, an army doctor, first met then Lieutenant General Manekshaw at the war front during the 1965 War. He was the field marshal’s doctor from 1982 till his passing in 2008. Photograph: Rajesh Karkera/Rediff.com

In the happy tales about the legendary soldier is also anguish that the field marshal was not given his due by the government in life or death.

It was only when then President A P J Abdul Kalam visited him that the Rashtrapati realised that the field marshal had not been given his entitlements.

“He went back and must have ticked off somebody in the government so Rs 1.3 crore of back pay was given to him. As a field marshal his pay was equivalent to that of the chief. He did not have a staff officer or official car.”

“After that they gave him a staff officer, a car, but it was too late,” says Dr Shinde, still visibly upset.

Some months later, Field Marshal Manekshaw passed away.

Shockingly, none of the three defence chiefs, not then defence minister A K Antony nor any other minister attended the field marshal’s funeral.

“It was shameful!” says Dr Shinde who was at the funeral.

“And it will be a shame if he doesn’t get a Bharat Ratna. He led the three services to India’s greatest military victory and was an exceptional leader of men,” he says in reference to current army chief General Bipin Rawat’s recent remark that Field Marshal K C Cariappa should be honoured with the Bharat Ratna.

“Among India’s military greats, the greatest is Sam Manekshaw.”


Archana Masih / Rediff.com




Savukshaw, Rohinton Mistry’s “greatest [cricketer] of them all”

Thanks to Savukshaw, things took such unusual proceedings that MCC’s annual ball budget took a serious toll.

Left: Cover of Tales from Firozsha Baag (courtesy: Wikimedia Commons) Right: Rohinton Mistry © Getty Images

Few have depicted pre-globalisation Bombay — for Mumbai it used to be in those days — like Rohinton Mistry in his award-winning Tales from Firozsha Baag. The collection consists of eleven delightful stories based in a Parsee-dominated colony (called Firozsha Baag, as you may have figured out). The stories are intertwined in the sense that the same set of people appear in almost all stories, but every story centres around one character or family.

There is, in fact, one titled Of White Hairs and Cricket, but this is not about that one. Our story goes by the name Squatter. It features Nariman Hansotia, who drove a 1932 Mercedes-Benz, sported a Clark Gable moustache, and told intriguing stories (that sometimes bordered on the lines of extreme creativity) to the children and adolescents of the colony.

Squatter features two stories by Nariman Hansotia. This is the shorter one.

Nariman Hansotia was not impressed by the fact that they were impressed by “Contractor [whose first name was also Nariman], Polly Umrigar, and recently, the young chap, Farokh Engineer.” He insisted that there was one Savukshaw, “the greatest of them all”.

The story tells the tale of an Indian tour of England. India were led by Contractor. This was obviously not possible, since Contractor had never led India on a tour of England. But then, though the characters (or most of them) are real in Nariman Hansotia’s world, there is no claim that the events are.

Unfortunately, Nadkarni (Bapu?), India’s star batsman, was down with influenza. MCC scored 497. India, after being bowled out for 109 (Nadkarni’s replacement had to retire hurt after being hit by a bumper), were asked to bat again. When India were 38 for 5, still 350 runs away from making MCC bat again, Savukshaw walked out to bat.

He left the first ball outside off (“but with what style! what panache!”). He did the same with the next with “boredom written all over him”. Then came the third ball, a straight, quick delivery, aimed at the stumps.

Savukshaw flicked the ball at tremendous pace. The fielder there was six feet seven inches tall, weighed 250 lbs, and nothing had gone past him in the match. But Savukshaw had intentionally hit it towards the fielder, whose gargantuan palm came down to pouch the ball…

But that was it. The fielder erupted in “a howl that rang through the entire stadium, that soared like the cry of a banshee right up to the cheapest seats in the furthest, highest corners … into the pavilion, into the kitchen.” The cook inside the kitchen was injured after spilling boiled water on himself.

As for the fielder, he was bleeding as profusely as any seen in the history, “like a fountain in an Italian piazza, like a burst water-main from the Vihar-Powai reservoir.” There was tremendous blood loss, soaking the fielder’s flannels and the grass.

But what about the ball? It lay peacefully just beyond the boundary line. ’It’ is probably not the best possible objective, for it had split neatly into halves. The stitches had come off, and most of its innards had spilled out.

That was it. As the match continued, Savukshaw hit the ball with at least as much power. The fielders had no intention to stop the shots. One replacement ball after every stroke, which meant MCC’s “annual ball budget was thrown badly out of balance.”

India saved the innings defeat. In fact, if there was time they might have won it.

But how did the bat survive the onslaught? Obviously because it was no ordinary bat. Savukshaw used a special oil, the formula of which he had acquired from a cricket-talent-scouting sadhu. Despite the bat, however, Savukshaw insisted that the real secret to his success was hard work and hours of practice.

Unfortunately, Savukshaw quit cricket soon afterwards to become a cyclist, to nobody’s surprise the fastest in the world. After a short stint with pole-vault he switched to become a hunter. He could shave the whisker of a cat in the backyard of C Block (of Firozsha Baag, of course) from the third floor of A Block. He would later move on from that as well to another profession, one where he would earn the moniker of Parsi Picasso…

Abhishek Mukherjee is the Chief Editor at CricketCountry. He blogs at ovshake dot blogspot dot com and can be followed on Twitter @ovshake42.

TCS & Cornell Tech Inaugurate the Tata Innovation Center

$50 Million Investment from Tata Consultancy Services will Enhance Applied Research at University Campus and Accelerate K-12 Digital Literacy in New York City Schools 

NEW YORK | MUMBAI, Dec 4, 2017 —Tata Consultancy Services (TCS),(BSE: 532540, NSE: TCS) a leading global IT services, consulting and business solutions organization, announced Dec. 4 a $50 million investment in Cornell Tech. The investment includes a significant gift for the first phase of capital development on the Roosevelt Island campus, as well as support for collaborating on technology research and expanding K-12 digital literacy programs in New York City.

In recognition of the gift, Cornell Tech has inaugurated the Tata Innovation Center on Roosevelt Island. The center, formerly known as The Bridge, brings academia and industry together under one roof to share ideas and research on next-generation digital technologies and how to commercialize new areas of collaboration.

“Tata Group and TCS have a long and celebrated history of investments in education and institution building in the communities in which we operate,” said Natarajan Chandrasekaran, Chairman of the Tata Group. “The Tata Innovation Center will drive applied research and collaboration between Cornell, industry and the startup ecosystem in emerging areas including human machine interaction and cyber security, benefitting both US business and local communities.”

“The Tata Innovation Center will become a hub for New York’s tech sector and a global icon for how academia and industry can collaborate to leverage technology for the greater good,” said Martha E. Pollack, Cornell University President. “Cornell Trustee Ratan Tata ’59, BArch ’62 and the Tata family of companies have long supported innovation at Cornell; our new partnership with Tata Consultancy Services will drive innovation at Cornell Tech and help the campus reach its full potential for education, research and societal impact.”

“New York City has been proudly partnering with TCS for years, including their sponsorship of the TCS New York City Marathon, work with local schools, and so much more. TCS’ new partnership with Cornell Tech will help drive New York’s economic competitiveness and advance digital literacy programs to reach even more schools across the city. Through this critical engagement, Computer Science for All, the Tech Talent Pipeline, and more, we are working to keep New York City a leader in the 21st century economy and ensure that everyone has the opportunity to share in the growth and success of the tech industry,” added Mayor Bill de Blasio.

Tata Innovation Center

TCS will become one of the tenants in the Tata Innovation Center, a first-of-its-kind building where an extraordinary mix of cutting-edge companies from diverse industries have the opportunity to work alongside groundbreaking Cornell academic teams. They include recent Cornell Tech graduates seeking to commercialize new ideas and work with start-ups and established companies developing leading edge technologies and products. The building features meeting areas on each level, including a light-filled, multi-level Tech Gallery and a rooftop terrace sheltered by a solar trellis. The building was developed by Forest City New York and designed by WEISS/MANFREDI.

The new Cornell Tech campus on Roosevelt Island opened in September 2017, designed to combine the potential of academia and industry to create pioneering leaders and transformational new research, products, companies, and social ventures.

“TCS has operated in New York City for more than 40 years and invested in many long standing customer relationships and local community partnerships,” said Rajesh Gopinathan, CEO and Managing Director of TCS. “Our joint research with Cornell Tech is designed to fully leverage their campus ecosystem and TCS’ industry leading technical expertise to develop solutions that empower notable transformation and talent development across industries in an era of Business 4.0.”

“Cornell Tech serves as a model for the campus and community of the future,” added Congresswoman Carolyn B. Maloney. “Already, young people are receiving a world class education in computer science and cutting edge training in how to become entrepreneurs. I am delighted that the Tata Innovation Center will stand as a reminder to our community for generations to come of the extraordinary generosity of the Tata Group and TCS, which enables new joint research and K-12 literacy programs. I know this will help lead us into the future.”

“The Tata family and TCS have long been drivers of innovation as one of the world’s leading IT services organizations, and we are thrilled to have their name grace our building and to have them as a tenant,” said MaryAnne Gilmartin, President and CEO of Forest City New York. “The Tata Innovation Center breaks down all barriers to innovation and collaboration, with a diverse group of tenants working alongside groundbreaking Cornell Tech academic teams. The building is a key component of the mission of Cornell Tech and driving economic growth for New York.”

Cutting-Edge Collaborative Research

Cornell Tech’s academic environment encourages tight integration across disciplines, couples fundamental research with practice, and supports societal and commercial ventures alongside education.

A distinguishing characteristic of Cornell Tech’s research is that it engages deeply with external communities, organizations and industry to address real-world problems. TCS will collaborate with Cornell Tech’s world-class faculty on cutting-edge research in human-computer interaction (the convergence of technologies such as Mixed Reality and IoT ineveryday human activities) and cyber security (improving cloud computing security and privacy aspects for a wider Blockchain adoption).

“Cornell Tech stands apart because of our focus on academic excellence, coupled with real-world impact, and this new partnership with TCS will dramatically improve our ability to make a difference, from commercializing research to engaging with public school students across New York City,” said Dan Huttenlocher, Jack and Rilla Neafsey Dean and Vice Provost of Cornell Tech. “TCS shares our vision of ensuring all students and teachers have meaningful engagements with computer science in the classroom, and with their help we will reach even more schools.”

Commitment to K-12 Education

To empower NYC youth to participate and thrive in an increasingly digital world, TCS and Cornell Tech have joined forces to promote the integration of computational expertise in K-12 public education, starting with engagement in NYC School Districts 2 and 30. This multi-year community engagement effort aims to build digital fluency and computational acumen among students, educators and schools in the nation’s largest public school system, with a special focus on girls, minorities and the underserved.

TCS will leverage Cornell Tech’s academic expertise to design education programs that introduce students to new digital technologies such as Artificial Intelligence (AI), Blockchain and Cybersecurity. Cornell Tech will leverage TCS’ industry expertise and host their Ignite My Future in School program for educators across all five boroughs, starting with two school districts from Manhattan and Queens in January 2018. Additionally, TCS will also offer its award winning flagship education program, goIT, to students and schools served by Cornell Tech’s K-12 initiative.

“Cornell Tech and TCS are to be commended on their unique collaboration, particularly in relation to the planned enhancement of computational skills for New York City public school students. Such skills are highly applicable to the digital world in the workplace and in contemporary knowledge transmittal as well as creation. Today’s announcement is indeed momentous,” said Assemblymember Rebecca Seawright.

“When our city’s great institutions partner with our schools, we all win,” said Manhattan Borough President Gale A. Brewer. “I congratulate Cornell Tech and Tata Consultancy Services on their partnership, and look forward to seeing its benefits for New York City’s K-12 students.”

“Knowledge is power and these days digital literacy is proving to be all powerful, “said Council Member Ben Kallos. “I have extreme confidence and very high expectations of this partnership between Tata Consultancy Services and Cornell Tech. This $50 million investment includes advancing digital education in K-12 within New York City schools which will benefit an untold number of young lives and lead to unimaginable innovation from right here in New York City. Thank you to the Tata Group and TCS for collaborating with Cornell Tech for the benefit of New York City’s most precious resource our children.”

About Cornell Tech

Cornell Tech brings together faculty, business leaders, tech entrepreneurs, and students in a catalytic environment to produce visionary results grounded in significant needs that will reinvent the way we live in the digital age. The Jacobs Technion-Cornell Institute embodies the academic partnership between the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology and Cornell University on the Cornell Tech campus.

From 2012-2017, the campus was temporarily located in Google’s New York City building. In the Fall of 2017, 30 world-class faculty and 300 graduate students moved to the first phase of Cornell Tech’s permanent campus on Roosevelt Island, continuing to conduct groundbreaking research, collaborate

extensively with tech-oriented organizations and pursue their own startups. When fully completed, the campus will include two million square feet of state-of-the-art buildings, over two acres of open space, and will be home to more than 2,000 graduate students and hundreds of faculty and staff.

About Cornell University

Cornell University is a world-class research institution known for the breadth and rigor of its curricula, and an academic culture dedicated to preparing students to be well-educated and well-rounded citizens of the world. Its faculty, staff and students believe in the critical importance of knowledge—both theoretical and applied—as a means of improving the human condition and solving the world’s problems. With campuses in Ithaca, New York, New York City, and Doha, Qatar, Cornell is a private, Ivy League research university and the land-grant institution of New York State.

About Tata Consultancy Services Ltd. (TCS)

Tata Consultancy Services is an IT servicesconsulting and business solutions organization that delivers real results to global business, ensuring a level of certainty no other firm can match. TCS offers a consulting-led, integrated portfolio of ITBPSInfrastructure, Engineering and Digital services. This is delivered through its unique Global Network Delivery Model™, recognized as the benchmark of excellence in software development. A part of the Tata group, India’s largest industrial conglomerate, TCS has over 389,000 of the world’s best-trained consultants in 46 countries. The company generated consolidated revenues of U.S. $17.6 billion for year ended March 31, 2017 and is listed on the BSE Limited and National Stock Exchange of India Limited. For more information, visit us at www.tcs.com.

To stay up-to-date on TCS news in North America, follow@TCS_NA. For TCS global news, follow@TCS_News.

Cornell Tech Media Contact: Jovana Rizzo, jovana@berlinrosen.com646-452-5637



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Minorities Development Department, Government of Maharashtra announces the Scholarship Scheme for Students of Minority Communities, Maharashtra 2017-18 for the poor and meritorious students who are pursuing professional courses in Maharashtra. The communities that are included in this scheme are Muslim, Buddhist, Christian, Sikh, Parsi, Jain & Jews.


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  • Have the annual income from all sources not more than INR 6,00,000.


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Google Doodle honours Homai Vyarawalla, the ‘First Lady of the Lens’

The country honoured Homai Vyarawalla with a Padma Vibhushan in 2010 (Source: Google Doodle)


Homai Vyarawalla is India’s first woman photojournalist whose lens earned her a reputation for the candid shots of India’s independence movement, the first tri-colour hoisting, the death of Mahatma Gandhi, and others which become a part of national archives. Today, google doodle in its portrait featured Homai Vyarawalla to mark her 104th birth anniversary.

Born in 1913 in a Parsi family in Navsari, Gujarat, Vyarawalla’s childhood was spent on various places as her father worked in a travelling theater company. Besides completing her education from Bombay University and Sir JJ School of Art, she started taking snaps of daily life of mumbaikers and in this way become a professional photographer.

Vyarawalla at her house in Mumbai (Express Photo/Bhupendra Rana/File)

During the turbulent time of second world war in 1942, Vyarawalla got a job at the British Information Services in New Delhi, and also started working with the Bombay-based ‘The Illustrated Weekly of India’ magazine where many of her black and white images were published that became iconic later.

Vyarawalla before receving the Padma Vibhushan award at a function at the Rashtrapati Bhavan (Express Photo/Praveen Jain/File)

The photographs that she clicked were published under the pseudonym ‘Dalda 13’. This number was symbolic as her birth year was 1913, when she was 13-years-old she met her husband and her first car’s registration number was DLD 13.

A year after her husband’s death in 1973, Homai Vyarawalla quit photography and lived alone in Vadodara, Gujarat. In the year 1989, she lost her son and only child. The country honoured her with a Padma Vibhushan in 2010. The iconic lady’s journey came to an end on January 15, 2012.

Google Doodle honours Homai Vyarawalla, the ‘First Lady of the Lens’




The Ordinary Heroes of the Taj Hotel

Taj terror attack has become a massive psychology case study in Harvard. Not ONE Taj employee abandoned the hotel and ran right through the attack. They helped guests escape and many died . It confounds psychologists . Finally they pin pointed 3 recruitment strategies

1) Taj did not recruit from big cities , they recruited from smaller cities where traditional culture still holds strong

2) They did not recruit toppers, they spoke to school masters to find out who were  most respectful of their parents, elders , teachers and and others .

3) They taught their employees to be ambassadors of their guests to the organisation not ambassadors of the company to their guests .

The results are stupefying . The Indian army too does not recruit toppers, they recruit people through intensive psychological testing, perhaps that is why they have one of the most effective govt organisations in the country , unlike bureaucrats recruited for being toppers but suspect psychologies . This has implications on parenting too


Bone Marrow Transplant

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People residing overseas as well as people residing outside Melbourne can register themselves as donors.  There is a worldwide registry for bone marrow donors and once a match is located (even from overseas) arrangements will be made by the hospital to bring the matching bone marrow to Australia if necessary. There is no cost involved for the donor.
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How unconditional warmth has endured Daruvala and Mistry families in engineering venture together

Sterling and Wilson managing director Khurshed Daruvala with mother Zarine, chairperson, and daughter Delna, who’s in training

Owned by two Parsi business families, with its fourth generation just being inducted, the storied Sterling and Wilson is now at an inflexion point. The 90-year-old engineering firm has only two shareholders. The Mistry family of the Shapoorji Pallonji group holds 67%, while the Daruvala family led by managing director Khurshed owns 33%. The company has been managed by the Daruvala family through “several troughs and crests,” with 48-year-old Khurshed leading it for almost two decades and to its recent success. The Daruvalas — the Mistrys lend support — have painstakingly done the heavy lifting to get on the fast track.

The families’ association dates back to 1927, when Meherwan Daruwala founded Wilson Electric Works, a small contractor in Meadows Street, Mumbai. Across the street, another Parsi businessman, Shapoorji Pallonji Mistry Sr of the eponymously-named construction firm was laying the foundation for his family business and Bombay’s heritage structures. Folklore has it that a faulty appliance — people say Mistry’s domestic iron — was repaired, much to his satisfaction, by Daruwala and with it evolved a longlasting friendship between the two.

Their sons, Yazdi Daruvala and Pallonji Mistry, only strengthened this bond. Pallonji understood the importance of having an as a partner for his civil contracting business and acquired 51% in Wilson Electricals. Thus the name Sterling, a Mistry investment firm, was added as a prefix.

Their partnership saw them win prestigious contracts for building Taj Mahal Hotel and World Trade Centre at Cuffe Parade. The Daruwalas did electrical contracting work for all SP Group projects.

Yazdi took over reins in 1973 and enlisted wife Zarine, mother of his three children, to help out with the book-keeping. Family ties were close and Pallonji, amused by his friend’s decision, is said to have sent an accountant from SP Group to teach her the basics daily till she mastered it.

Zarine now chairs Sterling and Wilson. During the same halcyon days of the early 70s, Pallonji, father of Shapur and Cyrus, crossed the Arabian Sea to Oman to build the Sultan Qaboos Palace.

Bangalore’s NAVAL DALAL Turns 103!

Life, at any age, is a celebration — more so when you turn 103, like Bangalore’s Naval H. Dalal did on November 27.

Fittingly, the Bangalore Parsee Zoroastrian Anjuman (BPZA), on behalf of its Trustees and members, felicitated at his residence.

Naval is the oldest Parsi living in Bangalore. Naval Hormusji Dalal was born on November 27, 1914, into a horse racing family!

When Naval was around 10-years-old, his elder brother, Rusi, who was just a few years older, took him for admission to the Clarence Boys School in Bangalore, where the English headmistress christened him ‘Noel’ – the name stuck ever since!

In 1948, Naval married Nergis (nee Tarapore), who is 95 years old today. By Ahura Mazda’s grace, they will celebrate their 70th wedding anniversary next year!

Courtesy: Jam-e-Jamshed