Search for House FIRDAUS in Burma


THE HOUSE THAT NAOROJI MADON BUILT
NEAR KOKINE LAKE, MYANMAR

Greetings. I am Hoshang Dastoor from Parsi Colony, Dadar, Mumbai. My grandfather Naoroji Madon built a house called “FIRDAUS” near Kokine Lake, near Rangoon, Burma. He and his family – wife Tehmina and daughter Dr. Sarah (my late grandmother and mother) – came to India as refugees in the wake of the Japanese invasion in 1942.

I am planning to visit Burma in February 2018 and one of my top priorities is to locate this house. The visit to Burma is a cherished and sentimental dream as I grew up listening to stories of life in Burma. There is no point visiting unless I can locate both Firdaus and also Kennedy House, the other house that Naoroji built.

I do not know the name of the street where Firdaus was built, only that it was built on a one-acre plot was near Kokine Lake, about 7 miles from Rangoon proper, and described as a mansion..

Here is an available brief description of the house as Naoroji designed and built it:

· There was a rose garden in the front of the house.
· Living, dining and guest rooms situated on the ground floor.
· Three bedrooms and toilets upstairs
· A corridor connecting the kitchen, pantry and storeroom to the rest of the building.
· Venetian stained glass panes illuminated the staircase.
· Rooms were large and constructed with high ceilings and ample windows so that the interior was bright and airy
· A forest of rubber tress flanked the rear of the plot and was visible from a bedroom.

Please help me to trace the whereabouts of this house (Firdaus). Anybody with relevant information may kindly contact me. Contact details are:

Hoshang G. Dastoor

Landline: 022-24142227, 022-24141701
Mobile phone: 9821807071
E-mail address: hdastoor@vsnl.com
Wife’s mobile phone: 9821449037

Thanks and regards,
Hoshang Dastoor

2 comments

  • B.K. BURJORJEE

    I often herad about NAOROJI race. It would be so hard to find out the house.Because that are is now occupied by the Military general. I am decedent from BBURJORJEE race living in Canada. Our land , called “The BURJORJEE HILLS” was closer to tha tKokine Lake (swimming pool) were nationalized by the Generalized by Ne Win government.

  • B.K.BURJORJEE

    Here maybe your accentors.
    https://hosted.law.wisc.edu/wordpress/sharafi/files/2013/04/Burmese-Tombstones-as-of-8-Dec-2014.pdf.
    The fire temple had been demolished and the cemetery been moved to out of the Rangoon.

    All most all the Parsi (Zoroastrian) migrated to Austria (Sydney or Perth) when General Ne Win Nationalized all of the Zoroastrian Parsi and Indian possession,
    Enjoy

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