Search for a Missing Zarthushti Irani Lady


Hi, I’m Bakhtaver Katila living in Sydney Australia. I’m looking for my friend Shahnaz Irani who was in school with me in Karachi, Pakistan. Shahnaz and myself completed our Secondary school education together in 1973 from the Mama Parsi Girls’ School in Karachi. My friend Shahnaz migrated to Iran around 1975 to join her brother and his wife. From memory the brother’s name is Mehraban or Mehraboon. Her brother is married to a Zarthushti Irani girl from Iran. My friend’s father worked for BOAC (now known as British Airways) for many years in Karachi. They resided in main Saddar area of Karachi and lived in an apartment building opposite a famous bakery called Pereira Bakery. After a few years her parents too left for Iran. I very much want to connect with Shahnaz. My email is marzbeck9@hotmail.com and my mobile is +61 435 388 608. Anyone with any knowledge of Shahnaz’s current whereabouts please help so that I could contact her.

Thank you for your help

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Looking for details about Kaikhosru Jamsett


I’ve been looking with great interest at your Parsi Directory online and wonder if you can help me further, as I am looking to trace my ancestors in Bombay and would greatly appreciate any assistance or advice you can offer.
My name is Elizabeth Brown (nee Jamsett) and I live in the UK.  My grandfather, Kaikhosru Jamsett, a Parsi, was born in Bombay around 1873 and he qualified as a Doctor in Bombay on or before 1902.
In 1908 he was in London studying at the London School of Tropical Medicine, which was founded in 1899 with the help of a donation from Parsi philanthropist Bomanjee Dinshaw Petit.
Kaikhosru Jamsett married Ada Wood in 1911 and lived and practiced in Canning Town, London until his death in 1929. Kaikhosru Jamsett’s father was Jamsetji Framji Polshuda (a frame maker & builder. Deceased by 1911).
The family believe that he knew Mahatma Gandhi and that his wife Ada, met with Gandhi when he stayed in Canning Town for 3 months in 1931.
I appreciate you are busy but would be most grateful if you could give advice on the best way to trace my ancestors in Bombay or indeed, recommend someone who may be able to help, as I am struggling to find further information from the UK.  I would of course be willing to pay for the service.
I look forward to hearing from you.
Yours sincerely
Elizabeth Brown
elizabethbrown9@me.com

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

Looking for Parsi Cyclists and their Stories


I am currently based in London, pursuing a postgraduate degree in Critical Writing for Art and Design at Royal College of Art. For one of my research projects, I have chosen to write about With Cyclists Round the World. As you may know, this travelogue narrates the experiences of Adi Hakim, Jal Bapasola, and Rustom Bhumgara – three Parsis who travelled the globe on push bikes from 1923 to 1928. Your website provided some articles that proved helpful to my enquiry. Amongst them, one mentioned a Sports scholarship, named after the trio and awarded by the Parsi Panchayat of Vadodara. And another was Mr. Ervad Marzban Hathiram’s article for the Times of India (2002).

Here are the links for your reference:

https://zoroastrians.net/2017/06/15/scholarships-from-parsi-panchayat-vadodara/

https://zoroastrians.net/2014/12/16/around-the-world-in-53-months/

I have been studying the said travel account at the British Library, where a copy of the first edition is available. Additionally, I have ploughed through the archives of The Times of India to get relevant material. In the newspaper, the journey received much attention but surprisingly the book finds little mention. So, I would be grateful if you could connect me with their families or any other knowledgeable source that can provide further information about these men and the publishing history of the book.

To me, their accomplishment deserves to be studied, celebrated, and brought to the attention of global audiences. And I hope you will extend a helping hand in my humble effort to do so.

Here is further information on the expedition and the book, including individuals and institutions that link to this topic in some way –
About the expedition
Cyclists: Adi Hakim, Jal Bapasola, Rustom Bhumgara*, Gustad Hathiram, Nariman Kapadia, Keki Pochkhanawala
The expedition was undertaken from 1923 to 1928
The cyclists were Bombay Pioneers (of the British Indian Army).
They were members of the Bombay Weightlifting Club, Bombay YMCA Cycling Touring Club, and the Cyclists Touring Club of London
Amongst others, Mr. G K Nariman, Sir Hormusji Adenwalla, Sir Hormusji Wadia greatly helped the enterprise
And lastly, upon their return, they were given grand receptions by Messrs, Little and Co., Bombay Students Brotherhood, Bombay Boy Scouts Association, and the Young Men’s Parsi Association to name a few
In these years, the Zoroastrian Physical Culture and Health League was an important organisation for sporting endeavours in general. And as of 2017, the Parsi Panchayat of Baroda has announced a Sports scholarship in their honour.
*Rustom became a political activist after returning and served two terms in prison.
About the book
With Cyclists Round the World was first published in 1931
Authored by: Adi Hakim, Gal Bapasola, Rustom Bhumgara
Printed by: Rustomji Dossabhoy Shroff, at J N Petit Parsi Orphanage, Captain Printing Works, Lalbaug, Bombay
Published by: Adi B Hakim, Shera House, Parsi Colony, Dadar
The book was republished in 2008 by Roli Books as With Cyclists Around the World
Copyrights for this are owned by Darayous Adi Hakim and Roda Darayous Hakim (Adi Hakim’s son and daughter-in-law)
Historian Esther David has contributed to this edition
I have intentionally outlined an extensive list because any kind of input on any of these sources will be helpful.
In particular, I am looking for biographical information about the cyclists and the book’s publishing history.
I can be contacted through email or phone –

 

I look forward to hearing from you and thank you for your consideration.

Warm Regards,

Niyoshi Shah

Looking for Parsi Body Builders / Strong men


Let me also  take  a moment to introduce myself.
I am working in the History Department of the SNDT College and am working on a project for the K.R. Cama Oriental Institute on Parsi Physical Culture Clubs in Bombay.
I am looking at Parsi body builders, strong men, athletes and wrestlers as well as some of the institutions that they had founded in the early twentieth century. I am particularly interested in the career of Tehmsap Sarkari (who also founded a physical culture home which was certainly functional upto 1949) and B.C. Guzder who founded the Guzder Health Home. [References to both these men are found in Darukhanawala Parsis and Sports]. However I haven’t been able to track the exact location of these institutes or even find any information about these remarkable men despite  my scouring of archival material both in Gujarati and in English.
I’m also interested in the history of the Marker’s Health Home and have spoken to some old timers and got some information. I have also had some success with the Petit Gymnastic Institute on which there is much material in the State Archives and newspapers. So broadly I am looking at recovering the histories of Parsi physical culturists and institutions,  which have not been documented in detail in the existing community histories.
I was hoping if I could receive any help or insight in this regard.
Thank you.
Best Regards,
Namrata
Namrata Ganneri <namgan@gmail.com>

Looking for family members of Edul Shapoorji Billimoria


Looking for family members of late Edul Shapoorji Billimoria (my grandfather’s brother)
 
My late grandfather Pestonji (Pesi) Shapoorji Billimoria was a police commissioner in Aden 
and he had one more brother, late Jamshed P Billimoria
 
The family lost contact with Edulji and his family nearly 70 years ago
 
It is believed that Edulji  passed away in Nairobi and
his wife Freny and daughter Perviz migrated to either NZ or Australia
 
His son Jal E Billimoria went to London.
Jal was married to Thrity Nowrojee (his uncle’s daughter) 
 
Kindly email me at: [  avk_8@hotmail.com  ]  if you know of their whereabouts 
or contact details
 
Thanking you
 
Aban (nee Billimoria)

 

K. C. College-1988 B.Com-Parsi friends-help to trace them


I require your help in tracing our college friends.

We completed our B. Com. from K. C. College in 1988. In our class there were some Parsis also.

We require your help to trace them so that we can invite them also for our reunion.

Their names are:

Mohta Jamshed Pesi

Darius Surti

Havovi Wadia

Pesi Wadia

Havovi Adenwala

Keyumurz Sheriary

Cyrus Bhathena

 

The common link is K. C. College, 1988, B. Com. batch.

Thanks in advance.

Regards,

Shailesh Jain

shaileshjain@tataprojects.com

Looking for Soonamai


I live in Karachi and there is a friend of mine who is looking for Soonamai daughter of ruatomjee who was a principal at some institute.   My friend says soonamai studied at Karachi university in the 70’s with her mum talat wizarat.   After that soonamai got married and went to the USA – not sure where.  The family still kept in touch with her dad and then I don’t know if the dad passed away or they stopped meeting.  Soonamai by the way used to live in Saddar.
If there is any contact please let me know on arnazframji@gmail.com
Many thanks
Arnaz Framji <arnazframji@gmail.com>

Looking for family members of Edul Shapoorji Billimoria


Looking for family members of Edul Shapoorji Billimoria( my grand uncle)
 
He was the brother of late Pestonji (Pesi) Shapoorji Billimoria (my grandfather-who was a police inspector in Aden) and late Jamshed P Billimoria
 
The family lost contact with him and his family nearly 70 years ago
 
Edulji could have migrated to the UK via Africa (maybe Nairobi)
 
His wife’s name was Freny and son was Jal. He had a daughter too
 
Kindly email me at:[  avk_8@hotmail.com  ]  if you know of their whereabouts or contact details
 
Thanking you
 
Aban (nee Billimoria)