Category Archives: Missing Parsi

LOOKING FOR FAMILY OF DR. HOMI J. BHABHA

My name is Nidhi Singh Dharma, I am a writer, story teller and a research enthusiast. I am trying to gather some information on Illustrious nuclear scientist Dr. Homi J. Bhabha and his family for my new project. I would love to interact with some kin/relatives of the Bhabha family. Here’s what I have managed to find so far.

Dr. Homi J. Bhabha’s father was Jehangir Hormusji Bhabha, a renowned lawyer and mother’s name was Meheren (Meherbai).

He had a younger brother named Jamshed J. Bhabha (founder of NCPA, Mumbai) whose wife’s name was Betty Irene.

His paternal aunt Meherbai Tata, wife of Dorabji Tata.

Maternal grandmother’s name was Ruttonbai Framji Panday.

I am requesting this forum to please spread the word and help me get in touch with his descendants/relatives.  

Thank you.

My email address is remembernidhi@gmail.com

Looking for Furdoonjee D.J Paruck of Bombay

My name is Purushotham Reddy Koppula, based out of New York. I am a numismatist and a history enthusiast , currently trying to trace the family of Mr.Furdoonjee D.J Paruck of Bombay.
 
I am in the process of studying and writing a review article on the evolution of sasanian coinage of persia and in this regard, trying to find a copy of a book that was authored by Paruck ji. Please find attached, an image of the front cover and page of the original 1924 publication of his work (Apologies for the poor image quality). Published by the Times Press, Bombay, this is the first ever scholarly work on sassanian coins, from India. Paruck, Furdoonjee D. J., Sasanian Coins, Bombay 1924, 535 pages, 36 plates of photos and Pahlavi alphabet, 32 tables of line drawings, hardcover. This book was reprinted in 1976 by  Indological Book Corp, New Delhi.
 
He was a member of the Numismatic Society of India (NSI), BHU, Varnasi, of which I am also a life member and could not get any info on him.
 
From what I know, Furdoonjee D.J.Paruck was a resident of Bombay and lived in the Kala ghoda area of Bombay. His ancestral home/bungalow was called as “Gul Mansion”. I tried finding out more info, with the help of my friend in Mumbai, but unfortunately, he said there is nobody related to Paruck ji’s family living in that house. Does anybody in today’s Mumbai know any living heirs of Paruck ji? I am looking to find this book of his, which will serve as a reference for my article and would appreciate, if somebody could help me get in touch with his current family members or somebody who has this book and could help me.
Purushotham Reddy Koppula

Looking for a Parsi Gentleman

 

My name is Shirin Nawab and I am trying to find out about a relative that we dont know much about. Our grandfather was Parsee and my cousin and I found this picture in one of the family picture boxes when he passed. My cousin was obsessed with our family tree, but unfortunately she passed in a tragic accident last year and I try to finish her wish and task to find out more about our family history.  We have tried to find out who he is but we struggle to make out the identity. Maybe you know more about the uniform of this time and where we could find out more.

Thank you very much.
Best regards,
Shirin Nawab

 

Seeking information on Pestonji Padshah, a friend of Mahatma Gandhi

Dear all,
Please see the message below from Gopalkrishna Gandhi, author and former governor of West Bengal. He is seeking information on a Parsi figure from the late nineteenth and early twentieth century, Pestonji Padshah, who knew Mahatma Gandhi (Pestonji Padshah’s brother, Burjorji, worked with the Tatas). He asks if you could get in touch with him if you might have any information on Padshah and his family. Mr. Gandhi has already done extensive research and is in touch with the Tata Central Archives, so please contact him only if you might have specific information to share.
Best regards,
Dinyar Patel
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Mohandas K. Gandhi met and got to know Pestonji Padshah when both of them were students in London. Gandhi studied law at the Inns of Court, 1888-1891. I do not know where Pestonji studied. Indian students in London at that time, as later and even earlier, regarded Dadabhai Naoroji as the solar centre of their universe. It is likely that Gandhi met Pestonji in the ‘Dadabhai circle’. He met up with Pestonji later, in Bombay, when he (Gandhi) was back from South Africa on a brief visit by when, as Gandhi says, Pestonji had become Prothonotary in the Bombay High Court. Pestonji advised Gandhi against prolonging his stay in South Africa saying that there was work to be done by him in India. Gandhi refers to the Padshah family again in his description (in his autobiography)  of a meeting with Sister Nivedita, in 1902. He says he encountered the distinguished Irishwoman in Pestonji’s home as she spoke to Pestonji’s mother. Gandhi acted as an impromptu interpreter for the senior lady, sharing with her the medium of Gujarati. It is not immediately clear from this description whether the meeting – and this residence of  the Padshahs –  was in Bombay or in Calcutta.
I am curious to find out more about Pestonji Padshah for a study I am engaged in of Gandhi’s autobiographical observations beyond his book The Story of my Experiments with Truth. Any clues about that gentleman will be most valuable to my study.
Gopalkrishna Gandhi

 

Looking for Godafrid – Godi

I am Vishwajit Dedgaonkar hailing from Pune. You may find my request a bit odd but I think you are the right person to help me.
Way back, in 1983-85 while I was a college student at Fergusson College, Pune, I had a friend called Godafrid ( I think that was her name) but I used to always call her by her nickname Godi. Godi was studying Arts in the same college viz. Fergusson College,  Pune during 1983-85 period. I know for certain that she was a Parsi girl. Its been many decades since I came across her after seeing her last during college days. Could you please help me locate her/connect with her?
It would be so nice of you if you can help me out.
With regards
Vishwajit
deds18813@gmail.com

Looking for Meherban Kalantari 

I would like to know about Mr. Meherban Kalantari  [Age 68 years]. He originally … hails from Tehran, Iran. He was in Mumbai, India for four years (4 years) to study in K.C. College, Mumbai University. He did B.A. in 1975, Mumbai University. He was staying in a boy’s hostel [YMCA- Young Men’s College Association Hostel, Colaba, Mumbai]. He was in Mumbai, India to attend a Parsi wedding (of Debara family/ Jokhi family) in 1978.

Actually a family friend of his / a college friend (Debara Family) is searching for him. Her name is Mrs. Minaz Viraf Jokhi [ nee Debara].

 I would be thankful if someone helps to trace him at the earliest. Worried as Iran is one of the worst-hit countries (COVID-19) in the present times.

There is no information/ clue regarding his present residential status as to whether he is residing in India / Iran or any other country. It may be India / Iran or any other country.

 If anyone of you has any information of his address or contact details like phone no., Mobile no, or email id. or where is he working or residing, please do let her know of it on the above email id.  minaz.jokhi@gmail.com  and cell ph. no. +91-9920625554.
Mrs. Minaz Viraf Jokhi  [ nee Debara]  is the family friend of Mr. Meherban Kalantri .
 
 Mrs. Minaz Viraf Jokhi  [ nee Debara] can also be contacted on her email id.  minaz.jokhi@gmail.com OR at her cell ph. no. +91-9920625554.

Kindly let me know of other Zoroastrian [Parsi/Irani] websites so that I can try to find out some information about him on those websites too.

Awaiting the response at the earliest.

 

Thank you

With  Best Wishes and Kind Regards

I Karanjia

i_karanjia@yahoo.com

 

Looking for the son of Minoo Soli Sethna

A request from a Parsi Canadian woman, Freny Sethna originally from Pakistan needs help in finding her cousin Minoo Soli Sethna’s son from India.
The son’s name is unknown and by now he must be by age in 30’s,  Minoo & his wife Dolly resided at Davidas Mansion, 5 Dinbai Petit St. Mumbai, 400007. India. Unfortunately both parents died in early age.
Minoo’s parents name: Soli & Arnavaz Sethna.  Soli was originally from Karachi.
If you have any info. please contact Freny Sethna at “frenyvalentino@gmail.com”  Thank you.

K. C. College-1988-B. Com. Batch – looking for Havovi & Pesi Wadia

Because of your help, we were able to reunite with 2 of our parsi friends.
We are still looking for 2 more parsi friends, they are Pesi Wadia and Havovi Wadia.
For your ready reference attached is the photo of our traditional day of 1987. In the photo Pesi and Havovi are 2nd and 4th from left.
We shall be thankful for your help in reuniting us with them.
Thanks & Regards,
Shailesh Jain <sdjain2906@gmail.com>
M – 92230 56285

Looking for Pesi Daruwalla and his progeny

Hello,

I am Firdosh Khurshed Tolat, residing in Parel, Mumbai.  My Paternal Grandmother was Manijeh Ratanshaw Tolat.  She had a brother Pesi Daruwalla.  Pesi Mama, as my Dad used to call him, had one son – Jehangir, and 3 daughters – Jaloo Arjani, Mehru Tarapore and Sheroo Engineer.  We are trying to locate and contact them and their children.  If anyone has any information on them, please contact me at firdoshtolat@gmail.com

Thank you and Tan Darosti …

Firdosh Tolat

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