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.
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.
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.
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.
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. email@example.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. firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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 “email@example.com” Thank you.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
I want information of Gev B Bharucha he is in his late 50s brother of Katty Bharucha n Nelly Bharucha. Nelly is my friend married in 1978 after that no contact. Nelly n l were to gether in J B Vachha high School in Dadar Parsi Colony they use to live behind JB Vachha Parsi Colony their father had expired long back n mother use to give tuitions to small kids now Gev Bharucha has shifted from Parsi Colony Dadar to Ghatkopar some yrs back their neighbors do not know Gev’s were abouts so pls pls help me in finding Gev Bharucha’s mbl no or address as Nelly is married l do not know her present surname so through Gev l will know her wereabouts thanks a lot
Gev Bharucha has done is schooling from Dadar Parsi Youth Assembly High School in short DPYS