CASE # 616 (Posted July 15, 2016)

Hello Mr. Gandi, My name is Rizwan Merchant and I am writing to you from Mumbai. I have trying to locate a school friend of mine for the last 7-8 years but have not been able to. His details are as follows… Name: Firdos Gandhi (classmate) He should be around 46-47 as of date. We have all studied at the Victoria High School in Mumbai located at Mahim, Near Sitladevi Temple. We passed out our X std in the year 1984. He had an Elder Brother by the name of Zarine Gandhi who was about 3 years our senior so I guess he would be about 49-50 as of date. His last known address that I remember is that he used to stay at the Railway Colony – Mahim East in Mumbai. Over the last 10 years I have been trying to get in touch with lost school mates and have managed to locate quite a few of them. We are also active on FB – https://www.facebook.com/groups/180056022049205/ I got to know the details of your good work and assistance while browsing the web. I would appreciate if you could help us locate our lost school friend. You can reach me on this gmail ID or on rizmfs@hotmail.com. Look forward to hearing from you. Warm Regards, Rizwan F Merchant rizmfs@gmail.com If you have any information, please write directly to rizmfs@hotmail.com and copy AderGandi@Gmail.com so it can be recorded as a solved case. Thank you. Be sure to mention the case #. You can track updates to cases by becoming our Facebook friend at http://www.facebook.com/people/Missing-Parsi/100002437887842

CASE # 615 (Posted July 15, 2016)

Hi Ader, found your website recently and …. i have a 100 yr old mystery for you. my great grandfather whom i only know as Percy Todman… but who is listed in a marriage registry as being the son of a ParsiName Percy Stephen Todman
Birth Date 1879
Age 42
Spouse’s Name Ruby Evelyn Mary Knight
Spouse’s Birth Date 1900
Spouse’s Age 21
Event Date 17 Feb 1921
Event Place Madras, Madras, India
Father’s Name Shabraji Hormanji ( i have seen so many mistakes in spelling in the LDS library, so Hormonji may really be Hormasji.. etc.)

where it says madras it means the madras presidency. i think they got married in bangalore… Percy could be Pestonji. or Pestanji…that’s a distinct possibility. There are family stories of him being born in Poona.. i will hazard a guess that he was born in 1877, 78 or 79 because we do know he was 42 at the time of his marriage. He and Ruby also went to Poona to have a baby.. named Hope Todman. possibly in the years 1924/27 he was listed as being a Dentist and an Optometrist in Bangalore in the years 1901 onward. This is as far as I have gotten. Because of marriage to a Christian, I wonder if the Parsee Marriage laws would have stalled his right to an inheritance, possibly from his grandparents and from his parents. and i do not know if his parents had converted to Christianity before he did, (if he did). There must be registries for births in the Parsee temple. If he did his initiation ceremony there surely would be some record… Where could i go to look at birth and initiation records in Poona. Would they be open to outsiders? Not that i could get there that easily from Vermont! now say, someone converted to christianity, would that be officially recorded somewhere in some registry because they would officially not be able to have access to trust funds that operated for the sole use of Parsees etc, as in the case of Tata and his french wife back in the day? …. thank you for any leads you may offer. Anita anitapaynter@aol.com If you have any information, please write directly to anitapaynter@aol.com on facebook and copy AderGandi@Gmail.com so it can be recorded as a solved case. Thank you. Be sure to mention the case #. You can track updates to cases by becoming our Facebook friend at http://www.facebook.com/people/Missing-Parsi/100002437887842

CASE # 614 (Posted July 15, 2016)

Dear Sir, I would like to get in touch with the following Parsi girls who studied with me at St Anne’s High School, Fort, Bombay. A get together is proposed in December 2016 to commemorate 50 years of having completed school. ( 1966) The names are 1. Behroze Banker. 2. Zarine Irani. 3. Parveen Irani. 4. Zarine Baria. 5. Farida Patheria. 6. Nargis Dastur. 7. Parveen Dastur. 8. Arnavaz ( Maiden Surname forgotten) They would all be between 65-68 years old at present. These names are their maiden names, their surnames may have changed on marriage. No 6 and No 7 were twins and I was told that both are now married and located in Houston, USA. Zarine Irani is probably Mrs Merchant now. Zarine Baria-Her parents either owned the Parsi dairy farm at Bombay or had at least a substantial stake in it. Either I may be given their contact addresses or they may be requested to contact me on my email. Regards Sashi Balasubramanian ( Maiden Name Sashi krishnan) Pondicherry India
Sashi Balasubramanian sashiexim@yahoo.com If you have any information, please write directly to
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CASE # 613 (Posted July 15, 2016)

Hi Ader, I would very much appreciate your help in finding my Grandfather Kaikobad Sorabji Sanjana. Kaikobad was born on 18 September (or March) 1887 . He grew up in Bombay and we think went to school at Sir JJ Forth High School for boys in 1899 for 3 years before going to Elphinstone college for 2 years. He joined the Indian service of Engineers in October of 1909 and in 1929 retired from the Indian Office list. He was a lecturer at Puna University of sanitary engineering and we think he had a brother Boman Sanjana who was a professor of mechanical engineering in Bihar in 1925 and who came over to London with Kaikobad around 1918 or 1920? Kaikobad membership number of the Royal Sanitary Institute was 2428(1908). In 1910 his address was – care of public works department Calcutta. His degrees were B.Sc L.C.E. Bombay. On the 17.03.1920 he changed his name from Kaikobad Sorabji Sanjana to Felix Lascelles we do not know why. He married my scottish Grandmother Mary Michie in 1921 at the Imperial hotel in Aberdeen. His UK passport was issued 7th November 1921 in England – XXXX He went back to work as an engineer in Calcutta with his wife, son Clarence, and daughter Gladys in 1925 for about 5 years before returning to Aberdeen and retiring. He had 3 children Clarence, Gladys and Raymond. There is an image of my grandfather’s passport below ….. Thanks ….Natalie

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CASE # 612 (Posted December 15, 2015)

Hello Ader, Please help me locate a long lost Parsi friend, Mr. Dhun Nariman Daji Daji.  He graduated from LIT bombay in 1967, with M.Tech. in metallurgical engineering.  I remember that he was a post’graduate student in hostel 2 of IIT Bombay, around 1966-67. And notably he is a brother of Yadmin Daji, the Miss India 1966. My friend and hostelmate Dsji as we always called him by his last name, was a polite and intelligent kind man who took the time to befriend me even though I was a chemical engineering undergraduate,  and taught me a little about Parsi history,  language,  and cuisine. I would like to locate and reconnect with him if possible.  Thank you for your help. Subhash Kuvelker Kuvelker@Gmail.com    If you have any information, please write directly to Subhash Kuvelker Kuvelker@Gmail.com and copy AderGandi@Gmail.com so it can be recorded as a solved case. Thank you. Be sure to mention the case #. You can track updates to cases by becoming our Facebook friend at http://www.facebook.com/people/Missing-Parsi/100002437887842ya

CASE # 611 (Posted December 15, 2015)

Hi, I am looking for a school friend of my mine by the name Adil Wadia Son of Keki Hormusji Wadia] . We studied together at Don Bosco High School , Matunga, Mumbai and passed out in 1979. His address as per school records was : XXXX Wadia Baug, Parel Tank Road , Mumbai 400 033. I and many of the old school friends are holding class reunions in Mumbai regularly since last one year. It would be nice if we got information on Adil Wadia so we can connect with him and reconnect with him. Hoping that I get a reply from you soon.

Thanks, Prakash Vora pkvora@gmail.com If you have any information, please write directly to Prakash Vora pkvora@gmail.com and copyAderGandi@Gmail.com so it can be recorded as a solved case. Thank you. Be sure to mention the case #. You can track updates to cases by becoming our Facebook friend athttp://www.facebook.com/people/Missing-Parsi/100002437887842

CASE # 610 (Posted December 15, 2015)

I am looking for two individuals since 1981
Tanaz Khan from Panthaki Colony, Andheri, know her from school time. BJPC Institution at Charni Rd; school acquaintance;
Age around 47 Height 5 ft. Ysed to be daughter of Manager of Panthaki Colony in 1980. Has two younger sisters.Ruzbeh Amalsadiwala, Dadar Parsee Colony Bombay, classmate in BJPC Institution at Charnu Rd; Age around 52. Height 5 ft. Heard his sister used to live in UK. Heard about tragic disappearance of his mom during Hindu Muslim Riot in Bombay. Our group friends Persi, Keku.Please help me find. My name is Hoshang My email is hthp4@hotmail.com Thank You. If you have any information, please write directly to Hoshang at hthp4@hotmail.com and copy AderGandi@Gmail.com so it can be recorded as a solved case. Thank you. Be sure to mention the case #. You can track updates to cases by becoming our Facebook friend athttp://www.facebook.com/people/Missing-Parsi/100002437887842