CASE # 633 (Posted January 24, 2018)

Dear Mr. Ader Gandi, Greetings!
Details about the Missing Parsi were shared by Mr. Cyrus Irani who responded to my post on I had been directed to Mr Yazdi Tantra by someone who I interviewed for the project. 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 1) Tehmsap Sarkari (who also founded a physical culture home which was certainly functional upto 1949) 2) Bomansha Coverji Gazdar(b. 1876) who founded the Guzder Health Home. [References to both these men are found in Darukhanawala Parsis and Sports]. The only thing I have been able to trace is a picture of Gazdar from Darukhanawala (Parsi Lustre Vol 1)
3) Dinshah Mistry who ran the Mistry Physical Culture Institute in Bandra. I have had some success on Mr. Sarkari but none at all on Gazdar and Mistry. However I haven’t been able to track the exact location of Gazdar’s Health Home 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 through your site. Thank you. Best Regards, Namrata. Dr Namrata R Ganneri Assistant Professor, Department of History
SNDT College of Arts & SCB College of Commerce & Science for Women SNDT Women’s University, Mumbai
If you have any information, please write directly to namgan@gmail.comand copy 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

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