๐‚๐€๐’๐„ # ๐Ÿ”๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘ (๐๐จ๐ฌ๐ญ๐ž๐ ๐‰๐š๐ง๐ฎ๐š๐ซ๐ฒ ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ’, ๐Ÿ๐ŸŽ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ–) ๐’๐จ๐ฅ๐ฏ๐ž๐ (๐‰๐ฎ๐ง๐ž ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ, ๐Ÿ๐ŸŽ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ)

Multiple Sources: 1) Dear Ms.Ganneri, My name is Naval Pandole and I have come across your post in the Missing Parsi cases. My late father ๐๐ก๐ž๐ซ๐จ๐ณ๐ž ๐๐š๐ง๐๐จ๐ฅ๐ž was an avid boxer and a ๐›๐จ๐๐ฒ ๐›๐ฎ๐ข๐ฅ๐๐ข๐ง๐  ๐ž๐ง๐ญ๐ก๐ฎ๐ฌ๐ข๐š๐ฌ๐ญ. He had told me that he had won the โ€œBody Beautifulโ€ competition and I have various photographs with me to confirm this fact. He also used to do his work out and training at Tehmurasp Sarkariโ€™s Gym. In fact I also used Mr Sarkariโ€™s Gym at Grant Road in the 1960โ€™s. If I can be of more assistance then please do let me know. My email ID is npandole@gmail.com. Yours faithfully, Naval Pandole <npandole@gmail.com>
2) Dear Dr Namrata, My name is Yazdyar Sam Haveliwala and I am working as Divisional Manager with the Division of Women and Child Health, Aga Khan University, Karachi. I follow The Missing Parsi link and read with interest all the cases, solved and unsolved. Here I came across your request for information on the Sports Culture within our community and remembered that among my fatherโ€™s books there was ๐š ๐›๐จ๐จ๐ค ๐จ๐ง ๐๐š๐ซ๐ฌ๐ข๐ฌ ๐š๐ง๐ ๐’๐ฉ๐จ๐ซ๐ญ๐ฌ, ๐›๐ฒ ๐‡. ๐ƒ. ๐ƒ๐š๐ซ๐ฎ๐ค๐ก๐š๐ง๐š๐ฐ๐š๐ฅ๐š (1935). I have enclosed a scanned copy of its front cover for your information and search for the book in India. Unfortunately the book with me contacted moisture and quite a few of its pages have been glued together. However, I have still retained it and only an expert restorer might be able to separate the pages of this historical book. But I have not been able to find one here. On another note, there exists a ๐‚๐จ๐ฐ๐š๐ฌ๐ฃ๐ž๐ž (unsure if that is the right spelling) ๐๐ก๐ฒ๐ฌ๐ข๐œ๐š๐ฅ ๐…๐ข๐ญ๐ง๐ž๐ฌ๐ฌ ๐‚๐ž๐ง๐ญ๐ซ๐ž ๐ข๐ง ๐Š๐š๐ซ๐š๐œ๐ก๐ข and it was built pre-partition. Maybe somewhere there exists some information on this Centre; especially in books written on Karachi (Karachi during the Raj – published by the DAWN Group of Newspapers) or in the book Kurrachee (unsure of this spelling). They might be able to give you information on this fitness club. I hope this information helps and you are able to obtain the mentioned book to help you complete your research work. Thank you. With kind regards, Yazdyar S Haveliwala Divisional Manager Division of Women and Child Health Aga Khan University Karachi, Pakistan <yazdyar.haveliwala@aku.edu>
Response from Namrata: Many many thanks for responding to my request. I have read Darukhanawalaโ€™s book and have been able to take some leads from the information from that book. I am deeply interested in the Physical Culture Institute at Karachi that you mention since it has direct bearing on my project. I will definitely look up books on Karachi for references to the existence of this Institute, would you have any information if the Institute still exists? Many many thanks once again for responding to my request. I will write to you again, Best Regards Namrata
๐‚๐€๐’๐„ # ๐Ÿ”๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘ (๐๐จ๐ฌ๐ญ๐ž๐ ๐‰๐š๐ง๐ฎ๐š๐ซ๐ฒ ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ’, ๐Ÿ๐ŸŽ๐Ÿ๐Ÿ–)ย Dear Mr. Ader Gandi, Greetings! Details about the Missing Parsi were shared by Mr. Cyrus Irani who responded to my post on Zoroastrians.net. 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 ๐๐š๐ซ๐ฌ๐ข ๐›๐จ๐๐ฒ ๐›๐ฎ๐ข๐ฅ๐๐ž๐ซ๐ฌ, 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) ๐“๐ž๐ก๐ฆ๐ฌ๐š๐ฉ ๐’๐š๐ซ๐ค๐š๐ซ๐ข (who also founded a physical culture home which was certainly functional upto 1949) 2) ๐๐จ๐ฆ๐š๐ง๐ฌ๐ก๐š ๐‚๐จ๐ฏ๐ž๐ซ๐ฃ๐ข ๐†๐š๐ณ๐๐š๐ซ (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) ๐ƒ๐ข๐ง๐ฌ๐ก๐š๐ก ๐Œ๐ข๐ฌ๐ญ๐ซ๐ฒ 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 havenโ€™t been able to track the exact location of Gazdarโ€™s Health Home or even find any information about these remarkable men despite my scouring of archival material both in Gujarati and in English. Iโ€™m also interested in the history of the Markerโ€™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 <namgan@gmail.com> Assistant Professor, Department of History SNDT College of Arts & SCB College of Commerce & Science for Women SNDT Womenโ€™s University, Mumbai. If you have any information, please write directly to namgan@gmail.comand 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

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