CASE # 626 (Posted September 4, 2017)

Dear Ader I was refered to your wonderful website by a lovely person on the Ancestry DNA site. My mother and I are trying to find information on DR KAIKHASRU SORABJI BHIWANDAWALLA (1888-1985). We strongly believe that he is my grandmother’s father, and all of our DNA results (mine, my mother’s and my grandmother’s) are in alignment with Parsi ancestry. We know that Keke (Kaikhasru’s nickname, apparently) studied medicine in Scotland, UK and returned to India to serve in the Indian Medical Service from 1918-1923 before permanently migrating to London, UK in 1923. He then practiced medicine in London for many years. It would be wonderful to have any information on Keke, his life and family/friends so that we can further progress this incredible journey we have found ourselves on. Kind regards & many thanks. Sophie sophieemmahawkins@hotmail.com If you have any information, please write directly sophieemmahawkins@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

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CASE # 625 (Posted September 4, 2017)

Ader, I am looking for a friend who studied in Lady Engineer School in Gamadia colony Tardev, 1967-68. Her name is Perin Elavia. I have been looking for her. She had two more siblings a brother and a sister. Sister, who use to be a nurse in Bai Àvabai Petit Girls High School Bandra. Brother was in Gamadia colony hostel too. I think they were from Madhi or Elav Villege in Gujarat. Please I would be obliged if you could find her for me. Thanks. I can be contacted on dollyscontractor@hotmail.com I am Based in UK now. Many thanks. Dolly Contractor. If you have any information, please write directly dollyscontractor@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 # 624 (Posted November, 15, 2016)

I have been reading your website, “The Missing Parsi” and amazed at how many cases have been solved. I’m not sure how this works but I am trying to track down my cousins Farokh and Firoze Sidhwa (spellings may be incorrect). We last met about 60-70 years ago. My maiden name is Master. Farokh and Firoze are twins and were studying for the priesthood at the Madressa in Andheri. My brothers and I used to visit them over the odd weekend from Malcolm Baug Jogeshwari where I lived with my parents and three brothers, Jal, Cyrus and Firdosh. Farokh and Firoze were the sons of my Virbaiji Fooi. I am told that one is now a surgeon and the other is an engineer, but not too sure about this. I live in Sydney Australia with my family and as I do not have too many cousins from my father’s side I am very eager to touch base with them. If anyone knows of their whereabouts could I please request that they contact me direct on my email address Behroze.bilimoria@gmail.com …..Thank you so much. Kind regards, Behroze Bilimoria, Sydney, Australia.
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CASE # 623 (Posted November, 15, 2016)

Good Morning: I am a friend of Ash Cambetta who recently retired from US Department of Labor. I would like to get in touch with him. My friend at the US Department of Labor, Washington DC for the last 25 years until he retired some four years ago. He became a devout Catholic. He lived in Virginia. His sister also lived there. His mother passed away a few years ago. He was an IAS officer in India before he migrated to USA. He is around 75. Remained single.
Can you help please. We have been friend since a long time. Mohammad Ayub ayubusa@gmail.com Thank you very much Mohammad Ayub.
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CASE # 622 (Posted November, 15, 2016)

Hi Mr Gandi, I came across your em info on the site of missing Parsi. I am looking for a classmate of mine who went to St Joseph’s Convent School, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.
Our graduating year was 1967 but I think he left before then ?? for the UK or elsewhere.
His name:- Jimmy Udwadia. I have no information of family; but do of some classmate-friends also Parsees. Thank you Yours sincerely
Anita Dias ( I am a Goan–I now live in Toronto, Canada) dias_anita@hotmail.com If you have any information, please write directly to dias_anita@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

CASE # 621 (Posted November, 15, 2016) Now Solved?

Dear Ader, My friend Zubin Madon suggested I contact you. I am trying to find out more about my father, Bahman Bhikhaji Italia. Not sure when he was born, but I was born 25th May 1969, to a mixed marriage. My mother was Scottish woman Jessie Moira Evans Italia (born Mackay). My father was probably born before Partition, perhaps in the 40s or 30s. They married on June 27th, 1968. Our home address was 18 Mary Road, Bath Island, Karachi in what was then “West Pakistan.” I believe he was an accountant by profession. My father moved to the UK; I believe in 1977, when Zia came to power. He died in 1980. Anything more you can find out would be helpful to me. I’ve always believed my surname was Italian (which puzzled me). I only recently discovered the Parsi connection, but it fits with many things I remember (esp a tale of the Tower of Silence, which impressed me as a child). Yours, Iona iona.italia@icloud.com If you have any information, please write directly to iona.italia@icloud.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

CASE # 621 (Posted November, 15, 2016) Now Solved?
Hi All, Missing Parsi site is being run by Ader Gandi who lives in No Cal he is doing a fantastic service connecting Parsis who have lost touch with friends and family. Boman Italia worked as an accountant in your dad’s Godrej uncle’s company. I guess Iona is trying to find more details about her late father. Maybe you both can throw some light on the matter. All details on the case and email addresses are given below. Stay well and best wishes. Ardeshir.ajelavia@gmail.com

I was contacted earlier about this and was asking people here in Karachi who would have recalled Boman and details of his life to add to my recollections. I had started preparing a write up, so will try and send it when convenient. I am happy that Iona wants to learn more her father and her Parsi roots. Please send her my regards and best wishes. Franey Irani iranifraney@gmail.com

Dear Iona, I remember your father vividly. He visited Lahore and stayed with us frequently. We played a lot of card games together with other friends. He had a dry sense of humor, and was like a cheerful and affectionate gnome. He was quick witted and intelligent and pleasant with everyone. He was fond of Noshir and me and we looked forward to his visits. In fact Noshir, your dad and another bachelor, Rustom Bankwalla, had shared a flat in Karachi for some years. Noshir has a lot more details to share with you.
After his marriage Boman brought Fiona on a visit to us in Lahore, and we took both of them to Nathyagali, our house in the mountains. Your mother was rather quiet and reserved. We were excited to learn from her that Twiggy, the phenomenally famous British model, was her sister. Iona, I’m sure you know all about Twiggy. I hope this information has been somewhat helpful in creating a fuller image of your father. I would like to know more about you and your life if you would care to share it with me. With best wishes, Bapsi Sidhwa.
-Bapsi Sidhwa bapsisidhwa.com bapsisidhwa.com/blog

CASE # 620 (Posted November, 15, 2016)

Dear Ader, My name is Shweta and I am researching on a documentary which aims to cover topics related to women’s health as covered by magazines over the decades. In this concern I have been trying to locate copies of ‘Trend’ magazine.
The editor of this magazine was Frene Talyarkhan a noted journalist of her time. She is believed to be the first women editor in India and the magazine itself was the first picture magazine. I have contacted all the libraries in Mumbai, Delhi and Kolkatta and they don’t have a copy of the same. I was hoping if you could connect me with someone from the Parsi community in Mumbai who could possibly have collected a copy of this magazine or have it in their personal collection or library.
I would he grateful for any help that you could extend me with.
Looking forward to your kind reply. Thanking you. Regards, Shweta Chavan shweta4j@gmail.com If you have any information, please write directly to shweta4j@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/100002437887842