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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • FLY CANADIAN PACIFIC, c. 1950s

Parsi Family, Bombay: 1961

Parsi Family, Bombay: 1961

My Step-Dad's family in Bombay. Probably on the porch of the house on Cuffe Parade, overlooking the Arabian Sea.

My father's sisters, Amy (far lef) and Mehru (beside Grandpa), and his mother and father. Amy lived in London, England. She also looked exactly like my Dad.

Grandmother was a typical Indian mother ... Always right and always trying to get "her baby" to move back to India, even into his 40s. She eventually disowned Dad when he wouldn't leave my baby brother and sister in India to be raised by her.

Grandpa was probably one of the sweetest men and probably one of the most hen-pecked. He's wearing the typical Parsi (Zoroastrian) man's hat. When we visited in 1968, he used to entertain my little brother and sister by taking out his teeth and doing a Mickey Mouse impression. View full size.

There was also a brother who died in infancy. He had been ill and Grandmother gave him his medicine, not realizing that the Ayah (Nanny) had already given it to him, as was her job. He died of an overdose.

Parsi community

I am very happy to acknowledge the immense contributions done to the metropolis by The Parsi community. Name it Tatas, Wadias, and Jeejibhoy, and Godrejs.

Thank you for sharing this

Thank you for sharing this picture. I'm Indian as well, but was born and brought up in the States. Seeing old photos from there are always wonderful.

I'm sorry to hear that your grandmother disowned your father! How sad that she took such extreme measures, but I understand her pain if he took her children away.

 
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