In this heading, we are recording some popular events in the lives of Jhansi Zoroastrians
Sunday Religious Classes in Jhansi
Photo is taken at a Sunday religious class & children’s activity day out in morning at the Jehangir Hall & Dharamsala.Standing left rear: Mrs Daruwala (in frock ) Mrs. Dolly Merchant, Mrs. Zerin Merchant, Mrs. Naju Patel, Master Neville Merchant, Mr. Dosu Elavia, Mr. Keki B. Pestonji, Mr. Adi Engineer and Mr. Behram Anklesaria.Standing front row: Starting from Young Boy in chequered shirt & 2 pockets, Farokh K. Pestonji, Fredy Merchant, Mrs. Zerin Dick, Miss.
KashmiraManeckjee, Mrs. Mani Bhagat, (in specs & sari, behind) Miss Roshni Bhagat, Mrs. Freny Anklesaria, & Rony Dick. Sitting rear row: Miss. Beroz Daruwala, Miss Tanaz Bhagalia, Miss Diana Daruwala, Miss. Peris, Miss. Alice, Miss Dinaz Bhagat (Large collar frock) Master Neville Dick, Master Firdoz, Master Tubin, Master Freddy Bhagalia Children front row (from left to right): Master Zubin Patel (looking down), Miss Goolnaz Dick, Miss. Monaz Patel, Master Farhad Dick, Miss Yasmin Sethna, Miss____, Miss Dimple Bhagat (Right hand on cheek).
The year that the first man landed on the moon was my Navjote year. Here, after the traditional bath etc., on stage the two Ervads Sapal and his father ……(with spectacles) are performing the Navjote initiation ceremony. This exact photo is, when the senior Dasturjee was asking me my name.
In the background front row, my Mum Rati, my younger Kaki Seroo, my brother Farokh, my grandmother Goolabai & Daulat aunty.
Behind are Dhunji Amroliwala our cousin, Darayus Merchant & my Dad. In far background are Darabshah Amroliwala, Cawas Pestonji, Sam Kohina & in Black suit is Tehmuras Bhagat amongst others.
Welcome to the Faith
Navjote of Rosy Bhagat
KATY KOLAHS NAVJOTE 30 may 1968 in Kanpur
Firoz Pestonji’s Navajote ceremony
My Navajote ceremony and Sapal the Priest is initiating me into the fold. Seated behind is my elder Sera Kaki wife of Cawas Kaka, on right side is Mrs. Young, my school teacher’s daughter …….., Zerin Bhagat (who got married to Rony Dick, 2 days after my Navjote) and little girl in front is Hutokshi Dinshaw, behind her is Armin Dinshaw & little girl behind Zerin is Lily Dinshaw in white frock. Behind the roller shutter is the storage area for stage, chair, tables etc.
Farokh Pes tonji’s Navjote
Celebrating the 100 years of formation of Jhansi Anjuman – 25 September 1994
A huge celebration took place at the time of celebrating the 100 years of the formation of the Anjuman in Jhansi. Important dignitaries and friends came from far and wide & the Bombay Parsi Panchayat also send their emissary to Jhansi.
Yasmin Chavda & Farhad Dick’s Wedding
25 January, 2005 the wedding of our cousin’s son in Mumbai, as is typical, a Jhansi Parsi wedding is full of great fun, as families, friends and old acquaintances meet and the usual gasp Oh my God. How big your child has grown, last I saw him was so high, denoting 2 feet high.
The laughter rejoicing are loud, dancing and music is a must, photos are fun everyone is expected to participate, young and old. Our family weddings and Navjotes are really great fun, as our daughters in law become our daughters, as once they are married in the family they all are all part of us, no discrimination of any sort is tolerated.
The family allows great freedom latitude, but under a watchful elder’s eye youngsters will always be reined in, if they are close to crossing the decency or manners line. Elders respect is not taught, but acquired automatically and youngsters will all go out of the way to ensure respect of elders, which is paramount and similarly the elders have always showered the younger generations with love and affection.
Behram Icchaporia in Jehangir Hall
January 2006 : Behram Icchaporia, an elder & close friend of my Dad, now retired from the Central Bank of India, is informing Farzana, Mahrukh & Arzan about the good times they enjoyed here.
This is the pavilion of Jehangir Hall & community centre, where lots of Jashans, weddings, Navjotes, plays, Navrooze & Pateti functions took place. At its peak the community numbered over 500 persons & this large open covered pavilion was a central meeting point. My own Navjote was done here. This is probably also the turning point where the seed of forming this website was germinated, as we want to record the events in the lives of Jhansi Parsis for posterity, before the elders library of knowledge and information is lost for ever. Also playing around in picture are Burzin & Shazan
Wedding of Arnaz Rustomjee(Rosy Bhagats daughter)& Mike Faiella
07 August 2007 Gahambar in memory of Keki B Pestonji
On this day a Ghambhar was held in the memory of Keki B Pestonji and most local Zoroastrians were invited. Behram Icchaporia also gave an impromptu vote of thanks to the Pestonji boys for holding the same and remembered the Good Ol days of his youth with his friends like my father & Jehangir Ogra, Dosu Engineer & his romantic days with his future wife Sweety, the fun they had at the Railway Institute, the dharamsala & the religious classes they had to attend etc. A sumptuous meal and drinks were provided also and everyone loved the gathering, like in the years gone by and old memories were re -kindled
Freyan Zubin Bhada’s Navjote
FARZANA PESTONJI’S WEDDING
KHUSHRU PERCY PESTONJI’S WEDDING
Khushru son of Percy Pestonji son of Dali Bejonji Pestonji married Poureuchistee Irani on 25th January, 2010 at Albless Baug in Mumbai.
Mani Bhagat’s Birthday
Mani Bhagat fondly called as “Nani” by everybody being the eldest and the most respected person loved in the Pestonji and Bhagat families, celebrated her 94th birthday in Bombay on January 11th, 2011.
DIMPLE JIMMY BHAGAT’S ENGAGEMENT
Dimple daughter of Jimmy Keku Bhagat engaged to Jeremiah on 28th December, 2010 in a ceremony with close family members
Burzin Farokh Pestonji Navjote
Burzin’s Navjote took place in Jhansi after many many years and approximately 65 families and friends from across the world attended the event.
Dale born 07-06-11
ale is second son born to Delna and Hanoz Dadrewala born in Dubai on Friday, 07-06-2011 – Rojdaepdin
Delna is the daughter of Bakhtawar and Percy Pestonji. Percy is the son of Shera and late Dali Pestonji.
In Photo at right, is Dale, Mum – Delna, Brother – Zeus and Dad – Hanoz
Iyanah born in Kanpur 11-11-11
Iyanah is the daughter of Danish and Diler born in Kanpur on Friday, 11-11-2011. Danish is the daughter of Zenobia and late Adil Bharucha of Puna. Zenobia is from Jhansi the daughter of Shera and late Dali Pestonji.