Category Archives: Statues

Adenwalla Baug Miscellaneous

4 April, 2014
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Statue: Sir Hormusjee Cowasjee Dinshaw

Statue: Sir Hormusjee Cowasjee Dinshaw

(1857- 1939),Tardeo Road (presently Javji Dadaji Marg).

Alarmed by the influx of non-Parsi spouses to Adenwalla Baug over the past decade, Hormusjee’s granddaughter Makki had begun to call her family home Adenwalla Baug Miscellaneous.
Hormusjee’s grandchildren had inherited intact his orthodoxy. Makki combined hers with good breeding. Sitting at the front porch with tea, magazines and an electric bell, she would wave or salaam at the motley crew of residents, employees and guests that passed in and out of the compound’s green gates.

Photo by Hormusjee’s alarmingly liberal great grandson Jehangir and text by his great, great granddaughter Sima who ‘can marry anyone in the world as long he is a Parsi.’

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Ghode ki dum pe jo maara hathauda

3 February, 2014
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Statue: Prince of Wales

Statue: Albert Edward Prince of Wales (1879) Kala Ghoda Arts Festival, Bombay’s most popular annual celebration, which enters its 16th year, reclaims both the statue and the locality in which it first flourished.

The kala gora is captured by Mr Patel, who’s got a lovely daughter.

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Fair & Lovely

30 December, 2013
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Statue: Dadabhai Naoroji (1825-1917)

Statue: Dadabhai Naoroji (1825-1917)

Junction of Hornby Road and Esplanade Road (presently Dadabhai Naoroji Road).

Delegates at the ongoing World Zoroastrian Congress breathed a collective sigh of relief when they were informed that Dadabhai Naoroji, the early Indian nationalist, was indeed fair and lovely.
A careful comparison of complexions has revealed that Naoroji was in fact fairer and lovelier than Lord Salisbury, the Tory prime minister, who had erroneously called him a ‘Black Man’ in 1888.

Photo courtesy Parsiana .

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The Lady will preside

9 August, 2013
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Statue: Lady JusticeStatue: Lady Justice (1879)

Bombay High Court, Mayo Road, Fort (presently Karmaveer Bhaurao Patil Marg).

With Lady Justice presiding over the Bombay High Court, no manhandling was tolerated. Older forms of public punishment in the city that ranged from being pelted with cowdung or eggshells, to being tied to a pole and flogged, to being rotated in a cage till the prisoner fainted, were replaced with modern forms of discipline, decency and punishment.

Hersh Acharya, a Bombay Barrister, captures the likeness of the Lady from a gentlemanly distance.

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A convincing Adenwalla

5 April, 2013
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Sir Hormusjee Cowasjee Dinshaw

Statue: Sir Hormusjee Cowasjee Dinshaw
(1857- 1939, Statue 1949), Church Gate Street (presently Veer Nariman Road)

Often, to Hormusjee’s full name was added another surname ‘Adenwalla’. In the 1800s individuals chose to fashion their identity with surnames that usually reflected an occupation or a native or contemporary place of residence. Hormusjee made a more convincing Adenwalla in Bombay than in the port city of Aden in Yemen, where everyone was technically an Adenwalla.

A small ceremony to garland the statue is held every year on April 4th, Hormusjee’s birthday.

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