Tag Archives: Adenwalla Baug

In Aden’s fair city

3 April, 2015
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Interiors: Adenwalla Baug

Tardeo Road (presently Javji Dadaji Marg).

The sense of community among the Parsis was so strong that any Parsi passenger passing through the port city of Aden would receive the hospitality of Sir Hormusjee Cowasjee Dinshaw (1857-1939), the leading Parsi sethia in the city.

Transport, tour guides, meals and company were all on the house till the passenger made his way back to the steamer and proceeded with his journey.

You can join the Bombay Parsee Association in celebrating Hormusjee’s birthday tomorrow 4th April at 9 am at Churchgate Street, Bombay, where a statue of the sethia is still hospitable to the crews of birds passing through the locality.

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Modernity & the Mawa

11 April, 2014
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 Furnishings: Adenwalla Baug

Furnishings: Adenwalla Baug

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

Mawa cakes demand a hands on engagement, making them not the most modern of food stuffs. The wax paper wrapped around the cupcakes’ sides and base requires careful unwrapping; soiling (and spoiling) the diners’ fingers.

Cutlery was key in the modernising of Bombay’s dining experience. Forks, knives and spoons all signaled that citizens could end a meal and meeting just as they had begun- clean, clear and with a firm handshake.

Mawa cakes from B. Merwan & Co. courtesy Manda and Sharda, photo courtesy Jehangir Patel.

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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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Tall boy

23 December, 2013
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  Furniture: Adenwalla Baug

Furniture: Adenwalla Baug

Tardeo Road (presently Javji Dadaji Marg).

In homes in Bombay, it was not bratty four year olds that were called boys but rather the grownup male Goan staff of butlers and cooks as well as items of furniture like this Tallboy table.
The infantalization of adults was a common means through which individuals asserted their power over others.

Bombaywalla has a penchant for tall boys, as do most short girls.

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