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The Daroga Clan

With airline ticket prices going through the roof, and the rupee still merely threatening to strengthen against the dollar, our travel budgets have quite naturally been slashed. So for this issue of Gavashni, we bring you ‘Foreign Eye’ with a desi touch.

 

The sibling theme continues from our last issue, this time focusing on three sisters who, though born and brought up in Delhi, are extremely familiar to most of our Kolkata Parsee population.

 

Frenny and Rustom Daroga, though Calcuttan by birth and upbringing (and happily for us, in retirement, too), moved to Delhi after marriage, over forty years ago. There they started a family, and had three lovely daughters – Navaz, Naomi and Shelley.

 

All three daughters grew up in Delhi, but the family’s ties with Kolkata would only strengthen over the coming years.

 

Navaz, the eldest, has always lived in the capital, but fondly remembers spending large chunks of her childhood years in Kolkata. She is a home-maker and a fashion entrepreneur, and is married to a Delhi boy, Zubbair Aria. Zubbair works in the family’s advertising business, while pursuing his love for automobiles in his spare time.

 

Navazand Zubbair have two children,Yazad(18) andKaizerine(12).

 

Yazad has just finished school, and will be leaving shortly for St. Andrew’s College in Scotland to pursue a degree in business and English. He loves to read and watch sports, and is also an insightful amateur sports writer.

 

Kaizerine is presently in class 8 at the Sri Ram School, and loves to dance and listen to music.

 

Naomi, the middle sister, has a dual Kolkata connection. She is married to our very own Percy Mistry, who she first met in the summer of 1991. They were married in 1996 and initially lived in Darjeeling, where Percy was manager of a tea estate, for a year. They soon decided that the quiet life of the hills was not something they wanted in the long term, and when Percy was offered an opportunity with the family business in Ahmedabad, they decided to grab it with both hands.

 

Landing in Ahmedabad knowing nobody, they initially lived in a hotel for three months. Thereafter, they operated the business from home for a year, but their hard work soon paid off, and, having established the business in Ahmedabad, they have lived there ever since.

 

With Percy running the advertising business, Naomi has given piano lessons and trained kids for the Trinity Guildhall examinations.

 

They have a daughter, Taasha, who will be ten in September, and has recently commenced Grade 5 at the Eklavya School. Her nick name is ‘whiner Mistry’ (we won’t ask why), and her hobbies are Basketball, Chess and Handicrafts of all types. Her latest hobby is making jewellery from rubberbands. She also plays the piano and appears for the Trinity Guildhall examinations.

 

Shelley, the youngest of the Daroga siblings, was also born and schooled in Delhi, but recalls visitingKolkatafor two months each year, without fail, during her childhood – “this almost made us locals”, she adds. She met her husband, Kolkata’s ever-popular Jimmy Subawallaat the Parsee Club, “rocked his world” and married him in 1997.

 

Shelley is a homemaker and is closely involved with various pursuits involving the Delhi Parsi Anjuman. Jimmy is an integral part of the family’s advertising business, and an extremely keen photographer and social media exponent!

 

They have lived all over India – Kolkata, Bangalore, Chennai and finally Delhi.

 

Shelley and Jimmy have two kids, Anosh(14) and Sharmeen(6).

 

Anosh is presently in class 9 at DPS International School. He is a technology geek, loves the computer, loves to read and listen to music and enjoys playing and watching sports. He plays Cricket for his school and has also represented the school in IT competitions. He wants to design and develop software as a career.

 

Sharmeen is in class 1, also at DPS International. She “loves to drive everyone mad and get her way” (Shelley’s words, not ours – we think she’s cuteness personified), she enjoys dancing, reading and actually enjoys studying. Jealous, other parents? When she grows up, she wants to be a music teacher.

 

Though settled in Delhi, Shelley and Jimmy still love to visit Kolkata and do so very often (our spies happily put the figure at 6 visits in 2014 alone). “Our closest friends are still in Cal”, says Shelley, “and the ties with Cal are so strong that even our kids love the city, and more importantly the Club. They get excited at the mere thought of visiting.”

 

We love having the entire Daroga clan visit us in Kolkata, and fervently hope that the kids follow their parents’ lead and very soon, make a permanent return to our city!


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With airline ticket prices going through the roof, and the rupee still merely threatening to strengthen against the dollar, our travel budgets have quite naturally been slashed. So for this issue of Gavashni, we bring you ‘Foreign Eye’ with a desi touch.

 

The sibling theme continues from our last issue, this time focusing on three sisters who, though born and brought up in Delhi, are extremely familiar to most of our Kolkata Parsee population.

 

Frenny and Rustom Daroga, though Calcuttan by birth and upbringing (and happily for us, in retirement, too), moved to Delhi after marriage, over forty years ago. There they started a family, and had three lovely daughters – Navaz, Naomi and Shelley.

 

All three daughters grew up in Delhi, but the family’s ties with Kolkata would only strengthen over the coming years.

 

Navaz, the eldest, has always lived in the capital, but fondly remembers spending large chunks of her childhood years in Kolkata. She is a home-maker and a fashion entrepreneur, and is married to a Delhi boy, Zubbair Aria. Zubbair works in the family’s advertising business, while pursuing his love for automobiles in his spare time.

 

Navazand Zubbair have two children,Yazad(18) andKaizerine(12).

 

Yazad has just finished school, and will be leaving shortly for St. Andrew’s College in Scotland to pursue a degree in business and English. He loves to read and watch sports, and is also an insightful amateur sports writer.

 

Kaizerine is presently in class 8 at the Sri Ram School, and loves to dance and listen to music.

 

Naomi, the middle sister, has a dual Kolkata connection. She is married to our very own Percy Mistry, who she first met in the summer of 1991. They were married in 1996 and initially lived in Darjeeling, where Percy was manager of a tea estate, for a year. They soon decided that the quiet life of the hills was not something they wanted in the long term, and when Percy was offered an opportunity with the family business in Ahmedabad, they decided to grab it with both hands.

 

Landing in Ahmedabad knowing nobody, they initially lived in a hotel for three months. Thereafter, they operated the business from home for a year, but their hard work soon paid off, and, having established the business in Ahmedabad, they have lived there ever since.

 

With Percy running the advertising business, Naomi has given piano lessons and trained kids for the Trinity Guildhall examinations.

 

They have a daughter, Taasha, who will be ten in September, and has recently commenced Grade 5 at the Eklavya School. Her nick name is ‘whiner Mistry’ (we won’t ask why), and her hobbies are Basketball, Chess and Handicrafts of all types. Her latest hobby is making jewellery from rubberbands. She also plays the piano and appears for the Trinity Guildhall examinations.

 

Shelley, the youngest of the Daroga siblings, was also born and schooled in Delhi, but recalls visitingKolkatafor two months each year, without fail, during her childhood – “this almost made us locals”, she adds. She met her husband, Kolkata’s ever-popular Jimmy Subawallaat the Parsee Club, “rocked his world” and married him in 1997.

 

Shelley is a homemaker and is closely involved with various pursuits involving the Delhi Parsi Anjuman. Jimmy is an integral part of the family’s advertising business, and an extremely keen photographer and social media exponent!

 

They have lived all over India – Kolkata, Bangalore, Chennai and finally Delhi.

 

Shelley and Jimmy have two kids, Anosh(14) and Sharmeen(6).

 

Anosh is presently in class 9 at DPS International School. He is a technology geek, loves the computer, loves to read and listen to music and enjoys playing and watching sports. He plays Cricket for his school and has also represented the school in IT competitions. He wants to design and develop software as a career.

 

Sharmeen is in class 1, also at DPS International. She “loves to drive everyone mad and get her way” (Shelley’s words, not ours – we think she’s cuteness personified), she enjoys dancing, reading and actually enjoys studying. Jealous, other parents? When she grows up, she wants to be a music teacher.

 

Though settled in Delhi, Shelley and Jimmy still love to visit Kolkata and do so very often (our spies happily put the figure at 6 visits in 2014 alone). “Our closest friends are still in Cal”, says Shelley, “and the ties with Cal are so strong that even our kids love the city, and more importantly the Club. They get excited at the mere thought of visiting.”

 

We love having the entire Daroga clan visit us in Kolkata, and fervently hope that the kids follow their parents’ lead and very soon, make a permanent return to our city!


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