May 29

Minoo Mama

He was my grandmother’s brother. The last one of their generation. He died quite peacefully a few days ago at age 97. He as full of fun and mischief and all of us used to love to be with him. He went to work in his old firm of chartered accountants till a few weeks ago… A grand old man indeed!

We cousins had many great parties over Parsi New Year at his house. He was the only one we knew who had an air conditioner installed in his house, way back in the 1980s… And all of us, little runts at that time, would switch it on and sit right in the cold, cold air blast, dreaming about a time when even we could have this wonder machine in our own houses…

Here are 2 anecdotes about him, that still makes all of us laugh out aloud 🙂

Whenever anyone asked Minoo mama his age, he would say he is 58. We would say cmon, what’s your real age, and he woould say its 58… adding that years ago a girl had asked him his age and he told her 58 and now if he changed it he would have lied to her… so he was forever 58 🙂 … Though lately he had started telling us that he was 91 years old, still subtracting 5-6 years from his real age 🙂

He was quite the party animal, and returned in the wee hours of the morning and got into bed, only to be awakened by the shrill ringing of the telephone in a few hours… When he answered the phone he was told that one of his very good friends had died and that the funeral was in an hour and would he be coming?

In an answer extremely typical of him, he retorted back… Of course i am not going for his funeral! Whats the point?! he wont be coming for mine! 🙂

Even though being an Art of Living teacher is so utterly non conformistic to the ideas he had in mind for me, he did accept it eventually, and he was quite proud of me for doing what i am doing in his own gruff way…

I am sure wherever he is now, he is regaling people with stories of what he did, and now that he is dead, he might for all you know regaling people with stories of all that he did in all his lifetimes, not just this one 🙂

We all love you Minoo Mama

Jai Gurudeva!


ps i dont have any photo of his… will put it up as soon as i get one… meanwhile, you guys just imagine what he might have looked like!

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40 Responses to “Minoo Mama”

  1. Bidisha says:

    ohhh he sounds like such a fun mama 🙂

  2. JANVI says:

    love u Minoo Mama……..

  3. bhawana says:

    umm I am imagining and please put some pics of the little runts as well 🙂
    Jai Gurudeva

  4. Prakirtee says:

    Love to Minoo Mama 🙂

    And I had a big loud laugh reading this line “..he wont be coming for mine!” Lol!

  5. danno says:

    bau y did u sign as ‘kurshed’ and not bawa ??

  6. Parth says:

    Greate person indeed, i can imagine stout, with pinkish Cheeks and bald ofcourse….!!

    Every time i have to imagine a Parsi old man i can only imagine an Actor Who came GOLMAL (old one) as MAMAJI of Amol Palekar…..He is so cute…!!

  7. AdiTyA says:

    Jai Guru Dev
    hmmm..:)..he would be wearing a loose muslin sadra…couple of inches above the knee lenght…with a kusti around the waist…looked like a cream colour thin ‘rope’ 😀 and would be wearing a black topi…with loose lengo upto little above ankles :)..ofcoure with thin cover of whitish silverish hair and hairy arms(white too)…ever ready for a shot of tonic and a good sound of Chopin mozart et al..on old vinyl records…bawa is that a good description?:D

  8. Abhinand says:

    He looks like an old-fashioned hippie guy with bell-bottoms, and with an eternal smile on his face, in my head 🙂

    Hey, like Bhawana has said in the comments, pls post pics of u guys when u were young…

  9. mahika says:

    god bless minoo mama’s soul..

    We all love you Minoo Mama

    and yes bawa the new look of the blog is completely fabulous!!!
    i loved the surprise….

  10. mohit says:

    hey bau new look to the page…and nice pic -stylo man……..
    mama ji seems to b very interesting and funny person ………..

  11. Nikhil says:

    Wow bau!! Sounds like a cool mama.. My condolences.
    And the new look!! The blog is just “sparkling cool” and “out of this world” now! 😀

  12. Manchit Mahajan says:

    Wow……naya design…
    Its very very beautiful Bawa….

    nd guess wat…I got 98.75% in 12th(best 4 leaving out phy education….i didnt do the kriya bfore I went to write the exam …mayb sum angels got upset n i landed wit 82…i did the SKY bfore all others n scrd wonderfully great…haha)
    Now ill b tryin fr eco st.stephens
    vaise do u noe sumone frm stephens?

  13. Anusha says:

    Hi Bawa..Your description of Minoo mama reminded me of Sir Galahad of Blandings.. 🙂


  14. Minal A says:

    he would be fair..had a belly…a mustache..maybe..:S

  15. Anir says:

    Whoa.. the new design is breathtaking!

  16. Sudha says:

    Dear Sir,

    Well he would resemble bawa n behave one like him very humurous,highly knowledgable, very caring and loving Sometimes shows his anger but loves kids a lot very motivating loves to travel.

  17. Monica Tiwari says:

    Can imagine him to be a smart, fair, active person !
    Everybody in your family seems to have an exciting story of their own 🙂
    very cool !
    May God grant him Peace.
    Jai Gurudeva 🙂

  18. komal says:

    hmm minoo mama sounds like a fun guy … my condolences…. and pls pls post pics of younger days ………

  19. geeta says:

    very celebrative is the design !!!!

    and the photos are woww.. awsome !!

  20. Raghavan says:

    Lovely tribute Bawa ! R.I.P Minoo Mama !

    Jai Guru Dev

  21. Himakshi says:

    JGD 🙂

    Love the new makeover Bau!

  22. Priyanka says:

    minoo mama seems to be a very interesting person!!
    i liked his light-heartedness..
    wow!this new look of the blog is very attractive,lively and vibrant.i liked it!

  23. Kumar simha says:

    love u minoo mama….

  24. sahana says:

    the new backdrop is good… but all blackish. how come Bawa and Black? i love the pic 🙂

  25. Smita says:

    So… Dinesh is out of the blog picture for a long time now…???
    When shall he make his comeback :-)?

  26. Satish says:

    classy write up bau.. One day you shall give the arundhati roys and the shobha des a run for their money.

  27. Satish says:

    Hey bau, didnt like the website though..Horizontal scroll bar is really annoying.

    • khurshed says:

      Already writtne many times about how to get rid of that … involves downloading and using firefox

  28. sangeeta says:

    The new pics are so seren.
    Just looking a them I feel so calm !!!
    Jai gurudev.

  29. Prakirtee says:

    Bau why is it that I can’t see any new look of the blog ?? 🙁
    Tried in 3 browsers, including firefox of course, but it’s still the same!

  30. meow says:


  31. Anuradha Iyer says:


    I think Minoo mama is very cute n I loved the anecdotes.He seems like a very carefree person.Maybe that was his recipe for long life!!!My heartfelt condolences..May his soul rest in peace!

  32. Abhishek says:

    This has been one of the most touching posts on the blog Bau. May He rest peacefully.

  33. Prakirtee says:

    Ohh great!! just got it! 🙂 it’s beautiful!! really beautiful :):)

  34. Anshika says:

    I really look up to people who maintain their charisma despite being aged !
    May his soul rest in peace…
    Jai Gurudeva

  35. Sudha Pillai says:

    Felt great, meeting both Dinesh and you, in person, for the first time, at the ashram.We were already acquainted with you through your blog, ofcourse. Would have loved to share notes with you, as we all work in related fields, time permitting.

    Our friends, Behroze aunty and Minoo uncle ,from Pittsburg, regret that they were unable to meet you , Bawa, though aunty met Dinesh , when they were at the ashram last week.

    Our condolences on the demise of Minoo mama. Must have been an institution all by himself.

    You guys are doing fantastic work… we feel inspired by the great work you do. Keeping you and the good work you do in our prayers. JGD!

    Sudha, Rema, Jaya

  36. hamsa says:

    love and Jai Gurudev ..

  37. Pratibha says:

    Wow! I guess this is what is called “LUST FOR LIFE” Awesome post Bawoo! Am sure all the other souls are having a party, now that Minoo Mama is with them! 🙂

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