TOI prints an update in the Satarawala case

A month ago Parsi Khabar informed its readers about an erronous and factually incorrect article where in Aspi Satarawalla filed a suit against his son for maintenance.

This article would have been just news except that I knew the accused son, Pesi. He is a goood friend to both Shirrin and me for many years now.

With Pesi’s permission I put forth the actual facts that were completely missing from the Times of India article. However that was not enough. We had to somehow get TOI to publish another clarification giving the entire story.

Through friends on Twitter, I got in touch first with Yagnesh Mehta, the author of the first errenous piece. Not getting any response from him initially, I got in touch with his boss, Bharat Desai, the editor of the Ahmedabad Edition of TOI.

That opened the doors of communication. Bharat Desai responded back immediately and I was able to pass along Pesi’s contact information to him. Bharat along with his colleagues Arindam Sengupta, Sanjay Kalia, Diwakar Astana, Harit Mehta and Yagnesh Mehta started a stream of correspondence with Pesi and got his version of the story.

And today they printed an update to the original version.

A lot of readers and friends of Pesi left comments here on Parsi Khabar and also wrote directly to Yagnesh, Bharat and others at TOI.

A few of the comments and Parsi Khabar itself are mentioned in the print article.

Parsi Khabar is happy to have played a part in getting the correct version of a story out into the mainstream media. To be frank and honest, I had my doubts about TOI even bothering to respond to us as individuals. That they have done so is very creditable and we would like to thank Bharat Desai and his team for taking the right course of action.

The entire article in PDF format can be downloaded here for your viewing. Only a small portion of it actually appears online.

  • psatarawalla

    Dear Friends,

    I am happy to let you all know that Times of India has published our side of the story in the Times of India, Ahmedabad City edition on July 10th 2009 and its on Page 5 in the newspaper. I would like to thank every one of you who in spite of their busy schedules took the time out to write and call the Times of India and bring the correct facts to their notice. I am hoping it will be carried in Pune and Bombay and other city editions also.

    I would like to thank Arzan and Parsi Khabar for giving me a forum to publish the truth and in bringing this to the attention of the editors of the TOI.

    You can follow the instructions for the e-paper link below.

    The complete article with all its 4 sections can be seen in the e-paper of TOI – Ahmedabad of July 10 on Page 9 as below

    Click here..
    and change date to July 10 from the pull-down menu and type 9 in the page number box.

    And here is a link to just the main article online.

    Once again a big thank you to all of you from me and my family for all your efforts and help in bringing the truth to light.


    Pesi Satarawalla

  • Ketaki Postwala

    Hi Friends,
    I have been following the articles on TOI regarding Aspi and Pesi and was appalled at the sadly erroneous article. It made me extremely furious and I did post my views, which unfortunately were not accepted. I am related to Pesi as he is my husband’s niece’s husband. We know him very well and know this is all nonsense. He is a gem of a boy and Villoo mama was the best mother and the greatest person I have met till date. We are extremely happy that Parsi Khabar has taken all the efforts to get the true story published in TOI.

    It is people like Aspi who have no morals or conscience that need to be punished. We are all extremely proud of Pesi that he has stood up for the truth and not given in to the emotional blackmail and bullying which his father seems to be resorting to after the sad demise of Villoo mama. He just wants to make a few fast bucks at the expense of his son who he had deserted when he needed him the most. We would love to help in any way we can to support Pesi and his family. Pesi has been the best son, is the best husband, and is also the best dad. It is so sad that a father can get so greedy and do something so lowly so as to take matters to court simply to harass Pesi when he has settled down only through his hard work and diligence.
    We are very happy that he is handling this well and we will always be there if he needs our help in any way.
    Thank you.

    Ketaki Postwala

  • jimmydk

    Hi Pesi. Read a lot about you and your father. Reason was because just 1 month ago I had the chance to meet him at Navsari. I have something to tell you if only I could have your email id. You need not post it here if you dont like. Instead email me at

    Best Regards