Seeking Godrej Mugaseth and Maneck Dadabhoy


January 9, 2013

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Raghu Karnad, a journalist and editor based between Delhi and Bangalore, is writing a non-fiction book about Indian servicemen in the Second World War. The narrative follows three young men, two of them Parsis who died in the war, and Raghu is keen to hear from anyone who may have any information or memories about them, their families, or the Parsi communities in Calicut and Madras in the early 1940s.

The first young officer was Godrej "Bobby" Mugaseth, son of Khodadad and Tehmina Mugaseth of Calicut. He attended St Joseph’s School in Calicut, College of Engineering Guindy in Madras, and was a lieutenant in the Bangal Sappers and Miners.

The second was Maneck Dadabhoy, the older son of HM Dadabhoy of Madras, and brother of Edulji Dadabhoy. Both Maneck and Edulji were pilots in the Royal Indian Air Force, in the 2nd and 6th Squadrons.

Please contact Raghu at