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Bhabha family. Jamsetji, took a great  With Sir Esme Howard, the British
liking to their young daughter         Ambassador at the White House – circa
Meherbai, or Mehri as she was then     1927.
called, and had a hand in the
selection of Meherbai as his
daughter-in-law. Jamsetji thought
that his son Dorab should make his
own decision and selection without
any prompting from him. He advised
Dorab to visit Mysore State and call
Mehri and Dorab - circa 1900.

                                                   Sir Esme Howard. They were guests

      FROM THEof the British Ambassador and were
                                                   invited to dinner to meet Lord
                                                   Willingdon, who was then Governor-
                                                   General of Canada, and Lady
                                                   Willingdon. During the course of
                                                   their visit, the couple were also

     COLLECTIONreceived and entertained by
                                                   members of the American society
                                                   and made Honorary Members of
                                                   several clubs.
on the Bhabha family. Dorab did
just that, and when served
refreshments by Mehri, he
predictably fell in love with her at first

OF THEsight. On Febuary 14, 1898, the

beautiful Mehri married Dorab.

             Wide and frequent travels with Dorab
             were a means of self education
             which Mehri greatly enjoyed.

TATA CENTRAL ARCHIVESJamsetji’s increasing age and the
             rapidly expanding business of the
             firm threw a heavy burden of
             responsibility on Dorab and the
             heavy duties of hostess of Esplande
             House, fell on the young daughter-in-
             law, Mehri, .

In 1927, Dorab and Mehri visited       Mehri - circa 1925.
Europe and subsequently travelled to
America where they were presented
to the then President, Calvin
Coolidge by the British Ambassador,
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