The Royal Gaekwari Connection with Dotivala Bakers: Surat: Jeetendrasingh G. Gaekwad


PARSI PRIDE AND PARSI ENTERPRISE : The Nostalgic Story of the FINEST BAKERS in Gujarat.

THE ROYAL GAEKWARI CONNECTION WITH DOTIVALA BAKERS OF SURAT.

The 160 years old Dotivala Bakers from Surat !!! Estd. 1861.

“Parsi Lustre on Indian Soil” (1939) – by H. D. Darukhanawala mentions an ad of Dotivala Bakery on page 747. It is shown in pic 1.

2nd pic shows my great grand uncle Maharaja Sir Sayajirao Gaekwar of BARODA (1863 – 1939). Dotivala Bakers came into existence even before his birth.

3rd pic was taken by me in 2011 featuring Cyrus Dotivala and his sons, being the 150th year of their establishment.

I am pleased to announce that my Royal Gaekwar family patronised Dotivala Bakers since 1875. Even I patronise Dotivala 144 years later !

My grand uncle Mahraj Shrimant Lalsinhrao Anandrao Gaekwar was Suba (Governor) of the Gaekwari Province of Navsari fm 1940 – 45. Daisy Bodhanwala Hosang Bodhanwala His bakery items were ordered twice a week from Dotivala Bakers, Surat.

0ur esteemed Jimmy Garda adds : “Dotivala of Surat were the finest bakers of the Mumbai province then, and are the best in their business today. Thanks HBS Raje Jeetendrasingh G Gaekwad ji for sharing this invaluable information.”

I wish Jamshed Uncle Dotivala and his family great times ahead !!!

Verzavand Postvala Cyrus Rupa Shireen Master-Bharucha Kersi Deboo Chirag Bulsara Cherag Khajotia Parvez N Panthaky Jasmine Baria Marazban Baria Keshmira Baria Homyar Medhora

I am happy to note that taking a cue from this post of mine, PARSI CUISINE has published a whole article on Dotivala Bakers and also provided a link as below :
They write as follows :

“During their reign in India, the Dutch established in Surat a warehouse on Dutch Road, in which five Parsi gentlemen were employed as bakers. When the Dutch left India at the end of their rule they handed over their ovens to one of them, Mr. Faramji Pestonji Dotivala whose descendants over time developed and perfected the Surat biscuit recipes. The Dotivala bakery in Surat continues to this day, making it one of the longest surviving businesses in India. [ 70 more words ]”

Dotivala Bakery completes 158 years – one of the longest surviving businesses in India.

One Response to “The Royal Gaekwari Connection with Dotivala Bakers: Surat: Jeetendrasingh G. Gaekwad”

  1. Rita Says:

    Honored to know the Dotivala family.
    We have the batasa featured and have included some of the history in our cookbook.
    Best regards,
    Rita Jamshed Kapadia
    PARSICUISINE.COM

    Like

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