THE ATTENTION OF A PARSEE
What many people, probably including the Parsee in our San Francisco office, do not realize is that Mody Road is named after the notable Parsee businessman Sir Hormusjee Naorojee Mody (b. 1838 - d. 1911), one of the founders of the University of Hong Kong.
Like a number of the formative influences on Hong Kong during the early years, Mody was an enterprising Mumbaikar - not a few of whom where Parsees, although it must be mentioned that one of mr. Mody's business partners (Sir Catchick Paul Chater), though also from Bombay, was in fact Armenian.
[Wikipedia articles: MODY: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hormusjee_Naorojee_Mody CHATER: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Catchick_Paul_Chater ]
TIEN-SING SIU-LEUN YAUHAN-KONGSI
However, the most famous of the Hong Kong Parsees is probably Dorabjee Naorojee Mithaiwala, who founded what eventually became the Star Ferry (天星小輪有限公司) in 1888.
[Star Ferry: http://www.starferry.com.hk/index.php]
My readers will naturally understand that to anyone living in San Francisco, founding a ferry service must count as a very great achievement. There's something timeless about ferries plying routes between different branches of a great metropolitan area - unlike roadways, ferries unify. Ferries are magic.
Even if people have come from outside of town, taking the ferry says that they want to be here, whereas driving sends the message that they can leave at any time.
And they do.
Some people actually live in the barbarous hinterlands across the Bay or the Golden Gate by choice, difficult though that is to believe.
My piles might bleed for them.
LINGUISTIC NOTE: 有限公司 Yauhan-kongsi = 'having limit public manage'; limited company.
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