Reflections Of Past & Future
On being asked about the fondest memory Mani Mistry has of her daughter Aban, she reminisces about the moment the nurse put her in my arms, she continues to describe the moment, “that instant of holding your newborn stays etched in your mind”.
Aban recollects having my mother’s best friend’s daughter as her own best friend. “We used to take the longer route home so we could chat more”. When we asked if the mothers were annoyed, Mani chuckles a bit before replying, “We found it so amusing”, even when they meet years later in another country and another time, it cracks them up.
- Young and elegant Mani Desai with Aban and her brother at a family event
- Aban and Mani always had similar sense of aesthetics in clothing, simple, understated and preferably handmade
When the Parsis arrived in India during 8th -10th century, they brought along with them a refined taste in aesthetics. Though they’re incredibly simple, their sense of style remains idiosyncratically enchanting and enduring. “My aesthetic flair has directly been influenced by my mother and mother-in-law” admits Mani, and Aban too has a respectful sense for the things that are handmade and one should not be surprised with her collection of ‘torans’ and ‘borders’ from the days bygone.
- Parsi Gara sari exquisitely hand embroidered by Mani’s mother is the coveted heirloom of the family
- Bundles of Parsi hand embroidered borders passionately collected by Mani, reminiscent of industrious Parsi women