Legacy

One of his large properties in Santa Cruz was given to the municipality to be used as a market. Two streets are named after him in Santa Cruz (near the border of Khar West): First and Second Hassnabad Lanes.

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In Khar West, about three blocks from there, he built a masjid for his mother. Pictured below are Farzana Doctor (this blog’s author) with her sister Fariya Doctor and Maimuna Bengali:

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Hussonally’s mother, Amtullabai, was buried in the cemetery below this mosque.

He left money that built the Hussonally Seth Schools in Dholka (in 1923), a co-ed school of about 1550 students from Forms 1-12 (see photos in Dholka section).

He also left money that built the Dholkawala Maternity Hospital in 1923. They moved to their current location on Ahmedali Road in the 1930’s. Many descendants were born there. Here are some photos from our 2017 tour:

 

A question I asked a group of his great-grandchildren:

What would Hussonally think about his spread-across-the-world family, almost a century after his death?

“He’s be very pleased. We are all leading own lives, striking out, being independent.”

“I think he was a very forward thinking person. And I feel based on our family history he would have had an open mind. For him to have been so philanthropic, he had to have a lot of empathy.”

“He would be proud of this family. How would say ‘my family is like a big box of crayons –different but together’.”

“He was one in a million—he would want to see if anyone could rise to his acumen.”

“The position that he rose to—I don’t think anyone else has done that.”

“[He’d wonder why] The business went down. His business didn’t expand but rather narrowed down.”

“He’s smiling on us—we are doing good.”