Sunday, March 29, 2009
A McLeod Ganj Dynasty
Nowrojee + Son is a general merchant shop outside the bus station and was established in 1860 – from the earliest days of Lieutenant Governor General of Punjab, Sir Donald McLoed. The store (and family) survived the 1905 earthquake, that resulted in more than 20,000 deaths. This catastrophic event forced the British to relocate to Shimla some 246kms away which at about the same altitude, lies off the main fault line.
The store is now managed by the 5th generation. After such a long period in business they have clearly begun to expand their services. It self-advertises as “General Merchants, House and Estate Agents, Auctioneers and Manufacturers of High Quality Mineral Waters”.