A.R. Abdulla

– Ramjoo’s son Baggu & his wife Najmunnisa (Dr. Abdul Ghani’s daughter). Baggu called her Bibijaan –

A.R. Abdulla, or more often known by his nick name as Baggu in Meher Baba books was son of Ramjoo Abdulla (Author of Ramjoo’s Diaries), (Born 1922-died-2009), and brother of Ali Ramjoo Trustee of AMBPPCT. He was married to Dr. Abdul Ghani Munsif’s daughter. Baggu had authored a few Spiritual Books one of which is available in Full Text on this website. Some references about him in Lord Meher are given below.

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Formerly of Lonavla, Ramjoo Abdulla now resided in Satara with his family and came to see Baba daily. His sister-in-law, Haja, had been a constant visitor to Baba when the family lived in Nasik. Once, Haja said to someone, “I am so beautiful even Baba is in love with me!” Coming to know of it, Baba instructed her not to show her face to him for the rest of her life. Accordingly, though in Satara, she did not even once come to meet Baba.

From Bombay, Ramjoo’s son, Ali, age twenty-five, was writing long letters about Baba to his father. He had his doubts about Baba’s divinity. Since childhood, he and his elder brother, Baggu, were in Baba’s contact. Baggu’s marriage with Dr. Ghani’s daughter, which Baba attended, had been performed in Nasik in 1942. On that occasion, Ramjoo’s other son, Dadu, was shooting a short film, and for some reason Baba turned his head and raised his hand as Dadu was filming him. Ali saw this and thought: “Baba is acting so his picture will come out better. Were he really God, he would not care about such things. Prophet Muhammad never had his picture taken.” Thus, Ali had his doubts about Baba . . . . .

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On November 12th, Baba and some of the mandali went to Nasik to attend the wedding of Ramjoo’s son, Baggu, to Dr. Ghani’s daughter. They returned late the same night.

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Ramjoo Abdulla’s entire family loved Baba, and Ramjoo always sought Baba’s advice about any family problem. Ramjoo and his family had left Nasik and moved to Ahmednagar two years earlier, in 1946. He had seven children: five sons – Dadu, Baggu, Ali, Meheru (Meher Ahmed) and Isa – and two daughters.

Ramjoo Abdulla's entire family loved Baba

AR Abdulla bagguAbdul Rahaman Abdulla, lovingly called Baggu was son of Ramjoo Abdulla (Author of Ramjoo’s Diaries) passed away at Mumbai (India) on 26th Nov, 2009. He was 87. His wife was Dr. Abdul Ghani Munsiff’s daughter. Abdulla became manager of Inchek tyres at Jabalpur in early 1970’s and therefore was very close to Jabalpur Baba lovers like Murli Kale, Hazra, Girijanandan Dubey, Rajnikant Upadhyaya and others. He freely spoke about Meher Baba in his circle of influential friends and at Rotary meets etc where he was a member by protocol of his company. Later in early 1980’s or so he joined Premier Car company and moved to Mumbai where he lived till last.

He was one of those young men who visited Jabalpur in 1938 when Baba set up a Mast Ashram in Jabalpur, he vividly remembered that some old Baba mandali either Kaka Baria or Baidul showed him Clock Tower monument in Jabalpur and they walked through the lane up to Taiyab Ali petrol pump. Later in 1970’s when he came to Jabalpur and joined as Manager of Inchek Tyres company he found that his office and residence were arranged by the company in the same lane where he strolled as a young boy in 1938-39. Next day he joined his office and the landlord of the property Taiyab Ali Sulemanji came to meet him as a courtesy. To his surprise Taiyabali bhai told him that all the way back when in 1938 Meher Baba came to Jabalpur for his stay and mast ashram work, he had invited Baba and the then Collector of Jabalpur Jal D. Kerawala for lunch and to his surprise he told that Meher Baba seated exactly at the same place in the room where his office chair is right now. It was a loving coincidence for Baggu, who was overwhelmed to know that all strings were already arranged by Baba. A group photo of Baba with Jal D Kerawal and other dignitaries we also taken but could not be found now.

By Niket Kale
Based on letters and personal memories with AR ABdulla (Baggu)


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