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Posted: 30 Jan 04, 11:15 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Hi, does anyone know anything about Freddie's Indian roots. I know that he spent a part of his life in India (boarding school), and I know that his birth certificate states him as being as "Indian" in the nationality category.

I am curious as to know if Freddie could speak any of the Indian languages, or celebrated any Indian festivals etc? How "Indian" was he off the stage? Does anyone have any information on this??? I would love to know...

thanks.


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Posted: 30 Jan 04, 11:35 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

come on... someone's gotta know something!!!


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Posted: 30 Jan 04, 11:37 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

give it a day, that how long most topics need before being filled.


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Posted: 30 Jan 04, 11:52 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote


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Posted: 30 Jan 04, 11:59 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

yes... i've seen it online. here it is:

http://www.mr-mercury.co.uk/Images/Birthcertificatefreddie.jpg

and it states that his nationality was "indian".




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Posted: 30 Jan 04, 14:23 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

come on... someone's gotta know something! :)


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Posted: 30 Jan 04, 14:40 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Hmm... A bit impatient, aren't we?

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Posted: 31 Jan 04, 10:33 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Freddie turned his back on his roots, India, Zanzibar and the traditional religion


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Posted: 01 Feb 04, 08:50 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I do believe Freddie spoke his Indian language--I'm not sure of the spelling of it though. It was written about in the Defintive Biography, and also in Mercury, the Afterlife and Times of a Rock God, Freddie as Farouck does indeed speak his own language. His family followed the Zoroastrian (sp.?) religion, but as an adult, Freddie did not adhere to his religion.

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Posted: 01 Feb 04, 11:57 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I believe Freddie spoke Farsi...and his mother was Indian, but his father was american...and they lived in Zanzibar for a bit and moved to England. I think as a family, they didn't pressure Freddie to be Zoritsian how however you spell it...Well, to answer your question, he wasn't very Indian, except for his race.

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Posted: 01 Feb 04, 12:29 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I don't know if he spoke Farsi, all I know is that his parents were Zoroastrians, Parsis who emigrated to India. If you want to read something about Zoroastrian, here's a link

http://www.zoroaster.net/indexe.htm


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Posted: 01 Feb 04, 14:28 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

No, the father was definitly Indian as well--Bomi Bulsari, born in India. The family moved to Zanzibar, but Freddie was educated in an English boarding school (St. Peter's) in Panchgani, India from the age of 8 to 16 when the family then moved to England.

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Posted: 01 Feb 04, 14:30 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Yes, you're right, sorry about that.
So if he was educated English from the age of 8 he must have kept a bit of the Indian laguage that he probably spoke before he went to school...


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Posted: 01 Feb 04, 16:06 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I think a big clue is in the phrasing of the Mustapha lyrics!


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Posted: 01 Feb 04, 16:11 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

oh no....not that again!

*deja vu*




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Posted: 01 Feb 04, 23:34 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Zanzibar and the UK were the opposing factions in the world's shortest war (Zanzibar surrendered in less than an hour). Don't ask me how I remembered that! (The time I Googled.)

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Posted: 02 Feb 04, 11:45 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

God must have been listening to me. Him, or Freddie himself.

I swear to God, this is true....

On the weekend I went to the dentist to get a root canal (ouch). My dentist's name is Dr. Hendricks. I was joking with him, asking him if he was related to "Jimmy" (Hendrix). He was laughing and saying... "yeah". Anyway, we started talking about music.

My dentist, I always thought, was west Indian. He corrected me, and said that he was East Indian (which was a surprise to me). He said that he was from a small town near Bombay. I was like "you know know else is from near Bombay... Freddie Mercury".

Before I could get "Mercury" out of my mouth, he corrected me and said "you mean Farook Bulsara.... I went to school with him".

I nearly fell out of the dentists chair!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I was in total shock.... actually meeting someone who knew Freddie!!!!!

Obviously, my first question was "could Freddie speak any of the indian languages, hindi???". He replied by saying, that although it was a catholic school that they went to, British run, most of the kids could speak Hindi.... including Freddie. It wasn't their first language, but they could speak it because when they left the school, they would have to be able to speak it to communicate with the environment around them.

My dentist had some cool stories about Freddie... stuff that you would never be able to read about.

I'm still reeling. I can't believe that this happened to me this weekend. I guess my question has been answered.

Freddie's watching over me


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Posted: 02 Feb 04, 12:13 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

you cant just leave it like that!! lol so what else did you ask your dentist??

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Posted: 02 Feb 04, 12:18 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Yeah let the stories come!!!! Now here's finally someone so lucky to meet someone who knew Freddie, now you gotta tell us more!!!


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Posted: 02 Feb 04, 12:24 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

He said that he didn't remember too much about him because it was so long ago, and Freddie was a couple of years older than him. He did tell me that on saturday nights, everyone in the school would come to the main auditorium, and they would sing and play instruments etc.

he said that even back then, Freddie stole the show. That everyone would want Freddie to sing. he said that he was pretty bright in school, and that he was pretty popular. he said that if you go back to the school now, if you check out the yearbooks with the students pictures etc in them, all the pages that would have had Freddie on them, they have been torn out.

he didn't keep in contact with freddie after he left school. freddie moved to the uk, and my dentist moved here, canada (toronto). he did say that in the 70's he went to see queen in concert here. he didn't realise that freddie was the lead singer of queen until he saw an article on freddie stating that his real name was Farook Bulsara... and then he made the connection.

other than that, he told me about the school teachers... and how rough they were on the students.....


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