The Duchess of Coonoor

Zerina Burns’ stylish 80th birthday celebrations epitomized the finer things in life
Stanley Pinto

She is the great-great-great-great-granddaughter of Sir Jamsetjee Jejeebhoy, the first ever Indian baronet knighted by Queen Victoria, and great-great-granddaughter of Sir Pherozeshah Mehta. No wonder Zerina Burns’ friends call her The Duchess of Coonoor. And her 80th birthday party celebration in Bangalore in January 2019 lived up to that appellation. Seated at 15 round tables in the spectacular ballroom of The Leela Palace Hotel, 95 guests who arrived from Coonoor and around the world and her friends of The Bangalore Black Tie fine dining club, were treated to a five-course French dinner. Each course was paired with a glass of......

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