Fired by an innate curiosity and love of adventure, Jamsetji embarks on a North Africa-Middle East journey, beginning with a few days exploring the pyramids in Cairo and Alexandria.
Jamsetji takes on an arduous journey through Jaffa, Jerusalem, Damascus, Turkey and Russia. His journey on horseback and his strange but endearing encounters with locals are documented in his diary.
Jamsetji's curiosity and love of innovation and new products, brings him to Chicago for the World’s Columbian Exposition, a celebration of technology and industrial progress.
Jamsetji travels to Japan to partner with Nippon Yusen Kaisha shipping. He starts running his own steamers under the short-lived ‘Tata Line’; unscrupulous practices by competition make it unsustainable.
Jamsetji embarks on a year of travel, beginning with a visit to Paris where he visits the new Eiffel Tower and, impressed by the technology employed for the spun steel pillars, orders more than a score of them for the ballroom of the Taj Mahal Hotel.
Jamsetji heads to Dusseldorf Industrial Exhibition, accompanied by the contractor for the Taj Mahal Hotel. He shops for electrical lights, generators, lifts and engines for the hotel.
Jamsetji travels to America, where he meets George Westinghouse, who was instrumental in utilising Niagara Falls to generate power. In New York, he seeks out Charles Page Perin, who went on to discover Sakchi.
On account of his failing health, Jamsetji undertakes a journey to San Remo, Italy to meet his physician. His son, Sir Dorab and he travel via Naples (where news arrives of the death of Jamsetji’s wife Hirabai), Rome, Florence and Genoa before arriving in San Remo.
In May 1904, Jamsetji travels to a spa in Bad Nauheim, where he passes away. He is laid to rest at Brookwood Cemetery in England on May 24.
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