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Baliwalla & Homi's optical roots were planted in 1899, when Naoroji Jehangir Baliwalla together with his brother Phirojsha, opened a humble Optical Shop in Kalbadevi, Bombay. Phirojsha, a skilled craftsman who handcrafted solid gold frames, which were fitted with flat imported lenses, were sold for half a gold guinea in those days (approximately 15 rupees).

In 1913, Naoroji's son, also Phirojsha, formed a partnership with Homi Guzder giving birth to Baliwalla & Homi, which went on to become a Private Limited company in 1940.

Our flagship store was opened in Fort in 1916 followed by two more branches in Parel (1919) and Dhobi Talao (1928), in addition to a lens grinding workshop. In the 1950’s they began manufacturing ophthalmic instruments.

From 1950 to 2006 the late Naval P. Baliwalla steered the company to greater heights and earned the reputation of being one of India's leading Optometrists. He was ably supported by his business partner the late Rattan S. Surveyor. Their legacy is now carried forward by Anahita Dastur, Zarir & Hormuz Baliwalla.

A heritage brand in the truest sense, Baliwalla & Homi have a rich tradition of being the opticians of choice for the Governors of Bombay (Sir Roger Lumley being the first), Maharajas, Politicians and Legal luminaries alike.

Our most noteworthy clients included the late 'Father of the nation’ himself, Mahatma Gandhi and the First President of Independent India, Dr. Rajendra Prasad.

Today, Baliwalla & Homi continue to provide its patrons the latest advancements in technology by way of new Ophthalmic Instruments, state-of-the-art contact and spectacle lenses.

Over the turn of the century, Baliwalla & Homi have keenly observed the ever-changing face of fashion. Hence our stores stock an extensive range of international eyewear brands from Ray ban to Armani, as well as economical and value for money styles to suit all economic backgrounds.

The institution of Baliwalla & Homi remains at heart, 'opticians for the people’. We take immense pride in providing the highest standard of service and expertise to one and all. Our clientele spans generations of the same families. We aim to serve our community with compassion and efficiency, upholding a practice of honesty and trust.


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