Letter from Mahesh Chandra to Ram Bagai
Letter written by Mahesh Chandra to Ram Bagai concerning the sale of property including a hotel and grocery store, ending with a nostalgic description of Vaishno Das Bagai. Mahesh was a close friend of Vaishno and Kala Bagai before Vaishno's death in 1928. This letter was written at the same time as a letter by Kala Chandra, also reminiscing about Vaishno Das Bagai.
Photograph of Vaishno Das Bagai with Mahesh and Ramesh Chandra
The three men in front are Mahesh Chandra (left), Vaishno Das Bagai (middle) and Mahesh's brother Ramesh Chandra (right). The two men behind them may possibly be Chandra brothers Ishwar and Krishna. The Bagai and Chandra families were close friends.
Passport Photo of Vaishno Das Bagai
Passport photo of Vaishno Das Bagai. It is stamped by the Dept. State and signed "V.D. Bagai." It is understood that Bagai applied for a US passport in 1928 but was denied, due to nullification of his naturalization after the United States v. Bhagat Singh Thind Supreme Court decision. This photo may have been part of that passport application.
Photograph of Bagai and Chandra families
Photograph of Bagai and Chandra families. From far left to right: Ramesh Chandra, Mahesh Chandra, Vaishno Das Bagai and Kala Bagai. The woman holding the flowers next to Kala is Mahesh's sister, Prabha Chandra.
Photograph of young Vaishno Das Bagai and relatives in India
Photograph of Vaishno Das and his family before immigration to America. Vaishno Das Bagai is reclining in front, in white. His oldest son Brij is next to him in the dark jacket, and his second son Madan is behind him on his grandfather's lap. Back inscription reads: "rear: Dolan[?] Das, baby, Amer Das, Ram Das (Papa's uncle), Gopal Das, [unknown], baby Chamanlal.
Rani Bagai on "Vaishno Das Bagai's Naturalization Certificate"
Part of a video interview of Rani Bagai conducted on June 3, 2013. In this section, Bagai describes some of the items of her grandfather Vaishno Das Bagai left behind after his suicide in 1928, including several letters to his family he had written in addition to the political suicide letter which was published in newspapers in the U.S. and India.
Rani Bagai on "Vaishno Das Bagai"
Part of a video interview of Rani Bagai conducted on June 3, 2013. In this section, Bagai discusses her grandparents Vaishno Das Bagai and Kala Bagai (later Kala Bagai Chandra), their marriage, children, and life in San Francisco after arriving in 1915. Rani Bagai explains that together the couple had three sons, the youngest of whom was her father.
Photograph of Vaishno Das Bagai and Others
A photograph of Vaishno Das Bagai and others. A handwritten note on the back of the photograph identifies others in the photograph, including Ramesh Chandra, Abnashi Ram Premi, and indicates the picture was taken in the early 1920s.