Mrs. Deena Mistri

Mrs. Deena Mistri was born in Hyderabad Sind on 21st May 1925 to Dhunmai & Seth Pestonjee Jamshedji Soparivala. Her birth was of particular interest to her parents as she was delivered breeched – considered very lucky in those days, as it was very rare for such babies to survive such difficult pregnancies.

She was the great granddaughter of Seth Shapurji Soparivala who founded the ‘Bai Virbaiji Soparivala Parsi High School’ in 1859. The school was initially a co-education school for the growing Parsi population of Karachi. In 1919, BVS became a boy’s only school with Mama Parsi School being separated for girls. With the independence of Pakistan and upon Quaid-e-Azam’s request to the managing committee, BVS began accepting Muslim students.


Deena got her early education from the St. Joseph’s Convent in Karachi. Most of the teachers at St. Joseph’s were British nuns at that time. She went on to finish her Bachelors of Arts from the Bombay University (Karachi) in 1945. It is after completing her B.A. in 1945 that she started visiting the B.V.S. Parsi High School to help students with elocution competitions and started tutoring English to those that needed extra help. She was only 20 years young when she decided to go into teaching afterher initial experience at B.V.S. She went on to complete her Bachelors in Education (with Honors) in 1958 from the University of Karachi.