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  1. Hello, I am from Iringa, Tanzania. I used to study at the H. H. The Aga Khan School. I finished my 7th Std in 1968. I left the school when I was in Form ! in the Secondary School.

    I have very happy memories of the school. It had a lovely garden of roses in the front. And very large play grounds. After school, we used to enjoy our basketball game, a favourite of all the students.

    The school was managed very well, a Mr Khan from Pakistan was the principal.

    I wonder if there is anyone searching for the ex students. We went back to Iringa in 1974, but we never visited the school, as we heard that things had changed and so didnot want to get upset.

    Whilst in UK, I tried to find out if there were any students from the school, but was not possible.

    I now reside in Vadodara.

    I have my watercolour paintings on Artslant site and http://www.icandrawnandpaint.

    If any known person reads this, please get in touch. It would be nice to hear from you.

    regards

    nalini patel – now nalini dilip desai

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    1. Hi Nalini,
      I remember you from Iringa. You were my sister’s classmate in Agakhan Primary School. Remember Tazim Jessa? She is now Tazim Dharamsi. She’s married to Alnasir Dharamsi, elder brother of Salim, who was also your classmate.
      I shall be sure to let Tazim know about you and your site.
      Karim.

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    2. Hi Nalini,

      What a surprise, I am from Iringa Nadia Jivraj if you can remember, we were in the same class!How can one forget Iringa, there are lot of memories. I am in Toronto, married and have 4 children, everyone is here. My parents are here also, if you remember my dad used to work in TFA. Please reply to my email: nadia_pirani@yahoo.ca. If you any other contacts of our classmates, please share. I have Yasmin Hamir’s contact, and there are lot of Iringa people here in Toronto.

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      1. Hi nadia

        I live in Vancouver I have been living in van since 1975.i have two children 33&35 .I see Yasmin hamir , ,Shanu shivji .my ph 604 222 2284 pacific day time &604 736 1830 evening .my sisters are here in van too.

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        1. Hi rosemin, my name is zahir Khatau, I was also in iringa and then moved to Congo in 1960
          I have my sister Parviz Karim who lives in vancouer, may be you know her, I thing we were neighbours in iringa, regards

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    3. oh my god, Nalini, I was your classmate, Nurallah, if I am not mistaken your Dad owned Venus studio. I left in 1973 for Holland and since 1998, I am in Connecticut, USA

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      1. Hi Rosemin! I remember you, we all went to same school in Iringa. I am Nadia Jivraj, and live in Toronto. Where do you live, and where is your family, pls reply.

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      2. Hi Rosemin:
        My name is Shabir Thawer. I went to Highlands ss from 1970 to 1973. I believe we were in the same class. Mr sheikh was the headmaster. I used to live the Agakhan Boys Hostel

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    4. Hi Nalini,

      I am Alnasir Shivji, I used to sit behind you in class and try and tie your long hair to the back of your chair, sorry.
      I am glad I ran into this blog. it brought back so many memories, thanks.
      I left Iringa in 1970 and went to London for treatment for my polio in my right leg.
      I came back and then left for Karachi, Pakistan in 1971, stayed there till 1976, and then came to Vancouver, Canada.
      I married Zinat Saferali, originally of Njombe and Iringa. we got married in Canada in 1978.
      we have 2 adult children, our son Abid is now 27 years and just graduated as a CA and works for Deloitte in Vancouver.
      I opened a store selling BBQs and outdoor patio furniture in 2007.
      my email address is : alnasirshivji@yahoo.com

      I hope to hear from you soon

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    5. my name is Bhasker Panchal (sisters Surekha and Shobha who live in Harrow ) I live in LA – California.
      This site is incredible for Iringa folks.
      Most who have contributed are Juniors to me – however I do recognize quite a few names.
      I attended the Reunion in Toronto a few years ago – was so glad to meet the folks from Iringa.

      Will write more later.

      Please do not hesitate to email me – bhasupanchal@msn.com

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  2. Njambo Nalini.Habari yako? I am bursting with joy that at last someone from my heavenly birth town of Iringa!! Its a small world.I studied at the Aga Khan sec school from 1958 to 1964(form IV) then went to India in 1968 with my family.We lived there (Rajkot) for 23 years and settled in the uk (Leicester) in 1991.I did go back to Iringa in 2009 but it was not the same,you know.It is a big town now. Time changes everything. By the way, my son got married in November 2009 at 30 purshotamnagar,Akota area, near Alkapuri,Vadodara ! I still remember almost everyone in Iringa but sorry cannot recall you.There was Iringa Printers shop, Iringa Bookshop just in front of Iringa Hotel. Both were Patels. I worked for N.L.Patel, the solicitor just nearby. Please keep in touch –a humble request from an Iringawala. Our sincere and warm regards to Bwana Dilipbhai Desai and family. Jai shri Krishna to everyone. chandrakant peshawaria

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    1. Hello Sir,
      I remember all the places in Iringa that you mentioned. But I’d be unable to remember you because I was born in 1957. You left when I was still too young. I’m amazed that you still know Kiswahili after all these years.
      You might perhaps know my father, Anver Jessa. He used to work for Southern Highlands Roadways; then went on to own the Esso petrol station.
      We were neighbors of M.R.Juma, right across from the Sokoni (the local market.)
      Karim Jessa

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    2. Hello,

      I think I do remember you, I am from Iringa my name is Nadia, and my dad Shamash Jivraj used to work in TFSA. You are so right in say Iringa is a heavenly town, I can never forget that town. I left in 1969 and never went back.

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      1. Amir Tarmohamed, I remember you and your family. I was also in the same class as Shshikant Raniga. My name is Shiraz Mohamedali Rajabali Shivji. Raniga’s father was a goldsmith and his store was in Rajabali Shivji Hasmani (my grandfather’s) building in front of the sokoni. I later went to St Michael & St. George School in Iringa then to UK for undergraduate and to Stanford for graduate school. I am in the SF bay area for more than 40 years. I met your daughter Munira today in JK. Best regards

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        1. Hello Shiraz Shivji, Its been a very long time and nostalgia has creeped in along with old age. A few minor corrections though, but in good taste. Munira who you met in JK is my niece. If memory serves me right you were actually in class with Amin Kachra, Mohamed Hamir, Hussein Aloo, Anar Kassamali, Khairoon Ladha and so on. Shashikant Raninga was at that time in Form III with Chandrakant Peshawaria(Suthar) Mohamed Nurmohamed, Amin Manji, Nizar Ahmed Esmail etc etc. Yes I remember your Grandfathers shop where Raninga had his Goldsmith shop which later was turned into a watch Repair facility by Shashi’s older brother. Long time ago your grandfather also had a Bicycle dealership. By the way your younger brother Alnoor also has been in touch with my younger brother Nurallah who lives in Connecticut. I believe you have a niece who studies at Boston University. Until next time.

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        2. Shiraz, were you in Oram House at M&G? I was housemaster there for 5 years, and taught physics from 64 to 72. I have been looking for old students of mine from that era.
          Sincerely
          Dr Roderic Stanley (rkstanley@ndeic.com) in Houston

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    3. Hello Chandu (as we refered to you or I recall Chandu the scientist) I am Nizar Bundeali the slightly notorious student in your class, Shashikant’s friend.I was a in Boarding House, now I live in Toronto, Canada. I am married n have a son 34 & daughter41.

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    4. Hi Chandrakant!
      I am very glad to hear that you are from Iringa, I am searching my mother’s relatives, My mother name is MANJULABEN her father name was HERMAN BHAI ZAVER BHAI PATEL who was working with tea company and her relatives name was KANU KAKA, BHANU BHAI, and MAHENDRA PATEL who owned cinema theatre on those times,and her brothers and sister name wa INDIRA, SUSILA,URMILA, HARISH, RAMESH,JOSNA, KOKILA,

      My mother was married to NAVIN CHANDRA DEVDATTA JODHARAM SHARMA and shifted to Dar es salaam since then she lost all relatives, and now my mother is 66 years, she is very sad always asking of them, that is why I was trying to find them.

      Please please and please if you know anything about this family of HERMAN BHAI ZAVER BHAI PATEL who where lived in Iringa please let me know, I will be very grateful to you, God bless you

      My mother is Patel

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    5. Hello, just to say hello n it’s nice to read the emails now n then. Today I thought will send you a few lines. Very busy here, so don’t get much time. But hope all’s ok , Baroda still busy with the wedding n being season on in winter. Regards,. Nalini

      Hello to all those who read the messages.
      And the Best Wishes for the coming New Year!

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  3. Hi
    I am also from Iringa- studied at the Aga Khan Primary School and also the Highlands secondary school. Mr Thakore was the Head Master then. I am now settled in the UK. I too have been to Iringa – but was very disappointed. You may remember my dad- Jogikaka. He worked at PWD- Water supply dept. keep in touch

    Dev Gohil

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  4. Hi Dev,
    If I’m not mistaken I do remember you. I think you were in the same class as Nalini Patel, or was it one class higher?
    If you went to Highlands Sec Sch you must remember Mr Sheikh.
    Did you live near Kingsway Garage? I’m trying to think if you were neighbors with Kishore and Naresh Mistry.
    Anyway, I’ll tell my sister, Tazim, and brother-in-law, Alnasir Dharamsi, about you.
    They might contact you.
    Karim Jessa

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  5. Hi Iringawalas, I am from Mbeya not far from Iringa. I am sure your parents will know me.
    as I do know Anver Jessa and all the Jessas from Mbeya.
    Regards to your moms and Dads.
    Mbeyawasi.

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  6. Hi Iringans,

    I am also from Iringa and studied at Aga Khan Primary School and finished primary school in 1966.
    My dad worked at Kingsway Garage.

    My class mates were Allaudin Jetha, Mangla Patel of Iringa Prinyers, Chandrika Mistry – C B Mistry ( they were staying near Kingsway Garage), Irene Rebello,Tazim Ladha (owners of Kingsway Garage), Nasim Daya, Narmin Jaffer, Shiraz Dharamsi, Nevin Kassam, Ashwin Jetha of Venus Studio and Firoz Juma of Highland Cinema etc.
    Played football with Agakhan Sports Club (Young Ismails) Iringa.
    Mr Thakore was our Headmaster.
    Class teachers were Nizar Daya and Hassan Rajabali and Jassani.
    Karim I remember Mr Anwer Jessa very well as he used to give us lift to school in Southern Highland Roadways Bus.
    Nadia I remember your dad working with TFA as he was my dad’s friend, your dad used to drive Peugeot 404 pickup.
    We shifted from Iringa to Dar es salaam in 1973 and have been living in Dar ever since.

    Hassan Kassam

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    1. Hi Hassan,

      Can you please give names of your parents. My parents are here in Toronto, and I will surely mention your dad to them.

      My classmates were Yasmin Hamir, Tazim Jessa, Shairose Parpia, Nalini Patel, Shafiq Kurji, Harminder Singh… we have many Iringans here in Toronto.

      We had the best times at the Agakhan primary School.

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      1. Hi Nadia,

        My dad’s name is Akber Kassam, he worked with Kingsway Garage and Motor Mart.

        My other class mates were Nevin Jivraj, Rosemin Manji (IringaStores), Nasim Rajabali, Nasim Shivji and Almas Sajjan (married to Mazhar and still in Iringa)
        Moez Walli, Alnoor Shivji and Nizar Mamdani who are in Toronto.

        I do not remember you as I am sure you were in lower classes than me.

        Nalini pls let me know if Ashwin of Venus Studio is your brother, he was my class mate.

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    2. Hi Hassan!
      I am Nisha Navin Sharma, Iwas searching for my mothers relatives.
      My mother names was MANJULABEN his father name was HERMAN BHAI PATEL, Her brothers and sisters names where Harish, Ramesh, Urmila, Kokila, Indira and Mahendra who owned cinema in those times
      My mother was married with my dad Navin Sharma and shifted to Dar es salaam

      Please if you know anything concerning any of this people please contact me 0743 043 476 my mother will be very happy cause everyday she is harsing me to find his relatives.

      God bless you hassan

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  7. Hi Hasan,

    Yes, I think I was in lower class than you. I meet Nevin Jivraj, Nazir Mamdani, Rosemin Manji, they all live in Toronto. Anyway its good to be connected, Iringa has lot of good memories.

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  8. Dear Iringans,
    I do remember most people whose letters I have been extremely happy to read……I was the Physics & Maths master at the Aga Khan Sec. School,. Iringa, ….my contemporaries were Mr. Sheikh &
    Mr. Somji, Mrs Rodriguez and so on. I do remember the Peshwarias, the Jumas, the Iringa printers & so on……would be very happy to know more about the Ladhas of the Kingsway Garage….the Kassamalis ( Anar & Shaida ),the Rebeiros & the Jumas of the Highland theatre ……….
    I taught at the school from 1964 to 1969.
    With fond memories,
    Prem C Nair,
    premcnair@gmail.com.

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    1. Hello Fellow Iringans

      It is a pleasure to see familiar names from Iringa. I studied at the Aga Khan Primary School when Mr Thakore was Headmaster. I was in the last Std 8 before the infamous “Territorial” exam was implemented for Std 7. Most of our class (the boys from Std 8) then went to Iyunga Secondary (boarding) School in Mbeya, while the girls went to Dar es Salaam.

      Please feel free to write me at: alnoorladha55@gmail.com

      Alnoor (S.D.) Ladha

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      1. Hi Alnoor S D Ladha’

        It was with complete surprise that I stumbled upon this Site. My name is Chandrasen Durve and I still remember you after over 45 years!! Your dear father had a clothes shop in town and I remember my mother bought a lovely cream jumper from him as the last item of clothing that we as a family bought just before we immigrated to the UK. That jumper kept me warm for many a year in the UK and I remembered you every time I wore it! If I am not mistaken I wrote to you at or during the Apollo 11 moon landing (1969) when you were in Nairobi, I do not know how I got your address! You were one of my best friends and I still remember shaking your hand saying ‘goodbye forever’ to you, I was very sad to leave!!

        You are correct, Imtias Mohammed Thakore was the headmaster of our school at our time, in fact it was Mr Takore who imported all those wonderful roses from Kenya and planted them in front of the school. He was a wonderful gardner, he also had wonderful handwriting even when he wrote whole sentences on the blackboard, I copied his style of handwriting, the characteristic forward slanting regular size letters. I continue to try to write like him to this very day and needless to say I remember him every time I write. He was a gentleman, he had one son who was also called Imtias.

        Leaving Iringa had a tremendous effect on my life, I still remember all the names of the students in our standard Viii class, like Salim Manji, Shaida Kurji, the beautiful Rosemin Jan Mohammed, Mohammed Sachu and so on and the others who lived at the Boarding School like Cha Cha Chambili and Mohammed Sunderji (the business man who sold sweets to us all!) Some other names Mohammed Kamru, Shiraz Walli and others who played cricket, and teachers such as N. Daya, H.K. Hassan, Mr Parbani, Mr Khan who I understand became headmaster after Mr Takore. I also remember Raymond Magimba the tallest chap in our class.

        I lived with my uncle( mothers younger brother) Dr S Y Kelshiker who ran the Aga khan hospital in Iringa and we lived next to the school in a bunglow. I was encouraged to be a boy scout by one of our classmates’ brother/uncle. In fact they ended up buying the Ambassador Hotel in Iringa. As a boy scout, escorting my uncle, I had the privilege and honour of meeting His Royal Highness the Aga khan on his visit to Iringa at the evening performance held at the Secondary School hall.

        Just before we emigrated I lived with my grandfather Dr YB Kelshiker, who lived next to the Police Station near the Tivoli Cinema. My father died many years previously in fact just before I was born. My grandfather lived in London until he was 104 years old (1996) and my mother passed away in 2004. My uncle is well and lives in London having been retired for many years. His son Amol is a well-known doctor in Pinner, he too was a pupil of our School although he was many years behind us!

        Is the White Horse Hotel still going? I have had many English Mining colleagues who have been to Iringa on their way to other parts of that area, but I have never had the chance to be back.

        I am a mining engineer and a bit of an expert on minerals, probably one of the first fully qualified ‘Tanzanian’ Mining Engineers certainly the first Doctor of Mining! I have been somewhat lucky in that I have had the opportunity to travel and work in many different countries such as Canada, Turkey, Brazil Congo the UK, China and so on. I now live in Manchester UK. I would love to communicate with you, I do intend coming to Tanzania hopefully within the year and will of course visit Iringa. I am awaiting an invite from the Minister of mineral resources to do so. I would love to work in Tanzania as a consultant or even to do business in the minerals game, I am aware of several potential opportunities. I have started learning Swahili again, it’s like riding a bicycle, you never ever fully forget, in any case I have the memory of an elephant, although it is beginning to fade a little with age!!

        Hope you are well, when did you get back to Iringa? are you in Iringa? Please write to me it will be wonderful to hear from you.

        Kind Regards

        Chandrasen Durve

        +44161 445 1883
        +447767635352

        Email: Chandra@camborneslate.com

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        1. Hello Chandra

          I was absolutely blown away to hear from you! Your missive brings back such fond and cherished memories from our days in Iringa.

          There is so much to reminisce about – I shall write you directly.

          Alnoor

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        2. Hello Chandrasen,
          My name is Alnoor Jivraj; My parents used to own the Ambassador Hotel.
          I came across this site whilst researching Tanzania. We are planning a visit this December. Do not know if you remember me but we were in the same class in the primary school. Went to study in Iyunga in 1968 and left Tanzania in 1972. I now live in Canada.
          Do you know what happened to the Ambassador hotel?

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          1. Hello Alnoor We had fun in primary school, Iyunga school and Ambassador hotel, how are things with you?

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        3. Hi Chandrasen, If you hadn’t mention my name I would never have found this site, it was very interesting to read your history. Hope things are good with you. I think it was Shiraz Sunderji who use to sell Sweets, Chacha Chambili passed away, he was with us at Iyunga Secondary school(RIP).

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          1. Hi Salim,

            I am sorry that I missed your email of Jan 2013! Anyway I do remember you and your Elvis hairstyle, I remember that you lived with your uncle opposite the J.K and opposite Rosemin Nurmohammed’s family shop? I believe that your uncle had a textile shop? Yes it was Shiraz Sunderji that was our sweet supplier, he lived in the boarding school in the Agakhan school complex, I used t meet that bording house students in the evenings because we lived right next to the School on the left hand side as you entered the school main entrance from the road in. I live in Manchester in the UK now, write to me my email is chandra@camborneslate.com. I was sad to hear about Cha Cha Chimbili, he too was a boarder, we often played in the evenings in the school ground, including with Mr Thakore’s and Mr Parbani’s sons!

            Hope you are well, where are u now? which part of the world I mean? We must all try to meet one day so many of us! I have been in communication with a few others but have been very fractured in this! life is so busy these days, not like in Iringa where we all had a bit of time , its like a different lifetime in a different Universe!

            Best Regards

            Chandra

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      2. Alnoor S D….What a pleasant surprise, I have been searching for you, for ages. I just Stumbled upon this site, Can’t belive…you, Chandrasen, Alnoor jivraj. Hope all is well. What a deal.

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      3. Alnoor S D….What a pleasant surprise, I have been searching for you, for ages. I just Stumbled upon this site, can’t belive… you, Chandrasen, Alnoor Jivraj. hope all is well. What a deal.

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    2. Hi Mr. Nair – I am Izzat Mawji(Ladha – Kingsway Garage) and I recall you being my Math teacher. Iringa school days were the best days and I now live in Vancouver. I have one son and two daughters and am a grandma.
      Rozila Pirani(Juma), Farida Andani(Kurji), Parin Gangji(Kachra) all live here. Sadru Pabani’s son is getting married here on June 1 and we hope to attend the wedding. Sadru lives in Toronto.
      My email address is izzatmawji@gmail.com

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    3. Wonder about Mr Matthews (Physics – also taught me how to blast the first serve in Tennis – I thank him todate) Mr Khakhiyani (Chemistry) Mr. Cheema (Headmaster) Mr Morris (Headmaster) Mrs Lilly (Biology) Mr Jessani (History – great musician) Mr Sheikh (great Sportman) Mr Reyat, Mr Siddiqui,

      Anybody know where ABJ (Amir jivraj) – a brilliant student – is? And Moez Kassamali – another smart student.
      Amir Shariff (naache man mora – teacher always made him sing this song) Betshazaar (Politician) Hussein Chando –
      I am amazed that this web site brings back memories of all these classmates – it is a blessing.

      And Maria Barros and Anthony Barros – Ishwar Mistry and his buddy Jasbir Singh –

      So I am talking about class of 65

      Koi Lota de mere bite hue din !

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      1. Hello Bhaskar – nice to know that this site has brought back the wonderful memories of Iringa n The Aha Khan School. Ours was the class of 1968 when we passed out from Std 7 and were in Form 1 in 1969.
        My classmate Nadia Pirani n her husband were here in January and we met in Ahmedabad after so many years. You will find lots of photos on Facebook. regards Nalini Dilip Desai, Vadodara

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      2. I finished Grade 12 in 1968……class of Salim Manji, Naaz Saleh
        These teachers taught me too…..Mathews, Khakhiyani, Chhema Morris Jessani (two of them) and Sheikh

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  9. Hi Alnoor,

    I believe you are Alnoor Sadrudin Dawood Ladha of Morogoro Tailors ( jamat street ).
    I believe Salim Ladha, Iqbal Ladha and Tazim Ladha of Kingsway Garage were your cousins.
    Tazim was my classmate at Agakhan School Iringa.

    Hassan Kassam

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  10. Hello Hassan

    Yes, that is correct.

    I meet them frequently (except Tazim, who lives in England). I remember your Dad – he made the best mishkaki I ever ate!

    Please write me at alnoorladha55@gmail.com and we can continue our conversation offline.

    Alnoor

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  11. Hi ,
    This is Iqbal A.D. Ladha of kingsway garage . I now live in Vancouver as do my sisters Maleki, Izzat and my brother Salim. My sister Tazim lives in London UK.
    My email address is iadl@shaw.ca

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  12. Hi Hassan,

    I am from Iringa and I remember you very well. I am Nevin Kassam and I live in Edmonton, Canada. I have been back to Iringa three times now. It has changed but the good old memories are still there. I last came to Tanzania in 2010.

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    1. Ya Ali Madad Nevin:
      My name is Nizar Manji, and my nick name at University of Nairobi was fellah. Mansoor and I both did Engineering in Nairobi. I have already met Mansoor and Nashir in Edmonton a couple of times, but i don’t have their phone number or email address. I would really appreciate if you can email me their contacts please.
      Thanks, Ya Ali Madad and Mowla nek umedu puri kare…..ameen

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  13. Hi Nevin,

    What surprise, never thought I would hear from you again. I too remember you very well.
    I think we last met in Dar es salaam in 1975 if I am not mistaken. I thought you were in Pakistan.

    Iringa has changed but as you say the good old memories are still there.
    Still remember the fond school memories with Mr Thakore.
    My email address is hassan.kassam@bol.co.tz

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  14. Hello Everyone

    I am so very happy to go through the replies – just by chance. After I posted my story, waited a long time for replies n then stopped the Ismaily Mail thinking that I wont get any response.

    Today, I was just searching for my work on my name on the web n then I saw my post on the Ismailimail and that there were replies to it. So thank you all so much, so many have and will join the links.

    So here I am sending you all a reply. Just to know that our classmates are somewhere makes one feel so very happy. Will try n reply to ones with the emails.

    The Internet has made the world smaller then ever, at least giving us a chance to search and find out the known people. Shall be very lucky to see a friend after so many years – for the time being am happy just to convey my message and say hello to all.

    Its so very touching and emotional to go through your nice mails.

    I came to India in 1970 Jan, in 69 I was in Form I. Studied in Amdavad, Gujarat. Came back to Iringa for a few months n then went to Uk with my family. Later on got married and few times tried to settle in UK but didnt like the lifestyle there. Was in Staffordshire for 6 years with my daughter and son for their studies. That’s when I did my Arts at the Lichfield Arts College. My three sisters and sister in law reside there with their families. We lost our parents – my mother 4 years back and my brother Ashwin 5 yrs back. But I still have family photos taken in Iringa – in the studio as well. Our family album in Uk has one of the photos taken in the classroom with the classmates. Will try n get it if I can.

    I remember my brother had a friend – a Singh – who was in his class, they had a garage business going down the mountain. He wanted to come back to Iringa but didnot get a chance.

    Our Venus Studio was on the right side of the road going towards school. The Sultan Store – which later on moved at the further end – before the building where Nadia’s dad, I think used to work – then us, then the building of the Barclays Bank and the corner end was the petrol Station. There was a road leading to the White Horse Inn on the right and carrying on the main road were the Iringa Bookshop and other shops. The new public Library then was other side of road leading to town. Further towards the School was the big open ground on the right where there were residentails and the Gohil family lived there and many other families. Further up the houses on the left were lovely – there were done up during the visit of His Highness The Aga Khan.

    Our class had 2 Rosemins, one Rose who was a Khoja and another Rose who was a local.
    I remember you all – Nadia, Rosemin, Yasmin, Shairoz and others. One of the other Patel girl Taru – lives in Uk. Her parents – Iringa Bookshop – come to Vadodara (Baroda) nearly every winter. I saw her few years back when she was here. Other then that have never seen anyone from Iringa. Those were the days where one took the fee money Sh 10 in the compass box and paid during the roll call. The canteen at the back used to serve tasty chana and popcorn.

    One of our relatives from the in-laws side owns a canning factory in Iringa. Other then that I would go on google and see the photos of Iringa and also had searched for our School history but no success.

    Apart from the lovely memory of the School and the students dont have any photos – wish we had this technology then. The Garden would have looked so beautiful with the School building and if taken from far would have had the backdrop of the Mountain at the immediate backside. Picasso and Kodak Gallery would have done wonders to the scenic beauty of Our Iringa and The Aga Khan School – of course with us all captured in our school days and our youth!!!!!

    Now most of us are 50 plus with a grandchild clutching us or us holding one of them!!!!!!
    The first time we went to the Uk, would be greeted as young lady and now when I visit am dying to hear those words just once. Most of the Indian families from E Africa are in Uk and some in America and of course quite a few here in India – mostly in Gujarat.

    Shall try and keep you posted of my news when I can.

    Last year was in Peublo, Colorado, to be with my daughter Shefali and her husband and family. She has a baby girl Anushka who is now 8 mths. My son studied in Uk after I left and worked in Bedford. He is at present in Pueblo n will decide where he wants to settle.

    So I am very much in Vadodara if anyone would like to visit. Tel Resi: 0091 265 2356462

    The north is very beautiful and scenic and the south has its own charm. Lots to see and explore. But still our own hill station back there was lovely then.

    Regards and Love to All
    Nalini Dilip Desai
    Vadodara (Baroda)
    India

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    1. Oh Nalini, I am so happy to read your response, brought back all the lovely memories of Iringa. I was so sorry to hear about your brother Ashwin, I do remember him very well. So many years have passed by, and I do want to communicate with you but I do not know where to start. I remember Taru, I remember Rose (non-Ismaili) who was very good in sports. Do you remember we also used to do gardening during our school days, play on the lovely green lawn, at recess eat masi’s tasty chana bateta …
      Your brother’s Singh friend’s name is Harminder Singh, we were in the same class, and they used to live down the mountain… have no contact of him.
      Are you on facebook? I am under Nadia Pirani. I have 4 children, 3 boys and 1 girl. My daughter is married, expecting her first baby in Nov, and my son is getting married July 7th, other 2 are studying/working.
      Please keep in touch

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    2. nalini
      i will ask shobha n surekha to respond on this web site – they will be very happy to be part of this
      – they frequently visited your family in Preston

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      1. Hello – just read this message – we were in Preston for a long time, we sisters moved out one by one – Ragini stilllives there with her family n my brother’s family is there. I still love being there whenever I visit UK. Regards to your Family.

        I would like to reply to all individually but it’s not convenient – so regards to All the Friends from Iringa.

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  15. Hi Nalini,

    I am very sorry to hear about Ashwin as he was my class mate.
    We played football together at school.

    I am sorry for your mother too.
    I remember your parents very well as I used to come to Venus studio with Ashwin.

    Hassan Kassam

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  16. Hello
    Thanks for the replies. Yes, it is very very sad to lose ones loved ones. And even the known ones who pass away, leaving behind tears and memories. And we have to fight harder to hold onto the happy memories.

    I am on facebook which needs updating and my email id is desainalini@gmail.com
    Shall forward some of my photos one day.

    Till next time, bye for now nalini

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  17. Hi all Iringa
    Its good to hear you all from iringa Aga Khan school and highlands school My name Sarjinder Chana my family run a construction am wood worhshop in Jamet Street know as Ratan Singh Bros next to iringa Trading. I went to aga khan school and then to highlands school I do not remember some of you but I still have my autograph book from school and will put it out.
    One of you guys asked about Harminder singh sohal from sing transport from Ruaha Iringa
    I keep in touch with there family,Harminder passed away a few years ago.
    I will be in touch soon with more detail once i find my book
    Good to here from you all
    Sarjinder Chana

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  18. Hello Sarjinder,
    I was very sorry to hear about Harminder. Can you kindly share some more details about him and his family. I also remember his elder sister who also studied at Aga Khan Primary School. Harminder was my classmate, with Yasmin Kurji, Tazim Jessa, Shafik Kurji, Nazir Bharmal and many more. By any chance do you remember Nazir Bharmal, and if so do you have his contacts. Its good to be connected, and our thanks go to Nalini.

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  19. Hiya Nadia
    Harminder was one of those lads who always looked smart. If you remember him his hair were never out of line. He passes in Uganda. May he rest in peace.
    I think his sister is Indiu Kaur Sohal I know she is in Canada sorry no more information on her.
    Her two younger sisters were Manjit and Jito both in Nairobi.
    They lived in Ruaha as you went down to ruaha crossed the ruaha bridge there was the first house on the left with many cars and trucks outside.His dad run a transport Company.
    Just reading my autograph book with Harminders word they are true to the last letter.I will try and upload these for you.
    I was in a class below you guys as I seem to remember names like Nurali Premji,Girish Gohal Bharat Gohil,Alladin Pirbhai,Salim Jamal,Riaz Kassam.
    Any way keep the good work up guys good to read the old stories and remember the good old days. thanks

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    1. Hello Sarjinder:

      My name is Shabir Thawer. I were in the same class in Highlands between 1970 and 1973. I used to live at the Agakhan Boys’ Hostel near Lugalo Secondary School. I have been in touch with Nurali Premji. He recently left iringa and is now in Edmonton AB. I live in Mississauga, ON just outside Toronto. Where are you these days?

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  20. Hi Sarjinder,
    Thanks for the information, I remember Harminder from the school days and also his Indiu Kaur. I also remember their house down the hill in Ruaha. Iringa has left us all with lovely memories and I always think there is something special about Iringa. I
    I would like to know about Harminder and his sisters and you can communicate me by my email: nadia_pirani@yahoo.ca. I have a very close friend in Nairobi, so if you know more about Manjit and Jito, let me know.
    I still cannot place you, I remember Salim Jamal. I was with his elder sisters Yasmin and Rosemin Jamal.
    Just as you mentioned, by reading the old stories from everyone, we can remember the good old days

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  21. Hello all Iringawallahs – I am not one of you but was friends with one Nevine Jivraj. We met in Nairobi in 1972. Nevine went to medical school in Iran. Does anyone know her whereabouts?

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      1. Thanks Nadia. I have exhausted all resources to track Nevin down but have not been successful. If my memory serves me right, Nevin is married to a doctor, an eye specialist. Do you know what last name she goes by?

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  22. Hi Iringawallas, My name is Julie (Nensi). I lived in iringa with my grandparents near the Aga Khan School. My parents lived in Njombe. A small town and most of the kids (at that time) went to Iringa to study. Some of you may remember Shiraz Sacehina or Nasir Juma (Chagolo as he was called in those days…)
    Directly opposite my grandparents house the Jamals lived. My uncle owned the petrol station opposite the book store. My Masi and uncle owned a store near the sokoni his name was Abdul Jaffer. My cousin Iqbal Jaffer lives in Dar. My Mums brother (mama) had a store in Ifunda called Ifunda Store… Many memories of the times there and the Julo (swing)..
    Nevin Jivraj lives in Toronto. She was practicing medicine for a long while but I believe she is not now. Her husband is also a DR. The last name is Aziz.
    I was in the same class as Nadia, Yasmin Hamir, Tazim Jessa, Shenaz Sajan and Rozy Sajan, Harminder and some that I do not remember..

    Some of you may remember Salim Manji and Rosemin Manji… The are both in Toronto.. Salim is married to Laila (Ladha) Rosemin Manji’s daughter is getting married in two weeks in Toronto. Rosemin Ladha also lives in Toronto and I met Anar Walli yesterday who is presently living in Calgary and presently visiting Toronto.

    I have met Yasmin a few years back in Van and Nadia and I meet often as we go to the same JK. Yasmin Jamal lives in Toronto.
    Keep in touch …..

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  23. Hello.. My maiden name is Qamarsultan Kassamali! Now married and I go by Camy Merali. I remember a few of you. Shaida Kurji, Shafiq Kurji, Yasmin Hamir, Nadia Jivraj, Alnoor SD Ladha. I left Iringa in 1969 to go to DSM and from there to London. Please contact me if anyone of you remember me. Thank you!

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  24. Qamar – what a pleasant surprise to read your comments. I remember you and your family – your Dad was a very good friend of my Dad’s. I recall one of the first stops we would make when we visited Dar es Salaam was to go see your Dad at Darkhana so that the two of them could catch up! I met your Dad in Calgary a few years ago.

    Please do write me at alnoorladha55@gmail.com

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  25. Hello Everyone, This site has done wonders for the ex students of The Aga Khan School. Its nice to go through the replies – old n new – whenever free. And bringing back so many happy memories for all. I am feeling so very happy that long lost friends at least have a chance to contact eachother n exchange their stories. Regards n love to all, Nalini Vadodara, India

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  26. Katija, please give more information about yourself. Yes Nalini this site has done wonders, and I feel that Iringa had lot of wonderful memories, and by connecting to ex-Iringa students, friends we can keep the memory alive. Lets hope we get more responses and share all the memories of Iringa.

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  27. Hi Alnoor,
    Thank you so much for sharing the Facebook, it really has brought back so many memories. I could not not access “Iringa Ke Kuro”, is it possible for you to connect to my FB under Nadia Pirani. Really appreciate, and you have done wonderful job positing all the photos… I do hope this site benefits all our Iringa fellows.

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  28. Hello:

    Does anyone remember Zaitun Shivji by any chance? I vaguely remember her sisters Muna and Shemin. She also had a younger brother Hussain. I would really like to get in touch with Zaitun. If anyone of you know her whereabouts, please e-mail me at Camerali08@gmail.com. Thank you!

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  29. Hi Qamar,

    I used to remember the roll call for our class by heart. The problem is the old memory has faded a little bit but somehow I remember the last name on the roll call was yes you gussed it Zaitun Shivji, She was quite petit and a very nice person very quiet and a little shy compared to us all loud mouths! I am sure that many people will remember her, try Alnoor Ladha or even better maybe Shaida Kurji or Rosemin Nurmo’hd
    Chandrasen Durve

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  30. Hello Chandra:

    Seriously I have no idea what is going on with your e-mail address. I have tried to contact you several times but my messages to you are bouncing back!

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  31. Wow!!! This is so great and touching to read. I kind of remember you but all of you were 2 3 years ahead of me. I did my STD 7 at Aga School in 1969. Then went to Highland Secondary. Left Iringa dec 1971 after finishing Form II.

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    1. Hi Nadia,
      I am the youngest of the Jivraj family, my parents used to own Ambasador (I am not even sure about the spelling LOL) hotel. My eldest brother was the religion teacher Muhammed Jivraj. I think I was in class with Karim Jessa, Zaher Saleh Haji, Riaz Ladha,….

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      1. Hi Basher,
        I do remember you now, your brother Muhammed Jivraj taught religion, and I was his student. I also remember your mum, and did visit Ambassor Hotel. My dad used to work in TFA which was just at the corner, close to the hotel. Opposite the hotel, Mr. Kapoor lived. Where do live now and where is the family.
        Zaher Haji is on the facebook…

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        1. Hi Nadia, nice to hear from you. I remember your dad very well because TFA was right across from our hotel. Me and my 2 older brothers leave in Toronto, Muhammad lives in Paris France and my other brother works for AKDN and lives in Dubai. My Mom passed away in 1993 and my Dad in 1996. I am in the Bayview/Sheppard area but go to Etobicoke JK.

          I have 2 sons, one is finishing University this year and another is in Grade 3, yes Grade 3 …. :) my wife and I started the parenting thing all over again in 2004…….

          Kind regards

          Bashir

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  32. Hi Bashir,

    One of your older brothers was in the same class as me, his name was I think Alnoor this was in 1967. We were the last to take the ‘Teritorial’ exams!. I was also a scout the troope was run by your older brother or uncle. I lived opposite the Kapoor Household and next to the police station near the bakery! I remember your family buying the Ambassador Hotel in 1966 !! I used to walk home with your older brother. Was his name Alnoor and is he in the USA?

    Chandrasen Durve

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    1. Hi Chandra,
      Yes my brother was in your class and his name is Alnoor. He is in Toronto Canada. The scout guy was my eldest brother Muhamed :). Oh the wonderful days of Ambassador … :), the samosas, chutneys and chana batata…. bring back lots of wonderful memories…one day I shall visit Iringa again..

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      1. Hi I saw you are talking about samosa and Chana Batata, they opened East African food at Flea market Downsview (Farmer market) they selling tumbua, fish paka, mandazi and alot of food even ugali, I forgot really address but in food court you will see them.

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  33. hii to all
    i have forgotten myself studied at the Aga khan school and staying at the hostel our great teacher Dhanani knocking on the door at 4am for prayers and the special daal roti every other day, hope some of you would remember me comming from njombe town mr aziz
    many regards and best wishes to all and hoping some of you would remember me

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    1. Hello everyone,

      Our teacher Nizar Daya was here in Toronto, visiting from UK. Met him after so many many years, and would not have recongnized him if wasn’t informed and likewise he would not have recognized me!… funny thing he still remembers my birthday, since its the same as of Nadia Premji Jetha…anyways talking to him brought back many wonderful memories.

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      1. Wow!!! This is so great and touching to read.!!

        I kind of remember Iringa , my family i mean my parents & brothers lived near Akbers guest house at Uhuru street & in front of Iringa Timber store ( owned by another Mr. Akber who lived next to the Jamat Khana, My father ( who died in 1975) was best friends with both they used to have weelky get together.

        i studied at Highlands secondary school i remember we used to have an indian teacher who used to teach us hindi his name was Mr. Pandya i learnt “om jai jagdish hare & darshan do ghanshyam “, from him , he was very deciplined.

        i had a friend Nadia who had a shop near sokoni & lived behind my house in Jamat street & another friend mahinder kaur who lived in Ruaha she had 2 brothers & 2 sisters they were into timber bussiness i think.

        i left Iringa in 1975 after losing my father Mr. Mehta . Am now living in India & am working in Bangladesh in the Ready made garments Industry .

        Please be in touch … looking forward to hear more about Iringa.

        my e/mailadd: suneetash@hotmail.com

        My skype: suneeta.sharma6

        Best regds to all

        Suneeta Mehta

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        1. Hello Suneeta, I emailed you some time back. I wonder if you received it. As I didnt hear from you thought will inform you on this page.

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  34. I had great pleasure going through all the e-mails which started on my memory lane jogging about Iringa. You young ones have kept in contact and that is wonderful.

    I am from Iringa, son of SONRA: Mr. C. R. Raninga.

    I did my primary school at Agakhan School which was far away from the town. Cannot remember the name of the area. After that went to Agakhan School in Dar, followed by India where I did my veterinary medicine, followed by post graduate at Edinburgh and Tuskugee. Have worked in Zambia, Malawi, West Indies etc.

    I just remember a handful of my classmates from Iringa: Nizar Kasam Walji, Kartar Singh Amar Singh, Suman Pancholi, Dolat Juma, Yasmin Merali Daya. These two ladies were really clever. We had headmistress by the name of Mrs. Baross followed by some gentleman.

    My younger brother Shahsi also went to Agakhan school. May be some of you know him.

    Mr. Akbarali’s Hotel, Suleman Manji’s cycle shop Rajabali Shivji, Iringa Bookshop, Iringa Railway Station, Iringa Printers, Ratansigh place as we use to stay next to them, then we had Iringa Trading stores.There was Mambo Leo stores his son use to be a classmate. Use to know Nure Mohamedali Shivji.

    Iringa was really beautiful town then. People use to say Iringa watu na ringa.Have not been there since 1971.

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    1. I am Nure Mohamedali Rajabali Shivji. Of course, I remember you and all the others you have mentioned. Your dad was Iringa’s “Sonara” and his shop was next to our store. Nizar Kassam Walji is here in Vancouver, BC, Canada. Dolat is in Toronto. When I last visited Iringa in 1997, I met “Ladhio” ( Nizar Ladha Shivji). He passed away last year in Iringa. One of his brothers (diamond) and his sister Dilshad are in Vancouver. I would like to hear from you to catch up. I had attended a re-union in Toronto couple of years ago and it brought back a lot of memories
      My uncle Sadru passed away in December 1212 and my uncle Anver (Anu) died few years ago My e-mail is nureshivji@netscape.net.

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    2. My name is Mansur Shivji.I was born in Iringa and studied in AGA KHAN SCHOOL and Mkwawa High School in Iringa.I went to University of Nairobi.I now live in Edmonton,Alberta.My email is : mansur.shivji@gmail.com. It would be nice to hear from my classmates

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  35. Hi Nirnajn

    It was good to read your notes. It really is a small world. I am from Ratan Singh Brothers.
    I use to live above the timber workshop and I do remember Rattan Mendhi who lived across the road from our workshop.I also remember the Iringa Trading family the brother and sister and I think the chap had polio in one leg. I may be wrong but did you guys have a Peugeot 404 with sitckers all over and then one day they were all gone. I was a bit younger that you guys. My Day passed in 1970 and then my Mum passed in 1974 and me and my younger brother moved to london.
    Iringa was certainly a magical place.

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    1. I am Alnasir Shivji, I am the chap that has polio in my right leg.
      My sister is Rumina, My Dad is Shamshudin Shivji and my Mom is Khatoon Shivji, and I have a younger brother Altaf as well.
      we all live close to each other in the suburbs of Vancouver, canada
      I am glad I ran into this blog. it brought back so many memories, thanks.
      I left Iringa in 1970 and went to London for treatment for my polio in my right leg.
      My cousin, Mehdi Ratansi used to live across from you.
      I came back and then left for Karachi, Pakistan in 1971, stayed there till 1976, and then came to Vancouver, Canada.
      I married Zinat Saferali, originally of Njombe and Iringa. we got married in Canada in 1978.
      we have 2 adult children, our son Abid is now 27 years and just graduated as a CA and works for Deloitte in Vancouver.
      I opened a store selling BBQs and outdoor patio furniture in 2007.
      my email address is : alnasirshivji@yahoo.com

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  36. Hello Sarjinder

    Your sister Iqbalkaur was my classmate, and so was Inderjitkaur Sohal. I wonder where they are? I remember your workshop very well. Malkit Singh (another of our classmates) and I often would come to the workshop to watch the workers split huge logs using open bandsaws – no safety goggles, helmets, or the like!!

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  37. Hi Alnoor

    Good to hear from you my sister Ikbal is in Kent England about 30mins from me. We meet regularly,I will be seeing her on the 27th July and I will pass your message. Inderjit is in canada and I am trying to get in touch with her.I think you thinking about Manjit (not Malkit) hes in Nairobi I met up with him a couple of years ago. Keep in touch

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  38. Hello Sarjinder
    Please do pass my message to your sister. I look forward to hearing from her.
    Malkit and his brother, Sarjit lived in the Gurdwara next to the Aga Khan Health Clinic. I wonder if you remember them? I believe they are in the U.K.

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  39. Dear Sarjinder
    Many thanks for your response. Ratan Singh Bros was a well known establishement. I remember Gurmit singh. We use use to go to Agakhan School. At times in the morning I me my borther Shsahi use to jump in the lorry to go to school. Our house was just behind your famous building and Iringa Trading building.
    Nice to hear from you
    Take care and God Bless
    Niranjan

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    1. Hello!
      My name is Zahir Khatau, we did go to AgaKhan primary school in Beautiful Iringa in early 60’s my brother NIzar and sister Parviz. We lived in Iringa only few years but those were the memorable years of our childhood, I remember our teacher Mr Khan and religion teacher Mr Dhanani.
      My parents had their store near Jamat Khana, I belive it was the 3rd building going up the street in front of Iringa Tradings, we moved to Congo after that.
      Malkit and Sirjit Sing were my good friends of mine, if anyone knows there whereabouts or have an email address please let me know appreciate your help.
      Keep in touch, best regards to all from Iringa.
      My email is zkhatau@hotmail.com

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      1. Hi Malkit and Surjit Singh were in Southall Middlesex UK. I caught up with Malkit in the UK in the seventies! I am sure that he is still somewhere in Southall..

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        1. Thank a bunch for getting back to me and for the info, I will be travelling to London in June, will try to locate them if they are still there.

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  40. I came upon this by chance.
    I am Alnasir Shivji, of Iringa Trading.
    I have polio on my right leg.
    I was happy to read up on all of the posts at this site from Iringa classmates.
    My wife Zinat Saferali is originally from Njombe and was in school in Iringa. We got married in 1978 in Richmond , Vancouver , Canada
    We have 2 kids , son Abid and daughter Aalia, no grand kids yet.
    Abid just completed his CA program and is now a CA, working for Deloitte in Vancouver.
    My parents, Shamshudin Shivji and Khatoon Shivji live in Surrey , suburb of Vancouver .
    I have a business in greater Vancouver called The BBQ Shop, we sell BBQS and outdoor patio furniture and Fire Tables.
    I recognized a lot of names on the posts that all of you have mentioned.

    Please contact me on my email:
    alnasirshivji@yahoo.com

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  41. Hi,

    I am Chandrasen Durve, used to study in Mr N Daya’s class std 8, remember both Malkit and Sirjit Singh. Both in thw UK in Southall . I last saw them in 1971! My uncle Dr SY Kelshiker ran the Agakhan Hospital next to the Gurudwara in 1963-1967

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  42. Hello Niranjan,

    My name is Alnoor Mohamedali Shivji and we used to live in Iringa as well many years ago. I currently live in the San Francisco Bay Area along with my wife and three children. My brother Nurdin Mohamedali Shivji lives in Vancouver as do my brothers Madat and Salim, and sister Najma. My brother Mansur who you may know also lives in Edmonton. Off course we used to live in Iringa across from the Sokoni. You may remember my dad Mohamedali Shivji and my uncles Sadru and Anu. I attended Agakhan Primary School only a few years since we moved to Dar but I do remember many of my classmates including Meena Shivji, Riaz Mawani, Tasim Jessa, Salim Ladha, Alnasir Shivji and Yasmin Hamir. Even though we had moved to Dar, we used to go to Iringa regularly to visit my grandmother and vividly remember Jamat street and White Horse Inn as well as the Ambassador Hotel. There was a reunion in Toronto a few years back and we were able to meet several of my classmates after many years. This blog had brought wonderful memories. Thank you all!

    Warm Regards,
    Alnoor Shivji

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  43. Hi iringa residents
    I am Nizar H.V studied at the Aga khan secondary school ( Cambridge exams in 1965)
    It’s amazing to read all these memorable and emotional moments of our childhood . It also was the innocent days of our youth . Hello to all my friends who remember our times then . I lived at the boarding school with Mr Dhanani a great influence to us as all the other teachers. Hello to my classmates: diamond hamir, shivji, mohd rahemtulla, badru, Amin jivraj?, Moez kassamali, Tazim, Leila, Maria, malekie etc . I studied Accounting n computers in England and Sweden, have a son with a Swedish gal from the 70’s and am now planning to retire single in Vancouver!
    My email: tenniscoach @ shaw.ca

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  44. Attended the Aga Khan School Iringa from 1948 to 1950. My father was in the Police and we were transferred from Korogwe to Iringa. This was my third school in Tanganyika. Out Head teacher was Mr Sheikh, whose son I met in London. I remember ” Iringa Stores” which was situated opposite the school. One of their daughters was a senior student in our school. She had bobbed hair and was a very kind person. There was a Hindu Akhada near bye and a “Jugu” seller from whom we bought hot roasted peanuts and enjoyed them in the cool crispy evenings of iringa. Memories have faded but not died.

    Another teacher I remember was MR Dharsi.

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    1. Dear Nizar:
      I have just spent quite the last few hours trolling through this nostalgic reminiscence from former attendees of Aga Khan Primary and Secondary schools in Iringa. It was heart-renderingly poignant, it even brought tears to my crusty eyes, all because of a certain Nalini Dilip Desai, who was seeking her old school mates from Iringa ! Although I am not from Iringa myself, I grew up in DAR before being moved to Nairobi to learn English in the early 1970’s and then followed the common exodus to Canada in the mid 1970’s.
      I visited Iringa in 2012 when I was checking out a mine site around Ruaha Darajani. I was smitten by Iringa. It is indeed a beautiful city with excellent climate and what appeared to be very lush and fertile climate and hence great vegetation.
      I would highly recommend contact Mr. Rahim Premji of Premji Store in Iringa. He was incredibly helpful even though he was not in Iringa at the time of our visit in 2012. He can be reached at r_premji@hotmail.com. He is a fellow Ismaili and will be able to give you whatever details you may need about Ismailis in the area today.
      Hope that helps you. Good luck and good mining !
      if the need arises, you can reach me personally at ‘ikassam@compuserve.com’ for further information.

      Take care.

      Yours sincerely,
      Imy Kassam
      ikassam@compuserve.com

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      1. Dear Imy – its so lucky that you got to this site n went through the mails. Nice to go through your letter. Its a wonder of today’s technology – bringing people together with their thoughts and sharing the lovely memories. People from a small n beautiful town and they are all over the world, thanks to the Aga Khan legacy for giving us so memorable times. Regards to all reading this, I visit the site now n then n read the different stories. Went to Rajasthan for leopard sighting during Diwalli – for a glimpse of few minutes we would spend hours on the safari. What a change from the natural different animal sightings in the wilderness when travelling on the Iringa Daresalam road !!!
        Nalini D Desai
        Vadodara, India

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  45. Greetings. Sorry to burst in on you folks from Iringa, y’all being of the Asian community. Most of you may probably know my father, Joseph Mungai, who went to St. Georges and St Michaels (not sure if I got the name right) which later was called Mkwawa Secondary/High School and is now a University. My paternal grandfather, James Mungai, originally from John’s Corner (present day Mafinga), at one time owned the Toyota Bar in Mshindo almost opposite the Esso filling station, my maternal grandfather, William Chawe, worked for Railways and later had his own fleet of buses called Tanganyika Bus. On reading some of these letters I got tidbits of places familiar to you all – the Ambassador Hotel is still there opposite the Tanganyika Farmers Association, in fact, I was recently there to watch an English Premier League game, I don’t know who owns it, though.

    I stumbled onto this site simply because I was searching for old photos of the White Horse Inn, later to be (Railways) Iringa Hotel (the hotel is now run down and shuttered). See, my father and uncle, Charles Mungai (aka CDJ, he owned the Singer Sewing Machine franchise situated in Uhindini (Jamaat street?) bought out the Iringa Hotel when it came up for auction – the plot also included the old Iringa Store next door. Plans are to tear it down and build a modern hotel at that site and I think it will be fitting to incorporate at least some photos of the old White Horse Inn within the “new’ hotel. I understand someone in here their parents were photographers or owned photo studios – we frequented one in the building that housed the Highlands cinema (Tivoli?)

    Please help. Sorry once again for bursting in on y’all like this.

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    1. Hi Jimmy,

      Nice to know someone with such a close connection with Iringa as you appear to have. We lived opposite the Tivoli Cinema next to the ‘new’ Police Station which was built in 1967. We lived there after moving from my uncles house next to the Agakhan School. My grandfather Dr Y.B Kelshker (Bwana mganga?) like his son was also a doctor and had a small private surgery on the corner just before we left Iringa. The Ambasador hotel was slightly up hill from us. I remember going to the White Horse Inn too and playing snooker there. They had a wonderful table there, we used to sneak in when some of the Greek patrons were busy playing cards and such like! The library was just up the road from there on the left as you went up the hill. On the left of the man entrance as you exited one went downhill and into a Eucalyptus forest. I can to this day shut my eyes and be there. , it was as if it was yesterday! Looking at Google maps it appears that the whole place has altered a little. Does the Ruhaha river still flow? We often went there and picnicked around the bridge on the Mbeya road. I do not have any photos of the White Horse Inn but I do have a friend who may have stayed there in the late seventies on his Mining travels and may just have a photograph.

      Best Regards

      Chandra Durve

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      1. Hi Chandra,
        good to hear from you. Yeah, it would be great to have any photo of the White Horse Inn. My father and uncles talk a lot about it that it was the inn that was quite famous all over the southern highlands!

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    2. Hello Jimmy,
      What a surprise………!!

      My name is Mohamed Hamir. I grew up in Iringa. My family lived right next to the Ismaili Jamat Khana on Jamat street. My grandfather had built the Jamat Khana in 1930s for the Ismaili community. I studied at the Aga Khan Secondary School in Iringa and later on attended Mkwawa in 1964 for a few months. I met you father there. He was the Head Prefect at Mkwawa. I got to know him quite well as we shared interest in politics and good Indian food. In fact my mother enjoyed cooking his favorite dishes a few times he had the opportunity visit our home with me. He was a very gracious and charming man and my family enjoyed his visits.

      I left Makwawa and Iringa in 1964 to pursue further studies in the UK and later to USA. I now now live in USA. Your father and I communicated for a few years but at some point we lost contact. I have very fond memories of my association with him. He was a very smart young man, which obviously translated in to his vast successes in politics and government service in Tanzania.

      I hope your father has some remembrance of our association. Please convey my best wishes to him.

      Mohamed Hamir

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      1. Hi Mohammed Hamir,
        What a small world! I will definitely tell him about you! He is now “retired but not tired” as he likes to say! If you could share your email I will pass it on to him – he does emails these days after a lot of urging from our end!

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          1. Hi Mohamed, I have forwarded your email to him and I am sure he will get back to you soon. By the way, what state are you in? I have an uncle (and cousins) in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; two married sisters in Dallas and Houston, Texas. I myself went to school at Augsburg College in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and later to the Graduate School of Management, University of Dallas, and decided to come back home in 2006.

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      2. Mohamed, we must have met. I came into the physics department I Jan 64, and worked with Geoff Norman, Ed Dierauff and Marvin Berkowitz. Knew Joe M, but he wasn’t in my class. Do you remember Gideon Kaunda, and Shiraz Shivji, who was in oram Houser?
        I am doing a book on Mkwawa, so any pictures you might hav from that time, or stores that I might use, would be very welcome.

        Roderic Stanley at rkstanley@ndeic.com in Houston, Texas

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    3. Jimmy: this is Rod Stanley, who taught at Mkwawa from 64 to 72, and therefore knew Joe. I did not teach him because I did physics, and he did not. I have been putting together a history of Mkwawa at that time, because I haven’t seem anything else in print about the school since it ceased being St M and G. Or the chapters on Iringa, I have been looking for pictures of the White Horse Inn to put in the book but I have not been able to find one. If you know of one, I’d be happy to get a copy

      Sincerely
      (Dr) Rod Stanley, now in Houston, Texas at rkstanley@ndeic.com

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      1. Hi, Dr. Roderic Stanley, Joseph Mungai passed on November 8, 2016 and was buried in Mafinga (then John’s Corner).

        Interesting thing is that he, too, and the family are looking for old photographs of the White Horse In, (later came to be called Iringa Railway Hotel, then just Iringa Hotel) The reason being is that the property was auctioned off and it is my father, the late Joseph Munga,i and my uncle Charles Mungai bought it. It is now boarded up with plans to build it up into a modern hotel in the future.

        If you do manage to get pictures of the White Horse Inn, please share.

        Jimmy Mungai
        Dar-es-Salaam, Tanzania

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  46. Hello Jimmy,

    I live (retired) in Southern California, between Los Angeles and San Diego. If you or your dad ever visit please contact me.

    I have however lived all over the country during my career in finance and banking: Bloomington, Indiana; Chicago; San Francisco; Pittsburgh; Philladelphia; Washington D.C.; Los Angeles area, NYC area.

    During 1990s and early 2000s we ( I was the Chairman) held several Iringa schools renions in Toronto and used to enjoy meeting everyone who attended. Need new blood to organize another reunion somewhere!

    Best wishes to you, and all IRINGANS on this blog.

    Best Regards,

    Mohamed

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  47. Wow! Just spent an invigorating half hour visiting my home town Iringa. Didn’t have to board a plane either. Who said you don’t get to live your life over again? Bless you all. Iringa Zindabad.

    Karim Jessa.

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