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WHAT IS KHOJAWIKI.ORG

The Khoja Diaspora

We believe, as many of you also do, that the wonderful 700-year migratory history of the Khojas should not be allowed to die, even as our elders pass away. Our response is Khojawiki.org - a not-for-profit collaborative effort to systematically record living people's stories about their own experiences and their recollection of the stories of their parents and other ancestors, in their own words, using the power of the Internet. Read More

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FEATURED PROMINENT PERSONALITY

HON. ABDUL AZIZ, Member of Parliament

"SRI LANKA'S VOICE OF CONSCIENCE"

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Abdul Aziz Gulamhusein Remtulla’s(Remu)life in Ceylon exemplifies the frequent tendency of the Khoja migrants to engage in the civic life of their new home and to “pay back” to that society. The son of a successful Gwadar-born immigrant, who made his home in Colombo of the 1930’s, Abdul Aziz, as he came to be known in Sri Lanka, went on to devote more than 50 years to the plight of the tea-plantation workers, who have been grossly exploited first by the colonial plantation owners and later by local Sri Lankan owners. Abdul Aziz Bhai died on 29th April 1990 and it is a testament to his towering stature in Sri Lankan society that the President, Prime Minster and most politicians of all stripes were in attendance at his funeral. In fact, the government also issued a special commemorative stamp in honour of his contribution to that beautiful but troubled nation. Read more


Earliest Historical Reference To Khoja Merchants = 1543 AD

Check it out here!!! Khoja Shams-ud-din Gillani

INDEX OF OVER 250 PERSONAL HISTORIES IN KHOJAWIKI-Click on the name to read the full INTERESTING story.



1. Abdallah Ratansi

2. Abdul Aziz

3. Abdulali Esmail Somji

4.Abdulhussein Peera Dewjee

5. ‎ Abdulla Jetha

6. Abdulla Shariff Kanji

7. Abdullah Hashim Gangji

8. Abdullah Ibrahim Rahimtoola

9.Abdullah Jaffer Lakhpati

10. Abdulrasul Alibhai Kassim-Lakha

11.Alibhai Nanji

12. Abdulrasul Allidina Visram

13. Abualy Alibhai Aziz

14 Abdulrasul Fazal Moloo

15.Ali Muhammad Jan Muhammad Chunara

16 Adam Adu

17. Adam Akberali

18. AG Abdulhussein

19. Ahmed Devji

20. Ahmed Ibrahim Rahimtoola

21. Ahmedali Nizari

22. Akber Maherali Sorathia

23. Akberbhai Makhani

24. Akberali Fazal Ismail

25. Akberali Merali Jiwa

26. Al Noor Kassum

27. Alarakhia Dossani

28.Alibhai Lalji Kara Abhwani

29. Alibhai Gulamhusein Jiwani

30. Alibhai Hasham Rawji

31. Alidina Asani

32.Ali Sachoo

33. Amil Issa Shivji

34 Alidina Kanji Ramji

35.Allidina Visram

36. Allu Visram[

37. Alnashir Hasham

38. Alnoor Hassanali Karim Abdulla

39. Alyque Padamsee

40.Ameerali R Jumabhoy

41. Amersi Manji Lakhani

42.Amil Issa Shivji

43. Amin Kassam

44. Aminbhai Nazerali Abhwani

45. Amir Habib Jamal

46. Amir Husein Kheraj

47. Amirali Bhatia

48. Anverali Aziz Charania

49. Arif Virani

50.Assa Danidina

51. Azim Premji

52. Aziz Charania

53. Aziz Hashim

54. Aziz Tejpar

55. Bud Sayany

56. Badru G. Moosa

57. Badrudin Hassam Satchu

58. Ben Kingsley

59. Bhanji Jiwa

60. Bhimji Hamir

61. Cassum J. Rahimtoola

62. Currimbhoy Ebrahim

63. Datardina Wandani

64.Datoo Meru

65. Dahya Punja

66 Dhanji Jadavji Bhatia

67. Dolly Bhanji

68. Dewji Jamal

69 Dewjee Parpia

70. Dharamsi Khatau

71.Dolatkhanu Alibhai Jiwani

72. Ebrahim Jamal Pradhan

73.Esmail Jetha

74. Faisal Devji

75. Fakirmohamed Gaidher

76. Fatma Peera Dewjee

77. Fatmabai Kassamali Bhatia

78. Fazal Ibrahim Rahimtoola

79. Fazal Khamis Valli Nathu

80. Fazal Master

81. Fazalbhoy Currimbhoy Ebrahim

82. Firoz Goa

83. Firoz Shroff

84. Firoze Madatally Manji

85. Gulamali Jina Madhavji

86. Gulamhussein Bhaloo Kurji

87.Gulamhusein Khamis Valli

88. Gulamhusein Moloo Hirji

89. Gulamhusein Rajpar Ladak

90. Gulamhussein Abdulrasul Dhalla

91. Gulamhussein Dedhar

92. Gulamhussein Moledina Bhimani

93. Gulamhussein Remtulla

94. Gulsaker Dewji

95. Gulu Ramji

96. Habib Adat Dewji

97. Habib Ibrahim Rahimtoola

98. Habib R.Lalani

99.Habib Mawji Nathani

100. Haider Hasham


101Haider Pirbhai Jetha

102. Haji Dada

103. Haji Ladak

104. Hasanaly Currimbhoy Ibrahim

105. Hasham Jamal Pradhan

106. Hasham Jessa

107. Hashum J. Rahimtoola

108. Hassan Bhanji Jiwa

109. Hassanali Abdulla CHagpar

110. Hassanali Nanji Balolia

111.Hassanali Nanji Giga

112.Hassanali Nasser Thaver

113. Hassanali Walji Kanji

114. Hoosenaly Rahimtoola

101AHusein Mohamedally Nazarally

115. Hussein Alibhai Mullani

116. Hussein Jaffer Bhimji Colombowalla

117. Hussein Walji Nayani

118. Ibrahim Ladha

119Ibrahim Meru

120.Ibrahim Nathoo

121 Iqbal Gilani

122. Ismail Gangji

123.Ismail H Ebrahim

124Ibrahim Suleman Haji

125Ismail Mohamed Dewji

126. Ismail Rahimtulla Walji Hirji

127. Issa Gulamhussein Shivji

128. Issa Kassam Abji

129. Jadavji Walji Bhatia

130. Jaffar Ahmed Nizari

131.Jaffer Bhimji

132 Jaffer Daya

133. Jafferbhoy Gangji

135. ‎Jaffer Padamsee

136. Jaffer Rahimtoola

137. Jafferali Ali Meghji

138. Jafferali Dhanji Suleman

139 Jamal Bhanji Jiwa

140. Jamal Pradhan- Kisumu

141. Janmohammed Bhanji Jiwa

142. Janmohamed Hansraj

143. Jeraj Shariff

144. Jina Madhavji

145. Jivraj Khatau

146. John Shamsudin Karmali

147. Juma Lalji Ladha

148. Kabir Jivraj

149. Kaderbhoy Adam

150. Kamrudin Hasham Jessa

151. Kamrudin Jeraj Shariff

152. Kanji Jetha Lala

153. Kara Ruda

154. Kara Samji Abhwani

155. Karamali Dahya Walji

156. Karim Jamal

157. Karim Moledina Pirani

158. Kassam Abji

159. Kassam Dewji

160. Kassam Haji

161. Kassam Rawji Mullani

162. Kassamali Hirji Jessani

163. Kassamali Paroo

164. Khamisa Devraj

165. Khoja Shams-ud-din Gillani

166. Kulsum Abdulrasul Wazir

167. Kulsumbai Abdulla Hasham

168.Labai Vellani

169Ladha Mawji

170.Lalji Kara Abhwani|

171. Lalji Ladha

172. Laljibhai Devraj

173. Madatali Rehmtulla Nanji

174. Madatally Manji

175. Madhavjee Jessani

176. Maherali Gokal Versi

177. Maheroon Mawji

178. Maqbool Habib Rahimtoola

179. Mamda Kassam

180. Manbai Rahimtoola

181. Manji Ghulamhussian Padamsee

182. Mehboob Dewji

183. Mehboob Madhavjee Jessani

184. Mithibai Habib Dewji

185. MohamedJaffer Ramzanali Hansraj

186. Mohamed Manek

187 Mohamed Suleman Zanzibar

188. Mohamedali Pirbhai

189. Mohamedally Rattansi

190. Mohamed-Jaffer Habib Bhayani

191.Mohamed Nanji Nathani

191 A Mohamedali Suleman Meghji

192. Mohammad Rahimtoola

193. Mohammed Gulam Dewji

194. Mohamedali Natha Hirji

195. MohamedHussein Karim Gaidher

196. Moloobhai Alarakhia Dossani

197. Muhammad (Mohomedali) Jinnah

198. Muhammad Muradali Juma

199. Muhammed Hashim Premji

200. Mumtaz Akberali


201. Murad Rajabali Velshi

202. Murabbi Shariff Jiwa Surti

203. Mussabhai Ismat

205. Naaz Bandali

206. Nadiya Mohemedali Mandani

207. Naheed Nenshi

208. Najarali Mohmedali Pattni

209. Najmudin Kassam Dewji

210.Nargis Dhanji Bhatia

211 Nargis Ali Ashgar Hamadanee

212.Nasser Noormohamed

213.Nasser Lila

214.Nasser Virji

215. Natha Hirji

216. Naushad Noorali Merali

217. Nazerali Dewji

218. Nazerali Lalji Abhwani

219 Nensi Parpia

220. Nizar (Nizoo) Ismail Munjee

221. Noor Nagji

222. Nooruddin Mohammed Rahimtoola

223. Nurbanu Gulamhussein Moledina

224 Nurdin Merali Jiwa

225. Nurmohamed Jeraj Shariff

226. Padamsee Viru

227. Parvez Vira

228. Peera Dewjee

229.Pira Khimji

230.P.V. Rajan

231. Rahemtulla Walji Virji

232. Rahim Ajmudin Samnani

233. Rahimtoola Kaderbhoy

234. Rahimtulla Walji Hirji

235. Rajabali Meghji Visram

236.Rajabali Jumabhoy

237Ramji Ladha Mullani

238. Ramzan Hasham Jamal

239. Ramzanali Shariff Jamal

240. Rashid Adat Dewji

241. Rashid Kassam Nanji

242. Ratansi Alwani

243. Razia Gulmohamad

244. Razia Nathani Suleman

245. Rehmat Bai Ratansi

246. Rishad Azim Premji

247. Rosy Kassam

248. Rozina Visram

249. Sadru Kassam

250. Sadrudin Hasham Ramji

251. Sadrudin Rajabali Meghji

252. Sakar Kassamali Jessani

253. Saleem Kassum

254. Salim Bhanji

255. Saukat Dhanani

256. Sewa Haji Paroo

257. Shamshu Alidina

258. Shamshu Bhanji Jiwa

259. Sherali Bandali Jaffer

260.Sherali Thaver

261 Sherali Jaffer Bhimani

262.Sherbanu G.Jina Madhavji

263.Shiraz Sumar

264. Sir Ibrahim Rahimtoola

265. Somji Chaggan

266. Sugra Allidina Visram

267. Suleman J. Rahimtoola

268. Sultan Habib Kassam Dewji

269. Sultan Kamrudin Jessa

270. Sir Tharia Topan

271. U Kan Gyi

272. Valabhai M Nazarali

273. Walji Kanji

274. Yasmeen Premji

275.Yusuf A. Karim

276.Yasmin Alibhai-Brown

277. Yasmin Ajijbai Mithwani 278. Yasmin Ratansi

279. Zahra (Zara) Nanji

280. Zainub Verjee

281 Zarina Mohamed Khimji Punjani

(284)Zerakhanu Dhanji Bhatia

285. Zerakhanu R.F.Alidina

286. Zubeida Sultan Chinoy

287. Zulfikar Amirali H.Juma


Compiled by Javid Jeraj


FEATURED ESSAY

The Quedagh Merchant

17th Century ships built by Indians in Surat"

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A wealthy Khoja merchant from Surat, whose ship, the "Quedagh Merchant", Captain William Kidd, notorious British pirate, captured and for which he was hanged 300 years ago!Read More

IN THE NEWS

"DIASPORIC DISTRACTIONS" LAUNCHED IN NORTH AMERICA"

Khojawiki.org was the venue for the launch in Canada of a new book on short stories “Diasporic Distractions” marking the Indian diaspora in Africa with a particular focus on the end of the colonial era.

The book was launched by Iqbal Dewji, Director of Khojawiki.org at the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre in Toronto on Sunday 6th May 2018.

Dewji explained that Khojawiki.org, a registered not for profit, civil society initiative is dedicated to the preservation of oral family histories of the Khojas, who trace their origin from Gujarat in the Indian Subcontinent. “We provide space for elders to meet and begin the process of recalling their memories and then we provide a global website where these narratives and pictures are shared and preserved for posterity”. He saw synergy in the endeavors undertaken by Khoja Ismaili writers such as Sultan Somjee’s and his two books “Bead Bai” and “Home Between Crossings” and Mansoor Ladha’s recent book “Memoirs of a Muhindi”, emphasizing that promoting such works was an important part of Khojawiki’s mandate.

DAISPORIC DISTRACTIONS CAPTURES THE NARRATIVES OF THE 20TH CENTURY INDIANS

Speaking to an audience made up of filmmakers, politicians, writers, scholars and academics, (including Canadian Federal Liberal MP Yasmin Ratansi), author Dr. Mohamed Keshavjee, in discussion with Mr. Ali Velshi, the internationally well-known broadcaster, formerly News Anchor at CNN and now chief business correspondent of MSNBC, explained the background to the book as follows:

“It captures the narratives of the 20th century Indians” he said. “Though situated in Africa, the stories speak to all Indians regardless of where they come from. These are the type of characters the diaspora produced in places as diverse as Durban and Dar es salaam in Africa , Port of Spain and Georgetown in the Caribbean, and Penang and Singapore in the Far East. They can now even be found in Tooting Broadway in London”.

“Diasporic Distractions” written in a simple but entertaining manner, is an easy read and captures all the foibles that immigrant communities embody globally. It was published in Kuala Lumpur and had its debut launch at the University of Malaya in October 2017. Asked why he chose Malaysia for publication and what was so similar between the Indian diaspora there and in the rest of Africa, Keshavjee replied “firstly, both those diasporas produced two well known leaders of the Indian freedom movement – Mahatma Gandhi in South Africa and Subhas Chandra Bose in Malaya- but more importantly, it was British colonialism that gave rise to the push and pull effect of Indian migration and this migration produced its own characters. These characters represent the forces they encountered and the creativity they mustered. They are funny, zany, crafty, entrepreneurial and in some cases disingenuous. But eminently human. Malaysians saw in these stories some of their own characters and their own post-colonial predicaments. They could relate to them”

The book, with endorsements from The London Magazine, one of the oldest literary magazines in the world, covers themes such as post colonial insecurity faced by many minorities, rapid urbanization, nostalgic memories overseas Indians have of an India that is now past and, indeed, the darker side of prejudice which they themselves embodied. Set in different countries, the stories, in short, are able to capture major social and political movements through single experiences immigrant communities face in new areas of settlement.

“This is the story of every one of us “he said “This is the story of human movements- something that has taken place since the beginning of time. The narrative is the best way of telling it because we all love stories. We are actually made up of them” he stressed.

An animated session, prompted by the ever exuberant Ali Velshi, where Dr. Keshavjee read out excerpts from the book, had the audience in raptures of laughter.

“THE WORK OF KHOJAWIKI.ORG BECOMES MORE URGENT TODAY"

Questions were raised as to the best way to make new generations aware of our history and what has brought us to where we are now.

“ We are facing new challenges” Dr. Keshavjee stressed. “Therefore, the work of Khojawiki becomes more urgent today. Our world is bedeviled by new dystopias and unless we search for meaning and moorings, we will be faced with a society where our younger generations will feel a sense of deracination and rupture, leading to social disorientation”. Traditionally, elders used to pass down family histories to the children in the community. Keshavjee highlighted that “Diasporic Distractions” draws its stories from such family discourses which he was fortunate enough to have over 4 decades

Today, when children are left with their grandparents, they should be encouraged to relate their life histories to them. This could also be one way to create a closer bonding between generations. Another could be the sharing of recipes or of skills such as embroidery, stitching etc. between them. Given the fact that young people today are so occupied with their daily lives, the recording and preservation of these stories now could be a good way of having them ready when their children are ready to know where they came from. Khojawiki.org could be the venue where such discourses and recordings take place.

He also felt that the endeavor by Khojawiki.org could help produce a cadre of writers in the Ismaili community and encouraged all communities to undertake similar initiatives.

“Diasporic Distractions” is available exclusively from contact@khojawiki.org at a price of $25 (tax included)


Khojawiki was invited to present its project at the 2nd International Ismaili Studies Conference at Carlton University.


VIDEOS OF PAST EVENTS

1. JIVAPUR, JAMNAGAR DISTRICT, KATHIAWAR- December 25th, 2016

2. BHUJ, KUTCH-23rd December 2016

3. PUNE, INDIA - 20th December 2016


OLDER NEWS

1. TORONTO DROP-IN CENTRE:

We are extremely pleased to announce that the 1st Khojawiki Drop-In Centre is in operation at the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre in Don Mills. Located opposite the Agakhan Museum, it is convenient for our seniors to come for a cup of chai and share their personal stories with our dedicated group of volunteers, who then enter the narratives, photos and other mementos on this website for preservation. The centre is bright, spacious and has a room dedicated for audio-visual recordings to keep for posterity. All are welcome between 11 am to 6 pm on week-days. Weekend is by appointment.

Our complete contact:

KHOJAWIKI, 6 Garamond Court, Don Mills, Ontario , Canada, M3C 1Z5

Tel: (647) 428-5890

Email: contact@khojawiki.org

Directions to the Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre


2. FACE BOOK

Almost 2000 people globally have joined our Facebook group "KHOJAWIKI" and now receive great stories about our people weekly. Please go to Facebook group “Khojawiki” and add yourselves on as members.

3. HIGH SCHOOL COMMUNITY SERVICE HOURS

In Canada, high school students must volunteer 40 hours to the community service and as a registered charity, we are qualified to provide the certification. Please contact us if you can get a youth in your family to build your family tree and at the same time qualify for these hours. Guaranteed,they would likely never forget their ancestral lineage!Contact

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