arrival, he first stayed with his nephew Hafiz Ali. At that time
there were only 15 to 20 people in Gloucester from Bangladesh.
began to work in his nephew's restaurant and remembers getting £20
to £25 each week. He
would start work at 11am until 3pm and then again from 6pm until
1am in the morning.
remembers specifically that there were few Asian people in Gloucester
at the time.
restaurants would be occupied each day and evening by English people
who were intrigued by the new style of food. They
adapted quickly as 'Indian' takeaways became a regular alternative
to English meals each night.
first Ali found it difficult to communicate with people as all he
could say at first was 'yes' and 'no'. He
later developed his vocabulary and learnt to speak English fluently.
Ali first came to Gloucester he left his wife behind. She later
passed away and Amzad remarried. He now has two children.
now wishes to go back to Bangladesh, but only to visit as he wants
to give his children a good education so that they can lead a happy
and fulfilled life.
See 'The Bangladeshi Community'
See 'The Asian Community'