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The Stories

Click on the links below to read all the Asian stories and reminiscences in Our Untold Stories.

The three books in the Untold Stories series


The Asian Community - an historical perspective

Gloucester's Islamic roots

The Gujarati Muslim Community

Mahmood PatelMahmood Patel - Born in Barbados of Indian parents, Mahmood Patel's family ended up settling in Gloucester because his father, who came to the UK first, got on the wrong train.

Ebrahim SurtyEbrahim Surty - Born in India, Ebrahim Mohammed Surty spent many years working with the Commission for Racial Equality and helped establish Gloucester's first mosque.

Mahmood MoollaMahmood Moolla - Born in Burma, Mahmood Moolla is secretary of the Gloucestershire Islamic Trust and played an important role in the foundation of Gloucester's second mosque.

Salim KholwadiaSalim Kholwadia - Salim Ismail Kholwadia was the first person of Asian descent to be born in Gloucestershire and has been awarded the MBE by the Queen.

The Shia Muslim Community

Gulam MusaGulam Musa - The first known member of the Shia community to arrive in the city, he was famous as a cricketer with the Kenyan national team and arrived to study in 1961. His family joined him seven years later.

The Hindu Community

Ramjibhai Popat Ramjibhai Popat - Ramjibhi Popat was born on New Years Day in 1926 in the small village of Dungra in Sarat, Gujarat. He left home at 14 and travelled to Bombay in search of work, joined the British Army and came to the UK in 1949 to work for a major.

Mandiben PatelManiben Patel - Born in Samapur, Surat in the Gujarat region of India, she came to the UK in the 1950s with her two children to join her husband who already lived and worked at Dowty Rotol.

Nandiben PatelNandiben Patel - The second Indian lady to arrive in Cheltenham was Nandiben Patel. Her husband Diyarbhai Dahyabhai Patel came to the UK during the Second World War.

Lalubhai PatelLalubhai Patel - A retired food development technician, Lalubhai Patel has lived in Gloucester for more than 20 years.

Gulabbhai PatelGulabbhai Patel - One of the city's Hindu veterans is now in his late 70s and has lived in Gloucester since his arrival in 1958.

The Bangladeshi Community

Badsha MeahBadsha Meah - A senior figure in Gloucester's Bangladeshi community, Badsha Meah has seen many changes since he came to England.

Amzad Ali Amzad Ali was born in 1921 in Biswanath Thana, Sylhet. He came to Gloucester over 20 years ago, after getting a passport and working permit for this country.

Mohibul HussainMohibul Hussain - Born in a village called Joganneth Pur in the Sylhet district in Bangladesh, he came to England in July 1965 after finishing the Bangladeshi equivalent to GCSEs.

Mohibur RahmanMohibur Rahman - The son of a businessman, Muhibur Rahman has himself become one of the most successful restaurateurs in Gloucestershire as well as a poet whose work has been published here and in Bangladesh.

Waris Ali Waris Ali - A former chairman of Gloucester's Bangladeshi Association, Waris Ali came to the UK in 1963 and moved to Gloucester nearly 20 years later.

Namder MeahNamder Meah - Namder Meah was born in Sylhet on 26th July 1914, when it was still part of India. After a naval career he has enjoyed a long and happy marriage to an Englishwoman.

Haris AliHaris Ali - He has lived in the UK for 40 years but Haris Ali has maintained close links with - and financial support for - those he left behind in Bangladesh.

The Pakistani Community

Ehsun Ul HaqEhsan-Ul-Haq - A tireless community worker with many different ethnic groups, Ehsan-ul-Haq came to the UK from Pakistan to study law in 1965.

Mohammed SharifMohammed Sharif - Born near Lahore, Mohamed Sharif came to England via Venice in the 1930s and has vivid memories of wartime life. He moved to Tewkesbury in 1977 and ran a market stall in Leominster for nearly 50 years.

Babar VaqasBabar Vaqas - A second generation success story, Babar is a source of great pride to his Pakistani-born parents who settled in Gloucester.

The Sikh Punjabi Community

Avatar DuggalAvatar Duggal - Born in Punjab, Avatar Nath Duggal lived through the trauma of the partition of India. He trained as a doctor in Calcutta and was at one time Gloucester's only black GP.

Harjit GillHarjit Gill - One of a family of champion Indian hockey players, Harjit Singh Gill found a shared interest in sport helped to break down barriers when he moved to the UK.

Parmjit DhandaParmjit Dhanda MP - While still in his 20s, Parmjit Dhanda successfully took over the seat vacated by Tess Kingham to win Gloucester for the Labour party at the 2002 General Election.

The Christian Community

Manny Masih Manny Masih - Manny presents the popular Asian magazine Sangeet Mahal on BBC Radio Gloucestershire and is also organises the station's annual Asian Mela celebration of Indian culture in the county.

GymnationGymnation - Gymnation encompasses much more than an ordinary gym. It is a large building based at Alfred Street for bodybuilding, power-lifting and for aerobic exercise. But it's a centre-point for much more.

Roshni linkRoshni Women's Centre - This project in Gloucester is a unique organisation which provides a valuable service to the female community and their families.

Dr ML Bangara Gloucestershire's first Asian doctors - Asian doctors are nothing new in Gloucestershire. Three Indian medical practitioners settled in the county in the early 20th century.

Islamic school linkThe Islamic Girls' Secondary School - Established on 6th September 1994 with two classes and 34 girls, it now works as a full school for children aged 7-11.

Harry WorrallHarry Worrall - Over many years this former mayor of Gloucester, was actively involved in helping newcomers from the Caribbean and Asia settle in Gloucester.

About The Authors

Umara HussainUmara Hussain was born in Gloucester in 1985 of British Pakistani parents.

Lalit DandikerLalit Dandiker is a Gloucester resident and apart from his years at university, he has lived in the city for most of his life. His parents hail from Gujarat in India.

Mohammed Hansdat was born in Dhaka, Bangladesh and won awards for her work in educational television there before moving to the UK in the 1980s to join her doctor husband.

Sakina ChoudhurySakina Choudhury was born in Dandi, a small fishing village north of Bombay, in 1931 and worked in Kenya before coming to the UK in 1963.



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