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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.

Waris Ali

Waris Ali was born on December 7th 1939 in the Sylhet district of Bangladesh and came to London in 1963. His older brother Haris Ali had arrived about four months before.

He came here to earn money by working in different restaurants. He initially worked in Brighton and came to Gloucester in 1982 working in a restaurant called Gandhi. He and his brother lived with a friend Hafiz Ali.

In 1983 they opened their own restaurant called the Maharaja in Barton Street. Waris was the chef and worked very hard.


Waris Ali married in 1970 and has four sons and three daughters, all of whom have been educated in this country.

His son Chand Ali is in the restaurant business. Three of the children have now married in Bangladesh.

After working for so long and so hard, Waris became ill and had to give up working. He used to be the chairman of the Bangladeshi Association in Gloucester but is now just a member because of his ill-health.

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