The Voyage of Destiny: From Jamnagar to New York – by Amirali Mamdani

The Voyage of DestinyExcerpt: In 1913, Sultan Muhammad Shah was to visit Rajkot. Most of Rahemtulla’s brothers and friends planned to be there and urged him to attend the medo. Another significant reason for attending was to find a match for their children. It was also the Imam’s desire that the maximum number of marriages should take place during the padhramni, so he could bless the couples. Such an occasion and blessings of the Imam were considered a matter of good fortune, while the parents could also save money in samuh lagan…

mamdani_agraBorn in Mwanza, Tanzania in 1934, Mr Mamdani developed a fascination for photography and film after receiving his first camera, a gift from his cousin, at the age of 12. Mr Mamdani was educated in Germany, the United Kingdom and Japan, before migrating to the USA in 1974 where he studied film production at New York University. He currently lives in Atlanta, Georgia, with his wife, Maleqa.

Author: ismailimail

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2 thoughts

  1. Mr. Amirali Mamdani, I am sure you must have cross the path of history in Jamnagar of Kothari Family who were with the Jamsaheeb of Jamnagar. My Grand father and Father, Ismail Poonja Kothari and Kassam Ismail Kothari. Our family have a long history in Kathiavard. Rajkot Medo where my father was one of the organizers of SMS visit. Your father has known our family and of course you as well. I am very happy to read about the Journey from Jamnagar to New York.
    taj kothari


  2. I used to know a Mr. Taj Kassam who worked for IPS (Tanzania) Ltd company making garments (Kamyn Industries?) in Dar es Salaam. Would you by any chance know where he is and how to get in touch with a member of the Ismaili community. Thank you. Vivek S. Kilpadi


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