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1999
A Reunion in

TORONTO
of Alumni of
Karimjee Secondary School
(with friends from Popatlal Secondary School)
Tanga, Tanzania
New post-reunion mail at the bottom!

(1) Gala Dinner Dance
Saturday, July 31, 1999 at 6 pm
Westin Prince Hotel

(2) Pot Luck Picnic
Sunday, August 1, 1999 at 11 am
At Taylor Creek Park
(3) Indian Music Party
Sunday, August 1, 1999 at 8 pm
At Patio Banquet

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Mission:
To have a fun-filled nostalgic evening of celebrations, re-living the high school years with former friends and paying tribute to the school which gave us a good start for careers so far away from Tanga.

Organizing Committee:
 Aftab / Lubaina (Tayebjee) FidaaliAladin Mawani, Javed Qureshi,
Naseem (Noorani) Jivanjee, Soraiya (Dalal) Bandali,
Yasmin (Kassam) / Zahir K. Dhalla
 Alumni Registered: (by first names) as of July 30, 1999
Total (paid/unpaid): 453 This week's in BLUE, Last week's in RED.
[Ontario: 53%, USA: 23%, Alberta: 8%, UK: 6%, B.C.: 4%.
The Rest (Australia, Bermuda, France, Goa, Italy, Kenya, UAE): 6%.]

A-G H-M N-R S-Z
Abbas A. Kapasi* Habib Dhalla* Naaz Teja* Sadru Nazarali*
Abdul Mawji* Hansa Patel* Nabat (Shariff) Kassam
Harsha (Lathia) Shanghavi* Naeem Bhujwalla* Saida (Vejlani) Choudry*
Abdul/Nargis Ghadiali* Hasmukh Parmar* Nafisa (Pishori) Dalal* Sajad Jiwajee
Aftab Fidaali (Banuwalla)* Hassan B. Akberali (Sukhadwalla) Najma (Sachak) Prochard* Salahdin Kassim
Agnello Braganza Hassan Ebrahim*
Hing Sang Wong* Salim Alladina*
Ahmed 'Bob' Jamal* Husam (Gondalwalla)
Moosajee
Nap Rebello Salim Bhanji*
Akbar Shaffi Ilyas Essajee* Narendra Negandhi* Salim F. Dalal
Aladin Mawani* Iqbal K. Babul Nargis (Haji) Daya* Salim Nensi
Aloysius Vaz 'Ike' Iqbal Alladina* Nargis (Mnyusiwalla) Ghadiali* Sara (Fernandes) Ferrao*
Altaf Jiwajee 'Immy' Imtiaz Alladina* Nargis Nanji* Satish Negandhi*
Alikhan Hasham* Jacob Keli* Nargis Pirani* Shahina 'Tanny' Shivji*
Alikhan Murji* Jamalu Nanji* Nargis (Sachak) Noorani Shahsultan (Babul) Mirza*
Amin Lallani* Jameel (Jayant) Desai Naseem (Noorani) Jivanjee* Shakir Nagree Jamnagarwalla*
Amin Mawji* Jamila (Essajee) Babul Naseem (Khimjee) Walji* Shakuntala (Pandya) Parekh*
Amin Murji* Jamila (Mamujee) Karimjee* Shamim (Kassam) Hasham*
Amina Shivji-Jiwani* Javed M. Aziz* Nasim (Jamal - teacher) Dharssi* Shamim (Hussein) Virji
Amir Hajee* Javed M. T. Qureshi* Nasim (Somji) Jamal* Shamim (Kapasi) Rampuri*
Amir Somji* John Davis Fernandes* Nasim (Lila) Esmail Shamim Somji*
Amir TarMohamed* John Fernandes* Nasim Merali* Shariffa (Dossaji) Hameer
Amir Velsi* Joe Rebello* Shashikant Patel*
Anar (Kassam) Rajan Juliana (Almeida) Lobo* Nasir Jetha* Shaukat Alladina*
Anar (Teja) Suleman Jyotsna (Valambhia) Bakrania* Nasir Teja* Shazmin (Bandali) Alladina*
Aarif Ebrahim Kurji* Kalpana Sheth* Naushad Khimjee* Shenaz (Merali Jiwa) Jeraj*
Arvah (Raniwalla) Kazmi* Kaniz (Dhalla) Khimjee* Naushad Walji ('Dudh') Shila (Parmar) Chudasama*
Arvind D. Desai* Karim Tarmohamed* Naz (Merali) Hebert* Shilpa (Bajaria) Mehta*
Asfa P. Qureshi* Kassim A. Abdulali Nazim Sachak* "Shinoo" Shiraz Manji
Ashik D Qureshi Khadija Kassam* Shiraz Kaba*
Ashutosh Amin* Khatun (Jamal) Sangrar* Nazir Kassam* Shiraz Juma
Ashwin Patel Kirit D. Desai* Nazira Ghadiali* Shirin Jaffer*
Ashvin K. Shah* Kishori (Paleja) Ranigaa* Shokat Jamal*
Aziz Kassam Kulsum (Dogo) Abdulali Nazir Jamal* Shobha Patel*
Azyu Pishori* Kulsum (Noorani) Jivanjee* Nazir Salehmohamed* Shokat Nanji
Bahadur Visram* Kulsum (Sachak) Jivanjee Nazlin (Somji) Khalani
Bashir Khambalia Laila (Banuwalla) Firoz* Nazmin Alladina* Siddharth Pandya*
Batul (Khanbhai) Jiwajee Latif Alladina* Sidika (Yamani) Qureshi
Bharti (Negandhi) Paleja Latif Kassam* Nermin (Jiwa) Noormohamed* Sonal M. Desai*
Bhupendra B. Patel Lillis McLean (Teacher)* Nick Sajoo* Soraiya (Dalal) Bandali*
'Bill' William Gingrich (Teacher)* Lita (Barros) Gomes* Nimet (Hajee) Bata* Stephen de Souza*
Brij Bali Louisa Faria* Sugra (Dogo)
Moosajee
Camilo Felix D'Sa* Luis Gomes Suli (Jamal) Allibhai
Chandu Gundecha* Madhu Patel* Nimet Visram* Sultan Murji*
Cynthia (Demello) Cardozo* Mahendra Shah* Nizar Goa* Sunil Lathia*
Delphine Fernandes Mahendra Vora* Sureya (Shipping) Mohamedbhai*
Diamond Kassam* Surya Lathia*
Diana (Gomes) Sajoo* Mahmood Kassam* Nizar Jina Taher Rampuri*
Dilip A. Shah* Mahmood Nomaan (Karachiwalla)* Tony Fernandes*
Dilshad (Sajoo) Dewshi Majid Khan* Victor F. Fernandes*
Dilshad (Gulabai) Tejpar* Malu (Murji) Lakhani* Nizar Teja* Vijya Malde*
D. M. Desai (teacher)* Nizar Moorji* Vilma (Demello) Rocha*
Elizabeth (Lobo) Fernandes* Margaret Dohan* Onaly A.  Kapasi* Wajidali Alladina*
Marzia (Lila) Conliffe* Parin (Nathoo) Kashmiri* Wendy (Lobo) D'Souza*
Esmail A. Esmailji (Magirawalla) Masuma (Patwa) Anjari Yakub Dalal*
Essajee Moawalla* Yasmeen (Alladina) Hajee*
Eugene Fernandes Yamin Kashmiri*
Marzia (Khimjee) Ismail* Parin (Damani) Philcott* Yasmin (Kassam) Dhalla*
Farah N. Qureshi* Mehboob Anverali Siwjee (Meghji) Parin (Remtulla) Jaffer* Yasmin (Noorani) Dalal
Farida Miany* Mehdi Kassim Parveen (Sachak) Moosaji Yasmin (Murji) Megji
Farida (Gulabai) Kassam* 'Mickey' Mirza Alladina Parviz (Kalyan) Jadavji* Yusuf Mnyusiwalla*
Farida Nanji (teacher)* 'Minju' Amin Alladina* Praveen Gundecha* Zafar Noorani
Farida Jaffer 'Mitthoo' Tajdin Kassam* Raihana (Patwa) Abdulla* Zahid Qureshi*
Farida (Dalal) Nagree Jamnagarwalla* Zahir K. Dhalla*
Fatima Bhujwalla* Moez Rawji* Rajendra Gundecha* Zahir Teja*
Fatima (Rampuri) Dalal* Rajesh Sheth*
Fatima (Moloo) Dhanji* Mohamed Dhalla* Zahur Bhanji*
Fatima (Jaffer) Sagarwala* Mohamed Moloo* Rajni Patel*
Fatma (Khimjee) Patel* Mohamed A. Qureshi* Ramesh Pattni Zain Haji
Fatma Juma Molly J. (David) Daniel* Ramzan Dossaji* Zainul (Kassim) Kanji
Fazle Dalal* Mubarak Qureshi* Ranjan (Gundecha) Suralia* Zarina Dhirani-Khatau*
Fehmida (Khanbhai) Kapasi Raziu Moosajee* Zarina (Jamal - teacher) Manji*
Feizulla A. Abdulali R. C. Mehta (teacher)* Zaynab (Sheraly) Kassam*
Firoz Y. Dalal* Munira (Bhanji) Jamal* Reynolds Rocha* Zeenat (Dhirani) Hudda*
Girish Mehta* Munira (Moloo) Kanji Riaz Bhanji Zeenat (Kassam) Jiwa*
Gohar Jaffer Murtaza Dhirani Roshan (Gulabai) Bhanji* Zeenat (Lukmanji) Pirbhai*
Gopal Patel* Roshan (Velsi) Rehemtulla* Zehra (Khimjee) Jaffer*
Gordhan Kanani* Murtaza E. Nurbhai* Rozina (Sadrudin) Dossa*
Gulamhusein Ebrahim Bhujwalla* Rozy (Somji) Virani Zubeda (Vera) Kassam
Gulshan (Mawani) Daya* Rubiya (Dalal) Dungarwalla
Gulzar B. Kassam*


Karimjee - Family and Corporate History


Karimjee School Logos:  The Old, The New

New Photos # 28, 29 Updated August 8, 1999 Alumni Photos


Updated May 14, 1999 Teachers at Karimjee

History of the American Peace Corps


Check out this TANGA site


Messages from Alumni

"I am an alumnus of Karimjee School having left in 1963.
I am now a solicitor in London specialising in human rights and civil liberties.
Any of my contemporaries around?
Contact me @ Thanki Novy Taube Solicitors The Mews 1A Birkenhead Street London WC1A 8NB"
Sunday, July 12, 1998
Girish C. B. Thanki E-mail

          I am a graduate of Karimjee Secondary School having started there in 1960 when they had the good old "Standard 7" and survived the "territorial exams". I finished my "O" levels in December 1965 and started my "A" levels at Kibaha Secondary in January 1966. I became very homesick and returned to Karimjee in July 1966 (even though I never liked Principal George Hornsby) and graduated with my HSS in 1967. I subsequently went on to undergraduate studies at the University of Dar es Salaam(BA), Southern Illinois University(MA) and the University of California, Los Angeles(PhD).
I taught briefly at the University of Dar es Salaam (1975-1977). I now live in Fort Lauderdale(Florida) and have my own business. I am seriously thinking about this November 1998 re-union in Toronto (despite the ominous likelihood of encountering very cold air in Canada at that time of year).
It's been such a long time and my memory needs to be really stirred up to see if I can remember some of the names on your list. Are there any pictures that I can view somewhere ? Best regards.
Tuesday, July 14, 1998
Dr. Sang H. Wong, FT Lauderdale, Florida USA E-mail

 This is Karim Shivji.  It would be nice to get together in November.
Graduated from 'A' levels at Popatlal Secondary school in 1983.
Have been in Toronto since 1987.  Hoping to meet many Tanga people.
Wednesday, July 15, 1998
Karim Shivji, Toronto E-mail

I would like to register, but I live in Cowtown of Canada.
I did my O level at Popatlal Secondary School - 1985, and did my A level (could not write the final exam because I left Tanga 1 month before the exam) at Tanga Secondary School.
Friday, July 17, 1998
Zul Shivji, Calgary E-mail 

 I am Shenaz Jeraj (Merali-Jiwa), and I live in Edmonton.  I graduated from Karimjee school 'O' levels in 1971.  This re-union sounds exciting.  I will have to see if I can make it there in November.  We
had a class of '67 (Agakhan School - 30 year) reunion in Vancouver last year where a number of people travelled from England, LA-California, Milan Italy, and Canada.  It was great, so I know this will be too.  We also have a number of Tanga people right here in Edmonton.  I will try and communicate this out to all.  For those who may not be able to make this reunion, try and have us connected via e-mail/list group.
Tuesday, July 28, 1998
Shenaz Jeraj, Edmonton E-mail 
I did my 'o' levels at Usagara from 1969 to 1972 and then went to Mazengo Sec in Dodoma.
I am now settled in UK.I will be in Canada in November and will try to attend the reunion.
Tuesday, August 18, 1998
Abbas Nurbhai, U.K. E-mail

Hey, this is great.  I have often wanted to compile a list of all the TANGA folks. Little Tanga has sent people all over the World!   It is just AMAZING.  Perhaps after the reunion you could put out a little electronic directory.  I am going to pass this on to folks in Australia.
Friday, September 18, 1998
Peter A. Hartmann, Florida E-mail

Born in 1944, in Dar-es-Salaam. Graduated from Karimjee Secondary School with HSC, 1963.
Medical school graduation in 1971 in Germany. In USA since 1973, and currently practicing Cardiology in Edison, central N.J. Organized Tanga Reunion in New Jersey, 1991 with great success.
Married with three children, aged 27, 17, 15. Hopefully, will be able to attend the Reunion in Toronto,  and best wishes to the organizers, and every member of Tanga community.
Sunday, September 20, 1998
Majid Kamal Khan, Edison, N.J. E-mail


It took a village to raise me - can I bring my village? My boss' wife insisted I ask you this question.
Zahir, did you publish any more issues of the magazine? Regards. PS: you guys were rather optimistic with the Nov 21, 1998 date! (My Karimjee years: 1965-68)
Tuesday, October 20, 1998
Amir TarMohamed, Washington, D.C. E-mail

I graduated from Popatlal from Form ONE in 1990.
I would be happy to see more of my fellow classmates and friends from that ERA...
Wednesday, November 18, 1998
Kristina Fernandes, Toronto  E-mail

What a delight to receive your e-mail out of the ether!  My thoughts of Karimjee (Usagara) are still vivid in my mind even after some 32  years!!!
Hilde and I are planning to take home leave sometime this summer so there is a possibility that we could pop into the reunion.  We were however thinking more of going home in early June not July. In any case it would be a great experience I am  sure to attend such a unique get-together in Toronto.
I discovered that Karimjee's motto was based on a very old Sanskrit poem found in the ancient Indus city of Moenjardaro, 300  km north of Karachi! It is from around 2500 B.C.

The Challenge

Listen to the exhortation of the dawn!
Look to this day!
For it is life, the very life of life.
In its brief course lie all the verities
And realities of your existence;
The glory of action, the bliss of growth,
the splendor of beauty.
For yesterday is but a dream,
And tomorrow is only a vision;
But today, well lived, makes
Every yesterday a dream of happiness
And every tomorrow a vision of hope.
Look well, therefore, to this day!
Such is the salutation of the dawn.
                                                                                       ( Ancient Sanskrit Poem )
Monday, January 11, 1999
Dr. Alan Wheeler, Karachi, Pakistan E-mail1E-mail2 At Karimjee, 1967-72
Associate Director (Academic)
Institute for Educational Development
The Aga Khan University
P.O. Box 3500, Karachi, Pakistan
"Let no one boast that they have got
through the perils of winter till at
least the seventh of May."
Anthony Trollope (1815-1882)



I graduated from Popatlal Secondary School (O levels) in 1987 and then went on to St. Joseph's Commercial School. Having worked in different fields, I am now in a partnership in travel agency in Dar es Salaam known as Amafhh Travel Ltd.
To know more about me, please visit my home page:
http://members.tripod.com/~SalimC/index-2.html
 I would like to meet ex-Popatlal students from all over the world and you can contact me at any time for further information. I was also interested in attending the alumni reunion.
Thursday, January 28, 1999
Salim Chandoo E-mail

Highly delighted to see your names. I even happen to recall some of you.
Left Karimjee in 1971, then pursued B-COMM degree at Bombay, India.
Presently well settled in TANGA, employed with K. J. Motors Ltd. as Branch Manager.
Would love to keep in touch with you.
Friday, January 29, 1999
Mohamed Dhirani, Tanga, Tanzania  E-mail

I'd love to go but I'm leaving for Thailand tomorrow and I won't be able to meet the deadline which I believe is end of Feb. I come back the first week of March.Could you please reserve me 2 places for me and my spouse? I'll send you the cheque of $110 as soon as I get back.Could you also send me the web site address for the high school reunion?
Saturday, February 14, 1999
Naz (Merali) Hebert, Montreal E-mail

It is heartening to see the number of 'hits' the web page is getting, so I am using this medium to reach out and look for many of my classmates who I know are out there.  If any of you know of their last known address or tel.# please contact me, I am on the committee.
 Looking for 'O' level grad year 1965:  Shamim Sachak, Pratibha Mehta, Chandrika Dave, Usha Parmar, Shakuntala Pandya, Asmita Patel, Lisa Thomas, Hatim Kassamali Jivanji, Mehboob Kanji, Shiraz Shivji, Shabbir Ghaniwalla, Ashik Nurbhai, Saifu Gombera.
Looking for 'A' levels grad year 1967:  Munira Hirji, Jyotsna Chudasama, Sultan Akberali, Jagdish Tanna.
 I might've forgotten quite a few names, Please jog my memory.
I think it would be wonderful if we could contact any of the teachers who might be interested in joining us for the event.
So how about it folks, let us pick up the phone, reach out and touch someone?
Monday, March 1, 1999
Soraiya (Dalal) Bandali, Toronto  E-mail


I think the re-union is a great idea, and thank you for the effort the group is making. I am indeed looking forward to meeting all the people we grew up with, reminscing and reconnecting.
Wednesday, March 3, 1999
Moez Rawji  E-mail


Hi everyone, It's me again  --  does anyone know where Daljinder Kaur Bamrah is these days? Her brother's name was Amarjit and cousin's name was Kirpal singh ( was the headboy at Karimjee ).  I would also like to find out where Chandrika Dave is.  Last I  heard Chanda was in U.K  and Daljinder somewhere in India. Both these girls were my best buddies in Form 4 (1965), but we lost touch over the years. Any leads would be appreciated.
Friday, March 12, 1999
Soraiya (Dalal) Bandali E-mail

Would some Alumni be interested in a Golf outing during the Karimjee weekend?  Maybe Saturday morning or Monday (Civic Holiday)?
Saturday, March 20, 1999
Abdul (Abdulla) Mawji E-mail


Thanks for arranging Karimjee Reunion. It will give us all a chance to meet classmates after some 35-40 years. It has already stated to sound
exciting. I am looking forward to meeting all the people we spent
time with. I wish you success in your effort to get the
Karimjeeeees together. I will pass on the news to other Karimjee
kids that I know.
Monday, March 22, 1999
Girish Mehta E-mail

Very excited to hear about the great reunion. we from the downunder are definitely looking at being able to attend.
Sunday, March 28, 1999
Rubaiya (Dalal) and Shamoon Dungarwalla E-mail


Please can you tell me if the person sitting on the extreme right in the
photograph of Karimjee School Tennis Team is ZAFFER RANIWALA?*
Tuesday, March 30, 1999
Waseem Kazmi E-mail
*(That is Zahir K. Dhalla)

The Reunion Committee is looking for a facsimile of the Karimjee Secondary School logo. Do you have one or can you ask your contacts about it?
Wednesday, April 7, 1999
The Reunion Committee E-mail

To remember me, my name is Amin Mawji who was an avid badminton player, and a party person, who owned Twiga for a while, and as usual got into a lot of trouble both in and out of Karimjee. Did 'Animal Husbandry' at
Egerton, and came back as the resident 'hippie' of Tanga. I am now working with 'bits and bytes' and well settled with a family, but as mischievous. I remember Mr. Jethi (health science), Mr Nainan (biology), Mr Jani (math), Hornsby for caning me for being late, Mr Desai for English, Mr. Patel (Senoir & Junior) for Calculus and Algebra, Mr. Marijani Physics, the canteen and the gym, and wild parties at the Yacht Club, and Disco at Twiga with the Qureshis (Javed, Nazir), darts champion and partner to Amir Nanji and Badru Tagaro for beers and
fried fish at the Goan Club, and so on, and on, and on. I still can't spell worth a damn!
Monday, April 12, 1999
Amin Mawji E-mail

Sorry folks I will not be able to grace the weekend due to other
commitments. Hope to be able to keep in contact.
Thursday, April 15, 199
Walter Pinto E-mail

First of all, many thanks to the Reunion Committee for organizing this forthcoming Karimjee School reunion. I believe that planning a reunion is a massive undertaking. As has been mentioned prevoiusly, Karimjee School has produced fine graduates who have developed further into terrific alumni and have taken up residencre in many countries. They are involved in a multitude of professional and voluntary activities. We have to thank many teachers and administrators who were responsible in getting us to where we are. I am really looking forward to meeting all my classmates and other friends and teachers in July. I also encourage all Karimjee alumni to show up in Toronto. A reunion of this style and magnitude may take a loooo....ng time to show up again.
Thursday, April 15, 1999
Ali Hasham (Alikhan Jeraj to all Tanga folks) E-mail

I would like to welcome you all to this re-union event. I'm looking forward to this day. If you wish to stay at my place, I can accommodate a couple and I can also make arrangement to receive you at the airport, please let me know ahead of time, it will give me a great pleasure.
Friday, April 16, 1999
Salim Alladina E-mail

Wajid Alladina, my brother told me about the reunion. I've checked out the Karimjee/ Tanga websites and it was wonderful to see all those names again. At this stage, I don't think I can attend but I shall certainly
keep in touch. I am also going to send you some photos. I couldn't send
mail at the committee address so I thought I'd connect with you.
I was a student at Karimjee Secondary from 1954-60, then I taught you lot at Aga Khan Primary from 61-63, then went back to KS from 63-64 for HSC, then I was a teacher there until September 65...
...I'm in Vancouver, Canada now working at the Vancouver Community College.
Wednesday, April 21, 1999
Safder Alladina E-mail

Suggestion: Try and arrange a cricket match on Sunday if possible and solicit names of would-be participants.
Saturday, May 1, 1999
Kirit D. Desai E-mail

I thought that I would break the stalemate and write an e-mail message to all who are participating in the reunion or are sitting on the fence. Once again let us get the ball rolling. I would love to read more messages from more people and see more photos.
Also, where are you, Soter Da Silva, Hasan Sukhadwalla???*
Wednesday, May 12, 1998
Alikhan Hasham E-mail
*At the moment, they are in photo #17 - now we need to get them off the fence! Editor


I hope arrangements for the reunion are progressing well. I am so sorry I can't attend but I have communicated with the people whom I am in contact with. My regards to all our classmates.
Thursday, May 13, 1999
Aziz H. Jaffer  E-mail

Nick Sajoo told me about the reunion, he was kind enough to fax me the website address. Unfortunately due to a wedding in the family I will not be able to attend. Could you please keep me informed of any future events? Good luck with the reunion!
Sunday, May 16, 1999
Anil Bharwani  E-mail

I just want all my colleagues to know that I am looking forward to the
re-union at the end of July.  As you know I was known as Mithoo Popat Kassam and any of my classmates who wants to get in touch with me please do so.
Sunday, May 16, 1999
Taj Kassam  E-mail

I was very glad to hear about this reunion through my sister in London. It is funny how these things happen. A week ago, I was thinking about such an idea and if it could ever be possible. My hats off to the people organizing it. I have already started gathering the old photos to bring with me. I do have quite a collection. I will definitely attend. Looking forward to July 31, 1999!
Sunday, May 30, 1999
Dilip A. Shah (O Level Class of 1970) E-mail


I did my 'o' levels at Usagara from 1971 to 1974. I am now living in UK. I will not be attending the reunion as I will be away on an Umrah trip. I would like to hear from other students in that year group. Thanks.
Friday, June 4, 1999
Taher Esmailji (Magirawalla) E-mail

I attended Popatlal Secondary School from 1966-1969.After O-Levels, ended up in IRINGA at Mkwawa High School for A-Levels. Graduated in Medicine from Univ. of Bristol, UK in 1978. Currently practicing medicine in Glos. I would love to hear from class-mates at Popatlal or Mkwawa.  I look forward to attending the reunion and will confirm as soon as I can arrange locum for my practice.
Saturday, June 6, 1999
Esmail Esmailji  E-mail


Many congratulations and compliments to the organization committee of the reunion. Guys, you have have done a wonderful job. In this age of technology it is amazing how people across the oceans can communicate and access information so rapidly - truly its a global village. I really feel sorry that I may not be able to attend the re-union, especially being a past student and a teacher at Karimjee. But I am still trying. In case I can't make it, my best wishes to the organizing committe and all those who will be
attending.It is truly going to be a magnificient event. Will be glad to hear from past associates.
    Saturday, June 19, 1999
Noorallah Dharsee, Calgary.  E-mail

In Tanga we were raw enough to be fractious at an instant.Yet with distance and time we are demonstrating almost " love to death". This explains the desire to meet and reminisce. What really interests me is the projections of each one of us, as if we had not dissipated from Tanga. Can we visualise ourselves to be living, maturing and mellowing in that unassuming railway stop? The big question is could Tanga have contained all our desires, ambitions and yearnings to claim our stake in the whole wide world (www)? I certainly believe that deep down we all must have known that Tanga was not much more than a "cul de sac" yet we have such a romantic attachment to it. My name is Shiraz Manji (Shinoo). I spent years 69/71 at Karimjee and recognise quite a few names on the web site. I will give a good shot to be in Toronto to share this time with all of you.
Sunday, June 27, 1999
"Shinoo" Shiraz Manji, near Chelmsford, England.  E-mail

I attended Karimjee School, primary and secondary, completing HSC in  1962/3. Further education, graduation in Germany and UK. Now, after traversing so many lands, Consultant Diagnostic Radiologist here in UK. Married with a son and a daughter. Despondent that I am
not able to attend the Toronto Reunion. So many names and faces come across my mind, when academic and  sports achievements of the school was a household name. I greet all my friends, so dear to me, in sharing these achievements, successes and failures- not to forget the glorious hockey
dynasty. Between the Idea and the Reality falls a shadow. Getting things done can be so hard. Dreaming up what might be done is, in contrast, easy (TS Elliot). For those who make the
Toronto Reunion a success is the reality. I shall miss you all and try to share your moments of joy  even though I shall be in the "shadow".
Saturday, July 24, 1999
Hamid K. Khan, Middlesex, England E-mail


Hi Everybody, the re-union is next week, and the anticipation rises! I thought I would share some thoughts that I have been musing over in the last few months as I looked towards the re-union. As Poptlal was after my time, the following refers most to Karimjee, with due apologies. The re-union brings many emotions: memories - afternoon swims at Raskazone, night cards games, kahava, mandazi and halva at Ngamiani; walks and bike rides; embarrassing episodes; patching, dances and parties; sports activities; friendships; teachers and teacher pranks; sneaking rides during the weekends at National Service; teenage infatuations, to (now adult) love; from being kids and teenagers to adulthood, marriage, parenthood and caregivers to our parents -, reflection of time passed and the future and the in-between - technological, economic, history, culttural, societal, ideological, and for us, continental changes - that we have been witness to and part of Ė all from that delightfully sleepy, leafy and beautiful town called Tanga, and studying, with an occasional spanking, at that very friendly and welcoming buildings of Karimjee School. These memories and feelings will always be indelible. Also, feelings of amazement. As somebody as already observed in an e-mail, that small town has produced a remarkable, talented, and accomplished group of young people who have successfully made their way in this world. The numbers are completely out of proportion to that small town. And as such, we are a testament to the equality of human beings, because our grandfathers and great grandfathers came from humble origins. In that sense, we are a parallel to the American Immigrant experience. And gratitude. Gratitude to our parents for raising us decent, well adjusted, and strong enough to withstand the changes all of us have faced. Many of them never had the good fortune to go to school, let alone college. Gratitude to the communities, which provided both  support and spur. Gratitude to our teachers, who we, after coming to the US, Canada, and other technologically advanced countries, realize gave us a world class education. Gratitude to the Karimjee Family for their generosity, and in building what is an open, cheerful architecture. Gratitude to the country that nourished us, and expanded our horizons. Gratitude to Mwalimu Julius Nyerere for political and mental emancipation, and pride. Gratitude to Mahatma Ghandhi, Martin Luther King, Justice Thurgood Marshall, and the Civil Rights movement in the US for bringing enlightenment and change in society, laws, and immigration policies, starting in the US, followed by Canada and the rest of the world, that made it possible for us to settle here.  (A point that is often dimly recognized.) And finally, of course, gratitude to the organizing committee which is making this possible. It also brings forward feelings of renewal, reconnection, and rebirth. Meeting friends and acquaintances we have not met in decades. Friends that have been for some of us literally in the same classrooms since we were in kindergarten. Picturing grayer and less hair, probable middle-aged bulges, accents, and styles that have changed. When thinking in this vein, a song comes to mind: ďIn my lifeĒ, written by John Lennon. John Lennon always thought of himself as a poet, and this is regarded as his signature song. While I am slightly embarrassed to propose a Beatle song as an appropriate metaphor, most of the words seem very apt. It is about the past and present. Hereís how it goes.
There are places I remember all my life,
Though some have changed.
Some forever, not for better,
Some have gone, and some remain.
All these places had their moments,
With lovers and friends I still can recall.
Some are dead, and some are living,
In my life, Iíve loved them all.
But of all these friends and lovers,
There is no one compares with you.
And these memories lose their meaning
When I think of love as something new
Though I know will never lose affection
For people and things that went before,
I know I Ďll often stop and think about them,
In my life, Iíll love you more
Though I know will never lose affection
For people and things that went before,
I know I Ďll often stop and think about them,
In my life, Iíll love you more
In my life, Iíll love you more

Some ideas Iíd like to throw out. First, letís make this a biennial event, or at least every five years. I think that would be delightful. We could have this in different cities. Second, a book of biographical sketches, with pictures. We should all contribute one page about who we are, covering past and present, and how we have changed over time, our current interests, significant others, and kids. A family picture would constitute the second page. Such a biographical directory would be specially helpful in bridging class-year barriers, and bringing kindred spirits together. Third, something for our school and town. I always felt  I owe something to the country, town and school. Most of us have been fortunate to have done well in this area and live middle class, upper-middle class lives or better. I suggest we all donate $100 each to a fund. We could easily raise $25K-$50K. First of all, we should treat the organizing committee to a wonderful dinner, or a some similar gesture, to thank them for their considerable efforts. In future, the fund be used to great effect for school enrichment e.g. library books, equipment etc. At some point these could be extended to the town. Charitable organizations such as Oxfam are also a potential channel. This fund, if set up properly, can be a tax deductible charity, which in effect will reduce our contributions. A committee can run the fund. Please consider my contribution pledged.

It is not righteous
That you turn east and west
But they are righteous
who donate goods and money
though he loves it dearly
to the orphans, poor and the needy
 The Holy Quran 5-177

Similar sentiments can be found in the Gita, Buddhism, Bible, and the Torah, or liberal humanism.
Please bear with me in this sharing of thoughts, from the Beatles to the Koran!. I am looking forward to meeting all the people I grew up and studied with. I promised myself I am going to dance with all the girls I was, as a shy kid, too embarrassed to flirt with. ( I have my wifeís permission!).
Sunday, July 25, 1999
Moez H. Rawji, Boston, MA E-Mail



What an awesome work you guys have accomplished. I am truly impressed. It is with regret that I am unable to attend the re-union. I often wonder what has become of all the friends I had from Tanga. Even though it has been almost 24 years since I left, my memories are as real as if it was
yesterday. I thank God for all that we had and did as we were growing up in a stable and excellent environment with a strong emphasis on education. My dad used to tell us all the time: You can be robbed of all your possessions, but no one can rob your mind if you educate it! I also remember the saying on the wall at the primary school:
I cried for I had no shoes until I saw a man who had no feet.
This has stayed with me all my life and has taught me to be humble person in all that I do. I currently reside in Waterford, Connecticut (USA). Telephone (860) 504-2525. I am married twenty years
and have two children, son 11 years and daughter 8 years, and  a wonderful wife. By profession I am a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and have been in practice since 1989 with my own accounting firm. I also own several businesses and love my work. Please keep me appraised of any future developments. God Bless you all.
Monday, July 26, 1999
Teja Shariff (Naushad Sherali Teja), Waterford, CT E-mail


Just a short message to wish you all the best of Karimjee School and Tanga spirit. Please enjoy yourselves and revive the good old memories. Unfortunately, I will not be able to partake in this momentous occasion. My thoughts and feelings will be with all of you over the reunion period,
admittedly with envy. I take this opportunity to congratulate and commend the entire committee for
having the wisdom and courage to organise such an event and to all the participants for making it possible.
HAVE FUN and REMINISCE TO YOUR HEARTS CONTENT.
Food for thought! How about a reunion in Tanga itself? Perhaps next year!  Just the thought makes one's mouth water.
Tuesday, July 27, 1999
Dr Hassan B. Akberali (Sukhadwalla), Surrey, UK  E-mail


What a wonderful effort. There is no doubt that the time we all had in Tanga will never be forgotten. I finished my education (Form IV) in 1967. Now living in Dubai. Among the friends I remember off-hand (others please forgive me) are Javed Qureishi, Naushad Khatau, Soter Da Silva. I am hopeful many others remember me too. The love of Tanga is so great that a singer says:

"MAPENZI HAYANA DAWA". (There is no medicine to replace love!)

Best wishes and keep it up!
Thursday, July 29, 1999
Husein Manji, Dubai, UAE  E-mail



Post-reunion Messages

Just got back from the reunion and what a great time we had. Thanks to all the organizers for doing such a wonderful job, and I hope we have another one soon. Actuall we can't wait! Hopefully the the Tangaites who missed the event will attend the next one.
Best regards!
2.30 AM! Sunday, August 1, 1999
 Iqbal & Shazmin Alladina, Toronto E-mail


I would like to take this opportunity to congratulate you for the tireless effort you put into a fantastic
evening. It was rather nostalgic meeting after 33 years and it's an evening I will remember for a long time to come. Unfortunately I had a wedding and could not attend the dinner but enjoyed meeting the rest of my schoolmates and my teachers D. M. Desai and R.C.Mehta. I had to leave yesterday evening and could not attend the picnic as I work in the States and could not get the time off. Thanks once again for a wonderful evening!
Monday, August 2, 1999
Stephen de Souza, Toronto E-mail

Let me first congratulate the Organizing Committee for doing such a great job of networking Karimjee School graduates ! I am absolutely overwhelmed!! I am an old alumnus of Karimjee. Started primary school in what was then an old rusty building close to a locomotive railway shed. You can imagine the amount of smoke and soot from those creaky engines that we had to put up with while memorizing math tables under the stern eyes of Mr.Jethi. We moved into the 'new' Primary School building in Bombo area, I guess, in 1949/50. Completed both SC and HSC when the school relocated in the Usagara area. We had only 3 students taking biology - Hamid Khan (I miss him very much), Gullzar Kassam and myself. Incidentally, a picture of Class of '59 did bring some very pleasant memories. Thank you, Habib!
Graduated from University of Nairobi in 1967/68, and taught zoology at Karimjee during 1968-70. Abbas Kapacee will re2member me very well and so would Soraiya! Folks, you don't know how
much I have missed the great times I've had as a student and as a teacher at Karimjee. In the final
analysis, I will always owe to family and my teachers what I have accomplished today. Good to see Nurallah Dharsee in the picture. And Mr.D.M.Desai, too! Kirit, you'll always be my "buddy". It is unfortunate that I will miss the congregation. Hopefully, I will make it next time.
Best wishes and have lots of fun!!
Tuesday, August 3, 1999
Afzal Aziz  E-mail


Please accept this message with profound thanks for organizing the Karimjee Reunion from my wife Susan and myself. We can just barely appreciate the countless hours you all must have put in. We enjoyed ourselves very much and had time to renew acquaintances and make new ones.
Friday, August 6, 1999
Dilip & Susan Shah, Median, Ohio E-mail

At this time last week, we were in Toronto in sheer anticipation of the re-union dinner & dance and other attendant activities. Sadly enough, it is over in what appears to be a mere twinkling
of the eye! Nonetheless, a myriad collection of memories remains and that by itself is emotional
sustenance enough! Both Ajit and I would like to say a big "thank you" to all members of the
organizing committee for all their unflagging endeavors, time, and commitment to the just-concluded event of a lifetime. As a Karimjee alumnus, it was really an emotional roller-coaster for me to see and meet most of my friends after a relative eternity - I never thought that I would ever get the opportunity to re-unite with this family of friends. Thank you all, indeed, for the wonderful memories
which will, most definitely, last for ever! My husband, Ajit, also had what he calls an exhilirating time, when he was able to put faces to the many names he had been introduced to
prior to the re-union, as well as for making numerous friends! Besides the dinner-dance, the picnic and the music party provided just the right touch to this occasion. Our feelings are pretty well summed up by the song from the film "Hum Dono," which says "Abhi na jao chhod ke, dil abhi
bhara nahin!"
God bless and good luck to one and all, and let's keep in touch!
Friday, August 6, 1999
Molly & Ajit Daniel, Winona, Minnesota E-mail


Well it's done. Will there ever be another one? Who knows. All I have to say is that it was a wonderful reunion, made possible by the organizing committee, all participants, friends etc.
 To Moez Rawji, Sultan Murji, Mohammed Moloo, Zahir Moloo, Zahir Dhalla, Mickey, Latif Alladina, Rozina, and Zainul, Bill Gingrich and countless others....... thanks for the wonderful memories. And to the Muchachos, Zahir, Sadru, Shiraz....thanks for being there for the photo
sessions. I will send you the photo.
Highlight of the reunion: An "ALL NIGHTER" that five of us pulled though Sunday and Monday night. After the music party, countless cups of coffee and heavy discussions on everything from faith to political strategies, when we finally looked up, it was Monday morning 7.00 a.m. Thanks to Sadru Nazerali, Zahir Teja, Jamila Babul, and my patient wife Naz for participating.
 All photos I took came out wonderful. Will share appropriate ones at this site as soon as I have the time to scan them.
 Once again, thanks to everyone for making this one possible. Great presentations also at the dinner.
 Regards,
Tuesday, August 10, 1999
Naz and Alikhan Hasham, St Albert, Alberta E-mail

I just want to say that I attended the reunion and it was a great get-together and the organization was Military perfect.  Keep up the good job.
 Best Regards,
Sunday, August 15, 1999
Victor F Fernandes, Coquitlam, B.C. E-mail

It was a wonderful and joyous evening full of screams of excitement seeing classmates, schoolmates and teachers Mr. D. M. Desai, Mr. R.C. Mehta, Mr. Bill Gingrich and others after that long period of 30/35 years.
All this was possible due to great team work of organizers Zahir, Yasmin, Soraiya, Naseem, Lubaina, Javed, Aftab and Aladin.
Our thanks to all these folks for the Job Well Done. Bravo again !
Monday, August 16, 1999
Diana & Nick Sajoo  E- mail

Congratulations!!!  Superb arrangements, great organisation and lots of effort. My wife and I enjoyed the stay and thank the committee for reviving old freindships.
Wednesday, August 18, 1999
Rashida and Fazle Dalal, E-mail

The build up to the reunion was enormous and we were full of all kinds of expectations of what would take place. We were not disappointed and every event we attended more than matched our expectations. The hard work that had been put in by the committee members is greatly appreciated! Both Arvah and I would like to say a great big "thank you" to all who were in involved for all their efforts.
Although the reunion was three weeks ago, it has still left a lasting mark on our memories. We met so many classmates and shared anecdotes from years gone by. I think everyone who attended the gala dinner, picnic and music party had a great time. I can't speak for everybody else but I know we sure did!
God Bless and good luck to one and all. I hope we manage to keep in touch.
Friday, August 20, 1999
Arvah and Waseem Kazmi  E-mail


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