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Sobhag’s Timeline

Rupshi Merag Visaria

Birth of Rupshi Merag Visaria Sobhag's Nana. Father of Sobhag's Mother Savita

Birth of Muri
Birth of Muri

Muri Hemraj Haria, Sobhag's Motiba, (Aunt) and fondly known as Baa was born in 1912 in Nagjheri, Gujarat, India.

Hemaraj Virji

Birth of Sobhag's Motabapa (Uncle) Hemraj Virji Haria was born in 1914 in Kajurda, India, the son of Kuvar and Virji-. He married Muri Hemraj Haria in 1923 in his hometown. He died as a child in 1925 in India.

Ladhi Rupshi Visaria

Ladhi Rupshi Visaria, Sobhag's Nani (Mother's mother) was born on September 16, 1916 Passport Images. > Please Click for the images Passport of Ladhi Rushi Visaria Information from passport: 1. Mrs Ladhi Raichand Shah 2. Passport No. W.I.S.A 4144 issued by Empire of India on 7 May 1932 at Rajkot…
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Raichand Virji
Raichand Virji

Raichand Virji, (Sobhag's father) was Born in Kajurda, Gujarat, India 1919, Son of Vidha and Kuvar. Brother to Monghiben, Hemrajbhai, Paniben, Punjabhai, Puriben, Jayanti, and Magan. He Emigrated to Meru Kenya. Later lived in Nairobi and passed away on 20.02.2000 in Nairobi.

Marriage of Hemraj

Muri Hemraj Haria married Hemraj Virji Haria in India in 1923 when she was 11 years old.

Passing of Hemaraj Virji Haria

Hemraj Virji Haria passed in 1925 in Kajurda India when he was only 11 years old Muri Virji Haria was only married for two (2) Years when her husband passed.

Birth of Savita Visaria
Birth of Savita Visaria

Savita Visaria, (Sobhag's Mother) was born on September 13, 1934, in Padana, Gujarat, India, her father, Rupshi, was 31, and her mother, Ladhi, was 17. She was the eldest of the siblings. Mother Passport for Confirmation

Raichand Virji Marriage to Pani Kana

Wedding of Raichand Virji to Pani Kana Karania. Daughter of Kana Gosar &. Vira Karania Goinj India

Birth of Navin Raichand
Birth of Navin Raichand

Navin Raichand Haria (Sobhag's Elder Brother) was born in Naghedi India son of Raichand Virji & Pani Raichand Haria on 21 August 1943. Around August 1950, he travelled to Kenya with Muriben (Motiba) to join father in Meru, Kenya

Raichand Virji Immigrated to Kenya
Raichand  Virji Immigrated to Kenya

In 1944, Mr Raichand Virji Haria (25) immigrated  to Meru (Kenya) from India, with Mr Vrajpar Hadha, Keshavji Kachra(Kali Topi) & Others. They travelled in a Boat. Where he worked as an Accountant in a shop “Meghji Nathoo”, later he was known as Karani. The shop was owned by relatives,…
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Passing of Pani Raichand Haria

Pani Raichand Haria passed away in 1945 in Kajurda, Mother to Navin Raichand Haria who was 18 month old and Raichand Virji Haria was working in Meru, Kenya.  

Savita Visaria married Raichand Virji
Savita Visaria married Raichand Virji

Savita Visaria married Raichand Virji Haria (Sobhag's parents) in Nairobi At Jivraj Bhoja’s house in Kenya in 1947 when she was only 13 years old.

Birth Sobhag Raichand
Birth Sobhag Raichand

Sobhag Raichand Haria was born on June 22, 1950, in Meghji Nathoo house, Meru, Kenya, his mother Savita Raichand, was 15 and his father Raichand Virji, was 31.

Birth Subhadra (Bena) Raichand
Birth Subhadra (Bena) Raichand

Sobhag's Sister, Subhadra (Bena) Raichand was born on December 20 1951. In in Hirji Punja house Meru Kenya. When mother was 17 Year old

Growing up in Meru, Kenya
Growing up in Meru, Kenya

The new house was 3 Bedroom with Hall and Kitchen which was very luxurious for our needs at that period. Our house was made up of corrugated iron sheets lined with timber. The advantage of lining the corrugated sheets with timber was it would maintain the temperature in the house.…
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Birth Surbhi Raichand
Birth Surbhi Raichand

Surbhi Raichand (Sobhag's Sister) was born on October 9, 1954, in Hirji Punja house Meru, Kenya. When her mother was 20 years old and Sobhag was 5 years.

The family moved to a new home

The family moved to a new homeThe family moved to a new home. The stone house was a double story building and had large stores on the ground floor with an enclosed lorry parking in the backyard. They lived in a 3BHK flat on the first floor.

Primary school education

There was no nursery schooling in Meru, hence the children from the village had to start their schooling with primary education at the age of 7. Sobhag started his schooling with Meru Primary School. Due to no schooling up to 7 years of age, they were learning basic things from…
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Kasturben and Premchandbanevi marriage
Kasturben and Premchandbanevi marriage

As a memory, Sobhag has a picture of himself (First one) taken at the age of 7 in one of their relative’s wedding which took place in the backyard of their house. In 1958, Harkhubhai’s (28) family (his father’s sister’s son) moved from Nairobi to Meru, to join in their…
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Harkhubhai
Harkhubhai

In 1958, Harkhubhai’s (28) family (Sobhag's cousin), (father’s sister’s son), moved from Nairobi to Meru, to join in Father's business. On 11.01.1965, at the age of 35, Harkhubhai passed away suffering from Cancer. From Nairobi, he was taken to London for his treatment. It was very rare that the patients…
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Making a Living
Making a Living

Rupshibhai Visaria (Sobhag's Nana, Mother's father) lived in Nairobi making his living by pulling a cart to transport the goods from the Railway station to various shops. It was very difficult and hard work. Sobhag used to visit him during his school holidays. Sobhag remembers that his Rati Mama bought…
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Savita’s Father Passed away
Savita’s Father Passed away

Sobhag's Nana Rupshi Merag Visaria passed away on September 13, 1958, in Nairobi, Kenya, at the age of 55. when Savitaben was only 24 year.

Babubhai and Kantanhabi
Babubhai and Kantanhabi

Babubhai (18) (Sobhag's Cousin) came to Meru from Nairobi to join their business. Sobhag was only 9 then, he learned about Bollywood movies and songs from Babubhai. As Babubhai was in his teenage years, he always dressed smartly, Sobhag learned self-grooming from him. Babubhai (25) got married to Kantabhabhi (19)…
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Savita Raichand Attending a wedding of Ramaben Mulji
Savita Raichand Attending a wedding of Ramaben Mulji

Savita Raichand (25) (Sobhag’s mother) attended a wedding of their relative (Ramaben Mulji) with family in Mombasa. It was when his mother’s only photograph was taken, this is the only picture he has of his mother.

Birth of Anju Khambhaita
Birth of Anju Khambhaita

Anju Khambaita daughter of Dayaljibhai and Kantaben Khambhaita, who was born in Zanzibar, a tourist destination, in Tanzania. After she completed her education she lived in Nairobi for 15 years. before arriving to London in 2000

Savita Raichand Haria – Passed Away
Savita Raichand Haria – Passed Away

Savita Raichand Haria, Sobhag's mother passed away on June 13, 1962, in Meru, Eastern Province, Kenya, when she was only 27 years old.

Duke of Gloucester Hostel
Duke of Gloucester Hostel

For the starting seven months of his Form 1, Sobhag stayed at Duke of Gloucester Hostel. The senior students from (Form 5 to 6) were more in numbers staying in the hostel. Normally the day at the hostel used to start with breakfast in the diner room, students used to…
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Duke of Gloucester School, Nairobi
Duke of Gloucester School, Nairobi

Sobhag, at the age of 14 he had to travel to Nairobi for his secondary school. He was enrolled in Duke Gloucester School. It was a life-changing experience for him in the city from living in a village. Duke of Gloucester was one of the best and oldest schools in…
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Secondary education- Age of 14-17
Secondary education- Age of 14-17

At the age of 14 he had to travel to Nairobi for his secondary school. He was enrolled in Duke Gloucester School. It was a life-changing experience for him in the city from living in a village. Duke of Gloucester was one of the best and oldest schools in Nairobi.…
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Visa Oshwal Boarding
Visa Oshwal Boarding

He chose Visa Oshwal Boarding which is now known as Oshwal Jain Primary School. It has currently completed 75 years. He started there at the third term of Form 1 and stayed there for 4.5 years until he finished his Form 4. In between he also went to Meru for…
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First Overseas trip to India
First Overseas trip to India

Sobhag’s trip to India by Visa Oshwal boarding was memorable. With 40 boarders, the trip began from Nairobi to Mombasa and took a steamer to Seychelles, then Goa and then Bombay. From Bombay, their journey was in a steamer train to Jamnagar, Srinagar, Delhi, Kolkata (Howrah), Kanyakumari in the south…
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Privileged meeting with Indira Gandhi and Radha Krishna
Privileged meeting with Indira Gandhi and Radha Krishna

Extreme left is Sobhag, on his first, Boarding visit to India, when they met Indira Gandhi and Radha Krisna.

Mansukh (Babu) & Kanta Marriage
Mansukh (Babu) &  Kanta Marriage

Mansukh (Babu) & Kanta got married in Nakuru.

My Fathers Land Rover car
My Fathers Land Rover car

My father’s wholesale shop at Meru Started driving Land Rover till I got Driving Licence- Followed by Zephyr, lorry, and lastly Peugeot 404, station wagon, till we left for Nairobi.

My Fathers Zypher car
My Fathers Zypher car

My father’s wholesale shop at Meru Started driving Land Rover till I got Driving Licence- Followed by Zephyr, lorry, and lastly Peugeot 404, station wagon, till we left for Nairobi.

My Fathers Peogeot 404 SW car
My Fathers Peogeot 404 SW car

My father’s wholesale shop at Meru Started driving Land Rover till I got Driving Licence- Followed by Zephyr, lorry, and lastly Peugeot 404, station wagon, till we left for Nairobi.

Wedding of Navin & Nimu
Wedding of Navin & Nimu

Sobhag’s brother Navin and Nimu, daughter of Bhagwanji Hemraj & Monghi Shah got married in Nairobi. Please Click Here >Wedding of Navin & Nimu 20 October 1967 Pictures

Meru Shop
Meru Shop

Sobhag finished his O level (Metric pass) and decided to join his father in his wholesale business. His brother Navin and cousin Babubhai were also involved in the business. He decided to work and dropped the thought of further studies. Lots of his friends decided to go to India or…
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Typing & Bookeeping

enrolled myself to learn Typing & Book keeping course at: New Era College Govt. Road - Nairobi

Wholesale Shop

Father’s wholesale shop Had to pack up due to quit notice from government

Birth of Nishit
Birth of Nishit

NISHIT (My brother Navin's son) was born in Nairobi

Pani Faiba

Pani faiba left Meru to settle in Mombasa.

Babbhai Left Meru for Katrina

Babbubhai & Kantabhai moved to Kartrina They lived with us in the family home in Meru for 6 Years. November 1959 - May 1966

Jaytex Store (Start of Clothing Shop)
Jaytex Store (Start of Clothing Shop)

In June 1969, the whole family came to Nairobi. His father was a partner in a company known as Paper Bags Limited with 25% shares, his father started looking after their business. Meanwhile, Sobhag was applying for various jobs. He received a job offer from the UK with the wages…
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Moving to Nairobi
Moving to Nairobi

Moved to Nairobi from Meru Lived in a rented house near Sarda High School, commonly known as Panju's house. Used to share father’s new car Peugeot saloon which I wrote it off after having accident on Kipande Road. Next car Toyota Crown KNL 462. Unemployed at that time. Father on…
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Nishit 1st Birthday
Nishit 1st Birthday

Celebrated Nishit's 1st birthday at Visa Oshwal Mahajanwadi – Nairobi. The Oshwal Centre is a facility is which the highest standards are common practice. You will find no alcohol or non-vegetarian food within the compound. On any given day the centre can easily accommodate up to 4000 people throughout the…
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Trip to Mombasa
Trip to Mombasa

Trip to Mombasa with Friends

My first Car
My first Car

Bought my first new small car Toyota Corolla 1200 Registration Plate KMU 285

Moved to Ojijo Road

Moved to Ojijo Road, rented flat. Opposite Parklands police Station