By GULSHAN PAREKH
I am delighted to share with readers of Barakah photographs of a special service set that was presented to Mawlana Hazar Imam, His Highness the Aga Khan, during his Silver Jubilee visit to the United Kingdom in July 1983. The photographs were taken by my UK based brother, Zulfikar Mukhida.
The special service set was commissioned by the Aga Khan Council for the UK, and manufactured by Spode of England, which over the past 250 years has become one of the most enduring brand names in the ceramics industry. The set is made from bone china, a durable, lightweight and elegant material that is most commonly used for the creation of tableware and teaware such as plates, bowls and teacups.
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The Aga Khan Council ordered additional sets for purchase by Jamati members, and my family acquired two such sets. We have never used the sets, and they are in their original condition.
Barakah’s request to readers to share their rare and memorable photographs and documents related to Mawlana Hazar Imam and members of his family on the blog prompted me to submit this short photo piece. I hope the photos will be of interest to readers, as well as bring back fond memories to everyone who was present in the UK for Mawlana Hazar Imam’s Silver Jubilee 39 years ago.
Date posted: August 26, 2022.
Originally from Mbale, Uganda, Gulshan Parekh left her homeland with her husband Mohamad after Idi Amin issued an edict in August 1972 expelling all Asians from the country. The couple first went to England, before making Vancouver, Canada, their permanent home in 1973. Carleton University’s special Uganda Collection contains an oral history of Gulshan’s early memories from life in Uganda. The (PDF) transcript can be read at Carleton’s website by clicking HERE.
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