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What became of Mrs Ali? A Londoner in 1920s Calcutta

Calcutta, British India, 17th August 1921: “Mrs Muhammad Ali (alias Mrs Campbell), has been declared vagrant for being destitute. The Government of Bengal have issued orders for removal under the European Vagrancy Act.”


The last Indians of Masvingo, Zimbabwe

For our fabric needs in Masvingo, a town in southern Zimbabwe, Anneliese and I were told to look no further than Ali & Co. Located on Josiah Tongogara Street, Masvingo’s principal shopping artery, the shop is packed-solid with cloth and sewing accessories suitable for pretty-well every conceivable taste, budget and purpose. Judging from the number of customers who were […]