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Khan Bahadur Ahmed Khan – My great grandfather

2009 March 24
Khan Bahadur Ahmed Khan, my Baray Naana

This is my great grandfather. His name is Khan Bahadur Ahmed Khan. Count em – two Khans! Bahadur means “brave” and “Ahmed Khan” is still used in most of the names of the men in my mother’s family.

He would have lived in Jindiala Sher Khan, a small village named after his great great grandfather Sher Khan (yes, Lion Khan – how cool are these names?), who was given that land by the British. He might have also lived part of his life in Sheikhupura, between Jindiala and Lahore, where my I remember my grandfather’s (his son) house being.

My parents found this picture of my Mom’s paternal grandfather. It just made my day, so I had to share it. I love that he’s twisted the ends of his mustache. I love that he’s wearing a suit *and* a turban. I love his happy eyes – I remember those eyes on my Naana Jaan (Allah yarhamhu).

Rest in peace, Baray Naana Jaan! May Allah give you Jannah.

2 Responses leave one →
  1. March 25, 2009

    That is so awesome Taiyyaba!

  2. abbuuuuuu permalink
    March 28, 2009

    Yes, Taiyyaba Janni! You have all the reasons to be proud of your heritage – AlHamduLillah! We have no doubts that you will continue our family tradition of honesty, hardwork and love for all humanity!!!!
    With ultimate love!

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