The surname ‘Melwani’ owes its ‘birth’ to Mr.
The ‘tree’ from which my information has been gathered
is by Late Mr. Khemchand
with the help of Late Balkishindas Aasoodaram’s sons.
It was last updated in 1976.
I would like to express my gratitude to Mr. Kishu Melwani
who spent valuable time
with me explaining the birth of various ‘Business Firms,
originated because of the Melwanis business acumen
and hard work.
Meloomal had 3 sons:
Tulsidas Jessaram and Daryanomal.
Jessaram had 2 sons:
Prithumal and Hariram.
Prithumal had a son called Rochiram.
owes its name to:
Ghanomal was the son of Vasumal,
Vasumal was the son of Tilumal
who was the son of Rochiram Prithumal
Daughter: Morbai married
Naraindas Budhrani and sired Chandru, Dasi and
Hiranand and Sobhraj Bherumal
established business in Indonesia in the year1921.
The business prospered.
Sobhraj Bherumal had
Mulchand married Savitri
Janki (Laj) married Siroomal Daryanani
Kishu married Mohini Chandiramani
Sundri married Gobind Aasoomal
Gobind married Kanchan
Nimu (Duru) married Daulat
Roopa (Kavita) married Shankar
Maya (Rachna) married Mohan
Kishu and Mohini Melwani’s
Ashok married Bimla Sani
Raj married Subeeta Aasoomal
Meenu married Prakash Thadani
Hiranand Bherumal and sons called their firm:
Jhamandas married Kala Vaswani
Hashu married Sundri Aasoomal
Arjan married Meenu (Kamla) Khiani
Vashi married Gopi (Nanda) Khiani
Lakhi married Kavita
Ram married Polly
Kamla married Lachhu Chandanmal Khiani
Melwani(Firm) owes its name to:
Mr Udharam and his brothers established N. G. Melwani in
Mr. Udharam's brothers:
Khanchand, Udharam, Bulchand
Mr Udharam's cousin Gomomal was also a partner in the
Let us take a look at the Family Tree
Udharam had 2 sons:
Gobind married Kamla Dodani
Kishore married Renu (Shanta) Mahtani
G. Doulatram owes its name to:
Gobindram Daulatram (Well known in Hong
Let us take a look at the family tree
Gobindram had 3 sons:
of Jhamatmall Gurbamall (Melwani)
It all began in 1883 when a
young man named Jhamatmall Gurbamall (J.G) Melwani left Penang, Malaysia, in
search of a better life. With only a case of leather slippers, he set sail for
Medan, Sumatra. Not cash, but a slipper, for his plan was to start immediately.
Ambition & youth served him
well. The money made from the slippers was quickly invested was quickly invested
on a bicycle and acquiring more goods. Just after two years of peddling the
streets, he saved enough for his own shop in Medan – Jhamatmall Gurbamall
& Co. Not bad considering Jhamatmall had only just turned 27.
By 1890, offices were
established in Singapore, Yokohama, Calcutta and Padang.
The helm was passed over to
Chandiram Melwani in 1938 who took the business one step further to include
trade in European textiles. However turbulent times from the ‘30’s to the
early ‘50’s, which included the Great Depression, affected several
businesses and J.G’s business was no exception. Almost all of his offices were
forced to close.
Well-tempered by the hard times,
the company met with yet another turning point as leadership was handed to a
young Moti Melwani in 1956, who embarked on a new strategy – obtain new agency
contracts and franchises. In 1964, the landmark distribution deal with Levi
Strauss & Co, for Singapore, Malaysia & Indonesia was signed. Given the
rights to market and distribute Levi’s jeans in the region, the company,
through aggressive marketing and positioning, successfully translated the
jean’s iconic image over to the Asian market.
Back on the retail front,
B.H Melwani, Moti’s cousin, started an exclusive men's wear store in 1971.
Situated at Singapore’s High Street, Melwani’s Men’s Shop was an instant
hit. Then in 1975, Moti and B.H consolidated their businesses and efforts
together to create M.B Melwani Pte Ltd an associate company of Jay Gee
Enterprises, which went on to acquire coveted exclusive franchises for high
fashion brands, many of which are still held today.
In 1989, Moti’s eldest
daughter, Tara Melwani (nee Mona), joined Jay Gee Group as an advertising and
promotions executive. Slowly working up the ranks, she was eventually appointed
as Managing Director in April 1999.
It has been over a century since
J.G Melwani braved Medan alone, his business assets on a bicycle. Today the Jay
Gee group has well over a hundred retail outlets including distribution
contracts with all major department stores and wholesalers.
In 2001, Moti’s daughter
stepped down from the business’s day to day operations to sit on the family
board of directors and pursue her interest in running humanitarian projects. The
family appointed group director, Mr. Dhinakaran as managing director of the Jay
Group chaired by Mr. BH Melwani.
A note from Shakun Narain Kimatrai
I have known Moti Melwani and his wife
Shobha since 1965 when I went to Singapore as a young bride.
I have fond memories of Moti, Shobha and his
charming 3 daughters Tara, Shabnam and Resham .
Shabnam married Justin Reis and sired a son
The warm friendship continues...
The late Co-chairman.
Born in Hyderabad, Sindh,
India in 1939, it was Moti’s diligence and self-professed pragmatism, “lots
of luck and lots of hard work” that turned the then textile business into
today’s multi million dollar empire.
Moti’s business acumen and
foresight are renowned in the retail circles but it was his affable personality
– prompting even director competitors to lavish him with praises and respect
for his sense of integrity and humility – that had the Singapore’s national
newspaper, The Straits Times, dub him as “Retailing’s Mr. Nice Guy”. He
was nominated as Singapore’s Entrepreneur of the year in 1996.
Though semi retired when eldest
daughter Tara took over the helm in 1999, Moti still served as an advisor to the
Jay gee Group until his demise in Feb 2003 at age 64.
He had served as a council
member of Singapore’s Retailer’s Association for more than 10 years and was
also a member of the Rotary Club.
He was also a member of the
Singapore Indian chamber of Commerce and Industry where he served 6 years as
Tributes to him can be viewed at
B.H. Melwani married Laj
They sired 3 children:
Nalini Melwani married Eddie Datwani
They have 3 children: Amit, Rajiv and Anjali
Ashok Melwani married Manju
They have 3 children: Manish, Manav and Naomi
Ashadevi Melwani married Rameche Nathirmal(deceased 1997)
They have one son: Samit
KHILNANI: - Bhai
Nukh: - Hinduja.
Khilnani are Arorvanshi and lived in Karachi. Aror is
situated two and a half miles away from Rohiri. During the Arab invasion (711
AD) most of the inhabitants left to escape the Arab onslaught.
Khilnanis fled to the mountains. They are Sarai (people
living in the border area between Pakistan, Baluchistan and Afghanistan). Their
ancestors came to Karachi from Bharya Dist. Navsheri Firoz.
Bhai Khilanmal (Khilandas) Menghraj moved from Bhareen to
Karachi. He had two sons: M/s. Devandas and Mulchand.
Bhai Devandas had three sons: M/s. Sukhramdas, Jethanand
Bhai Fatehchand was a prosperous trader of Karachi and
generously donated money for construction of Fatehchand Khilnani Hall in the
Karachi Engineering College and Dayaram Khilnani Hall & Library for the
Seth Vishindas Fatehchand, Seth Motamal Narumal (landlord)
came from the same roots.
Rai Bahadur Diwan Koromal Chandanmal Khilnani of Bhareen
was a renowned and an intelligent man. All his descendents were well to do in
the year 1947.
KHIALDASANI: - Bhai
Bhai Menghraj son of Bhai Khialdas had four sons. The two
eldest sons, Bhai Hassomal and Bhai Alimchand expired prior to 1946. The
remaining two sons, Bhai Nanikram and Bhai Tolaram were alive at the time of
Partition of India and migrated to Bombay.
Bhai Nanikram Menghraj was born at Hyderabad and at a young
age he joined Sindwork. Bhai Nanikram along with his two brothers, Bhai
Alimchand and Bhai Tolaram were partners in the firm of M/s.
J. Kimatrai & Co., headed by Bhai Sobhraj Jhamatmal Kimatrai
(Gianchandani). In the year 1947, only Bhai Nanikram, though seventy years old,
continued as the partner of the firm.
During 1945-1946, Government of Sind sold vacant plots of
land inside the Hyderabad Qillo (Qilo – Fort). Many Bhaibunds bought these
plots and built beautiful houses to stay in. For the convenience of Bhaibund
brothers, Bhai Nanikram constructed a Hall named after him and a Girls School
named after his late son Bhai Tikamdas Nanikram. He also established an
Aryovedic Hospital in the Qilla named after his son.
GANDHI: - Bhatia.
Gandhi's are Bhatias and lived at Shikarpur. They are
originally from Jaisalmer.
The word Gandhi means incense or perfumers. Gan means aroma
and durgand meaning smell. In Gujarat, the Kirana or provision shopkeepers are
It is claimed by the Gandhis that their ancestors who lived
in Jaisalmer were very influential and that whenever a dispute or
misunderstanding arose between the rulers of Jodhpur and Jaisalmer, the Gandhis
were asked to mediate and reconcile them. Therefore the word Gandhi also would
mean to tie a knot i.e. Ganddh. In Sanskrit word Ghar-nathi also means to knot.
Around four hundred years ago, their elder Seth Balikram
came to Sind from Jaisalmer and settled at village Lakhi. Shikarpur was then non
existent. Latter Seth Gurbux and Seth Naraindas joined him.
City of Shikarpur came into being in the year 1617. Seth
Gurbux was the first to move out from Lakhi and shift to Shikarpur. His
descendents in addition to being called Gandhi were also called Lakhiani or
Lakhani and also Gurbaxani. Most of the Gandhis were zamindars and some were
Graduates as well.
Lahori: Their ancestors migrated from Lahore and settled at
Nawab Haji Amber Ali Khan’s ancestors were also from
Lahore and were called Lahori.
Amongst the Hindu Lahoris in Larkana was Diwan Kishinchand
whose two sons Diwan Hassaram and Diwan Kundansingh were Deputy Collectors.
Diwan Hassaram’s grandson Mr. Assudomal Radhomal BA,
LL.B., was an Advocate.
Diwan Kundansingh’s son Mr. Rijhumal had passed MA, LL.B.
He expired on 12th August 1929 while caring for the sick during a Cholera
epidemic. His marble sculpture stands as a tribute to his memory on Baker Road,
Larkana and a garden Rijhu Baug that was named after him.
A note from:
this info thanks.
Iam a Lahori
and Mr Rijhoomal was my great grandfather LAHORI: - Lahori: Their
ancestors migrated from
Lahore and settled at Larkana. Nawab Haji Amber Ali Khan's
ancestors were also from
Lahore and were called Lahori. Amongst the Hindu Lahoris in
Larkana was Diwan Kishinchand whose two sons Diwan Hassaram was zamindar
and Diwan Kundansingh was Deputy Collectors. hasssarams son was radhomal
nd kimatrai radhomal 2 sons assudomal and lalchand Diwan Hassaram's
grandson Mr. Assudomal Radhomal BA, LL.B., was an Advocate. Diwan
Kundansingh's son Mr. Rijhumal had passed MA, LL.B. He expired on 12th
August 1929 while caring for the sick during a Cholera epidemic. His
marble sculpture stands as a tribute to his memory on Baker Road,
Larkana and a garden Rijhu Baug that was named after him. Rijhumal
Kundanshing lahori Mohini Rijhumal Kundanshing Lahori 1.Mohini Chandnani
after marriage 1.1.prakash channdnani 1.2.ruby tejwani 1.3.late chetan
chandnani 2.Wadhumal Rijhumal Lahori 2.1Lajwanti Wadhumal Rijhumal
Lahori 2.2Manohar Wadhumal Rijhumal lahori Arvind Manohar Wadhumal
Rijhumal lahori ShilpaManohar Wadhumal Rijhumal lahori Devesh Manohar
Wadhumal Rijhumal lahori Before Marriage 2.3 Roshan Wadhumal Rijhumal
Lahori After Marriage Poonam Kewalramani Children are Vineyka
Kewalramani Rahul Kewalramani Jitin Kewalramani 2.4 Nancy Lahori Before
marriage Harsha Balwani Daughter Dipti Balwani Payal Balwani 2.5 Sonu
Wadhumal Rijhumal Lahori Monty Sonu Wadhumal Rijhumal Lahori 3.Sarswati
Lahori beore marriage Saraswati Bijlani after marraige 3.1Shyam Bijlani
3.2Raji Bijlani 3.3surendar Bijlani 3.4Dilip Bijlani 4.Mohanlal Rijhumal
Lahori 1.Deepak Mohanlal Rijhumal Lahori 1.1Bharat Deepak Mohanlal
Rijhumal Lahori 1.2Chirag Deepak Mohanlal Rijhumal Lahori 1.3Dipti
Deepak Mohanlal Rijhumal Lahori 2.Manohar Mohanlal Rijhumal Lahori (dubai)
2.1 Shilpa Manohar Mohanlal Rijhumal Lahori 2.2 Kunal Manohar Mohanlal
Rijhumal Lahori After marriage mirchandani 3Vinod Mohanlal Rijhumal
Lahori(dubai) 3.1 Siddhika Vinod Mohanlal Rijhumal Lahori 4Sunil
Mohanlal Rijhumal Lahori 4.1Khushboo Sunil Mohanlal Rijhumal Lahori
4.2Raunak Sunil Mohanlal Rijhumal Lahori
Sindhis and Sindhi
'The Source of Sindhi Surnames' is a
translation into English, by Mr. Narain Sobhraj Kimatrai from the original
in Sindhi by Mr. Diwan Bherumal Mahirchand