Shantilal Dudakia is a retired banker in Croydon. He was born in Madagascar and travelled to many places like Aden, India, Mombasa and then to Britain in 1968. In this interview he talks about his ancestors in Rajkot and how his grandfather migrated to Madagascar in a dhow which took many months to travel. His father became a successful tailor and because of his ability to learn languages, he learnt to speak French in Madagascar. He then went to Aden and learnt to speak Arabic. During the second world war, Shantilal had to go to India with his mother as it was not safe to live in Aden. The family then went to Mombasa. He had his schooling in Mombasa and speaks very fondly of the Alidina Visram School. In Mombasa, he learnt to speak in Swahili whilst helping his father in his clothing shop. Later he became a banker and delightfully explains how he enjoyed going on a Dakota plane to the Masai countryside and do banking with them. He talks fondly of the native Masai people, their innocence and honesty. Political situation in Africa in late Sixties forced him to come to Britain. He settled in Bolton and found life very difficult initially. He had to work 24/7 in factories making belts. He could not find a job as a banker but as he had to raise a large family, he took whatever came his way. He educated his family and is now satisfied that they are all very successful in their careers. He describes why Gujaratis are successful as they work hard and understands why Britain has accepted them.