A life

Deccan Chronicle - - FAMILY -

away when I was 10. I had to strug­gle a lot to come up in life and build a ca­reer,” says Khan, re­call­ing how he trav­elled to Lon­don in a cargo ship to save money. “To sur­vive was dif­fi­cult. To put food on the ta­ble was a ma­jor chal­leng­ing task”. Khan com­pleted his BSc and MA from Os­ma­nia Univer­sity, In­dus­trial En­gi­neer­ing from Arena Univer­sity and later did his MBA. “In 1964, I got ad­mis­sion in New Mex­ico State Univer­sity, USA for an En­gi­neer­ing course. But I had no fi­nan­cial back­ing and did not want to leave Hy­der­abad. Fi­nally, my friends and rel­a­tives per­suaded me to go. I trav­elled by train to Bom­bay and from there to Lon­don in a cargo ship. The ticket was `1000 and the money came from friends and rel­a­tives. “

He worked in a mill for six months in Lon­don from 6.00 am to 8.00 pm daily to earn money to fund his travel, tuition fees and stay in the US. “While study­ing, I worked at a cafe­te­ria. To earn more, I wa­tered farms.”

Four of Khan’s six chil­dren are spe­cial­ist doc­tors. One of his two sons, Dr Khan As­lam Khan, is a su­per-spe­cial­ist in heart ar­rhyth­mia. His el­dest son, Khan Wasim Mo­ham­mad Khan, is a se­nior ad­vo­cate and busi­ness­man in the US. Three of his four daugh­ters are also in the med­i­cal pro­fes­sion while his three sons-in-law are also doc­tors. Ex­plain­ing his pref­er­ence for medicine, Khan says, “My mother, who was suf­fer­ing from pep­tic ul­cers, needed a doc­tor, but med­i­cal help could not reach her as the doc­tor was not avail­able.”

“My real wealth is the right ed­u­ca­tion I gave to my chil­dren. Ev­ery­one is well qual­i­fied in his or her field. I am proud of them.”

“I asked As­lam to come to Hy­der­abad. He was work­ing with St. Luke’s Roo­sevelt, Univer­sity of Columbia in New York. He did su­per-spe­cial­i­sa­tion in clin­i­cal car­diac elec­tro phys­i­ol­ogy in ar­rhyth­mia. He joined Apollo Hos­pi­tals and opened the ar­rhyth­mia cen­tre there.”

The La­teef Khan fam­ily of­ten shut­tles be­tween Hy­der­abad and Chicago. They have a long an­ces­tral his­tory, trac­ing the lin­eage to Mon­gol ruler Hu­lagu Khan. “My grand­fa­ther, Khan Mo­ham­mad Khan, came to Hy­der­abad from Dera Is­mail Khan, now in Pak­istan, to serve in the de­fense forces of the Nizam VI, Mir Mah­boob Ali Khan, a lit­tle over 100 years ago.”

UNITED WE STAND: Right to Left top row: Waseem Khan (son); Dr. Zia Khan (daugh­ter); Dr. Yusuf Gal­itzen(son-in-law), Khan La­teef Khan, Dr. Yas­mine Sheik (daugh­ter); Dr. Za­far Sheik (son-in-law); Dr. Asma Khan (daugh­ter); Sayed Mo­hammed (grand­son);...

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