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TOUR REPORTS/ARTICLES OF SINDHIS STAYING IN JHARKHAND

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Jamshedpur: (1995)
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TOUR REPORTS/ARTICLES OF SINDHIS STAYING IN KARNATAKA

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BANGALORE (Nov 11, 2003) and (Oct 2008)
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TOUR REPORTS/ARTICLES OF SINDHIS STAYING IN KERALA

In continuation of my endeavours to bring Sindhi community together and to preserve their identity and culture, by getting in touch with officers of various important Sindhi organisations across 133 cities / towns in India and abroad so far, recently I got the opportunity to visit following further 3 main cities of Kerala.

The report of the same in a nut – shell is as under:


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THIRUVANTHAPURAM (July 2016)
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This city is also called as Trivandrum. It is capital city of Kerala state, with a total strength of 10 lakh population. However only 8 Sindhi families stay here, out of which 3 families are Kataria Bros, 3 Kamnani Bros. and remaining 2 families are Varandani and Nainami. They stay in different locations of the city. Only 2 families speak in Sindhi at home and among themselves. Being limited in number, they do not have any Sindhi Association at present but they aspire for the same. They are engaged in various business. A few of them keep the murti of Sai Jhulelal at homes / shops. They do not celebrate any annual festivals. However they meet together on happy and unhappy occasions. They were encouraged to make association and celebrate important festivals like Chetichand etc. The meeting with them took place in my Hotel High Land Park on 20-07-16. from 8:30 to 9:30 am, wherein 3 persons were present many worth seeing places are located here, such as Sri Padmanabhaswamy Temple, Napier museum and Art Gallery, observatory, Zoological Garden, Kovalam Beach etc.

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COCHIN (July 2016)
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This city is also called Kochi or Ernakulam, it's total strength is 35 lakhs (highest in Kerala). This is mainly a business city in the state. Only 15 Sindhi families stay here. Nearly 10% of them speak in Sindhi at home (and 20% among themselves). At least 5 of them can read & write in Sindhi script. They are engaged in various business such as Cloth, medicines, CD / DVD's, courier services etc. They have one Cochin Sindhi association whose President is Shri Deepak. L. Aswani, V.P. is Shri Ashok . J. Rijhwani and secretary is Shri Deepak J. Vanjani. This association  does not own any place. Hence they celebrate annual functions from different places. For example they celebrate Cheti Chand mela with Gujarati Lohana Samaj at “Darya Sthal”, wherein they do Priti bhojan also. They keep their shops open on this accassion. They celebrate Guru Namik and Guru Gobindsingh Jayantis in Gurudwara. They arrange Sri Satyanarayan Katha every month, they celebrate Diwali, Holi, Mahashivaratari etc. with Marwaris at the place belonging to North Indian Association. Nearly 50 % of them keep the murtis of Sai Jhulelal at their office / home. Many attractive worth seeing places are located here. Such as Fort Kochi Harbour, Bolgatty and Wellingdon Islands, Dutch palace (Mattancherry), Jewish Synagogue, Chinese fishing Nets, St. Francis church (wherein lies the grave of Vasco – da – Gama) etc. These places can be conveniently visited by Cochin Boat cruise – cum – siightseeing managed by KTDC ( Kerala Tourism Development Corporation). The meeting took place in my Hotel Sunshine on 21- 07-2016, from 8:30 pm to 10:30 pm wherein 9 members ( including Ladies) were present.


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CALICUT (July 2016)
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This city is also called as Kazikode, It's total population is 10 lakh. Only 12 Sindhi families stay here in different locations of the city. They have one Multani Bankers Association, whose President is Shri Rupesh Makhija and secretary is Shri Jagdish Lulla.. This association has 12 Sindhi families & 4 Punjabi families. Nearly 70% of them speak in Sindhi at home and among themselves, None of them knows Sindhi script. They do various business i.e. Banking, motor parts, hardware etc. Some of them are engineers and CAs , They have one old sindhi Temple (Darbar) in Silk street, from where they conduct all social, cultural and religious activities. They do 'Ardas' & 'Arti' twice daily. They celebrate moon night every month, They also celebrate all annual functions such as Chetichand, Diwali, Holi, Rakhshabandhan, Mahashivaratri, Janmashtami, Guru Nanik Jayanti etc. & arrange Bhandara ( Priti Bhojan) on all these occasions through this Darbar only. They do Yagya Havan in Navratras. The meeting took place in this Darbar after prayers on 22- 07-16. from 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm wherein 27 members were present which included Gents, Ladies and youngsters & included practically all Sindhi and Punjabi families. The Dinner Prasad was served at the end. A great enthusiasm for Sindhiyat was seen in this meeting which was remarkable. They normally keep the Murtis of Sai Jhulelal at their homes, their association also helps needy persons financially. Here the worth seeing places are Marine Drive (Calicut Beach),R.P. mall and Focus mall etc.


On the whole it was seen that the Sindhis in Kerala are well off financially. They are also connected with Sindhi Federation of South India (Chennai).



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