Madhapuris are big travellers

Naran Bhudia, who lives in west London, on holiday in his Sukhpar house.

Naran Bhudia, who lives in west London, on holiday in his Sukhpar house.

People from Madhapur are very broadminded. They were the first to go to Africa, the first to go on to the UK. You name it, they went there. Then people like my great grandfather from Sukhpar (near Madhapur in Kutch) followed them. They all went in small boats from ports like Jamnagar and Mandvi, and settled along the coast of Africa, and to Muscat (in Oman) too. It took one month on a sailboat, sometimes longer depending on the wind. Then when the steamers arrived it took ten to twelve days. I went in 1954 from Bombay to Mombasa, twelve days on a big steamer. ‘State of Bombay’ was the name of the ship. Everybody flies there these days.

I lived in east Africa until the 1970s and then we all had to move to England. Us Sukhpar people will tend to settle in one place abroad, like there’s lots of us in and around Brent. But the Madhapur people will go anywhere. London, Leicester, Cardiff, Birmingham, Oldham, you name it. They’re all over England.

Naran Bhudia

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