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Links with Lajpur

Many of the elders around Lajpur worked on the railway line to Surat, so had that connection with the British, and then they went to England to work in textiles. My father visited England, but he didn’t like the weather there, living in a small house and having to be inside all the time. So […]

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Pipaldara to Bradford – via Mombasa!

I’m from Pipaldara, near Surat in Gujarat, where there are many people of the Khalifa community. In the old days our main job was cutting hair. Now people do different jobs: some are farmers, some are agricultural labourers with sugar cane, some are weavers and some still cut hair. They commute to the nearby town, […]

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