A Prosperous and Peaceful Village Life – Pre-Partition

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R P Bhatla

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R P Bhatla

R P Bhatla is an AMIE (India) Engineer in Civil Engineering. He retired in 1994 as Deputy General Manager from Engineers India Ltd. He continued to work as General Manager, Triune Projects Ltd., General Manager Enron India, General Manager, PLL/Simon Carves India Ltd, and Advisor L&amp\;T Faridabad.

Editor's note: This is the first of several stories related to the life of the Bhatla family before and after the Partition of India in 1947.

In 1930, my father, Sakhir Chand, became the Kar Dar (estate manager) for Ahmadyar Khan. Mr Khan owned more than 500 acres of land in Kot KhanVillage, in District Jhang in West Punjab, which became a part of Pakistan in 1947.

uch of the land was by the side of the river Jhelum. It was fertile land, irrigated by the Persian water wheel, an ancient system of lifting water from open wells. My father's job involved a lot of running around to supervise everything that had happened on the estate. In addition, he had to co-ordinate all court cases related to the land and its owner. My father and his forefathers had earned and lived on this arrangement for more than a hundred years.

It was a good, comfortable living. My father's compensation was a percentage of the estate's production: grain produced, cattle feedstock, and fresh vegetables. There was a small cash payment also. Our place had about a hundred date trees, which gave us a variety of date fruit. The family had plenty of food and always some spare money. The three brothers together in one family with common income were doing well, and the joint family had accumulated plenty of gold &amp\; jewellery.

My grandparents had expired before my father got married. In 1931, when he was 35 years old, my father married Maya, daughter of Karam Chand Bhandula, who himself had been a Kar Dar of a rich Hindu zamindar family at Chella village in District Jhang for many years. Karam Chand's family was well to do.

Maya, my mother, was only 17 when she got married. But, soon after her marriage, my mother became the boss of the house with my father playing the second fiddle. She had no formal education but could easily read Hindi and Punjabi religious books. However, she could not write.

It was joint family with my father and Wazir Chand, his older brother and Bishan Dass, his younger brother. Wazir Chand was a primary school teacher, while Bishan Dass had a shop that sold cloth. My father's brothers were also hen pecked by their wives. Overall, the family life was peaceful. It was an ideal living situation with all cousin brothers and sisters (eight boys and three girls) playing, often joking, and running around.

Kot Khan village had a primary school up to Standard 6. The school had a large compound with a number of classrooms. Its main problem was that school did not have English. The emphasis was on mathematics and Urdu language. The firm foundation set for arithmetic at this school proved good for me over the years in high school and later. After Standard 6, you had to look for a new school with English language.

It appears unbelievable today that the Standard 4 final examination used to be held at another village, about 6 km away. Similarly, the Standard 6 final examination was also held at another school some distance away. The young students had to walk a long distance to appear for the test and tread back same day.

In Standard 6, when the final examination's date was approaching, the school used to arrange special classes in the school premises at night. The students were required to sleep at school. The school headmaster, Mr Elahi Bakhash, was a highly motivated teacher who used to keep track of his good students. One of his sons was also a teacher at the school.

When World War II ended in 1945, the school celebrated it and Ladoos distributed to all students, with a holiday the following day. People hoped that the end of the war would mean a return to normal life. For example, before the war, wheat was available at 5-7 kg per rupee. During the war, the price more than tripled to 1.5 kg per rupee.

I remember going with my family on foot or bicycles to village Chella, about 5 km away, to see Ramlila, which was regularly celebrated every year. There used to be a Mela at village Massan at Dusserah time, when all Hindus would get together every year, stay there for 3-4 days to perform any religious ceremononies. Massan, on the right bank of river Chenab, was famous for its temples. Even political parties would hold meetings at this location and state their viewpoints. On Baisakhi day (13th April) every year, most Hindus would go to river Jhelum, about 1.5 km away, to bathe in it.

Kabadi was a very popular game at Kot Khan. There would be matches between college going students and the local rustics. Another local game was Guli danda, which we played in the clean and hard ground east of village Kot Khan. Most of the boys participated in this game, which involved a lot of running around.

My tauji (father's older brother), Wazir Chand, died at a relatively young age s of about 46 years. He was remembered for his kind and generous approach as the oldest male member and head of the family. Soon after her husband's death, our taiji (tauji's wife) wanted the joint family to be divided, with each of the three brothers getting his due share. Her main concern was that she wanted to be sure that she would get and receive her ornaments and her share of the family's cash, which she wanted to invest in her sons' education. She had three sons. The oldest son was studying in DAV College, Lahore, and other two sons were studying in a high school at Adhiwal, which was half way between Jhang and Meghiana towns.

My taiji got the old house in which the joint family had lived. Two new identical houses were constructed side by side for my father and his younger brother, and we shifted to the new houses after the family split. We had a common compound in this newly constructed house. There were some tensions when the young boys would intrude into each other's space. The family ladies would often crib and argue, but I never observed any shouting by the men or the cousins. We had a very cordial relationship with our cousins throughout.

In those times, in our community, the girls were given education in temples, without any formal school education. This was the case for my sister in Kot Khan, though she did attend a formal school soon after Partition, and earned her Matric (Standard 10) degree.

Our relations with Muslims were generally peaceful. There were no untoward incidents except some theft of a cow or a buffalo. During World War II days there was some politics creeping in the village life. Some sort of compromise would be made as to who would become the village's Numberdar (senior officer).

Hindu and Muslim marriages were celebrated separately. However, a few selected persons were invited to Muslim marriages. Since we were close to the Khan family, we were always invited to their weddings. But, we never ate at their house because beef was served at their parties. Instead, we would be given dry food supplies, which we would cook separately at our home.

Muslims were generally not invited to Hindu weddings. However, the Hindu families would always deliver some gifts to the homes of their Muslim friends and acquaintances, as a token of mutual respect.

There was never any quarrel between Hindus and Muslims. Hindus would participate in the Muslims' religious discourses, which were in chaste Urdu but always secular in nature. These were held at least twice a year in open compounds, and attracted a large number of people who came to listen and participate.

At Kot Khan, the Bhatla community had constructed a Gurudwara and appointed a Granthi (a preacher), even though there were no Sikh families living there. The gurudwara was quite boisterous with weekly gatherings. There was also a Hindu temple with a Pujari for religious ceremonies. The Hindus would generally ask the Hindu pujari to select the date for a wedding or any other auspicious occasion. But for day-to-day religion, the Hindus of Kot Khan were more comfortable with Sikh scriptures.

My maternal grandparents belonged to Chella village, at a distance of 5 km. We often spent some days of our summer vacation there. Chella was a bigger village with a middle school. The next stop for education beyond Kot Khan was Chella. This village had a large Hindu population and was more prosperous with rich Hindus living there.

My maternal grandparents shifted from Chella to a village known as Chak Number 383, near a town called Toba Tek Singh, and opened a shop there. This was a predominantly Muslim area, with just a few Hindus who used to work as traders. I had shifted to their home for my Class 5 because the school there used to teach English, unlike the school in Kot Khan. I got admission in an Islamia high school at Kaloya near Toba Tek Singh. This school had predominantly Muslim students with only four or five Hindu students. I spent one year in this school 1946-47 but found no differences because of religion. The teachers were more interested in students based on their merit.

In 1947, when problems between Hindu, Muslim and Sikh communities started rising up, and peace hung in the balance, I was shifted back to my parents in Kot Khan. I had then sought admission in a school at Kot Shakir across the river Jhelum and stayed in the hostel there.

Things were going well for all the three families in 1947. There was enough money, and the families' sons were studying in English medium schools or DAV College, Lahore.

Then came the Partition of India. On a national level, it did make India independent. On a personal level, it destroyed our families' peaceful and prosperous lives.

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© R P Bhatla 2012

Comments

Dear Mr. R.P. Bhatia,
My family is from Chella. Iwas 9 years old when we moved to New Delhi as refugees after a long journey that took us through some terrible times including the murder of my Tauji amongst other issues.As I remember my family history before partition parallels yours. My children would like me to write down my family history covering my childhood years in Chella until I moved to United States in 1962. My father was Amir Chand Chitkara who stayed to take care of our farm while his older brothers, Mr. Karam Chand and Mr. Nathu Ram were working in the railways. All three brothers had homes in Chella. We knew other land owners- Katyals, who's son was in army and came with two army trucks and rescued the Hidus. My other uncle was Nathu Ram. My cousin Ratan Lal married a girl from a nearby village, I do not recall the name.
I wonder if our families knew each other and if you would be able to help me with more details.
Looking forward to hearing from you.
With Best Wishes and Regards,

In kot shakir jhang village,my forefather was landlord during 1947 but afterwords my grandfather moves from here towards rohtak haryana with loss of all the land and my grandmothers all gold ornaments

Hi, i am also from jhang district but my city is shorkot city , i want to know about hindu families who migrated from jhang so that i can ask them more about hostorical and cultural activites of jhang district and i also want to make link
Thanks

Hi My father's family moved from Sadiq Nihang near ShorKot and Mother's Family moved from Budhuana . My Father was 7 year old and is 78 year old now and still has memories from his childhood. Going from Sadiq Nihang to Quaim Barwana to watch Ramlila. And a pakki Nehar being built near by.

Hy my relatves live in shah sadiq nehang shorkot and my grand mother is also from shah sadiq nehang.here are many old houses of hindues and buddhana is also 10 km from shah sadiq nehang my village is 15 km from shah sadiq nehang shorkot my chak is 485[color=gray][/color]

Dear Mr Chitkara,
I had my maternal grad father and his family belonged to Chela and they knew every body including your family of Chitkaras. Chela village had a very difficult time at the time of partition as the residents had to run and hide for safety at number of places including some families took to thick forest near river Jehlam to save themselves. One Chitkara who was married to Bhatla girl of my village Kot Khan had thrown his six daughters and his wife and self in a deep water well to save their respect. Although the girl survived, all other family members were drowned and died. The name of Bhatla lady was Paro who lived a long life with her parents and brothers with reat emotional torture throughout her long life.She died several decades back.
Mr Shadi lal katyal who had joined Punjab Police came with military trucks to save people from Chela and Kot Khan.
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Hi Sir,
Do you know Shehkar Katyal from Mouza Talib Village from Chiniot city?
They owned land in Mouza talib and were rich jagir dars, i have heard about them from my family in Pakistan..want to locate or know about them.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mouza_Talib

please email the details on my email address:
tariq729me@gmail.com

Sir,
I have no clue about Mr Shehkar Katyal of Mouza Talib village. thanks and regards

DEar Mr Bathla,felt sorry to read your story,i am resident of jhang city,just few miles from river chanab,chund bharwana is nearest,there is magnificient temple situated in our city bazar named railbazar,but now in deteriorated condition,i want to discuss more with you about pre partition jhang
my email id is
shehzad.pharmacist@gmail.com

I'm from Wasu Astana Jhang and if you are good in memory then when you went to Toba tak Singh you used our town's road .....there is huge dharam Saal along with a big mansion and many more buildings of migrants left behind that are our companions I will send you image of these later in your time Muslim landlord Noor Muhammad chaila sial were in power ....hope you might share me the about the inhabitants of Wasu Astana

Dear Mr bathla,
My grandparents too migrated fro jhang. My grandfather's name was Sh. Ram Nath Dhall s/o Sh Bhola Ram. My maternal grandfather, Sh Wazir chand sikka, was also from jhang but he worked in Tank.

Regards
Abhay

Thanks, there were number of sikka families in Jhang Meghiana town and some of them used to visit our village to meet their relatives during summer holidays which used to be season of dates at the village.

Both my maternal and paternal granparents have migrated from jhang.

My nana ji's name is ram swaroop gulati and dadu's name is bhagwan das virmani.

Dear sir, I have no comments on your query as we had no relation of this surname although Gulati was a well known sub caste in Jhang Meghiana.

Welcome from jhang... the land of Love

Hello,
my parents migrated from Indian Punjab to Jhang city. They also suffered heavily during the migration.
Did you every visit the Hindu Temple in Jhang city, it was a beautiful temple, and i have a few photos of this temple if you would like i can share it with you.

Dear Raza,
Thanks for your offer. Please feel free to share the photographs of the temples and city as a while.

My grand parents belonged to Jhang.my email I'd is vikasgirotra@yahoo.co.in

Dear vikas--I want to know about yours parents--are they living in Rohtak--or in punjabi bagh

all hindu tamples in jhang have become deserted not destroyed--govt of pakistan have maintained well old structures--not allowing any body to stay there

Hello Raza JI

please share hindu temple pics with me.

varunkatya@gmail.com
+91-9711006846

Raza sahab please do share the photos. I'm great granddaughter of persons who migrated from Jhang-Meghiana.

Raza sahab my email id is sritcha7@gmail.com.
Please if possible do share some photos of Meghiana especially Baba Bharatdas temple.

Dear all my grand parents shifted from jhang maghiana to India ,thier name were Dr Nand lal gandhi & Mrs Vidyawati Gandhi along with my gr8 grand father hakim Santlal Gandhi. I have no details about their history in jhang but if sum1 knew them kindly let me know

NO KNOWLEDGE PLEASE

Hello Bhatla Ji,

Please shar ur no or email address.
my grand mother told me about MR wazir chand ( ur uncle) some time back.. would love to talk to you and kno more about family and pre partition time.

Varun katyal
+91-9711006846
varunkatyal@gmail.com

Dear Varun Katyal, Please clarify from Which village you belong to. Mr Wazir chand Bhatla my uncle had died before partition and he had three sons who had shifted to India and settled down in Delhi Defence colony. Hope you know that family and then there is long history.thanks

Dear Chetan Gandhi--Where you are living
in India at present--any member of yours family above age 80 years will tell you all details

hello mr bhatla my name is wajid and i read all your story of kot khan and migration it will sound great to you that i am also from kot khan i am bloch by cast and now a days i am in london my wife is the great grand daughter of khan ( alyana )family. for whom your father is working for i hope you will reply me i am writing you my email address please write to me

mr bhatla my email is wajidkb@gmail.com

Thanks,It is great to know that you are from Kot Khan and married to a grand daughter of Khan. It will be interesting to know name of Khan whose grand daughter you are married to.

Do you know any family by name Krishna Sikka or a fialoke family there

Hi mr bhatla

My name is mahar saqib alaf khan altana. And m grandaon of Mahar Allah bakhsh khan alyana. We hav our land on buth side of jahlum river in kot khan and moza alyana the real basic town of alyana family.
Hope u know my family my grand father was SHO. WE R CALLeD by the name of thanaydar waly alyana.

Dear shri Bhatla and others,
My father shri LABH CHANDKATYAL was from JHANG and my grandfathers name was Sukhram Das. Problaly therewas a village or mohalla katyala where they lived in. can you all confim if there was a village or mahalla katyala in jhang somewhere. I am very keen to know the history of my forefathers.

Hello Ravi Ji ,
My name is varun katyal and my grand mother was born in chela , Jhang pakistan and spent 13-14 yrs of her life in Chela village before unfortunate event of partition took place.

My grand father was from Sajhowal.

we now live in Sonipat , haryana and my no and email address is a follows:

varun katyal
9711006846
varunkatyal@gmail.com

Feel free to get in touch with me.

Ravi ji please share ur phone no and email. would love to know more about mohalla katyala..

varun katyal
+91-9711006846
varunkatyal@gmail.com

MR. Mahar saqib altaf khan alyana ,
The two khan families mentioned in my story were also known as Alyanas and their land and jagir extended on both sides of the river Jehlam. They were high profile khans and lived in village Kot Khan.In fact the entire village property belonged to them only. I am not aware of any place/town known as Alyana.Thanks for your interest in this story.

Mr Ravi Katyal,
No knowledge of the Mohalla Katyala. There were number of Katyal families in nearby villages e.g Chella village ( Tehsil HQ), village Sajhowal all within 5 km of village Kot khan. We had many relations with Kayal families in these two villages.The most prominent and famous katyal family village in Chella was Mr Nathan Katyal who had migrated to Hissar.In fact this family by their vast influence had helped the safe evacuation of Hindu families to India.
I am not aware of the names mentioned, probabely because I was two young at the time of partition.

Hi sir
My father and great grandfather were from Didhoyana, Jhang. My grandfather's name was kanahiya Lal (chhachra). I wish if I could get a chance to visit and see my ancestral homes and its surroundings.[size=medium][/size][color=olive][/color]

Sir, I have no knowledge of Didhoyana, Jhang. Thanks

My great grandfather name was Shri chanan Das Sikka. We have listen many stories from my late grandfather bag want Lal sikka

Dear Sir,
I hope you will be fine with good health. I am Hassan Ahmad belong to Awan family from Kot Khan District Jhang, Punjab (Pakistan). I am Chemical Engineer by profession from the Village of Kot Khan.
Sir I have read your story "A prosperous and Peaceful Village life - Pre-partition". I know Khan family very well for whom you mentioned in your story.
Just let me introduce briefly about my family, my Great grandfather were three brothers
1) Jan Muhammad
2) Noor Muhammad
3) Ghulam Muhammad

My Great grandfather was Jan Muhammad, who lived with his younger brother Ghulam Muhammad in Jhang Meghiana and regularly visit Kot Khan, while the Baba Noor Muhammad thoroughly stayed in Kot Khan.
My Grandfather name was Talib Hussain well known by his nick name "Mian". So mostly people called him Mian Talib Hussain.
Ahmadyar Khan was good friend of my Grandfather (Dada Abbu)
My Grandfather Mian Talib Hussain was also Hakeem (Desi Doctor) of the village Kot Khan.
Khan Family have lot of respect for my Grandfather.
Hakim Khan was also good friend of my Dada Abbu.
There are three son of my Grandfather; 1) Yar Muhammad
2) Dost Muhammad
3) and my father Abid Hussain

I talked last day with my father (Abid Hussain) regarding your whole stories. He knows your father and other family members very well. He is very keen to know about you and other Members.
My father was in class 5 and my uncle Dost Muhammad was in class 6 during partition of 1947. Kot Khan school was lower middle school at that time.
My father told me that most probably sir you or your brother was his class fellow. Sir kindly mention your full name as well as your other brothers he will pick quickly. He told me in response to your story that Elahi Bukhash was Headmaster of the school at that time and his son as you mentioned in your story was also teacher. His son name was Ghulam Abbas or probably Maqbool.
He told me further that Mr. Elahi Bukhash was originally from Shor Kot. My father told me last day that I was very impressed by his school teacher with name Chaman Lal who was also from Bhatla family. Mr. Chaman Lal was very intelligent teacher. He was exceptionally good in Mathematics and very practical person.
My father also know your uncle Wazir Chand and Bishan Dass.
He told me I think there are four Muslim students in his Class and remaining were Hindu. He remember two's name, Mr. Kanawl the son of Mr. Bahdur Sappra (may be his cost Sappra) who was may be Kar Dar of Hakim Khan and the one Mr. Essa Sing from Lang (Called Langi) abuot 1.5 km away from Kot Khan towards South. My father is quite sure that among you brothers one of was his class fellow. My father have lot of memories with you people. My father also know very well Basant Lal Bhatla and told me that he was very rich person of Kot Khan at that time. He told me that he was Trader and in those days his business spread from Bombay to Kolkata. He also know his son who's name was Chunni Lal. He further added that there is also another guy who's name was Chunni Lal but this one belonged to Sunnara family (Goldsmith). He may be visited several years ago Kot Khan and take with him Dates (Khajooran/Pind) and leaves of "Shah Bahadur di Kaggi" on his Grandfather request. My father also know Ram Ji Sappra who has some land in Sajhowal. There is also another Mr. Bahadur Sappara who is the owner of one Pansar Shop (Dasi Medicine). His shop was near to big tree called in our local language "Peppal". This Peppal has very big root and still exist. This tree is almost in the center of the Kot Khan.

My father is 82 now and have good memories.
I am here to discuss and provide details of Kot Khan as much as possible.

Regards,
Hassan Ahmad

His son name was most probably Ghulam Abbas or Maqbool. He told me further that Mr. Elahi Bukhash was originally from Shor Kot. My father told me last day that he was very impressed by his school teacher with name Chaman Lal. He was also from Bhatla family. Mr Chaman Lal was very good in Mathematics and very practical . My father also know your uncle Wazir Chand and Bishan Dass. He told me I think there are four Muslim students in his Class and remaining were Hindu. He remember two's name, Mr. Kanawl the son of Mr. Bahdur Sappra (may be his cost Sappra) who was probably Kar Dar of Hakim Khan and the one Mr. Essa Sing from Lang (Called Langi) abuot 1.5 km away from Kot Khan towards South. My father have lot of memories with you people. My father also knows Basant Lal Bhatla and told me that he was very rich person. He was actually Trader and his business spread in Mumbai and Kolkata even those days. His son name was Chunni Lal. There is also another guy with name Chunni Lal but he was from Sunnara family (Goldsmith). He probably visited several years ago Kot Khan and collected Dtaes (Khajooran) and leaves of "Shah Bahadur di Khajji" on demand of his Grandfather. My father also know Ram Ji Sappra who have some land in nearby village Sahjowal but stayed in Kot Khan. There is also another Sappra Hindu whose name was Bahadur was the owner of Pansar Shop (Desi Medicine). This was almost in the center of the village near to big tree called "Peppal" in local language. This Peppal has big stem and I have never seen such big stem of tree so far in my life, most interestingly this tree still exist.
I am here to discuss more if you are interested sir.

Regards,
Hassan

Thanks Mr Hassan for your comments on my story. I am fine and my name in Kot khan school was Raj Pal. I passed 6th standard from kot khan school in 1946.As far as I remember one Mr Dost Mohammad was my class fellow in 6th standard. There was also one Raj Pal son of Munshi Chaman Lal who was in 5th standard during 1947. There were many other Bhatla students in lower classes. Yes you are very right that one very respected Hakimji was there in Kot Khan with his house near Sunara Shop ( say few houses away) in the same street and Mr Dost Mohammad also lived there.Kot Khan school was upto 6th standard without English as subject. Mr Chaman Lal who was my fathers first cousin taught maths and was well known for his teaching skills.
Yes Bahadur Sapra was there but I may not remember details. One big Peepal tree almost 100 years old was there in the centre of Kot Khan near Sapra houses. It was a symbol of old remembrances.It was also said that this tree was once used by people for safety during heavy flood from Jhelam river.

Please check Mr Iqbal Khan son of Mr Hakim Khan (Numberdar of Kot Khan in 1947)who was studying at Lahore in 1947 and was class fellow/ Friend of My cousin Mr Bahadur Chand Bhatla Who was also studying at Lahore. There are many other memories. Your father will also be knowing Mr Bahadur chand Katyal from Sajholwal who was like brother/ fried of Hakim khan / Fateh Khan/ Inayat the three legendary khan brothers. He continued to stay on in Kot Khan after 1947 with Khan family and later after about two years shifted to India.
Thanks

Yes I know Mr. Iqbal Khan very well. He was lawyer by profession and considered to be one of the best lawyer of District Jhang. He was a through gentleman indeed. Almost 15 years back he passed away in a tragic incident. He was electrocution on rainy day.
My father remember Bahadur Chand Katyal. He mostly visit Mr. Hakim Khan. Sir do you also know Muhammad Hayat Khan the son of Fateh Khan and Qadir Khan & Masti Khan son of Ahmad Khan?

Yes, Mr Mohammad Hayat Khan S/o Fateh khan was well known young man of Kot Khan.He had great fancy for horse riding. I do not remember Qadir Khan snd Masti Khan nor Ahmad Khan. Mr Ahmadyar Khan had one son Mr Zulfkar Ali khan who had helped us a lot during our stay in August 1947 at Kot khan. Mr. Haji Khan (brother of Ahmadyar Khan)had one son. I am forgetting his name. Mr Haji khan a thorough gentleman was the person in whose vast Compound the entire Bhatla brotherhood had stayed for 8 to 9 days before moving to Refugee camp at Shah Jeewana mandi and onward journey to India.

The name of Mr. Haji Khan son was Mr. Mumtaz Khan. He was a nice gentleman. Mr. Mumtaz Khan also passed away. The other Khan for which I mentioned in my last reply (Mr. Qadir Khan & Mr. Masti Khan), they were the grandson of Mr. Inayat Khan. Mr. Inayat Khan son name was Mr. Ahmad Khan. Their Kar Dar was Bahadur and Aasi Sapra.
Where are you staying sir in India?
Mr. Bahadur Chand Bhatla, the class fellow of Mr. Iqbal Khan joined Ministry of Defense or worked somewhere else for which you also mentioned in your story ?Prosperity Return?
I shall visit my village Kot Khan on this Eid-ul-Fitar (in the last week of June). If you want to share more memories, I would recall there and same will discuss with my Father.

Thanks for your information. Mr Bahadur Chand Bhatla friend of Iqbal Khan had shifted to Canada way back in 1961 and died there about 3 or 4 years back. Thanks and wish you all the best in Kot Khan.

My husband's entire family is from Jhang, and we would like to find out more about them. They include family names of Dhall, Sikka, Katyal and Domir. We particularly are interested in learning the origin of Domir, since it seems to be uncommon. My father-in-law was Ram Lal (Malik) Domir, and my mother-in-law was Sheela Sikka.

I do not have any information on the name - Domir although names like Dhall,Sikka, Katyal and malik were common in Jhang area.
Thanks

K L Sikka
85 years old now. Went from Jhang to Gojra during summer holidays of 1947. Migrated from Gojra to Jullunder and Delhi.Had relations with names like Katyal Domir Dhall and Malik.

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