“Pindi Memoirs by a Sikh Son of the Soil (Part 2)”

By Kanwarjit Singh Malik

Photo of Kanwarjit Singh Malik, ex Air India pilotEditor’s Note: Kanwarjit Singh Malik was born in Rawalpindi in 1930. His family moved to India at the time of Partition in 1947. He joined Flying Club in Jalandhar, later was selected in Indian Air Force. After the retirement he served as senior Captain in Air India and Air Lanka.

Continued from Part 1 ……….

The details in this article are as told to me by my eldest brother Bhupinder Singh Malik, and my father Malik Mukhbain Singh, Bar-at-law.

Photo of Malik Khazan Singh of Dera Khalsa (Tehsil Kahota, District Rawalpindi)Our family of Ahluwalias came from district Gujrat and settled in village Dera Khalsa and Dwalian (Tehsil Kahota, District Rawalpindi) which was gifted by Muslim rulers of that time with title (Malik). My great-grandfather, Malik Khazan Singh, was born in Dera Khalsa in 1813. At the age of 20 or 25, he lost his father. His mother then sent him to Pindi with Rs.25/-

He decided to join Maharaja Ranjit Singh’s army with which he served and travelled up to Kabul, gaining experience. He left the army and set up own business by then under the British. He married late. He had four sons and two daughters. His very close Malik relatives settled in Abbotabad and Ferozpur and some other parts of India. All were doing well and built up huge properties and lands in different Canal Colonies and in the cities of Pindi, Abottabad, Lahore, Ferozepur and Delhi. Amongst his grandsons 14 were educated abroad, then the most foreign educated family of Pindi. They were mostly doctors, engineers, lawyers, hoteliers, etc. He passed away in 1899.

My grand-uncle, Mohan Singh Malik, lived at 40 Edwards Road (now Bank Road) in Rawalpindi Saddar (Cantt). His eminent sons were; Sir. TS Malik (ISE), HS malik (ICS), and IS Malik (Member, Railway Board).

Malik Mukhbain Singh Malik in Delhi, 1976My father, Malik Mukhbain Singh, suffered from polio when he was 2 or 3 years old. In the UK, while he was studying Law, he was treated but not improved. He was fitted with a brace, which he used to wear while going outside, and always walked with a stick. During his studies in Law in the UK, my father befriended many well-known personalities of that time. Pandit Nehru and Veer Savarkar were his contemporaries. So were the sons of the Sultans of Turkey who wanted to take him to Turkey and make him a Judge there (he used to tell us that he might have become a Muslim or have been killed during the revolution in Turkey). He was also the secretary of the student’s Majlis in the UK. Dr. Kitchlew, Sir Sikandar Hayat and so many others were also his contemporaries.

My father served with Sikh Gurdwara Judicial Commission for 13 yeras (1934-1947), initially as the member and later Chairman for 7 yeras. Sir Sikandar Hayat, Nawab Muzaffar Khan and so many other Muslims of prominence at that time be-friended him and were regular visitors to our house at Mazang Road, in Lahore. Once Sir Sikandar Hayat (CM Punjab) visited us in Mazang Road, Lahore and gave me Rs. 5 to buy kites and reels. My father also used to settle dispute of nearby Muslim villages, his word was final, such was his influence.

My father was also a Judge in Kapurthala state. Due to over-work he fell sick and returned to Rawalpindi in 1947. He never wanted to leave Pindi when Partition was announced. He witnessed the riots in April 1947 and later in August 1947 and was advised by his Muslim friends to leave Pindi. When he immigrated, he had Rs. 300 in his pocket, and nothing else. All his property including running business, houses, car and tonga were left behind. He also had a bungalow at the Mall Road, in Pindi Cantonnment, which today houses the Booking Office of PIA. My father passed away in Delhi in 1988 at age 105.

Kanwarjit Singh Malik's bungalow at the junction of Saidpur Road /Asghar Mall Road, RawalpindiFrom our bungalow at Chowk Saidpur Road (located at the junction of Saidpur Road /Asghar Mall Road), we either went walking or cycling to school. If it was raining, mother used to send the car if father was in Pindi or by our tonga with a pathan coachman.

Our father’s suits were stitched in Lahore by Rankins Tailors and ours in Pindi by Mohammed Shafi on Dhakki (Purana Qila). At times we used to buy shoes from the Chinese, the latest trend then being crepe soul. For my mother and all other Malik ladies and so many others, Khaim Din was the shoe maker, with velvet and tilla in silver and gold jutis (shoes). One Pandit Noordin used to come from Srinagar selling shawls. Almost, all the Malik ladies in Pindi used to buy shawls from him. His son later became the Judge of the Srinagar High Court but Pandit Noordin’s shop is still there on the Bund in Srinagar.

Our baradri’s Naee (messenger) was also named Khaim Din, a very old man, be it  summer or winter, he always wore a black achkan. He used to convey news of birth, death, marriage or any other function in Ahluwalia/Malik baradri and also distribute Shagun and take it all down in a register. As he was a very old man my father always used to make him sit next to him with tea and mithai/biscuits and ask about the welfare of others.

Opposite Sanantan Dharam High School (now Government Asghar Mall College) there was a very big Maidan (ground). Villagers from around our area, dancing with the beats of Dhols (Drums) used to bring Bateras/Partridges / Dogs/ Goats and bulls and Asli Kukkars for fights. They must be betting on them too. The site for us urchins was interesting but gory, leading to horrible dreams at night. One BILLA KUTIAN WALA used to organize and take active part in it. I believe he had committed some murders too. Once it was reported to my mother that I went to that ground, and she gave me a slap. I still remember that. After that I never went there.

Sanantan Dharam High School, Rawalpindi

Saidpur Road extended up to Chowk BANNI MAI VEERAN, where it joined Circular Road. On the left, little further away, was Mandir Kalyan Das. It had a big tank which I once saw and quite a big Mandir with deities. On the right side was Jamia Masjid Road on which were located several houses of Muslims, and Hakims. Some shops also belonged to Muslims. The road extended to Shah Nazar Pull (Bridge) and beyond where it joined Nehru Road (now Jinnah Road).

Across Shah Nazar Pull were the houses owned by Hindus and Sikhs.Three of those houses belonged to our near relations; Sardar Vasawa Singh (my father’s uncle), Munsif Sahab and his brother. The gali from Munsif Sahab’s house led all the way to Saidpuri Darwaza, where Vada Ghar (house of my great-grandfather, MALIK KHAZAN SINGH) was located. Also located there were big havelis of Sahni’s and biggest haveli of Sardar Sujan Singh which extended upto Sarafan Bazaar. This haveli was a landmark in Saidpuri Darwaza (old Pindi). It had many murals, paintings and other items as I was told by my father. It is very unfortunate that resently the Haveli is in a ilapidated conditiondon.

Sardar Sujjan Singh’s Haveli, Rawalpindi

Sardar Sujjan Singh’s Haveli (Rawalpindi) in a Dilapidated Condition

On the way to Saidpuri Darwaza, was MALKAN DA GURDWARA. This gurdwara was donated sometime in the early 1900s by one Ahluwalia relation Mai ?? (I am forgetting her name) who became a widow at age 14, and at the time of her demise she willed that her house and whatever she owned go into a fund, for the welfare of the Ahluwalia Baradari’s needy persons, especially ladies. Many other relations also contributed to this fund. Munsif Sahab was managing the fund and disbursing the fund accordingly. At the time of Partition, this fund was in lakhs and it continues to this day by the contributions of others.

British Solar Pith HatOn Nehru Road (now Bagh Sardaran Road), after Ganda Nala, there was a Hakim shop of Hakim Asa Nand and a petrol pump owned by Mr Sobti. Then a Chowk and a road leading to the right…I never went on that road. There was another road leading to the left. On this road, after one or two houses, was the dispensary of Dr. Ghasita Ram. When we were staying at Nehru Road (before shifting to the new bungalow at Chowk Saidpur), he was our family doctor. He came to our house with a Solar Pith Hat on a bicycle. To me, he looked older than my father. He always gave me a sweet. Our servants used to carry his bag whenever he visited us. He had 4-5 sons and 2 daughters.

Balraj Sahni with his wife Damayanti, 1936I am told, Dr. Ghasita Ram daughter who was studying in the UK married Balraj Sahni, who later became a film actor, and who was then a student in the UK. They both went away to Germany, as they were affiliated to Azadi and the Communist Movement. They used to make announcements from the German Radio against the Allies, especially the British.

Coming from Nehru Road into Raja Bazaar, just before Raja Bazaar there were two shops of two Sikh Pansari. On the opposite side, was Laxmi Cinema, owned by my grand-uncle, Malik Harnam Singh. Just at the beginning of Raja Bazaar Road leading to the right was Dingi Khoi around which there were some shops selling Jhatka meat (I don’t know whether Dingi Khoi was Dingi or not). It also had couple of buses going to nearby towns. In the beginning of Raja Bazaar, on the right were two shops selling soda water of all kinds and there were two, or three other  shops owned by Muslim, also selling soda water and seekh kababs of all kinds. Opposite them, were two or three fruit shops and a narrow road full of shops going up to Dhakki. After the fruit shops, there were some other small shops on both sides of the road, selling utensils, ration, etc. And after that the road branched off to Sabzi Mandi where my maternal uncles lived in a house called THEKEDARAN DA GHAR. Opposite that house was a very big house belonging to Sahnis.

Sabzi Mandi Road joined TALWARAN DA BAZAAR. Before that there was a well. On the right of the well was another soda water shop, selling sodas of all kinds. In Rawalpindi, Khukrain baradari and Muslims had no differences between themselves, or other Sikhs like Ahluwalias. Everybody lived in peace and harmony. Hindus and Sikhs also came from Kalar Chowki Number 22 like Duggals, and others also from Gujar Khan and Chakwal. All of them were doing well either in contractor business or as shopkeepers.

One road led to Loon Mandi (Namak Mandi). After 2-3 shops on the left was the Gurdwara of Nirankaris of Baba Gurdit Singhji. Inside the compound, on the right was the gurdwara itself, and on the left lived the joint family of Baba Sahab and his two sons; Baba Hara Singh and Baba Sanmukh Singh. The rear door of this gurdwara led into a lane (I don’t remember who lived there).

 Gurdwara of Nirankaris, Rawalpindi. Marble Plaque shows names of donorsNirankari was a reformist movement which was started during the period of Maharaja Ranjit Singh. The Gurdwara of Nirankaris is a landmark which is considered as the birthplace of the Nirankari movement. This Gurdwara was established in early 1830s by Baba Dayal Singh who was the founder of the Nirankari movement. Dayal Singh used to recite the word ‘Narankar’ and opposed idol worship. Later, this place became the home for Nirankaris. Later, an offshoot group, Sant Nirankari Mission, emerged in 1929, which was led by Boota Singh in Murree. The Gurdwara was not only a worship place but also used to provide shelter to the travelers. The whole-sale market next to Gurdwara is known as Nirankari Bazaar.

The annual function of Nirankaris used to be held near TOPI RAKH and the Bhagats had their gatherings in Tapaban. I don’t remember the exact locations of TOPI RAKH and Tapaban. Baba Hara Singh’s daughter got married to my eldest brother in April 1947 just after the initial riots in Rawalpindi.

The Sikhs migrated from Pindi at the time of Partition and their religious places were not properly maintained. Unfortunately, in 1958, the double storey building of Gurdwara Nirankari was converted into an educational institute for boys, which is now known as the Government Simla Islamia High School, Namak Mandi, Rawalpindi.

Govt Simla Islamia High School, Namak Mandi, Rawalpindi, in the building of the Gurdwara of Nirankaris

In the Loon Mandi there were wholesale shops for fruits, pulses and salt from Kohistan-e-Namak in big blocks. Our Gawala (milkman) used to buy those salt blocks and for our animals pewakhal and channa from Loon Mandi. In our house there used to be plenty of fruit, dry fruit and two boxes of red-blood Khanpuri maltas (oranges).

At the end of Raja Bazaar, on the right side was a big bus stand, with buses going up to Srinagar and other towns (“Chal Brah Muree, Chal Bhen Muree”…these were the shouts, the bus conductors used to make).

Pindi Murree Transport Ltd, Rawalpindi's Bus in Sirinagar, October 1947

In Raja Bazaar, both Hindus, Sikhs and Muslims had their shops, some big, some small, some belonging to Kashmiris (Later, when I was a pilot of Air India, one of our Ministers, Mohammed Shafi, told me on a flight to Riyadh that his father owned a shop in Raja Bazaar, Pindi).

Raja Bazaar ended into a Chowk (now called Fawara Chowk). On the left was Mission High School, where most of the elite of Rawalpindi of the early 1900s studied.

Photo of Fawara Chowk, Raja Bazaar, Rawalpindi, in 1940s

Across was the Rose Cinema, owned by Peshoria Sardar Swaran Singh, and a road leading to Gawal Mandi (for cows and buffaloes). My mother used to visit that Mandi along with our Maali (Gardener) on a tonga to buy a buffalo and cow, at least once in 18 months. I sometimes accompanied her and wonder why so many animals were in one place.

After Mission High School, there were big Lakri Taals. Mian Aslam and Akram owned quite a few of them. Later Mian Aslam, my father and Rekhi Sahab (a Sikh gentleman known to my father, from town), took a jungle contract of a block in which each one invested Rs. 5,000. But, soon after Partition took place and everything was left to Mian Aslam, who lived behind Rose Cinema. Further up from Rose Cinema, was Imperial Cinema which was owned by Jilani Sahab. There was one more cinema, after Imperial Cinema under construction, and maybe newly inaugurated. There were two cinemas in Cantonment, both showed English movies; Capital Cinema and Odeon Cinema (also called Lansdowne Cinema by some people).
Editor: Sardar Kirpal Singh Rai Bahadar and Sardar Sujan Singh Rai Bhadar founded a trust known as “Lansdowne Trust” in Rawalpindi Cantonment in 1891 with an aim to create entertainment and instruction for the general public.
Lansdowne Trust comprised a cinema building, known as Odeon Cinema, with ancillary apartments and a public library. The Trust was transferred to Cantonment Board in 1897. The Trust was named after Lord Henry Charles Keith Petty-Fitzmaurice, 5th Marquees of Lansdowne, who was Viceroy and Governor General of India from Dec 1888 to Oct 1894. The famous Lansdowne Bridge, Sukkur, (inaugurated  in 1889) was also named after him.

Odeon Cinema, Rawalpindi opened by“Lansdowne Trust” in 1891

From our bungalow, after Banni was Circular Road, on which my grandfather’s bungalow was located. After that, Sardar Mela Singh Chadha’ s house and some other houses of Circular Road leading to Gali Chaudhary Waris Khan, where Chaudhary Maula Dad and his ancestors lived. My father knew all of them. They were also visitors to our house.

Bedis were the richest residents of Pindi, as they had lots of lands, in different Canal Colonies of Punjab, and owned bungalows and palatial houses in Pindi. Next came, the Khukrain baradari, the Suris, the Sahnis, the Chadhas and others.

This ends Part 2 of my Memoirs of Pindi. Continued to Part 3 ………

Editor’s Note: The writer will send the next part after visiting his eldest brother Bhupinder Singh Malik in Chandigarh, India. He is 97 years old and lot more aware about Pindi’s history and their father’s friends names, etc. His brother was posted at Campbellpur (now Attock) at the time of Partition. Parts 3, 4 & 5 will be bigger, enlightening and will contain more information.

Related Pages:
“Pindi Memoirs by a Sikh Son of the Soil (Part 1)”

“Pindi Memoirs by a Sikh Son of the Soil (Part 3)”

“Pindi Memoirs by a Sikh Son of the Soil (Part 4)”

“Pindi Memoirs by a Sikh Son of the Soil (Part 5)”

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  1. Muhammad Kashif Faisal says:

    Plaese tell me the book about Rawalpindi’s history and struggle and role in Pakistan Movement.

  2. Nasim R. Jafri says:

    We are converted muslims from Sikh as my father Hari Charan Singh Khurana was converted to Islam in his early age when he was around 10 years at Peshawar. Actually, my grandfather lived at Village Majhi, Tehsil & Distt; Gujrat, his name was Sardar Hakim Singh Khurana S/O Sardar Ganda Singh Khurana. My grandfather was a famous Dry Fruit Merchant. My father had an uncle (real elder brother of his father) named Narayan Dass who was living in Murreer Hassan near Dhok Chiragh Din, Rawalpindi. He was a teacher. The Family of Narayan Dass migrated to India. Do anybody know anything about them?

  3. Anyone who reads it first…
    My grandfather left for India in 1947. He and his father had Photography shops in Rawalpindi and Murree hills, Mall Road by the name of LC Ram & Sons and Kitchener Photos. My grandfather’s name is Late Shri Dev Raj Chopra and his father Late Shri LC Ram.
    Any information?

  4. Bawa Jay Singh says:

    Dear Malik Saab,
    I am Bawa Dinga Singh’s great grandson, and would love to know more about him and the family. If you have any knowledge, I would love to hear from you. Since I lost my grandfather and everyone from that generation before being born, I have no knowledge of my ancestral heritage. I do look forward to hearing from you.
    Best Regards

  5. Sir,
    I want to know where Hakeem Moti Lal and Lala Sant Ram were working and living?

  6. Dear writer,
    Please permit me to upload your memories on website of your old village Dera Khalsa.

    • Dear Abid Sahib,
      Though we are from Pindi (pre partition) now we need visa to go there or to our ancestral village DERA KHALSA, given as Bakshish by Gakhar Rajas of that time.
      I will be grateful if you correspond on my internet to know each other kjsmalik@gmail.com

    • Dear Abid M Sahib
      Our Ancestors were also Number Dares of this Village.

      I SHALL BE GRATEFUL IF YOU CAN SEND THE PHOTOGRAPH OF MALKAN DI HAVELI and the village Pond to frame.Show to other near and dear ones.OF COURSE ALL THAT WILL BE 4/5 generations Removed from My G Grand Fathers Time.

  7. Nasir Mir says:

    Kanwarjit Malik Sahib,
    Wonderful writing!! I read it again and again and every time enjoyed it. You tried to describe it by mapping in the mind and things are so changed with the time, some buildings are still intact, like your home at Asghar Mall Chowk, but it’s so much built with the passage of time, even hard to walk around every single inch there is something, but there are still some old buildings in still live able condition, especially on Circular Road, Banni Chowk and Muree Road areas. Would you be able to make a map of what ever you have in your mind please!!!!!!!! If you can do so, I will make photographs of it and try to show you whatever is possible. Thank you so much.

  8. Nazar Rauf Rarhore says:

    Great Malik Sahib,
    Your memoirs are a gift to people of Pindi. I am from Gujranwala, settled in Islamabad. My daughter is fond of old places. She took me to inner Pindi a month back and I also developed some interest too.
    Wish you health and peace.

  9. S. Ravindranath (Coimbatore, South India) says:

    There seems to be a typo. Author’s great grand father was born in 1813 whereas in the intro it is mentioned as 1913.

  10. Dr. Prithvi Singh Legha says:

    Dear sir,
    I have read with much nostalgia your account of Pindi. My maternal family’s roots are there. SB Dr. Kartar Singh was my great grandfather. He also had pharmacies and I believe chemical company, ‘Jagat Singh and Bros’.
    If you have any recollection, I would love to hear from you.
    Dr. Prithvi Singh Legha

    • Sylvia Baig says:

      I live in Pind,i there is famous area where Sikh families used to live and it is still called KartarPura. Do you think this was on his (Dr. Karatar Singh’s) name?

  11. Another absorbing read – thank you!

  12. Beautiful recollections! Thank you for sharing!

  13. Tazi Husain says:

    Most interesting! So good to revisit Pindi through your memories, awakening mine – especially my days in Gordon College, 1958-60 – I hadn’t realised it existed pre-Partition.

  14. A. M. Malik says:

    Kjs Malik Sb,
    A very interesting read. God bless you. Though my ancestors hailed from Kashmir Valley (Islamabad now Anant Nagr), migrated during Dogra Raj and settled in Amritsar (Katra Maan Singh) and after Partition they came and settled in Lahore. Much that as you desire to see your ancestors place – I also would like to go and see the place where all my elders stayed.

    However, there is one more reason for me to write to you. You have mentioned of Balraj Sahni and his wife who went to Germany during WWII and would make announcements from German Radio. That is a coincident. My Uncle Abdul Rauf Malik, after having done his doctorate returned to India. But because of Azadi Movement again went back o Germany and was responsible for relaying news and other propaganda announcements from German Radio for India. After Germany’s surrender his where abouts were not known and the efforts of my father revealed only so much that he may have been taken to Siberia by the Russians. We tried our level best – through German embassy and when I visited Germany a few years earlier – but there is a stone wall. It is believed he had also married in Germany and had a son and a daughter too.

    So if any of the Balraj family can be got in touch through you it is possible they may have heard of him or his family. Would be grateful for any assistance by you on the issue
    Best regards,

    • The most cultured, well-to-do, well-educated families have been left in a soup on both sides of the Border. Destructive politics is the enemy of healthy growth of culture, learning and the finest human values.

    • Vijay Chandhok says:

      A.M. Malik,
      Balraj Sahni passed away a while back, he is my uncle, his first wife passed away in 1947 but his second wife is still with us at age 97. I will have to ask her if she remembers anything about your uncle. Balraj Sahni wrote an autoboigraphy in Hindi, it is a big volume and will have to read it again to find any information

  15. Dear Sardar Kanwarjeet Singh Mallik Sahab,
    Upon reading your article my sixth sense tells me you may be able to help me ascertain Rawalpindi roots, that I’m searching for. I am Dr. Gurcharan Singh Sacher’s daughter. He belonged to Rawalpindi. He did his PhD in London in Botany and taught in Khalsa College, Amritsar where I was born, in 1942. His father, Sardar Sundar Singh Sachar was an advocate in Rawalpindi. My maternal grandfather was Sujan Singh Bedi. He had a palatial home in Rawalpindi and a gurdwara. We lived in Murree during summers because he was a well known Bitish Army contractor who owned army canteens from Rawalpindi/Murree to Peshawar.

    • Paramjyot Pammy Sacher Kohli Sahiba,
      First I wanted you to meet Malik Sahab when he is India next. His elder brother lives in Chandigarh and according to Malik Sahab he has more treasures to share. So maybe you can get in touch with him directly and I will be so happy to have two departed people seek homeland roots through my efforts.
      Second I request you to contact this blog and write all your memory you have of Pindi/Murree. It is important to share your thoughts for posterity.

  16. Suez Akram says:

    What a touching description… wish more of us in India and Pakistan learn to respect these memoirs… still have tears in my eyes… if I had read this one before I went to Islamabad and Pindi, would have spent time visiting all the places mentioned… Hope and promise to do that the next time I get a visa for Pakistan.

  17. Tariq Masud says:

    Kanwarjit Singh Malik sahib,
    I have passed on your article to a Sikh friend, a senior advocate, Chadda Sahib, living in Dehli. He too is a Pindiite, much younger but equally enthusiastic about his roots. He visited Islamabad a few years ago to attend a judicial conference and managed to visit Kartar pura (or was it Amarpura) to see his ancestoral house.
    Can some friend from Canada give me a lead about “Jhindi” my seat fellow in Model Academy School JAMMU in 1945-47? We always called him Jhindi not sure whether it stood for Jogindar or some other name. I searched for him extensively when I visited JAMMU in 2004 & 2006. The family owned Uttam Talkies the best cinema in JAMMU, I was told that the family had migrated to Canada. Uttam Talkies too is no more, there is a tall plaza instead with a revolving restaurant at the top.
    Anxiously waiting for the next installment.

  18. Wow!! No words!! Now-a-days I am doing research work on Rawalpindi and discover lot of things. Hope this article gives me more information about Sikh History Pre-Partition. Sir, I have some questions, please gave answer if you know:-
    1- Rawalpindi day kinay Gurdwara See whore kithay kithay see?
    2- Mandir Kinnay se whore sub tou wadhi pooja kiss wich houndi see?
    3- Bedies da aina zikar keeta, per Baideis saray Kallar tou aay see or Kallar de sub tou ziada land Bedies de see or wadhay san Baba Khem Singh Bedi de see?
    4- Bedi Family nay jo Gurdwara Banwaia see aoss da nam Gurdwara Siri Dam Dama Sahib see, aoss baray details pouchni aay?
    5 – Bagh Sardaran sub tao wadha complex see aina zikar nai keta or aoss day wadhay Baghaan baray detail nai ditti.
    6- Aina Santan Dharam School baray dassia, per samnay jo maidan see aao tay Khalsa Higah School number 2 da Ground see aina aoss baray nai dassia aoss ander ik Gurdwara sahib see aoss baray we nai dassia or Santan Dharam School nal hee Mandir Jay Ram see.
    7- Committee Chowk day kole Arya Mouhala aye, aos wich ik Mandir we aye, jo residence wich aunda aay aoss baray wee pouchna ji or aoss day bahir jo school aye, o Old Khalsa High School Number 1 hee aye yaa koi hore?
    8- Old City wich Gurdwara Siri Bhai Manni Singh aye, aoss de details pouchni aye.
    9 – Pindi day 4 ya 6 Shamshan Ghat sun, aao kithay kithay sun?
    10 – Ki waja se British sarkar nay first Rai Bahadur Soojan Singh Rais-e-Rawalpindi nu bohat up keeta or fair bilkul lift nai karwai?
    11- Rais-e-Lahore Bawa Dinga Sing ji baray kuj information pouchio aouna North West day har Guru Ghar lai sewa keti aye or Lahore Mall Road tay sub toun wadha Mansion or sohna ajj vee Bawa Dinga Singh Mansion aye.
    12- 1947 tao pehlay kinian wadhian Masjidan sun Rawalpindi wich or koi Muslim School hay sun, agar hay sun tay kinnay see?
    13 – Aina Akal Garh da zikar nai keeta. Pindi da most modern area Akal Garh see jithay ajj wee 30 tao 50 foot diayan streets nay complete town planning day tehat banaya gia see.
    14- Bagh Sardaran day Raghu Nath Temples wich Kirshna Mandir, Shiv Mandir or Gurdwara Complex iktha kiun see or aiss day kol hi 4 mandir hore wee nay. Rai Bahdur Sir Sooojan Singh day ghar toa under Ground chamber aounda see Bagh Sardaran aoss baray koi info hay aina nu or bagh da size ki see?
    15- Recently main research kar kay aya waan kay Sukho day ik banday da poura bazaar see old city wich, hun aouna de family Delhi wich aye, nam see Sardar Ch. Shivram Bhindra Sukho walay, aina de Sukho wich 500 acres tao ziada land see or ghar wee sub tao wadha see or Pindi wich ik katrra see or ik poura bazaar see or aaye shakhas honorary Magistrate see Sukho da, kiun kay Gujar Khan aoss wailay Tehsil nai see or Sukho arooj tay see.

    • Dear Babaji,
      Kindly let me know your name and address?
      Thank you for reading my memoirs. These memories are of those places I visited or am aware of. Many details which I have no knowledge of. It needs a visit and research of Pindi.
      Best wishes,
      KJS Malik

      • Jehangir Zeb Qureshi says:

        I am also from Rawalpindi, our old house is at Pul Shah Nazar near Shah Chan Charagh. My father told me about old people of Rawalpindi like Sujan Singh and others. Your house at Asgher Mall chowk is still there. I am very happy to read about the old memories of Rawalpindi.

        • Paramjyot pammy says:

          Dear Jehangir,
          Lot of links of families and homes in Pakistan seem to be there. My maternal grandfather was Sardar Saab Sujan Singh Bedi. He had a most beautiful home in Pindi. Jagat Singh Chenists, someone mentioned in your newspaper, are my oldest brother-in-law’s Oberoi family. My paternal grandfather was an advocate, Sardar Sundar Singh Sacher. My father Dr. Gurcharan Singh Sacher, was a Botanist and First Class First MSc, Lahore Universtiy. He studied at Lahore, Foreman’s Christian College and did his Phd from King’s College, London. From our house next to a church, we could see a cinema hall, named Rose, I think. There was a bus adda nearby. What area is this called? We lived in Murree in summers where our families had bungalows. My Uncle Sardar Ajit Singh was honorary magistrae of Murree. His house at Kashmir Point was burnt down in early 1947.

        • Kamal Walia says:

          Jahangir Sahib-Hello!

          The article above mentions:

          “Across Shah Nazar Pull were the houses owned by Hindus and Sikhs.Three of those houses belonged to our near relations; Sardar Vasawa Singh (my father’s uncle), Munsif Sahab and his brother. The gali from Munsif Sahab’s house led all the way to Saidpuri Darwaza, where Vada Ghar (house of my great-grandfather, MALIK KHAZAN SINGH) was located.”

          Munsif Sahab (Sardar Narayan Singh) was my grandfather’s youngest brother. My Grandfather was Sardar Thakar Singh. They had another brother in the middle Sardar Teja Singh. During those days the small lane/gali was named after my grand father “Kucha Sardar Thakar Singh”.

          Is it possible for you find their homes and send me the pictures if they are still intact?

          my email address is waliakp@yahoo.com.



  19. Again the article transported me to the city of my ancestors for generations before they were forced out in 1947 like others. Born here yet every time I read of Pindi and or meet in person a Pindiwal I am there as if I have lived there. Such is the drawing of this mesmerizing city.
    Thanks Malik Sahab for letting me know more of my wichra wattan.

  20. Kanwarjit Singh Malik says:

    I wish to thank Rafique Sahab for inspiring me to write while I was in Dubai and Rashid Cheema Sahab for his wonderful editing and inserting photographs, and all of you for your wonderful comments. Memories become history as long as the people last. For the living it becomes dreams as long as they last.

  21. Tahmeena Malik says:

    What a graphic account and thoroughly enjoyable article………one can relate to so many names and sites of old Pindi………

  22. Sylvia Baig says:

    So beautiful!! Can’t explain what I felt after reading your article, will wait for the next part anxiously! I see your house one on Saidpur Road every time I pass and loved it! There is another house in lane of Hindu families saying “Bhagwant Niwas 1935” you may know the family but I am so happy I happen to know the owner of the house I see every time. I will email you new pics of your house. My Father passed away two and half years ago, he knew the Sahanis and we happen to meet one of the grandsons in Delhi in 1999. All the brothers had passed away only this boy who had seen my father in Murree, he studied in Murree Convent in Class 2 so he had vaguely remembered my father.
    Bless you for sharing

    • I am overwhelmed with your very kind remarks. Many times I thought about visiting Pindi. In 1960 my father along with my mother paid a visit. Was taken by car from Wagah to Lahore, Pindi, MUREE and many other places. He was emotionally received by his friends and other Pindiwals.

    • Vijay Chandhok says:

      Sylvia Baig, Which Grandson of the Sahni’s did you meet, I am realted to the Sahni’s of Pindi and would be interested if you are referring to Bhishim Sahni

      • Sylvia Baig says:

        I am not sure, dad passed away in 2013, he would know each one of them whoever sat in Odean Cinema in CP Delhi.

        • Vijay K. Chandhok says:

          Bhishim Sahni is my father’s first cousin, my grandmother and Bhishim’s father were brother and sister. The ahni house in Pind is still in good shape saw a photo of it on Google search. Balraj Sahni, Bhishim’s elder brother Passed away a while back but his second wife Santosh still lives in Juhu and is 97 now.

  23. Gh Haidre says:

    Very captivating and nostalgic article!
    Thanks for sharing. Eagerly waiting for the next instalments.

  24. Kanwarjit Singh Malik Sahib,
    A nostalgic article. Looking forward to the next episode in Nov 2015.

    • Rashid Cheema Sahib (Editor),
      Kindly complete your Pilgrimage and let me know your cell phone number, Iam leaving for H Kong tomorrow.
      Will be ready for next article on your return.

      • Kanwarjit Singh Malik Sahib,
        My son is in Saudi Arabia and I am with him on an extended family visit. Your both articles have been published from here. Please send the third one too. 🙂

  25. Ahmed Salim says:

    What a vivid description. I was privileged to meet Mr Balraj Sahni when he was visiting his Alma mater (Gordon College) in Rawlapindi in 1962/63 and I happened to be a student there.

  26. Tariq Masud says:

    Kanwarjit Singh Malik Sahib,
    Fascinating article. After migrating from JAMMU in November 1947, and marking time in GUJRAT for about a year our family shifted to Pindi in 1949′ we lived with our Khala in Chittian Hattian/Lunda Bazaar 1949 to 1957. I studied in Denny’s School and later in Gordon College. All the locations described by you are known to me like the palm of my hand as I did a lot of “awaragardi” around these places.
    I have tried hard to recollect names of old Pindites but most of them like Ch. Mauladad, Ch. Zafarullah Haq, Mian Hayat Bux, Sheikh Umar, Mustafa Shah, GILANI, Jilani Sahib, elders of Mian Aslam family have all gone. Whereabouts of some who are living are not known. I want to share this article with them. I will keep on trying.

  27. Harkinder Singh, London, Ontario, Canada says:

    Once again, eye and mind captivating details by Bhai Sahib. The pictures make the description more interesting and vivid. Would be nice to see more photos. Thank you. Looking forward to more readings. Wish you great health and happiness ahead.

  28. Maqsood Choudary says:

    I am afraid, Asghar Mall College was Khalsa College. Santana Dharam school must have been the school on the road that goes towards Bagh Sardran from Banni Chowk.

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