SHAKUN NARAIN KIMATRAI’S PATERNAL FAMILY
SHAKUN NARAIN’S MATERNAL FAMILY
An Introduction to Narain Kimatrai
By Shakun Narain
My husband Narain has been my strength. He has trusted and supported me in my spiritual interests, and has been instrumental in my keeping a balance between my house-hold duties and
About twenty years ago (1980s) Narain’s friend Hotu, Diwan Hotchand Advani, (Superintendent of Customs, now retired), showed him two volumes of a Sindhi Books titled, “SIND JAY HINDUN JEE TAREEKH” and “THE ORIGIN OF SINDHI SURNAMES” originally penned by Bherumal Advani
The book interested Narain as it recounted the History of Sind and Sindhis, and especially as it also contained photographs of our ancestors.
Hotu got these volumes photocopied for Narain, courtesy of Mr. Pishu T. Chellaram.
After glancing at some of the pages that seemed interesting to Narain, he put the volumes away.
Twenty years later, he picked up these volumes again and
translated them into English.
Narain states: This attempt is not only for the benefit of our children, Sunder, his wife Saira, Madhavi, her husband Mohan (Bob), Anuja and her husband Rajiv ,grandchildren Aditya, Kiran, Aysha, Shazia and Jai but also for all Sindhi youngsters who may have an interest to know about their roots.
I am convinced that you, our Sindhi reader, will be proud to get to learn about our roots of lineage as well as the source of our surnames.
I have uploaded ‘Origins of Sindhi Surnames’ and ‘History of Hindu Sindhis in Sund’ on my website.
The ‘Advani’ Chapter
includes the surnames: Sidhwani,Sitlani,Larkana Advani,Manshiani,Nandiram Hardaram,Mohanlal Rewachand,Kandhrani
The Kimatrai Chapter
includes Gianchand, Ramanmal, Damomal, Kimatrai,Jhamatmal, Sobhraj, Narain, Narain’s sisters, Kimatrai’s other children.
The Khiani Chapter
includes Pohu-Khianis, Mr Khiamal’s sons, Mr Pohumal,
Mr Sahijram, Mr Moolchand, Mr Valiram, Mr Ishwardas, Mr Lachmandas,
Lokumal Sahijram family, Moolchand Khiamal children, Chandanmal family,
Pessumal family, (Shakun’s grandfather, followed by her immediate family)
Ramchand Pessumal’s children
Wassiamal Aasoomal (My Nani’s family) Uttamchandanis (My Nana’s family)
Chapter 3 includes:
Ajwani, Batani, Bhambhani, Tolani, Tejsinghani, Thadani, Gehani, Kewalramani,
Chapter 4 includes:
Tahiliani, Education,Teckwani, Primalani, Punwani, Punwani from Kherpur, Phulwani, Pherwani, Jagtiani, Mother-138 children, Jhangiani, Chandiramani, Chanani of Larkana and Hyderabad, Jhamnani, Dadlani, Radhakrishnani.
Chapter 5 includes:
Sabhani, Rijhsinghani, Sadarangani, Mahtani, Shivdasani, Shahani, Idnani, Karanmalani, Khatri, Katar, Gidwani, Lala, Bhatia, Lalwani
Chapter 6 includes:
Lulla, Lund, Lohana, Makhija-ni, Malkani, Manghermalani, Mirchandani, Mirchandani, Notani, Vanhans, Vava, Aswani, Ailani
Chapter 7 includes:
Ailani, Uttamsingh, Amarnani, Israni, Bathija, Bajaj, Brahmkhatri, Bhaharani, Bhaherwani, Balani, From History, Bhatia
Chapter 8 includes:
Bhagchandani, Bhagat, Bhagwanani, Bhojwani, Seth Hotchand, An Episode,Tulsiani, Tharani, Parwani, Pagrani, Pojara (Pujari)
Chapter 9 includes:
Jagtiani Panjabi, Jethra, Jethwani, Chawla, Chhablani,
Chhatwani, Chhugani, Khubchandani, Dudani, Dhanjani, Dhermalani, Dhodeja
Chapter 10 includes:
Devnani, RamRakhani, Rai Kanghor,Rupani, Saghrani,
Sathra Sathrow,Sipahimalani, Sindhi Panjabi, Bhagwanani
Chapter 11 includes:
Chellaram, Sahta, Garibdasani, Shevakramani, Karya, Kanjhan, Kirpalani, Khatwani, Kharna
Chapter 12 includes:
Melwanis, G. Bherumal, Hiranand Sons, N.G.Melwani, G. Daulatram, Jhamatmall Gurbamall, Khilnani, Khialdasani, Gandhi-Bhatia, Lahori
Chapter 13 includes:
The inspiring life story of a Saint of Sindh:
Bhagat Kanwar Ram
Chapter 14 includes:
Sakraneys, Lakhani, Lakhwani, Lakhiani, Matai, Motiani, Motwani,
Murjani, Mahrotari, Nanwani, Nassirpuri, Chhapro, Wadhwani
Chapter 15 includes an article on:
The Business of being Sindhi
Chapter 16 includes:
Vaswani, Hingorani, Gehani, Raisinghani, Makwani, Takhtani, Nagpal,
Bharvani, Lakhani, A Tribute, Bhavnani
Chapter 17 includes:
The Song of the Ancient Sindhi Hindu
Chapter 18 includes:
Uttamchandanis, Daswanis, Watumal,Hathiramanis
Chapter 19 includes
Kirpalani, Ramchandani, Mansukhani,
Chapter 20 and 21 includes:
I have concluded uploading the ‘Source of Sindhi Surnames’ a translation into English, by Mr. Narain Sobhraj Kimatrai from the original in Sindhi by Mr. Diwan Bherumal Mahirchand Advani.
I shall however be happy to add any more information that you my readers, may provide, or that I come across.
Read my article: A Trip to Sind, A Journey to my roots
‘The Source of Sindhi Surnames’ is a translation into English, by Mr. Narain Sobhraj Kimatrai from the original in Sindhi by Mr. Diwan Bherumal Mahirchand Advani