When I began my pilgrimage to East -Africa, the old people from Kenya said to me that" No body will snatch your camera and watch in Uganda, Rwanda or Tanzania,but people of Kenya will rob you off your camera and watch etc. They warned me to be careful in Kenya.On my visit to East-Africa, I found myself that the picture of Kenya is totally negative for the outside world.The people of Kenya are fully cooperative and loving, I toured Kenya almost totally, but did not find a single incident of any wrong man. I visted Kisumu, Kericho, Kitale, Eldoret,Nakuru,Nairobi.Kissi,Makindu Sahib, Mombasa,Malindi, Witu, Hindi Nakove, Lamu, Thika,Nyeri, Naynuki, Meru,Emba, and so on so forth, but did not find an incident of wrong elements.Wrong persons are every where, in each society.But this does not mean that full society or a country is bad. Hence, the picture painted by the whole world regarding Kenya , is totally Negative.I saute the brave and great people of Kenya!.But I pray that the whole of East -Africa may flourish, by leaps and bounds.Long Live! The great continent of Africa.
Bhai Harpal Singh Kasoor.
Bhai Harpal Singh Kasoor.
Letter of Malindi Museum ,Confirming The Indian Traders Building.
This letter in my personal name, is due to the courtesy of the worthy Librarian of Malindi Museum, Miss Morris.She has confirmed that "House of Coloumns" is undoubtedly, the building of Indian Traders,particularly from Gujrat.
History of "House of Coloumns".
This history letter, confirms that,this was a building of Indian Traders.This building was thoroughly rebuilt by the fore fathers of Abdul Husein Gulamhusein & Co. in 1680.The photo of W.W.A.Fitzgerald confirms that this building existed before 1891.The full name of the book, written by William Walter Augustine Fitzgerald is"Travels in The Coastlands of British East-Africa And the Island of Zanzibar And Pemba".
Satguru Nanak Sahib & Satguru Hargobind Sahib in Malindi.
This is the true picture of "House of Coloumns", which was rebuilt in 1680 by the fore fathers of Adulhusein Gulamhusein & Co.(Ref. Malindi- Past And Present, by Esmond Bradley Martin,published by The National Museum of Kenya,Nairobi,1970).It was photographed in 1891, by W.W. Fitzgerald(Ref.Travels in The Coastlands of British East Africa And the Islands of Zanzibar And Pemba).This trder shop is located on Silver Sand Road.It was leased by Indian traders,by Mr. Bohru and later on by Dasa, worthy father of Baba Makhan Shah Lubana.Satguru (Mungu) Nanak Sahib stayed there in 1519.Later on, in 1632, Satguru Hargobind Sahib stayed with other 50 Sikhs with Dasa and child Makhan Shah Lubana. Almighty Satguru reached here from Witu.The next day, the whole caravan left for Gede on their way to Mombassa.Seen in this photo are Mr.Abdillahi Said of Malindi Museum(left) and Bhai Harpal Singh Kasoor(left).
The photo taken by W.W.A.Fitzgerald confirms that this building existed before 1891.( This happens to be a First Sikh ware-House of Makhan Shah Lubana'S forefathers.Makhan Shah Was A Masand(preacher) of Gujrat. This building definitely belonged to Guzrati traders, according to Kenya Museum, Malindi. You can see Nishan Sahib, Which is Not avaible now.( By courtesy Of University of Nairobi & Photo-Album of East Africa, of, Bhai Harpal Singh Kasoor).
This photo was taken from the ship by William Walter Augustine Fitzgerald in 1891.This confirms that this Indian Traders building existed before 1891.Actually, this building was rebuilt in 1630 by the fore fathers of Abdul Hussein Gulam Hussein & Co.(by courtesy of "Travels in The Coastlands of the British East-Africa and The Islands of Zanzibar And Pemba").
The Old Migandi Tree and Yard of"House of Coloumns"
This is the picture of the old Migandi tree and the yard ,where a garage is now -a-days works.In this yard, the Holy Diwan of Satguru Hargobind Sahib took place.Malindi town was built in 10th century(Ref.East-Africa, by Kit Van Tulleken,published by, Time-Life-Books,Alexandria,Virginia,1987).This book confirms that" The Swahili civilization grew especially prosperous beginning in the late 10th century,when great,thriving -city-ports,inspired by the architecturural splenors of Cairo and Baghdad, began to take shape.Eventually there were more than 40 cities,including Malindi,Mombasa, and ports on the three offshore Islands of Zanzibar,Pemba,and Mafia-----" This history book leaves no doubt that the town of Malindi was started building around 975 A.D.
Malindi Museum Staff, who Confirmed That" House of Coloumns" Was a Traders Building.
From Left to Right,seen in the picture are.Mr. Salim Kugula, Mr. Abdillahi Said, Mr. Allan Mwangi who confirmed that "House of Coloumns" was a traders building.They gave me the photo copy of "House of Coloumns".
Miss Rose & Miss Morris. the Librarian, And Bhai Harpal Singh Kasoor.
The Letter Dated January 15, 2010, in my personal name, by the Librarian, Miss Morris confirmed that "House of Coloumns" was rented by Indian Traders.But, Esmond Bradley Martin also says that" Indians were also established in Malindi at the end of 15th century.In Malindi, which seems to have been more tolrent to outsiders than Mombasa, the Indians were Gujrati traders from Cambay---------"(Ref. Malindi-Past And Present, by Esmond Bradley Martin, published by The National Museum of Kenya, Nairobi,1970).
Pillar of Vasco-Da- Gama, 1498.
"Malindi in 1498 had a population of about six thousand people,-----------------Da Gama himself saw ships from Cananor, India being unloaded in Malindi".(ref. Malindi -Past And Present, by Esmond Bradley Martin, published by ,The National Museum of Kenya,Nairobi,1970).
Portuguese Chapel, 1499 in Malindi.
The making of a chapal in fifteenth century confirms that population was in Malindi lived before 15th century(by my Photo-Album of East-Africa).