The food from this region is a confluence of various cultural influences
7/14/2014 12:31:55 PM
|written By : Nithya Subramanian|
With the passage of time, civilisations fade and that is evident in the relative anonymity of the Sindhi culture and its people. Except amongst South Asians, this community is quite unknown and a lot of this is due its to historical travails. Despite this there are many prominent Sindhis who have achieved success due to their hard work and smart business acumen.
The history and culture of Sindh has its roots in the Indus Valley Civilisation, which is evident in Mohenjo-Daro, one of the earliest planned cities of the world. Located on one of the more western edges of South Asia, the region got its name from River Sindhu (Indus).
Due to its unique location, the people were influenced by (in order of periods) Hinduism, Buddhism as well as Islam in a big way. It became the Arabic gateway for the Persians and the terms Hindi and Hindu were derived from Sindh and Sindhu as the Persians pronounced ‘s’ as ‘h’.
But this prosperous state that flourished in trade and agriculture (around the Indus river), was given to Pakistan after the Partition in 1947. Overnight, almost 1 million Sindhi Hindus migrated to India. But wherever they travelled, they carried their culture and traditions as well as continued to remain a close-knit community.