Community History Collection
Speaker: Patel, Dullabhai, 1933 - , Interviewee, Male, Shop owner; Cost clerk;
Speaker: , Interviewer,
Summary of interview item: Recalls family background, moving to Nairobi, Kenya, as a teenager, from India and life in Africa. Details why visiting Britain in 1971 influenced him to settle in Leicester. Talks about his family and children. Gives reason for coming to Britain. Comments on immigration and why people from India came to Britain. Explains how he became a British Subject and the quota system of entry to Britain. Describes first house in Highfields, Leicester and subsequent moves. Gives details of obtaining first job as cost clerk at Gents and eventually owning own shop. Talks about traditional Hindu culture and religion and difficulties of maintaining these in Britain, especially for younger generations. Mentions Joint Family system and difference in retaining this in Britain compared to Africa. Describes members of the family living in his house and difference in education between Britain and Kenya. Mentions his own community work in Britain and in Africa and helping establish the Hindu Temple in Leicester. Comments on racism and details incidents of racism he experienced. Comments on his hopes for the future.
Place of birth: India
Marital Status: Married, Children: Sons: 3 Daughter: 1
Location: County: Leicestershire
Location: Town/Place: Leicester
Periods Covered: 1950s, 1960s, 1970s, 1980s 1990s
Recording Date: 4/2/1995
Playing time: 1 hr approx
Access Restrictions: Restricted Item Copyright: CHLCL
Cross Reference: CH/096/0155
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