The period between 1916 and
1960 is relatively easy to write. One Mr. Amir Khan made it to Dallas
in 1916 and I am researching the whereabouts of this man who built a
2 Story building in Dallas in 1926. A rare thing to have happened at
that time as any one who is non-white was not allowed to own the
H.M. AMIRKHAN built AD 1926
- A common practice at that time to put the date on all the buildings.
Then came a couple from
Pakistan in 1952 and have lived in Richardson since then. Some time
around 1997, Najma and I entertained our Seniors "An evening with the
Desi senior citizens of Dallas/ Fort Worth" that brought together
Seniors from all communities. A few pictures were taken and I'll have
to dig all those pictures out and identify some of the legendary
seniors who were recognized that evening.
Mr. Ike Sekhon is one of the
most known Indians in our community who arrived in Dallas in 1956, he
has initiated several things for the community - the first India
exhibit with Neiman Marcus, the first President of India Association,
the founding members of Cricket in Dallas and on .. [ write up will
come soon - with more surprising achievements of our pioneers.
Mr. Kumar Pallana came in
1946 to New York and made it to Dallas towards the end of 50's. Mr.
Pallana has acted in many a Disney movies, and his latest release in
July 2004 is the "Terminal". He was on my Talk Show Radio in 1996-97
sharing the history of Dallas along with Dr. Kapadia, Yousuf Ali, Dr.
Amanullah Khan, Dilip Shah and Raj Sharma, all of them the pioneers of
Mr. Simon Sargon, who is
retired from the Temple Emanuel as the cantor, left India in 1932.
He was profiled in my news paper Asian News Magazine in 1995. Since
then he made a nostalgic journey to Bombay, his mother town. He is a
remarkable and well respected gentlemen in the Jewish community of
Then In the 60's came Dr.
Hasan Bukhari, Dr. Kapadia, Dr. Amanullah Khan, Dr. Ghate.... and I
need to complete this list, don't I? If you know some of the earlier
Desi's, please send me an email.
On my Talk
Show Radio, I ran the history of Desi Dallasites, titled The First
Desi's in DFW, then the First Hindu's, the First Muslims... the
Indians, the Pakistani's...in a Series of shows in 1996-97, and quite
a lot of it is on tapes. I will have to write all of that into
This will be a nostalgic journey of the
People of the Subcontinent…In Dallas
. If any one wishes to volunteer and transcribe some of the
casettes of the Radio Program we did on the history of Desi's;
Indians, Pakistanis.... and then Hindu, Muslims....
Please eMail the
Photo's & write ups to :
WILL WRITE OUR HISTORY
Dallas Desi Journal is a record of
Desi Community in North Texas, it is organized in bullet form of
Desi History Milestones, years, notes and pictures. I need
your input, the milestones that you are aware of.... it will take
years to complete this project. If you have any milestone pictures,
- I have collected quite a lot of pictures, I will upload them if the
lords signs me up for a few more years. DESI - pronounced "they - see"
meaning people of India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka & the
Indian Diaspora. Also known as " South Asians/" Subcontinentians"
Mike Ghouse, Volunteer Desi