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Sindhi People

Religion : Hindu (Sindhis in Pakistan are Muslim)

Varna : Vaishya

Other Surnames : Hindu Sindhi surnames usually end with "ani", for eg. Advani, Asrani,Vaswani etc.

Language : Sindhi (written in Arabic script).

Regional Spread : Mumbai is said to be the 'capital of the Sindhis' in India, however they have spread themselves all over India.

Traditional Occupation : Business

Population : 23 million (approx), of whom only one-fourth are in India

Founder : Sindhis are Indo-Aryan people who have been modified mainly by the Iranian, Turkic, Afghan and indigenous tribal populations over time.

Place of Origin : Sindh, now in Pakistan

Related Ethnic Groups : Punjabis, Gujarati people, Kashmiris, Rajputs, Jats and other Indo-Aryan peoples

Chief Deity : Hindu Sindhis worship Jhulelal, God of Water (Jaldev). This is because ancient Sindhis used to rely for business on the water as they mostly traded using the water routes.

Food Habits : Like both vegetarian and non-vegetarian cuisine. Famous Sindhi dishes include Sindhi Karhi, Sindhi Malai Kofta, Methi Waaraa, Khichri and Sindhi Pulao.

Marriage Preference : Prefer same status intra-caste marriage.

Famous Personalities
  • In Bollywood : G.P. Sippy, NC Sippy, Govind Nihalani, Sudhir, Mach Mohan, Raj Kiran (Mahtani), Satish Shah, Asrani, Sheila Ramani, Babita and Sadhana.
  • In Politics : Acharya Kripalani, L.K. Advani, Sucheta Kirpalani, Dr. Choithram, Prof. N.R. Malkani, Ram Jethmalani and Krishna Kripalani.
  • In Literature : Kalyan Advani, Malkani Lekhraj Aziz, Tirath Basant, Ram Punjwani Haru Sadarangani, Popati Hiranandani, Shah Abdul Latif Bhitai (poet) etc.
  • Famous Business Houses : Hinduja brothers, Raheja Bros, Navjiwan Housing Colonies, etc.
About Sindhis : Sindhis are well known for their brain and business and are said to be highly civilized and cultured people. They are also held in high esteem for their enterprise, hard work and industrious spirit. Sindhis in India have won laurels in every walk of life be it education, medical, legal profession, science and technology, management, creative arts or building institutions of social welfare.
History and Origin : Sindhi refers to socio-ethnic group of people originating in Sindh (now in Pakistan). The ancient civilization of Harappa and Mohenjodaro both derive their modern location names from the Sindhi language. In Sindhi, Mooanjo-daro literally translates to "Mound of Dead."

The Sindhi language was brought to the region by Indo-European invader millennia ago and a distinct culture emerged in the region. Over time, Sindh developed a multi-cultural society composed of Buddhists, Hindus, and other smaller religious and cultural groups. Sindh was often the final stop for invaders from the west such as the Persians, Greeks, and Arabs and this gave Sindh a distinct and unique culture even before Islamic invasions. The site of a great deal of historical activity, Sindh was at the crossroads of civilization sitting at the edge of South Asia. Overrun by Turks, Afghans, and Mughals, Sindh continued to evolve as a frontier state and by the time of British involvement was ruled by Baluchi kings. Today, most Sindhis live in Pakistan and are predominantly Muslim, while many Sindhi Hindus migrated to India at the time of partition in 1947.

How to ask the well being from Sindhi ? 'Kahro haal ahe saaein?' means 'How are you Sir?'

How do you answer I am well ? 'Thik haal ahe'

Also Read : Sindhi Wedding

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