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Anand, Mulk Raj (1905–2004), author, was born in the city of Peshawar, North-West Frontier Province, India, on 12 December 1905, a kshatriya (warrior) by caste. His immediate ancestors were coppersmiths and silversmiths, though his father, Lal Chand, had broken away to become a clerk in the ...

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Mulk Raj Anand (1905–2004) by Howard Coster, 1930s © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Visram, Alidina (1851–1916), businessman and philanthropist, was born in Kaira, Kutch, India, and moved to east Africa as a twelve-year old in 1863 in search of work. He started off as an assistant to Sewa Haji. In later years he established a caravan service and worked in ...