Sunday, June 21, 2015

WHEN KHAN ABDUL GHAFFAR KHAN , NEHRU AND SHEIKH ABDULLAH STAYED TOGETHER IN CHOPRA HOUSE AT JAMMU


                                                                       



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SHEIKH MOHD ABDULLAH , BADSHAAH KHAN , PANDIT NEHRU AND SHRI PREM NATH CHOPRA AT CHOPRA HOUSE JAMMU IN JUNE 1940..WAITING FOR THE DINNER 

My friend Rajeev Chopra ( Advocate ) informs …

“ In 1924, Our family had the first Ice Factory in Jammu . My grand father, Prem Nath Chopra would tell my father that we possibly had second or third Ice factory in entire North India( Punjab , HP , J&K and present day Haryana ) during those days. He would recall having seen one in Lahore but None in Sialkot ,Amritsar , Ludhiana or jalandhar.

On 30th June 1940, this very house had some special guests .These guests stayed with us for a night for their onward journey to Lahore . Disobeying Maharaja’s strict orders that “ No one shall entertain them in Jammu city “, My grand father went out of the way to receive them and make them comfortable in our family house.Col. Chopra was also from our family. Two brothers of my grand father had studied in Cambridge in 1899. “
 My grand mother has told me that my grandfather had already kept a stock of 333 cigarettes that Pandit Ji smoked.Badshah khan was fond of pickle ,Mathi and Lassi.While Pandit Ji used fork and knife at dinner,Badshah khan ate with hands.When they were about to leave for Sialkot, my grandmother put some China clay plates ,Mathi ,Parantha and pickle in a bag.At this Badshah khan said that he will eat in the Parantha wrapper so  why waste a plate. He removed his plate while Pandit Ji looked at what was happening.
My grand mother also told me that Badshah khan was child-like simple man.
 You can have the scanned copy of the phorograph Autar Ji "

(Autar Mota)






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