Mrs. Paru Chawla: Remarkable Woman
Thakur Chawla : Cultural Ambassador
Mr Thakur Chawla was born on 18th Feb, 1931 at Sindh. He takes great pride in saying that he belongs to Darazaa, the land of saints and fakirs. In contrast to Paru’s family Thakur belonged to a rich Zamindar family who rolled into money in those days. He lost both his parents in his early childhood, probably that is one of the reasons why he gives so much importance to family life and adores his children, grand children their families and his great grandchild. In Sindh, he owned a building which was named ”Thakur Niwas” where milk, honey and lassi flowed like water and many poor families were fed by his rich family every day.
He was a pampered child, pampered by the worldly riches surrounding him in those days he used to own 150 shirts and 25 pairs of shoes at any given time.
His formal education was up to matriculation only as in his youth he had to go through the trauma of the partition and had to flee from sindh in 1948 empty handed. He had never imagined that he would not go back there.It was a shock for him here, new place, new people, struggle on empty stomach. So gradually he started his life from scratch in India. During this period he married Paru(1954) who happened to be his lady luck (like King Midas) and who supported him through thick and thin in his frustrating, struggling years.
While Paru continued with her job in the railways, they laid the foundation of Thakurs’s business of manufacturing leather watch straps. But his love for Sindh, Sindhi language and Sindhi culture did not allow his creative side to remain inactive. He had an eye for beauty hence the 1st magazine that he edited in Sindhi was called ”Suhini”.
Over the years Thakur has become a renowned writer, mainly short stories but each one hard hitting which compel the reader to think.his stories are always based on day to day life or incidents which he observes and puts them into words and expressions in his beloved language. The titles of his books are worth mentioning because they create a curiosity in the reader to pick up and read.
- ”Shaadi a jee Pahini Raat:
- ”Toon Sindh Mein rahi Pav”
- ”Aju Jee Kahaniyoon”
- ”Sindhi Nandhiyoon Kahaniyoon”
Presently he is the editor of the famous Sindhi Magazine “Sipoon” which is well liked by all.
Thakur also like Paru was and still is a great admirer of Dada Panjwani and used to attend his Sufi Chownkis in dada’s house on every Monday for years together.
He was dada’s silent support system when Dada Panjwani conceived the idea of building a cultural centre for the Sindhis.Thakur helped dada Panjwani in realizing the dream of building such a centre ,”Seeta Sindhu Bhavan”. The foundation of Sindhi Kallams, Chownkis and Sangeet which was laid by dada Panjwani is being carried out by Thakur and Paru selflessly for last 20 years. every fortnight (Sunday) a Sindhi musical Program of Dance, Drama, Sangeet is held at SSB where artist from all over the world get a platform here to perform. Thakur is one of the trustees of
- Ram Panjwani Charitable Trust
- Writers and Artist welfare foundation trust
- ”Paru Thakur Chawla Family Trust” which has formed by Paru and Thakur from their personal savings towards the upliftment of needy for medical and educational purpose.