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who had migrated in 1923-24 (died in
1961). Uncle had sent him an air ticket and he travelled New
Delhi/Karachi/London/New York/ Havana. Udham Singh came to
Cuba along with 30-35 persons from Punjab and worked in the
sugar cane farms in the province of Santiago de Cuba. Most
of them had tough life. Udham Singh later on got into cloth
business "pheri" in Havana. Udham never married
and never visited India. However he helped his family through
money remittances including educating Ajit. One Sikh Asa Singh
however became prosperous and subsequently migrated to USA.
Udham Singh, a friend of Late Dasondi Singh, gave him his
house on his departure to India around 1952-53. Ajit continues
to live in this house till today. In fact looking for Singhs
in the Telephone Directory, I came across Dasondi's name.
Dasondi's sons Darshan Singh and Bhag Singh, though very old,
live in Mahlpur. Ajit had seen Dasondi in the village prior
to his departure for Cuba.
Ajit hails from village Manak Deri on Hoshaiarput-Jullundur
border. Amongst five brothers, he was the youngest. He studied
upto Middle School in Bhogpur, graduating with a B.Sc. in
1953 from DAV College, Jullundur. He has a brother in Delhi
and several nephews in Canada, USA and UK. On arrival he started
studying Medicine but he was required to go through a Spanish
language course. Those days Indian Embassy in Washington,
D.C. used to look after Cuba. During the 1956-57 revolution,
the University got closed. He had rough time making both ends
meet. All he could do was odd jobs as no permanent positions
were available. He then decided to do a Technical Diploma
at the Radio & TV Institute and became a Technical Apprentice
thereafter. When the University re-opened, he was advised
to continue with the job rather than go for a long duration
study at the University even though education was free. When
he was 32 years, he got married to a Cuban and has a 35 year
old son who is a Doctor.
Ajit was basically unhappy living in Cuba but had nowhere
else to go and envies others who moved on and succeeded.