are Khudabadi Bhaibunds. Their forefather was Seth Uttamchand Chhatomal. At
Hyderabad they lived in Dalwani Ghitti, near Khiyanati Tando and as their family
grew some of them shifted to other locations.
Uttamchand had a very good rapport with the Mirs. When the British rule came, he
developed rapport with them as well. Seth Uttamchand was a Municipal Counselor.
Uttamchand had four sons. Bhai Chanrai, Bhai Ramchand, Bhai Udhavdas and Bhai
Chanrai’s grandsons had in the year 1947 business at West Africa, Gibraltar
and other places under the name of M/s J. T. Chanrai Uttamchand.
Bhai Tahilram Assumal was a Sindworkee. He had offices at New York, Malta,
Bombay, Calcutta, Lahore, Delhi and other places in India.
Hyderabadi Bhaibunds, Uttamchandani's, Saghranis, Mahtanis and Hathiramanis are
considered as the pillars of the Sindwork.
Gulibai Tarachand Daswani, daughter of Bhai Dayaram Tolaram Uttamchandani
recalls her past:
Ramchand Uttamchand sired Bhai Gaganmal, Bhai Kundanmal and Bhai Shewakram.
Gaganmal Ramchand sired Bhai Tolaram who sired Bhai Dayaram, Bhai Naraindas,
M/s. Hargundas, Daulatram, Bhagwandas, Arjandas and Mithu.
Dayaram sired two sons and four daughters.
Mr. Gordhandas married Shrimati Kamla Lilaram Kirpalani and sired two sons. (2)
Mr. Khubchand married Shrimati Indrabai (Ganga) Daulatram Sadhwani and sired four
of Bhai Dayaram:
(1) Shrimati Parpatibai (Paru) married Bhai Jamnadas Khiani and sired one
daughter Kamlu. Shrimati Parpatibai expired thereafter.
(2) Shrimati Devibai married Bhai Gangaram Dayaram Daryanani of Las Palmas
and sired Mr. Nanik who married Jyoti daughter of Bhai Manghanmal Baharani of K.
A. J. Chotirmal & Co.
(3) Shrimati Lajwanti married Bhai Jamnadas Khiani (husband of her late elder
sister Shrimati Parpatibai and sired Vimlu (Shakun) who married the translator
Narain son of Bhai Sobhraj Jhamatmal Kimatrai.
(4) Shrimati Gulibai married Bhai Tarachand Tikamdas Daswani and sired three
sons: Hargobind, Jagdish and Lakhi.
Gordhandas sired two sons: Mr. Madhu who married Milenda daughter of Bhai
Roopchand Bhojwani and Mr. Aju who married Sushmita Gobindram Asnani.
Khubchand Dayaram sired four children.
Son: Mr. Suneel who married Poonam daughter of Mr. Kishinchand Khemlani.
(1) Meeru (Deepa) who married Mr. Nand Lachmandas Kewalramani, (2) Veenu who
married Deepak Ramchand Mahtani and (3) Ms Manju.
Gaganmal's brother Bhai Kundandas sired Mr. Jiwatram, Mr. Khubchand and Mr.
other brother Bhai Shewakram sired M/s. Wadhumal, Jamnadas and Hassaram.
to Shrimati Gulibai, around 1932-1934, when she was 5 years old she lived in
Uttamchandani Ghitti that extended from Nihayan Jo Pir upto Koriyan Jo pir, that
was next to Khiyatani Tando.
Uttamchand had five sons. Bhai Chanrai, Bhai Jhamatmal, Bhai Ramchand, Bhai
Udhavdas and Bhai Topandas.
Chanrai sired Bhai Hassomal who sired Bhai Tulsidas, Bhai Mulchand and Bhai
Bhojraj sired M/s. Harkishin, Bhagwan and Madhu. He also sired a daughter
Shrimati Mithibai who married Bhai Sukhramdas Mahtani.
Chandumal sired Mr. Laju.
Mulchand sired three daughters.
Tulsidas sired Mr. Chandumal and Mr. Mithu who married Shrimati Sushila.
Ghanshamdas sired Bhai Kewalram, Bhai Lokumal, Bhai Mulchand and Bhai Lachmandas.
Kundanmal sired M/s. Jiwatram, Khubchand and Murli.
Shewakram sired M/s. Wadhumal, Jamnadas and Hassaram
Kewalram son of Bhai Ghanshamdas Thakurdas sired M/s. Damodar, Girdhar,
Murlidhar and Pitambar and two daughters.
Lokumal had no children.
Mulchand (expired under tragic circumstances) married a Ms Mithibai and later a Spanish Lady.
Lachmandas expired under tragic circumstances.
Damodar married Shrimati Kala Chellaram Mahtani and sired M/s. Govind, Dayal and
three daughters, Gopa, Saroj and Rajni
Bhai Damodar's son Mr. Dayal married Shrimati Saroj
daughter of Mr. Vishindas Sobhraj Kimatrai. They have two children named Navin
and Kirti. Both are married.
Girdhar married Shrimati Jayanti and after her demise he married Shrimati Ruth.
Bhai Girdhar sired M/s. Narain, Pishu and Anil.
Murlidhar married Shrimati Nirmala Khemchand Mahtani and sired M/s. Hiro,
Jagdish and three daughters.
Pitamber married Shrimati Kamla Chellaram Mahtani and sired M/s. Vinesh, Deepak
and one daughter.
DASWANI: - Bhai Dasomal.
Khudabadi Bhaibunds. When the Khosas (a caste among Muslims) burnt Khudabad in
1759, Dasomal, Vasumal, Mahboobrai and Mahtabrai fled to Hyderabad and settled
at Mukhti Ghitti where Sakhrani, Budhrani, Surtani and others were domiciled.
descendants are Daswani, Vasumal’s: Vaswani, Mahboobrai’s: Mahboobani, and
Mahtabrai’s: Mahtani. Each one of them had their own Mukhi.
Sabhanmal was the Mukhi of the Daswani. Later the Saghranis moved out to Mukhti
Ghitti. Prominent amongst the Saghrani was Bhai Tarachand who was Mukhi of
moving to Hyderabad, the Daswanis prospered. There are two branches in Daswanis:
from the roots of Bhai Dasomal and “Daswani Chellaramani” from the roots of
prominent amongst the Daswani was Bhai Ramchand Tulsidas and others.
Author Diwan Bherumal assisted Bhai Khubchand Bulchand, a reformist, to publish
a Gurmukhi-Sindhi (Sindhi written in Gurmukhi script) weekly newspaper “Kanya”.
Second World War, a German submarine torpedoed a passenger ship in which Bhai
Khubchand was travelling, on his way to India from Gibraltar.
Bulchand Tolaram had a flourishing Kirana (food grain and daily necessities)
shop. Bhai Bulchand did not have a child of his own and considered all the
children of the family as his own and spent part of his income on them.
of his father Bhai Tolaram, he opened a girls school ‘Tolaram Girls High
School’, at Hyderabad.
of his mother Samoratbai, he opened yet another school ‘Samoratbai School’.
Bhai Bulchand was a pious man and follower of Chidda Kashi Pant.
Gulibai Tarachand Daswani (Chellaramani), aunty (Masi) of my wife Shakun has
contributed following information on the 'Daswani Chellaramani' section of the
Khubchand's (a reformist mentioned above), father Bhai Bulchand were in all four
brothers: Bhai Bulchand, Bhai Dulanomal, Bhai Shewakram and one other.
Dulanomal had three sons: Bhai Rijhumal, Bhai Tikamdas and Bhai Naraindas.
Rijhumal sired M/s Bhagwandas, Nanikram and Dayaldas.
Tikamdas sired M/s. Tarachand, Harkishindas and Sukhram.
Tarachand married Mrs. Gulibai daughter of Bhai Dayaram Tolaram Uttamchandani
and sired M/s. Hargobind (also known as Gobind), Jagdish and Lakhi.
Hargobind (Gobind) married Pushpa daughter of Mrs Utibai and Mr. Parsram
Khemchandani and has sired Kabir, Arti and Kripa.
Kabir married Prisha (Geeta daughter of Mrs Vijayanti and Mr Gul Mirchandani)
and sired a son called Pranav.
Jagdish married Veena daughter of Mrs Roop and Mr. Kishinchand Lekhraj of
Lekhraj & Sons and has sired Harshad and Namrata.
Harshad is married to Nyasha (Divia Thani, daughter of Mrs Indira and Mr Ramesh
Namrata (Simran) married Arjan Khiantani (son of Mrs Durupathi and Mr Atmaram H
Khiantani) on 20th March 2006
Lakhi married Mansha daughter of Mrs Devi and Mr. Purshotam Hassaram Daryanani
and has sired Pooja and Karuna
Your Web Site is wonderful. My surname is DASWANEY. So I looked at how this
surname came into existence. I found it. Then I read the whole article and
finally I saw the name of My Grandfather: Bhai RAMCHAND TULSIDAS DASWANEY, a
prominent citizen of Hyderabad Sindh. OOOOHHHHH, I became so delighted to
see his name. Of course he passed away in Bombay around 1950. Maybe he was
around 70-75 years. Okay my name is Gordhan Hashmatrai Daswaney I am 75
years. I am the son of Mr. Hashmatrai Ramchand Tulsidas Daswaney. He opened a
Jewellery shop in Colaba in Bombay in 1938 The name of the shop is: R. H.
RAI & CO, Jewellers The shop is still there: near Regal Cinema My
father passed away in 1952, at the age of 56. I came to Hongkong in 1956 at
the age of 26. So I have been in Hongkong since then, and have visited
Bombay many many times. My heart and soul are in Bombay. Nothing like
Bombay, with its Paanwallas and Doodwallas and sounds of Bus Horns telling
the cars in front to MOVE, knowing that there is a RED traffic light.
I still have an INDIAN Passport, name Daswaney
I came to Bombay in 1936 (when I was 6 years old)
I went to a Christian Convent School. They changed my name
Hope I have not taken too much of your time. I have been telling few of my
friends to see your Web Site: www.dalsabzi.com
OM SHANTI OM SHANTI OM SHANTI GORDHAN H. DASWANEY
Gordon Daswaney married Nirmala Navalrai Dingomal Melwani and sired 2
1)Haresh G Daswaney married Sandy Sadhwaney of Manila and has been blessed
with a daughter
2) Sonia G. Daswaney married Suraj Jhangiani and sired a son.
- BHAI WATUMULL JHAMANDAS.
Watumal Jhamandas and Bhai Shewakram Jhamandas are Khudabadi Bhaibunds. By
virtue of living in Mirchandani Ghitti, they considered themselves Mirchandani.
After partition, descendants of Bhai Watumal Jhamandas call themselves Watumull
Watumul had four sons: Mr. Khubchand, Mr. Ramchand, Mr. Arjandas and Mr. Gulab.
Mr. Khubchand lives at Mumbai, Mr. Ramchand and Arjandas expired. Mr. Gulabrai
lives in Honululu.
Hathiramanis migrated from Punjab and lived at Lakhpat, that was then the
commercial center. During the reign of Kalhoras and the Mirs, many Hindus from
Sind had their Kothis (offices) at Lakhpat. Later, the Hathiramanis shifted to
Tilty Taluka Saywan. They, the Hathiramanis thereafter left Tilty and moved on
to Hyderabad and stayed in Wadhwani Ghitti.
cousins of Hathiramani, ‘The Samtas’, were in the year 1947, living at Tilty
and called themselves Samtani.
beginning there were only three Hathiramani households in Wadhwani Ghitti. But
as the family grew, some Hathiramanis had to move out to other localities.
there were fifty households of Hathiramanis in Hyderabad. At the start of
British Empire, the Uttamchandani, Saghrani, Mahtani and Hathiramanis were
considered as the main pillars of the Hyderabad City.
Hathiramanis were engaged in trade, Govt. Service and some were Advocates. Diwan
Tolaram’s family was prominently known.
A note from Shakun (Dec 2004)
I would like to express my gratitude to Mrs Mohini and Mrs
Pushpa Hathiramani who spent valuable time tracing back, and constructing
the Hathiramani tree. Ommissions and errors are not intentional. I shall be
happy to add/ make necessary corrections.
The surname owes its existence to Mr Hathiram.
It is possible that he may have dealt with the teeth of
Mr Hathiram sired Mr Devidas who sired Mr Amalrai who
sired Mr. Rochiram who sired Mr. Thawardas.
Mr Thawardas was enterprising and educated. He was
proficient in Mathematics, specially Mental Maths, and he wanted to write a book
in Algebra. Mr Thawardas ventured to Ceylon and Japan and later opened his
own establishment in Indonesia, Rangoon and Ludhiana.
Mr Thawardas had a brother called Mr. Gaagoomal.
Mr Thawardas sired 8 sons.
1) Mr. Lokumal
2) Mr. Dayaram
3) Mr. Bhagwandas
4) Mr. Ramchand
5) Mr. Kishinchand
6) Mr. Naraindas
7) Mr. Gope
8) Mr. Arjan
Mr. Lokumal Thawardas married Chaturibai
Mr. Lokumal opened an establishment in Nigeria.
He sired 1 son called Mr. Gurbux and 2 daughters called
Sheila and Kamal
Mr. Gurbux Lokumal Thawardas married Mohini Chulani
He sired 3 daughters, Beena, Geetu (Laxmi), Aarti and
1 son, Mohan (Bob)
Beena married Mithoo Melwani and sired Sanjay, Minali and
Geetu married Nari Dadlani and sired Sudarshan, Kirti and
Aarti married Madan Harjani and sired Rohit and Anasuya
Mohan (Bob) married Madhavi Narain Kimatrai (Shakun and
Narain Kimatrai's daughter) and sired 2 sons:
Aditya and Kiran
Shiela Lokumal married Gope Dadlani and sired
Jagdish and Nandini
Jagdish married Vibha Bhagchand and sired Neha and Yashna
Nandini married Arun Mahtani and sired Simran and Shiksha
Kamal Lokumal married Vashi Melwani and sired Ravi
Anju and Vivek
Ravi married Heeru Dadlani and sired Yash
Anju married Vinod Hathiramani and sired Anisha and Rohan
Mr. Dayaram Thawardas married Gopi Mohnani
Mr Dayaram sired 1 son called Nanik
Nanik married Sheila Samtani and sired Mahesh Anil and
Mahesh married Seema Mirpuri and sired 2 daughters
Anil married from the Mirpuri family and sired 1 daughter
Sanjay has yet to find his mate
Mr. Bhagwandas Thawardas married Jamna Mahtani and sired
Vashi and Nirmala
Mr Ramchand Thawardas married Lachmi and sired Thaku
Murli Ramesh and Suresh
Thaku married Pushpa Mahtani and sired Anil and Roshni
Suresh married from the Dadlani family and sired 1
Kishinchand Thawardas married Savitri Dadlani and sired
Hiro, Mohan, Suresh, Haresh, Sundri, Maya and Kamlu
Hiro married Sushi Bharvani and sired 1 son and 1 daughter
Mohan married Laju Bharvani and sired 3 daughters
Suresh sired 2 sons
Haresh sired 2 sons
Sundri married into an Uttamchandani family and sired 1 son
and 1 daughter.
Mr. Naraindas Thawardas married Duru Mahtani and sired
one son Ramesh
Ramesh married Sabita Mahtani and sired Jacky Gautam and
Mr. Gope married Kamla Chugani and sired 1 son Umesh
Umesh married Kavita Uttamchandani and sired Amar and Laxmi
Mr. Arjan married Pushpa Bharvani and sired Meena Sham
Meena married Ashok Sadarangani and sired Rakhee Nandini
Sham married Vinita Khiani and sired Vinisha Amrit and
Sharda married jagdish Chanrai and sired Mahima and Kamini
Can you help?
Would like to be included in the Uttamchandani surname and know where we
My Details: Name. Kishore Tikamdas Uttamchandani Father. Tikamdas Tahilram
Uttamchandani Mother. Rekha (Ganga) Uttamchandani Wife. Tamana Kishore (Alimchandani)
Utta. Brother. Madhu Tikamdas Uttamchandani
Would appreciate if we could be included in your Uttamchandani surname so we
know who our forefathers are and how we connect to the other Uttamchandani's.
My grandfather is Hassomal Daswani and my grandmother's name is Radika
Its really hard for me to get info since my grandfather died in 1991 and my
grandmother is now in Hongkong with my father's brother Gope Daswani.
My mom told me years ago, that i am related to a certain Kaypee Daswani, a
businessman in Hong Kong
The eldest sister of my dad is Vishu Daswani now a Ramchandani married to
Raj. I would like to get more information.
Dimple Daswani of Manila
Read: Ami ja
Nuskha (Sindhi Home Remedies)
'The Source of Sindhi Surnames' is a
translation into English, by Mr. Narain Sobhraj Kimatrai from the original
in Sindhi by Mr. Diwan Bherumal Mahirchand