I came on Chenab, from Babalpur and was 19 or 20 years old when I arrived in Fiji. Two or three of us were wandering around the town when we met a man who asked whether we were interested in work. We replied. that if we could get work we would do it. He said that he knew where we could get 12 annas per day for a good job with keep and housing provided by the employer. He asked us to accompany him to the depot and we did.
When we got there he told us that we would be sent to Fiji which was an island, and the work there would be very good. We would be given work relating to sugar cane cultivation and we would be asked to sieve sugar.
We stayed ten days in the depot and then from there we went to Calcutta. My mother was already dead. None of us made any effort to get in touch with our families. Whether those who recruited us did we never knew, but it is unlikely that they did. When we got to Calcutta we were told to have a wash and then we were given a new set of clothes which we were told came from the government. We had brought some money with us from home. Some people used to bring things some others did not. Food was provided there for us. In the depot we all sat together and ate, irrespective of caste or religion even though we did not do these things in our own homes. We were only four days at Calcutta when the ship came and we were put on board. We were medically examined before embarking.