I came to Fiji in the year 1911. I was born in Kanpur, Madhya Pradesh, but my parents came from Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh. I was about 15 when my mother died. My father sent me back to U.P, to get married but I did not. People told me that if I remained in U.P. my father would leave Kanpur and come back to me. I told my father that I was very young and that in case of his death I would not be able to manage everything. But my father told me that conditions were quite satisfactory in India and that I would be able to do so. Then I heard nothing from my father for twelve months and became concerned. I had intentions of going back to my own village.
Then I met a Brahmin who said that he would be able to take me there. So I joined him. The Brahmin paid for my ticket but knowingly got into a train that was going towards Calcutta. I slept the night in the train.
When we came to a place in Patna, the Brahmin asked me to get off with him because he had a few matters to settle there. We would resume our journey after he had completed his business. The Brahmin took me to a big house and asked me to wait until he returned. But alas he did not come back.
I began crying. This was in fact a depot which belonged to a Muslim. He placated me by saying that the man would return and then we would be able to resume our journey. In the meantime he gave me cooking utensils and foodstuff and showed me where I could have a wash as well. He told me to cook and eat first The next day I met a Muslim boy who enquired where I was going. I replied that I had been left there by a person who would return to take me away.The boy replied that this would not be so because we were in a recruiting depot from where people were sent elsewhere. Shortly afterwards about eleven others joined us and we were taken to a European. But we had been warned that we had been given food at the depot and that if we gave negative answers we would be jailed. When the European asked whether we were going willingly we answered in the affirmative.