They came, saw and stayed: The story of settler Indians of Meru

Ravinder Kaur (left) and her sister-in-law Ruby Pritam thresh dry bean stalks at their home at Kathama Ka Aindi village at Kianjai in Tigania West. PHOTO | KENNEDY KIMANTHI

What you need to know:

  • Born and raised in the small community of Kianjai, Indian community says it feels more at home here than anywhere else in the world.
  • Intermarriage has weathered the walls of race and religion while giving this rural township a striking cosmopolitan outlook. The secret? Open-mindedness, social inclusivity and, thank God, good fertility
  • Locals say the first Asian inhabitant of the historical village was simply known as Patel. He married a local girl known as Wanja and the rest, as they say, is history.

The sweltering January sun rays bounce off the black cotton soil as clouds of dust billow around Kianjai market in Tigania West Sub-county, about 18 kilometres from Meru town.

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