NEW DELHI– Noted Pakistani designer Yousuf Bashir Qureshi, who is in India on a personal trip, says the ancestral home that he was able to track down in Ajmer was with the help of its “generous and kind” people and not his own relatives.
Qureshi, who is in India for his friend’s wedding, says he knew that he had an ancestral home in the country and thought that the trip was a good opportunity to locate it.
“This is my first trip to India, I always wanted to come here, just this time there was an invitation for a friend’s marriage. I thought it was a great opportunity. I knew I had an ancestral home in Ajmer, and when I came…
“One thing led to another… everybody was so generous, kind, accommodating and hospitable… that it was the people of Ajmer who found my home for me not my relatives,” Qureshi told IANS over phone from Mumbai.
The designer, who found the house of his mother Abida Bashir’s family, who had migrated to Pakistan in 1947, even swept and cleaned a portion of the building. He sent a video documenting minute details of the house to his family back home in Karachi.
The designer, who will be heading back home to Pakistan on January 18, also took the opportunity to visit other Indian cities like Jaipur, Mumbai and Delhi.