Strange Connections- Roma and the Jatts
A few days ago, my brother was driving through San Francisco and when he stopped at a traffic light, another car with two guys in it stopped beside him and one of the guys asked him in a loud voice: "Wanna sell your car?" My brother nodded and then both parties met in a nearby parking to finalize the deal. My brother was amazing that both these guys are looking like Jatts but apparently they were not as their accent showed. He asked them about their homeland and they said they are from eastern Europe and from Roma tribe. A long time ago Punjabi University Patiala published a book on the Roma people and their story of origin in Punjab and later migration to Eurasia in about 1050 A. D. He told them that we are related to each other in a curious way. Then the guys asked him what the eyes are called in your language. He said, "Akkhan", and they told that in our language they say "Akkan". My brother said that what is word for hair, they told him, "Baal". In Punjabi, it is "Waal".
Then googled it for further information and found that upon linguistic and genetic studies, it is now established that they have the same race as of Jatts.
Further evidence is suggested by their lifestyle. They are very lively people. They love dancing and singing and telling stories. They value virginity very much in matters of marriage. All these values are also esteemed in Punjab.
Russian writer Gorky has written a story named "Makar Chudra". It is about a Gypsy young man who fell in love with a girl named "Rada". Upon rejected, he felt that it is useless to live and he killed the girl before killing himself. It is a strange and beautiful story which transgresses the limits of morality, but shows violent nature of all true love. I don't know if it is about Roma people or not but it is about Russian Gypsies.
Once an old Punjabi man told my brother that he has lived in Iraq and on one occasion he went to the Kurdish region. When he told them that I am from Punjab, they became very happy and they treated him with greatest respect and when they departed from each other they gave him a Blanket. It was a common practice in old Punjab to give a Blanket or a Khes to a special gift. Kurds also believe that their ancestral land is Punjab.
We are living in a strange world. We don't know who is our relative and who is not. Perhaps we are all connected to one another.
Here is a video of Roma Music: