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Moulavibazar - curry’s homeland and a place of beauty

employed on European ships from the 16th century until the beginning of the 20th century. The number of Indian seamen employed on British ships grew so much that the British tried to restrict this by the Navigation Acts in force from 1660.

Sylhet was part of the state of Assam during the rule of British India and The British East India Company recruited seamen from this area, as well as Bengal Gujarat and Yemen. The num- bers of lascars grew during the wars and some established themselves in the communities and married English ladies. In World War 2, many fought and some served in ships in poor con- ditions, which led to them escaping and settling in London, opening Indian curry cafes and restaurants and cook- ing curry for their women in ships. The 1960-90s was the period when mass migration started from Sylhet mainly to the United Kingdom and the United States.

Sylhet, considered by many to be the ‘motherland’ of the global curry industry, is a district of Bangladesh. Moulavibazar, which used to be a sub- division of Sylhet, is now a district as well. Many of its residents have immi- grated overseas, mainly to the UK, and have played a key role in setting up the

country’s curry industry.

The history of the mass exodus of Sylhetis to UK and the consequent affluence of Sylhet is an interesting story. Lascars, a term used in India to describe sailors or militiamen from the Indian subcontinent, were

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