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Manchi Bhikha

Manchi Bhikha

Manchi Bhikha, who came from Gujarat to join her husband in Wellington in 1950, encountered difficulties in adapting to a foreign and sometimes hostile culture. In the 1990s she recalled shopping for children’s clothing soon after she arrived: ‘All the English I really knew – that my husband had taught me – was, “How much?”. And then I wouldn’t understand the currency and the amounts, so I’d just hand over some money in good faith, and there was change given back. After a while of doing that sort of thing, I started to develop a bit of an understanding of the value of things.’

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Nancy Swarbrick, 'Indians - After the Second World War', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 8 December 2022)

Story by Nancy Swarbrick, published 8 Feb 2005, updated 1 Mar 2015