From the Economic Times:
Kehar Singh Gill went to El Paso to look for a bride... In a few days they married and went to the house that Gill shared with Sucha Singh Garewal, his partner in the farm. Four months later Matilde's younger sister Lala agreed to marry Garewal (perhaps as part of the deal he removed his turban and shaved his beard). A third sister, married to a Mexican, soon moved there too and in time one of her daughters married a Sikh. And finally the twice-widowed mother of the three sisters joined them and a Sikh man persuaded her to take him on as her third husband. If this multi-generational, multi-ethnic marriage saga sounds surprising, consider too that the year Gill made his journey was 1917. Nor was this an isolated story. Karen Leonard, an anthropologist at the University of California, Irvine whose book Making Ethnic Choices: California's Punjabi Mexican Americans is one of the most fascinating documents of the South Asian diaspora, estimated that there were almost 400 such couples in that era, most of them living in the Imperial Valley.

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