Patels: A Gujurati Community History in the United States

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PATELS: A GUJURATI COMMUNITY HISTORY IN THE UNITED STATES by Govind B. Bhakta is designed to provide a comprehensive report on the most significant social, historical, cultural, and demographic aspects of the Indo-American Patidar of the Surat, Bulsar, and Navsari districts of Gujurat State, India. The book, the first of its kind, documents extensively the immigration and settlement of Indo-American Patels to the United States, focusing on the 1960s to the present. Patels are highly visible on the American urban landscape, especially in motel businesses, throughout the nation. This book is an invaluable guide to the Patel contribution to American entrepreneurship, culture, and the professions through the eyes of first and second generation individuals, households, and community organizations in the U.S. With photographs, charts, tables, and listings of community organizations in the U.S.

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"This book is a product of seven-and-a-half year project. This study may be considered as a case study of the Pates from Gujarat. So little is known about our Indian American Patels--their roots, their settlements in the U.S., their experiences."

About the Author:

Govind B. Bhakta received his B.S. degree in Mathematics from Sardar Patel University and a M.S. in Statistics from Gujurat University. Before coming to the U.S., he had devoted six years as a lecturer at B. P. Baria Science and Garda College, Navsari. He has been in the real estate business the past three decades, and is active with the education of youth and with the Indo American Patel community in Los Angeles and Orange county.

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