I have heard stories about my great grandfather's father who was a merchant and traded between India and the Islands nearby Indonesia. Once during some incident probably the World War all the travel was temporary suspended and he was stranded there for a few years where he remarried with the permission of his wife through a letter and when the conditions became normal again he came back with his wife who was a native Indonesian. This story is true because my father has had interactions with my great grandfather father's wife as she was quite young when she came to India. My father only briefly recalls the names of the Islands she used to mention that too the names were in the local dialect but they were near Java and Sumatra. Is there some way to trace back har homeland because I would be very interested in knowing about it.
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My Great-grandfather's father- Sulaiman
My Great-grandfather's father's wife from the Indonesian region- Mariam
My great grandfather's name - Dr Mahmud
She was from some tribal area.
My grandfather's father used to trade from Kolkata Port
He originally came from the district of Ghazipur in Eastern Uttar Pradesh India He was educated uptill 12th grade which was quite rare in those days.
There was some communication via letters between my great grandfather's father's wife and her family however it was eventually cut short due to unknown reasons probably due to devastations caused by the war.
When they arrived back she had a daughter as well however her passed passed at a very infant age due to some sickness supposedly
Note: I know it's a policy to show your research however in this case I just didn't where to start at all. I tried to find the Islands but couldn't figure out what to do with the few names I found.