When it comes to our Sikh friends, Vaisakhi is a very auspicious festival. Like other religious festivals in Malaysia, Vaisakhi is all about seeing the light in the darkness while remaining together through thick and thin.
A family I’ve known for a long time also celebrates Vaisakhi on this day. This family is well-known for their Dalbir Sweets Stall, which you can find in Tengku Kelana, Klang.
Dalbir Kaur and her late husband, entrepreneur Rajender Singh, have been running this business for more than three decades.
Dalbir used to get up at 5 am every morning to make sweets. Her motichoor is of her own recipe, four different flour-based laddoos and classic Jalebi are the top-selling delights.
The motichoor, a addoo made from the finest gram flour and crushed saffron is still the jewel of the Dalbir Sweets Stall. These orange sugary balls are usually sold out in a matter of hours.
During Vaisakhi, Dalbir Sweets Stall would receive a whole slew of orders from Shah Alam to Seremban. Hence, the entire family will come down to assist because orders will be plentiful.
This year, though, their faithful customers have ordered even more than the previous year since they did not celebrate last year due to pandemic. Thus, this year would be a “double celebration” for the Sikh community.
Most of their customers will be very much satisfied with the service and would gladly pay them extra.
Even though they have a demanding job, they will never forget their responsibilities as Sikhs on Vaisakhi. They usually celebrate with their families in the Gurdwara, where they dutifully give contributions and perform rituals for their well-being.
However, this year’s Vaisakhi would be difficult for this family because they lost their main pillar, Dalbir Kaur, the owner of Dalbir Sweet Stall.
It was truly heartbreaking because was a gem of a lady, a wonderful human being.
Dalbir’s daughters said;
While the pandemic caused so much havoc in the world, our mother’s passing caused me the most pain. She was our main source of joy.
Sharon, the youngest daughter, is now in charge of her sweet stall, which she runs with the extra help of her husband, Raj. Shindy and Kevel, as well as their respective husbands Debu and Amar, contribute significantly to the success of the business.
They are very united to look after whatever their late mother has left. She has left a great empire with greater responsibilities, and it is now up to the next generation to grow this business.
Dalbir’s grandchildren are also very helpful in continuing their late grandmother’s legacy.
As we all know, taking over a well-established business is no joke. But all things are possible because the entire family is working “together” on this.
If there is one thing I have learned from this family, it is the importance of sticking together as a family no matter what.
Three years back, in an interview with TheStar, the late Dalbir said;
As long as I can walk, I will make my sweets.
She has certainly demonstrated the point, as she was making sweets until the very last moment before heading to the hospital.
On that note, the family further expressed their wishes;
My only wish is to take my mother’s business to new heights. In the meantime, I’d like to take this opportunity to tell my mother, “Ami, your business is booming!”
Varnam Malaysia wishes all of our Sikh friends a joyous Vaisakhi. Let us hope for a year filled with new peace, happiness, and a plethora of new friends. May God continue to bless all of us in the coming year.
Dalbir Sweets Stall, is open from 8am to 9pm and located at Jalan Tali Air (at the same row with the cendol shop). For more details and orders, call 016-6520036 or 011-11941799.