In the year 1883 a copy of a janamasakhi was dispatched by the India Office Library in London for the use of Dr. Ernest Trupmm (a German scholar employed by the British) and the Sikh gianis and granthis whom were kind enough to assist him. A brilliant but arrogant man he would smoke cigars and put his feet upon tables around which they all worked. The Sikhs scholars who are prohibited from smoking tobacco were kind and courteous to him thought he gave them ample cause to throttle him.
The copy of the janamasakhi had been given to the library by an Englishman called Colebrook; it came to be known as the Vilayat Vali or the foreign janamsakhi.) This janamsakhi was the basis of the accounts written by Trumpp, Macauliffe, and most Sikh scholars.
The Janamsakhi (literally birth stories), are writings which profess to be biographies of the first Sikh guru, Guru Nanak. These compositions have been written at various stages after Guru Nanak's death.
The Vilayat Vali is said to have been written in 1588 AD by one Sewa Das.
- Janamsakhi in Gurmukhi
- Janamsakhi in Shahmukhi
- Guru Nanak The life and teachings of Guru Nanak Dev Ji By Thakur Singh Ji
- English Janamsakhi Tradition- An Analytical Study
Sikh gianis and granthis whom would smoke cigars