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New Anglo-Indian Cookbook with a Madras twist by Jenny Mallin!
A unique insight into five generations of an Anglo-Indian family; an evocative memoir that stirs the imagination of the reader by bringing to life her grandmothers, their lifestyle and their recipes. Its a story about these extraordinary ladies, who showed great foresight by sharing and passing their recipe book from one generation to the nextThese were all ladies who were brought up during the reign of Queen Victoria and King George, fiercely loyal to their Queen (and King) and yet lived happily in their community in India, equally at home with making Yorkshire Pudding one day and a hot fiery Madras Curry the next.

As proud custodian of a recipe book that dates back to 1844, Jenny has managed to share with us a glimpse into a fascinating period of time in Indian history.

"A Grandmother's Legacy: a memoir of five generations who lived through the days of the Raj" ISBN 9781504945790 is available to purchase worldwide on Amazon, Barnes & Noble and Booktopia. Individual sale enquiries can also be made via email to the author directly at


World Ango-Indian Reunion 2010 - Perth Western Australia
World Ango-Indian Reunion 2010 - Poster

Date: Tue, 13 Jul 2010
Subject: A request - Documentary film about the story of Jazz in india

Hello ! I am making a documentary film about the Story of Jazz in India . It is a labor of love and my passion for jazz and is an attempt to capture times gone by and the musicians and atmosphere of a lost era. Calcutta in the 50´s and 60´s was the jazz center of India and is a signifcant visual element of this film. I am trying to locate photos and archival memorablia of that time, particularly photos of the grand night clubs of the city - Scherezade, Princes, Winter Garden, and the musicians and entertainers.

THe film trailer is available at the link below. I would very much appreciate being put in contact with any one you think might have a scrapbook of these memories..I would be particularly appreciative of locating any jazz musicians from Calcutta who might still have scrapbooks of their tenure.

many thanks
Susheel Kurien, New York, NY
+1 212 350 9398
Watch the trailer

Read the blog
Susheel J. Kurien

National Federation of Anglo-Indian Associations of Australia
in conjunction with The Australian Residents Anglo-Indian Association
and The Australian Anglo-Indian Association of Canberra
Presents the following Programme ~
On: Friday 15th October ´10 (8 p.m. till 1 a.m.)
At: Concord Function Centre
138-144 Majors Bay Rd, Concord, NSW

Band: Demolition (One of the TOP A-I Bands in Melbourne)
Food: Canap�s on arrival, Entr�e, Mains & Dessert
Drinks: Wine, Beer, Champagne, Soft drinks, Tea
& Coffee provided
Cost: $75 per head (incl. drinks & sumptuous Indian dinner)


On: Saturday 16th, October 2010
Embark: Star City Casino Wharf , Pirrama Rd, Sydney, NSW
Time: 5.00 p.m. to 9.00 p.m. (includes Dinner only)
Drinks on sale, No BYO
Cost: $45 per head


On: Sunday 17th, October 2010 (11 a.m. � 2 p.m.)
At: RSL Club Parramatta, Pitt Street, Parramatta, NSW
Lunch and soft drinks provided

To make bookings for the functions please contact:
Yolande Gibbons: (02) 9520 9620 Joe Bailey: (02)6241 4464
Max French: 0413 387 041 Judaline Fonceca: (03) 97990098


More Voices on the Verandah
Call for Submissions

From the laughter and song of an animated gathering of friends, lounging on the verandah in the balmy evening air of early winter, to the clink of glasses, the pop of champagne corks and the shouts of celebration on a snowy New Year�s morning, the voices of Anglo-Indians are many, their experiences diverse. Many have stayed in India, while others have adopted new countries and cultures. Each has a story to tell�some are factual, while others are true in the way that only fiction can be. And, for all this diversity of personality, context and experience, the shared background of Anglo-India, and its cultural underpinnings, unite them all.

We are seeking stories, poems and creative non-fiction about the Anglo-Indian experience.

CTR Inc Publishing invites your submissions of fiction and creative non-fiction, of prose and poetry. Entries may be set against a backdrop of Anglo-Indian society�as it once was, as it stands today or as it may develop in the years to come�and must feature Anglo-Indian subjects, though not necessarily exclusively. We hope to capture the unique ambience of Anglo-Indian society in all its diversity, providing readers with insight into the culture and story of the Anglo-Indians, via the many different forms of creative narrative.

Submissions that are selected will be compiled and published in an anthology tentatively entitled More Voices on the Verandah, slated for publication by mid-to-late 2012. An honorarium of $35 will be paid for each piece selected.

Submission Guidelines:
  • � Submissions must be limited to 3000 words or fewer. Please note that submissions exceeding this length will not be considered.

  • � The short stories, essays, anecdotes, memoirs or poems may be humorous or serious. We are looking for unique and fresh perspectives on Anglo-Indian society and people. Without limiting the possibilities of content, articles may feature a turning point in life arising out of choice or fate, the immigrant experience, some special (or typical) aspect of festive celebrations, as well as narratives that feature, as a backdrop, the traditions of hospitality, aptitudes, inclinations, and world views of Anglo-Indian culture, in all its variations.

  • � With due respect, a submission should not consist entirely of a eulogy to a loved one. However, biographical/episodic sketches of an unforgettable Anglo-Indian character (funny, sad, fierce, strong-willed, or influential) that are woven into the content of a broader article are acceptable.

  • � At our sole discretion, we will not consider material that is obscene or slanderous.

  • � Articles may be written in the first person or third person. The writing style should be meticulously polished but easy to read, and entertaining enough to provoke and sustain interest.

  • � All articles must carry the full name, postal address, e-mail and fax/phone number of the author. All submissions should be in Times New Roman, 12-point font (please, no fancy fonts or headings). If sent as an e-mail attachment, this should be in Microsoft Word. In order to ensure the authenticity of the attachment (as a way to distinguish from virus-embedded attachments that are often circulated), the subject heading must contain the words: �More Voices on the Verandah.� E-mailed articles should be sent to

  • � Entry is not restricted to Anglo-Indians. Anyone may participate in More Voices on the Verandah, provided that the content depicts facets of the Anglo-Indian experience, and features Anglo-Indian characters or aspects of the culture.

  • � There is a limit of two articles per writer.

  • � All submissions must contain original material that has not been previously published or accepted for publication prior to June 30st 2011.

  • � Every submission, whether via e-mail or by postal communication, must be accompanied by a cover letter incorporating the following statement (please cut and paste):

The author agrees to grant CTR Inc Publishing first publication rights for this article, on the agreement that, following publication of More Voices on the Verandah, all publishing rights will revert to the author. The author also agrees that the editors of Voices on the Verandah II will have the right to edit material in order to ensure textual cohesiveness and uniformity of syntax, style, grammar, spelling, and punctuation.

� As a courtesy, authors will receive a copy of the edited material for their review. While the editors, in their sole discretion, may accommodate minor textual amendments as suggested by an individual author, this is a one-time prerogative, and no further changes will be entertained.
� This invitation will be valid from June 1st 2010 to June 30th 2011. Submissions received after June 30th 2011 will not be considered.

Every submission will be acknowledged. However, those that do not conform to length restrictions, or omit the above statement, or fail to comply with the above guidelines will be rejected without further consideration.

Thank you for participating. As in the case of Voices on the Verandah, The Way We Were, The Way We Are and Women of Anglo: Tales and Memoirs(targeted for publication in August 2010), we look forward to publishing an outstanding anthology on Anglo-Indian culture.

Blair Williams, CTR Inc Publishing, June 2010

Subject: A REQUEST

I�m an alumnus of St. Patrick�s School, Asansol (India). I represent its alumni body and we are putting together a 35-member volunteer Alumni Council. We are looking for a Regional VP (Aus-NZ) who will help us unearth more alumni in that region (traveling isn�t necessary, just love for the school, being on the Internet, and a willingness to help). Given the large numbers of our Anglo-Indian alumni in Australia, we would prefer that we select an Anglo-Indian alum for that role.

Could you either forward this message to as many SPS alumni as you know, or provide their contact information?

We would be indebted.

Regards, - Kinger Mallik �90, President
St. Patrick�s Alumni International

Subject: RE: Urgent request for help from the Anglo-Indian community
May 17,2010 --

This is Tim Sullivan. I�m an American journalist based in New Delhi. I am writing because a little boy�s life is at stake, and the Anglo-Indian community may be able to help him. I have a close friend in Washington DC whose four-year-old son has leukemia and is in desperate need of a bone marrow transplant. Because Devan is of mixed ethnic background, they cannot find a match for him. His mother - writer Indira Lakshmanan - is of Indian origin, his father - photographer Dermot Tatlor - is Irish. It occurred to me that some in the Anglo-Indian community would share Devan�s general genetic traits - which would make them more likely matches. Anyone could be a match for Devan - but the numbers are better for people of mixed South Asia/European ancestry. Testing to see if you match is easy in many of the countries with large Anglo-Indian populations - including Canada.

The Canadian donor website is at: mdrPKG-intro?OpenDocument&CloseMenu Information on Devan�s situation, and how to get tested, is at

If this appeal can be spread within the Anglo-Indian networks, I would be extremely grateful. It may save Devan�s life. Below is Indira�s appeal for help. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions. Best

Tim Sullivan, Bureau Chief, South Asia
The Associated Press, New Delhi
If you go to, then go the button that says: See local organisations here. That has a connection to the donor information in many countries, including Canada.

Or if it still doesn�t work you can call: 1-888-236-6283. That�s the number for Canadian Blood Services, which handles testing for bone marrow. One thing to point out: many marrow donations today are actually done through a system called Peripheral Blood Stem Cell - it is similar to donating blood and does not require surgery.

Devan�s chance for a donor match is not looking very good, because of the lack of donors among people of mixed ethnicities. If there are any Anglo-Indian organizations or networks that you�re aware of, I would deeply appreciate it if you passed on my message. Or feel free to send me the contacts and I�d be happy to take care of sending on the email.

On behalf of Devan�s parents: Thank you so much.


Dear all,

Above is the website for the 2010 Perth Reunion. The program is now published if you wish to check it out. It runs from the 25th September till the 3rd October 2009.

Seeing there is nothing on the 27th evening please keep it free for an All School Reunion, proceeds of which will go back to our needy AI�s in the form of education, pensions and a fortnightly food ration for our seniors. Please register early to give the organisers sufficient time to tackle this mammoth task.

Please click here to go to the official website of the World Anglo Indian Reunion 2010. By the way, the costs have yet to be included.

Warm regards,..............Cheryl Chater

Sun, 28 Mar 2010
Subject: Can you help us please?

I went to school in the Nilgiris at a school called Laidlaw Memorial School /St. Georges�s Homes in Ketti and I am looking for alumni from that school.

I have lived in Atlanta, Georgia since 1988. I edited a newsletter for the alumni from 1979-1986. We have a website for the alumni - Laidlaw Alumni/Old Georgians-, one for the school - School website- and now on Facebook. I manage the Facebook page. Can you post the following where you deem appropriate please?

Did you go to school in Ketti?
Check this link please. We are on Facebook

1210+ people joined us since July 1st, 2009. Experience Ketti in the photos we have posted here�.... Please register at This is the Laidlaw Alumni website. We have 1000+ people registered there.

We need to compile a master database of all old students from Laidlaw/St. George�s by batch. School website - Our school and our Principal -Winston Gardner were on the cover of Anglos In the Wind recently. I was honored to review a copy today when an Old Georgian from UK- Glenn Rapson was visiting Atlanta.

For those who can make it to London on 22nd May, this is an advance announcement of FIBIS �Spring Open Meeting�

FIBIS �Spring Open Meeting� is to be held at 1.00 p.m. for a start at 1.30 p.m. on Saturday, 22nd May, 2010 at Hughes-Parry Hall, Uniiversity of London, 19-26, Cartwright Gardens, London WC1H 9EF. (Please note that attendance is now regularly approaching 100 and we have moved to this larger hall. This is quiet, air-conditioned and is slightly closer to British Library than our recent meetings. A map of how to get there is available on the FIBIS web-site at

The two lectures to be held are:
1. "The Holdings of the Centre of South Asian Studies, University of Cambridge, and their Relevance to British India Family History Research. This is to be given by their Archivist, Dr. Kevin Greenbank. The CSAS is a truly major repository of data which, in many cases, offers complementary sources to those of the British Library and includes, for example, a wide range of Indian Newspapers dating from the days of the Raj.

2. Life with Tea and India: Diaries of Life in the Cachar Area. This is to be given by FIBIS Member, Wendy Pratt and her nephew, Peter Bleakley. Although we are over eleven years old now, this is the first lecture to be devoted to one of the most important sources of the wealth of British India and will be of much wider interest than just to those who feature Tea Planters in their ancestry. ADDITIONALLY, on that morning - and at the same location - for any visitor with brick walls to jump in their ancestral research, a few experienced researchers will be available from 10.00 a.m. to 12.30 a.m. - on a less formal basis - to answer questions and to offer advice. In response to many requests, we shall focus for part of the time on obtaining full benefit from the FIBIS web-site. There is a canteen on the premises, if required.

All interested are welcome to attend - and NO CHARGE will be made. We do, however, request that those wishing to attend would please advise Emma Sullivan, FIBIS Membership Secretary, on as much in advance as possible, but in any case before Sunday, 16th May.

Looking forward to seeing as many of you as can make it.
Good Hunting!.........Peter Bailey, Chairman
Families in British India Society.

Hello Lynnette,
The St Francis de Sales school at Nagpur has been Alma Mater to many an A.I boy. Many of these boys must be regular visitors to your website I�m sure. This year the old school completes 140 yrs of its existence and I was asked to compose a piece on the decade that i was a student there. I am attaching the same which kindly feel free to edit and put up on your website, time and space permitting.

Thank you Lynette. With regards,

St.Francis de Sales IN THE DECADE OF THE 80�s
BY: Noel Dias, Nagpur, India

Most of my classmates left S.F.S after their S.S.C I stayed on for another 2 years and completed my H.S.S.C. This in turn perhaps qualifies me better to compose an essay on S.F.S in the decade of the 80�s.

The 80�s had an angry young man tear across cinema screens all over India---Amitabh Bacchan. Tall & lanky he had a deep baritone voice & his personality captivated his audiences. In S.F.S there was the late Mr. F.X.Anthony who had a similar personality, an equally deep voice & a height to match. He had us spellbound during his math�s class. What he taught us we never forgot. There was another teacher who also taught us math�s, however she was just the opposite in structure. Slim, dainty and ladylike she was Mrs. Sally Perreira. Though thin and frail no one dared play the fool in her class. She never used a cane or raised her voice; a stare from her was enough to control a bunch of hooligans. Like the legendary Mr. Jack Collaco she passed away while still in service, they both remained teachers to the very end.

Biology was taught by Mr. Shirley & in class he never sat down. He taught the subject while pacing up and down, his hands folded behind his back. He never taught from a textbook, with his in-depth knowledge of biology he could write a couple of textbooks. Physics was taught by Mr. Daniel James, the Bruce Lee of S.F.S. He used his knuckles, palms, fists and anything else available to thump the subject into our heads. His method worked wonderfully and none of us failed in his class. Physics was also taught by the perfect gentleman Mr. Hassan, who always had a broad smile----till he lost his temper. Seldom did he lose his temper but if he did, woebetide the boy who faced his wrath. Fire and brimstone rained from Mr. Hassans fists. The next day it was all forgotten and he�d be back smiling at us.

Chemistry was taught by Mr Rathi and Mr Jaleel. Mr Jaleel was soft spoken but a terror to anyone who tried any stunts in his class. Marathi was taught by Mr Deshmukh, Mr Bhagdeo & Miss S.Waghmare. Miss Waghmare never whacked us; she had her own improvised torture methods to keep us rascals in control. She would wring our earlobes till we jumped up and down in agony or worse still she�d pull our sideburns till we yelled for mercy. The worst of Chinese torture was pale in comparison. To escape this we behaved ourselves in her class.

The government of India has spent a lot of money on inquiry commissions to find out if Netaji Subash is still alive. This could have been avoided if the logic of our Hindi teacher Miss Ved Kumari Leekha was used. She always reiterated that had Netaji been alive he would have joyfully returned to his beloved motherland since nothing could have kept Netaji away from independent India. Simple & logical was her thinking! We had another Hindi Master Mr. Kalbhor & he would perch himself on his desk while teaching us the subject. He often called us �Gadhe Bacche� and his punishment consisted of a couple of hard slaps followed by the agonizing Murga. Not all our teachers were the hard hitting type, Mr�s Uma Kapoor & Mr�s Bharti Deshraj had the grace, poise and elegance that could have easily earned them a place in Bollywoods hall of fame, however they chose S.F.S over Bollywood.

History was taught by a man of few words, the compassionate Mr. Joseph. The only time he got worked up was when he taught us the folly of erstwhile rulers because of whom India ended up a colony of Britain, had these rulers been advised by the likes of Mr. Joseph we never would have been colonized. While Mr. Joseph taught us history, geography was taught by a lady who lived through one of the most devastating event in the history of the 20th century, Ms Patsy Menzes. Teacher Patsy as a young girl survived the bombing of Rangoon by the Japanese forces in 1941 during W.W.II. Later she & her family members fled Rangoon, trekking all the way to India on foot to escape the Japanese ground invasion. After growing up she joined S.F.S as a teacher in the 60�s. She often traveled overseas and returned to describe places she had visited. We listened with rapt attention; after all it was during the pre T.V era, a time when the world hadn�t shrunk as it has done these days.

All that Sir Almas required was a piece of chalk and a blackboard & in minutes he would have a masterpiece up there, he taught us drawing & if we distracted him with our antics he�d turn around and say �Ganga ram---- look here�. While he was engrossed drawing on the board some boys would play the drum on their desks, to them he�d turn around and say �You band master-----look here�. Our physical education instructor was Mr Sakherphekar & he was built on similar lines as that of Dara Singh, he encouraged us to build our bodies & this had us confused because other teachers encouraged us to build our minds. On the Kanhan Bridge etched deep in a stone on its side wall (towards the railway crossing end) are the words �Donald Menasse 1937� clearly visible. It was done by the late Mr Menasse when he was a young boy. Mr Menasse was the school supervisor and a powerhouse of energy. Never once was he seen sitting down or resting. He was forever moving around the corridors, always in top gear. Because of his dynamic personality all who knew him called him Major Menasse.

The academic year began in June & the first event was the inter house football competition, followed by the English and Hindi elocution and then the inter house quiz. Before the Diwali vacations we had our terminal exams. After the Diwali vacations there was an event we hated - drill practice in the fore noon sun in preparation for the annual sports day. Soon after the sports day in December we had an event the whole of Nagpur waited for -- the S.F.S schools annual concert. It was a showcase of our talent and the genius of our teachers both going together hand in hand and what we put up was nothing short of a spellbinding display. After that the school would close for Christmas and reopen in January. From then on it was preparation for judgment day, the final exams.

In the 80�s S.F.S had two principals the first was the late Rev Oswald deSouza, a postgraduate in psychology. He forever emphasized the importance of physical exercise in a child�s life. After school in the evening he�d be on the playground coaching the schools football team. Whenever the school team played a match he�d be on the sidelines cheering the team on & after every the match, the team was treated to a Dosa, irrespective if they had won or lost. Fr deSouza handed over charge to the Rev Maurice Fernandes & he introduced the electrical maintenance and fisheries sections in the junior college, renovated the park, installed an intercom system and had the basketball court cemented. Both these priests were assisted by the Shashi Kapoor of S.F.S, the handsome and forever young looking Rev Ivan Lobo. Without his cassock he could easily pass off as a college student. Some years later he took over as principal from Fr Maurice.

S.F.S in the 80�s produced students that have done the institution proud internationally. Vijay Francis is a leading physiotherapist in Chicago, Vineet Malhotra and Parag Kumar work for financial institutions in Hong Kong and Tokyo respectively, Debrata Roy is a scientist with the TIFR, Supantha Bannerjee is a learned professor of English. Ranjit Pande, Debashis Bhattacharya, Sanjay Naidu & Sanjay Pramanik are eminent doctors. Vinay Mohota, Faiz Vali, Girish Dewani, Naushad and Rukshad Bhagwagar are prominent businessmen, Debesh Lahiri, Prateek Mahant and Manish Naidu went on to become commissioned officers in our armed forces. Sandeep Chauksey did his B.Sc and B.Ed while Lincoln Majumdar earned a B.E in electrical engineering, they both returned to teach in their Alma Mater. This list of achievers is not complete with just these few names & there are many more.

In my opinion the name that tops the list is that of Kushroo Poacha. Kushroo founded the Indian blood donor�s website, one that classifies the blood group of donors and stores the data thereby saving valuable time. This website has saved many lives especially in times of calamities such as the Gujarat earthquake, when a lot of blood is required at short notice. Its usefulness in times of catastrophic disasters is immense. Lastly there is an incident from the 80�s that I would like to add since it is linked to my family. In 1987 a young teacher joined the pre primary section. Because of her childish looks & short stature she was frequently teased �Under 16, Under 16, Under 16�, by high school boys who were a few years younger, but double her size. The teasing continued till it became unbearable. One fine day when she could take it no more she lashed out with the umbrella she carried and whacked all in the group with all her might. The thrashing was long and intense & to the onlookers present it resembled Samson bashing the Philistines with the jawbone of an ass. This was something those boys least expected, and they retreated bruised, battered & badly shaken. From that moment on never again did any one dare tease her.

Nine years later I had the good fortune of marrying this lady. Teacher Sheeba is her name & the umbrella like the sword of Tipu Sultan is preserved for posterity. It�s been an eventful 140 years of quality service for S.F.S and as the old school embarks on another voyage that will see it cross many more milestones, in my nautical lexis I wish the institution a Bon Voyage, smooth seas and favorable winds. The old school has given so much to so many & I can hardly think of my life without S.F.S, after all I was there for 12 years. Roll on S.F.S you make me feel like a child again.
�Dare to be wise�


FARE WELL RAJ: Witness to End Of Empire
�1 from this book supports The Royal British Legion
ISBN 9780955569876 RRP �11.95
Available from all good bookshops
Published by Tommies Guides, 0845 475 1945

�With tales of horrific journeys undertaken in Post-Partition India - makes you question how humans could possibly inflict such barbarity on to their fellow humans. The climax of going through the border from India to Pakistan seems straight out of a Hollywood film - except with more casualties. A fascinating insight into some dark days in the immediate aftermath of decolonisation.��.. Stephen Luscombe -

The retired British settlers were split two ways - �Let�s get the hell out of here before we are all slaughtered in our beds�, many armed themselves with pistols and shotguns; the other half remained complacent; �Sit tight � we�ve seen all this before, it will blow over in a few weeks and life will go on just the same�.

The Hindus, Muslims and Sikhs who were caught on the wrong side, were quite definite in what they had to do. They had to move to the other side as quickly as possible. �A true master piece depicting the events of 1947, the stories we have just heard from our parents and grandparents.� ��.Dr.Daniyal Nagi

�A unique experience. Very few non-Indian/Pakistanis will have witnessed the East- West movement of humanity at such close quarters, a terrible experience, almost stranger than fiction.� ��Henry Nelson - British In India Museum

FIBIS Autumn AGM & Lecture Meeting

Dear All:

You may be interested to know that the FIBIS Autumn �Open Meeting� this year is to be held on Saturday afternoon, 7th November, 2009 at �Friends House�,173, Euston Road in London (Directly opposite the front entrance of Euston Main Line Railway Station). We shall assemble from 1.00 p.m. for our Annual General Meeting which is to start at 1.30 p.m. (Non-members may be present as observers) This will be followed by two lectures:

1. "Medals for Service in India" by Allan Stanistreet, FIBIS Member and Collector of Medals
2. "Getting the Best out of the FIBIS Website". FIBIS Web-master, Valmay Young, will co-ordinate and introduce a series of short presentations on the various sources of data available on the different parts of our web-site. Presenters will include a number of Valmay�s �team� of supporters, each of whom is involved in differing areas of our web-site, viz:
a. The searchable data bases. This has grown to include over 600,000 lines of spreadsheet data, some 800 images (Ships, Churches, Gravestones, etc) , a number of searchable prose extracts and audio reminiscences of life in India.
b. A number of pod-casts, plus video broadcasts linked to You-tube
c. An R.S.S. Facility to keep subscribers up-to-date with events
d. a link to our presence on �Twitter� e. The rapidly growing FiBiWiKi with special features designed to provide background to the lives led by �Ancestors in British India�. These include:
*Indian Railways *Battles & Campaigns *Orphans & Orphanages *Apothecaries *plus links to Maps, Directories and relevant �Google Books�

Visitors will be invited to make suggestions as to how to improve our site.

**Please note that, for the second year running, the FIBIS web-site been given an award by the Federation of Family History Societies! Our meeting is free and open to all - **on condition that they confirm that their intention to come to FIBIS Membership Secretary, Emma Sullivan at by Sunday 1st November.** We very much regret that we are unable to accept persons who have not booked a place and, since our meetings are getting close to capacity at Friends House, we may have to give priority to FIBIS Members wishing to attend the AGM.

Good Hunting!
Peter Bailey, Chairman
Families in British India Society


Mr. Ravindra Bhalerao e-mail: []

What an amazing website, thank you Ravindra. Dear Readers: do take a look this is so informative and nostalgic, as a child living in India I loved the Stations, the trains and the teeming life around the station.

Ravindra�s memories ....I have been interested in railways, particularly steam trains, and the people who ran them, right since my childhood days. Now of course, I am settled in Nagpur, and besides trains, there are so many things to attend to. But railways and steam trains will always remain my first love. You will read more about me when you turn to my website.

During your childhood days, I am sure you must be coming to NGP often. My father had great tales to tell us about Gondia and Bhandara, where he lived. But the funniest place he would tell us about was Ramtek. There was a temple atop a hill in Ramtek, and Dad (who was only about 6-7 years old then) would go up the hill for a bit of fun, and pick berries (or some such fruit), and very soon, monkeys would crowd around him, seeing he was eating luscious berries --- so Dad had to throw away the berries, lest the monkeys would come and get him !!

Do take a look at my railway blog.

The Australian Anglo-Indian Association of Canberra (inc.)
Proudly presents: The Grand �Australian Anglo-Indian Ball�
Saturday, 12 September 2009
At the Royal Ballroom, National Convention Centre, Constitution Avenue, Canberra City

Dance the Night away to the music of �OOMPH�
This fabulous Anglo-Indian band from Melbourne will provide us with some entertaining and enjoyable music. Their music consists of the rhythms from the late 50s to the current times. Also, brought back by popular demand, Australia�s stylish and tasteful Anglo-Indian jazz singer from Sydney -Larry Stellar, AM (AM for his singing) will entertain us with some memorable classics.

Time: 6 pm to 11.30 pm - Dress Code: formal or national
Drinks: licensed cash bar - Dinner: Indian influence banquet
Tickets: $50/- member and $55/- non member, includes dinner - children under 12 years $20/- (round tables of 10)

Chief Guest: Jon Stanhope, MLA, Chief Minister of the Australian Capital Territory (ACT)
Other dignitaries:
Mr Zed Seselja MLA, Leader of the Opposition ACT Legislative Assembly, Mr John Hargreaves, Minister for Multicultural Affairs (ACT); Senator Gary Humphries (ACT), Her Excellency Sujatha Singh High Commissioner of India, Lt. General (Retd) Laurie O�Donnell Chairman Immigration Bridge Australia (IBA), Andrew Baulch Campaign Director (IBA), local politicians Territory & Federal, and others,

Dinner Menu: Prepared by Canberra�s finest chefs attached to the National Convention Centre
� Crispy potatoes topped with spiced yoghurt
� Corn kernels mixed with dice of onion and tomatoes finished with tamarind sauce
� Boiled chick peas tossed with fresh garden vegetables dressed with a mint and coriander vinaigrette
� Tandoori Potato Salad � marinated with homemade tandoori paste finished in oven served on a bed of rocket
� Pappadums and fresh naan bread
� Steamed rice with cumin seeds and green peas
� Chicken Chetinaad � a perfect South Indian Chicken cooked with mustard seeds, curry leaves and spices
� Lamb Rogan Josh � Tender lamb cooked with Kashmir spices
� Vegetable Makhanwala � A delicacy of mixed vegetables cooked in tomatoes and butter sauce finished with dairy fresh cream
� Chef�s selection of cakes and slices.
� Freshly brewed coffee and tea.

Floriade -- For our interstate guests, visit Australia�s No 1 flower festival �Floriade� in the Nation�s Capital - commences on 12th September 2009 and runs for a month to 11th Oct 2009. Every year it is different. Entry is free

Accommodation � book your own. Also, there is accommodation to your requirement)
Capital Executive Apartments 108 Northbourne Ave. Phone (02) 6243 8333 (5 minutes driving time to the Convention Centre
From $135 for a couple or $150/- for three or a general room for four $149/-. However, this is only suitable for parents with two children or 4 males or 4 females. (People from Perth have booked in at the Capital Executive Apartments)

The Crown Plaza, Binara St, Canberra City. Within the National Convention Centre Complex � walk, one minute to the Convention Centre. Rooms from $175/- a couple. Phone (02) 6247 8999. General reservations ring 138388.

The Waldorf Apartments, Akuna St, Canberra City. Three minutes walk to the National Convention Centre � Apartments from $365 for 3 couples. . For reservations ring 02 62291234

Tickets with: Joe Bailey 02 62414464 Nicholls, Denzil Ray 02 62961925 Kambah, Tony Marcelline 02 62926369 Chisholm, John Macdonald 02 62414253 Kaleen, Mike Stracey 02 62588756 Fraser, David Williams 61611934 Watson Dillon Castelino 02 62623826 Kaleen, Peter Bailey 02 62413004 Giralang

President: Joe Bailey; Secretary: Denzil Ray; Treasurer: Dillon Castelino


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Congratulations to an Olympian�.Dennis Crooks
(NOTE: Dennis Crooks is an Anglo-Indian, born and educated in Bombay, India)

On Thursday June 4th, 2009, The City Of Mississauga, at its 35th Annual Sports Dinner Banquet awarded Dennis Crooks with the �Mississauga Sports Council Award� for his outstanding contribution to Community Sport. This Award recognizes the Leadership provided by amateur sport volunteers in Mississauga through many years of dedicated service as coaches, managers, executives, founders and other related support. Dennis was one of Five recipients of various sports to receive this Award

Dennis Crooks retired from international competition after reaching the ultimate achievement in his career of field hockey when he walked into the Olympic Stadium, Seoul, Korea in 1988, as Canadian National Team Manager, representing Mississauga and Canada. In 1987, Dennis was manager of the Canadian Team that won the �Gold Medal� in the 10th Pan American Game in Indianapolis, USA. He also managed the Canadian Junior and Senior teams from 1981-88 that competed in various competitions all over the world. He was very fortunate that this sport gave him the opportunity to visit all Five continents that God created.

Dennis also coached Ontario�s men�s junior and senior squads in Provincial Championship�s from 1979 through 1985. In addition to holding the Level 2 National Coaching Certificate and the Level 1 Indoor/Outdoor Umpire Certificate, he also served as President of Ontario Field Hockey Association 1981-82.

Dennis was Chairman of Organizing Committees for various indoor and outdoor tournaments. These included the Provincial Championships, Maple Leaf Tournament and Crosstyx Indoor. He was also the Technical Delegate for the Montreal Cup. He is the recipient of International Achievement Awards from the Province of Ontario in 1979, 1985 and 1987. Bell Canada awarded Dennis the 1981 �Bell Canada Community Service Award�. In 1988 he was presented with a certificate of recognition by Her Worship Hazel McCallion for his outstanding contribution to Amateur Sports in Mississauga.

Hi all,

(Note: Julia�s mother is Anglo-Indian and her father is Tasmanian --BELOW IS AN E-MAIL OF INTRODUCTION BY REG SHIRES

We were privileged to have Pat Whitty and her daughter Julia Whitty for tea yesterday. We had met Pat at Blair Williams� book launch in New Jersey. She lives at Riderwood in our community and is a Anglo-Indian from Calcutta. Donn came along when we visited Pat. Yesterday she brought her daughter Julia Whitty along and it turns out she is a very successful young author writing in the field of the future of our environment and her work has won many famous awards. Thought you�d like to look up what she has written. She is very much Anglo-Indian and loves her culture and its people and is working on a novel on the subject. I didn�t realize she is so famous when she visited yesterday. Run a Google search on her name and you�ll find out how well she has done. I�ll give you this one link to one of her books.

DATE: 1st to 4th November, 2009
ADDRESS Oak Grove School, Jharipani; Mussoorie Hills [Dehra Dun]
VENUE All events in OGS and Mussoorie
CONTACTS At present -- ME, address given below
Venkat Gandikota
501/2, Sangrila Apts;
31, Bund Garden Rd;
Pune 411 001 India

e-mail: []
Skype: [vgandikota]
Mobile: +91-98225-99328;
Home: +91-20-4002-4315 & 2612-5356

Calcutta Tiljallah Relief, Inc.

An IRS approved �Not for Profit Organization� EIN# 22-3589193�)
Australia: Ms Marilyn Goss, 26 Kyarra Rd., Glen Iris, Melbourne, Vic 3146
Ms Cheryl Chater, 19 Parkland Avenue, Punchbowl NSW 2196
Ms Jennifer Busby, 9 Frew Court, Bayswater, WA 6053<
Canada: Lionel Lumb, 31 Keewatin Crescent, Nepean,Ottawa, ON K2E 5S2
UK: Ms Jean Chambers, 34A Allbrook Hill, Eastleigh, Southampton, SO50 4LY.
India: Joanne Gardner, Laidlaw Memorial, Ketti,Tamil Naidu, India 643215

Dear Friends of CTR

It is amazing how time does fly and what is more amazing is that, once again, it is time to invite all our friends and family to our 8th CTR Dinner Dance. Yes, we have been doing this for 8 years now and, I attach a flyer with all relevant information for you to circulate to your friends and others who might be interested to attend. I cannot stress more strongly how much the poor in India need your support.

It is a deep and abiding concern to us that so many people live in abject poverty in third world nations across the globe. This is something that we believe should be of concern to us all who are lucky enough to be living in the wonderful conditions (though we complain!) that we do. Even to breathe the air in some of these places is toxic and does daily damage to people living there. I could go on.

Much good work has already been done and now our initiative in Melbourne needs to rally to raise much needed funds so that our good work can continue into the future. Do log onto our website (above) to access the work CTR is doing worldwide.

We can continue to do this only if we come together and invite our friends to this evening of fun and entertainment which goes a long way towards helping the desperately poor in India. There is a lot of good work being done by a very few people across the globe. We need your support. Tickets are on sale now and they can be obtained by ringing any person on the flier.

Should you be unable to attend our dinner dance but wish to send a donation, please address your cheque to Calcutta Tiljallah Relief and post it to the above address in Melbourne. Or, our bank account no is: Westpac, BSB: 033-106 A/C. NO: 183707, Address A/c: Calcutta Tiljallah Relief. Please append your name for identification purposes and so we can send a receipt.

Alternatively, we run a silent auction and a raffle at the dance so your donation doesn�t only have to be in money. Kind is fine. Ring any us on the flier and we would be happy to arrange to pick up whatever you wish to donate for the above events.

I cannot urge you more strongly to attend because you will have a good night. People return year after year as a test to its success. If you cannot attend, please try and spread the word about this charitable event and encourage others to attend. Thank you for caring.

Yours sincerely,



We are proud to announce our 8th ANNUAL CHARITY DINNER DANCE and fund raising for education and pensioner relief in India. We invite you and your friends to a truly lovely event to help us fight poverty in our lifetime

VENUE: THE ASHWOOD RECEPTION CENTRE -- 61-63 High Street, Ashwood - 3147
Melway map ref: 60 H10)
DATE: Saturday 23rd May 2009
TIME: 7.00 pm to 12.00 am
ADMISSION: $68.00 per head

CATERING: Sumptuous silver service smorgasbord/buffet with wine, beer, champagne and soft drinks included.(BYO SPIRITS)

MARILYN GOSS: 9833 1232 COLLEEN RAHIM: 0412 109 264/0405 559 818
LYNNE HADLEY: 0447 146 135 HAZEL LAMDEN: 9555 3929
A.H.GENEVIEVE D�COSTA: 0409 218 470

FIBIS� �Spring Open Day� is to be held on Saturday, May 23rd 2009. Lectures will include:
1. "Wrecked or Captured - The East India Company Ships that failed to Arrive" by Andrea Cordani. Andrea is a FIBIS Member and an acknowledged authority on wrecks of East Indiamen. She has her own website devoted to these at

2. "The Railways of India"
by High Wilding. Hugh is a Trustee of FIBIS and is currently compiling the very comprehensive data on the Railways of India which may be found on the �FiBiWiki� at

We are expecting a bumper meeting once again and although there will be no charge to attend, we regret that it will be necessary to register your intention to do so with our Membership Secretary, Emma Sullivan on Alternatively, you may register by writing to her at
40, Poulton Avenue, Sutton, Surrey SM1 3PY.

Registration should be made before Sunday, 17th May. As usual, the meeting will be held at Friends House, Euston Road in London - directly opposite the main entrance to Euston Main Line Railway Station.

Doors will open at 1.00 p.m. for a start at 1.30 p.m. Also, as usual, there will be an oportunity to ask questions on British India Family History Research and to talk to others who may be researching the same subjects as yourselves. Looking forward to welcoming you to the meeting
Pter Bailey, Chairman
Families in British India Society --

Farewell Raj
Witness To End Of Empire
Tony Hearne

The retired British settlers were split two ways - �Let�s get the hell out of here before we are all slaughtered in our beds�, many armed themselves with pistols and shotguns; the other half remained complacent; �Sit tight � we�ve seen all this before, it will blow over in a few weeks and life will go on just the same�.

The Hindus, Muslims and Sikhs who were caught on the wrong side, were quite definite in what they had to do. They had to move to the other side as quickly as possible.

Tony Hearne, just a young man at the time, bore witness to political intrigue, acts of great courage and determination and sickening atrocities. These images and this story have lived with him all his life.

This tale charts a vivid adventure, which no man would have willingly sought, but which brings to life a passionate period in history which has changed the political contours of India and Pakistan and the lives of the people. The words will resonate with many an old soldier and maybe provide an insight to a younger generation who perhaps cannot imagine living in such fearful and tumultuous times.

�1.00 from the cover price of every book will be donated to The Royal British Legion.
For more information or to order online visit
B& Paperback. Available at bookstores upon request.
Available at AMAZON.COM. ISBN: 9780955569869


Paper Boats in the Monsoon - Life in the Lost World of Anglo-India
Author: Owen Thorpe
About the Book

Indian Independence in 1947 fired the starting gun for the great Anglo-Indian exodus from India. These half-caste �children of the Raj� were never going to fit in - they were an unwelcome reminder of the colonial past and they insisted on being different. They took with them a unique, vibrant and free-wheeling way of life, now lost forever to India. Owen Thorpe describes in colourful and hilarious detail his boyhood chasing kites and chameleons, fighting the native lads, threatening the monsoon storms and eating his weight in food each day. He recounts his experiences in a barefoot orphanage and as unwilling boarding school �prisoner� of the grim Brothers who ran his remote hill school. All was not plain sailing as his teacher parents moved from school to school and finally abandoned him to India as they emigrated to England. He survived to work his way through college strumming a bass guitar and singing in the famous Calcutta pop scene of the 1960s as well as patronising the posher local opera, drama and motor sports groups. He found employment working for a national newspaper, where he and his colleagues were subjected to weekly attacks by howling mobs who disagreed with its editorial policy. He also spent his evenings broadcasting on radio. Finally, he reluctantly joins the Anglo-Indian exodus only to find that getting out of India is harder than he realised. He hires a lawyer to bribe and lie his way out of the country and joins his old family in England - this time accompanied by a family of his own. The book is an affectionately observed portrait of a unique culture and its entertaining characters. The author has a sharp eye for detail and a keen appreciation of the quirkiness of being an unwelcome guest in his own country.

295 pages; quality trade paperback (softcover); published by Trafford Publishing Canada; catalogue #07-1056; ISBN 1-4251-2965-1

UK: �8 plus �2 postage
Europe: Euros12 plus Euros3 postage
Canada: C$16 plus C$9 shipping
Australia: A$18 plus A$11 shipping
USA: $16 plus $9 shipping

The book can be ordered through Mr. Thorpe�s website at:
at a discounted price.
The book can also be ordered (unfortunately at no discounted cost) :
On-line from Trafford Publishing; or
On-line from
From Waterstones or Borders bookstores
Or from any reputable bookstore - who will be able to get it ordered for you.
Please Note: copies of this book are not stocked in the shops.

The Complete Indian Housekeeper and Cook By Flora Annie Steel & Grace Gardiner
First published in 1888, this encyclopedic handbook became the standard reference work for all British women taking up management of a household in India. Packed with numerous recipes, and practical advice for managing servants, cleaning and organizing the house as well as providing food when travelling and camping in the wilderness.

Written by Flora Annie Steel, the noted novelist of 19th century India, and her friend, Grace Gardiner. It ran to many editions over the next 50 years, and was revised and extended to reflect the changing conditions and prices in India. Today it provides an invaluable guide as to how the British in India organized their domestic economy. This new edition is taken from the 1921 edition.
ISBN: 978-1904289-57-9. A5 Soft covers pp:314. / b/w line illust. Price: �16.00 (plus �1.20p UK postage / EEC airmail: �1.55p / �2.62 worldwide airmail postage)

CAMERA SHIKAR AND GUIDE FOR VISITORS TO KASHMIR by Randolph B. Holmes (Holmes of Peshawar)
Originally pseudonomously produced by Holmes in 1921, under the nom-de-plume of �Browyn Longnose Brown�; this journal and guidebook gives a rare insight into the work and travels of one of British India�s more flamboyant professional photographers. An amusingly written account of his travels; it is an informative period guide to exploring and photographing Srinagar and the surrounding mountains and valleys of Kashmir; extensively illustrated with his own photographs and paintings. This new edition is re-published, for the first time since the original, by Pagoda Tree Press in January 2009. ISBN: 978-1904289-56-2. A5 PB pp:114 with b/w & colour illustrations. Price �14.00 (plus �1.20p UK postage / EEC airmail: �1.55p / �2.62 worldwide airmail postage)M

A New edition of a small guide Book and history of Jodhpur; originally published in Jodhpur in 1896. One of the rarer and more ephemeral items of Indian photographic history; it contains 7 photographs of Jodhpur by the noted local photographers Oodey Ram & Gobind Ram; which in the original were mounted albumen prints. It gives a brief general history of the city and its rulers, and apart from the photographs, is illustrated with maps of the area. Format: A5 PB booklet, pp: 30 / 6 b/w & col. maps/ 7 col. plates from albumen print photographs.
ISBN: 978-1904289-24-1. Price: �6.00 (plus �0.50p UK postage / EEC airmail: �1.00p / �1.50 worldwide airmail postage)

They are only available directly from Pagoda Tree Press; and can be ordered by post, phone, fax or email, We accept payment by sterling cheque or postal order or all major credit/debit cards.


June 4 - 14 - English Wine Tour (mixed company)br/>

Your Guide is an Anglo-Indian, Maureen Moore. For more detailed information, please go to this website:



Some Enchanted Weekend
(By Noreen Wood, Montreal, Canada)

We came from cities all across North America to celebrate the 10th anniversary of CTR on October 18th and 19th in Princeton, New Jersey and what a weekend it was! Blair and Ellen Williams, founders of CTR, hosted a dinner/dance on October 18th with a writers� luncheon the following day to launch the new book The Way We Are. It was followed by a talk by Blair Williams on the work that CTR has done in the past ten years of providing pensions to seniors and education to children in India.

An attractive commemorative brochure was distributed, which traced the 10 years history of CTR and included articles from all its international branches and some of the administrators in India. In 2007, CTR sent Rs 20,00,000 to projects in India, which funded pensions for more than 290 seniors, and education for over 180 children in Kolkata, Chennai, Bangalore and Hyderbad.

The conversation at the dinner/dance on Saturday night flowed as smoothly as the wine and the general mood in the hall was higher than the hotness rating of the authentic Indian food that was served up by the Crown of India restaurant which was the venue for all of the events. Jeff Ewing (Dr J) from Toronto provided the music, while several door prizes were there to be won.

The 65 people who attended enjoyed the conviviality that only an AI gathering could provide and many of their American spouses fitted right in with the rest of us.

Congressman Rush Holt addressed the gathering of more than 60 people on Sunday morning followed by local Assemblyman Upendra Chivukula who spoke on ethnicity and Pricilla Parmeshwaren who spoke on Anglo Indians. Eleven authors were present for the official launching of the book published by Blair Williams of CTR Inc. They were Lionel Lumb and Deborah Van Veldhuizen (Ottawa, also editors of the book), Moira Breen (Chicago), Joy Chase and John Walke (California), Chris Francis (Minneapolis), Nancy Lilly (Dallas), Joyce Mitchell (Seattle), Daniel Riggle (Washington D.C), Blair Williams (New Jersey) and Noreen Wood (Montreal).

The events gained publicity in the local media which high lighted the mission of CTR, its founder Blair Williams and the books on Anglo-Indian culture that have been published under the CTR banner, including the latest book The Way We Are.

Please visit CTR�s website at

St. Michael�s High School, Patna � 150 Year Celebration � Saturday 27th Sept. 2008.
~~by Ralph Bayross~

Another milestone was reached in the history of our school when we celebrated the 150 Year Anniversary in the Parish Hall of Our Lady of the Annunciation, Addiscombe, Croydon. St. Michael�s feast day is on the 29th September, but this year the date fell on Monday and so the Committee agreed to celebrate on Saturday 27th . Sept � this being the nearest date to St. Michael�s feast day. As is customary, past pupils from St. Joseph�s Convent, Bankipore, our sister school in Patna and ex pupils of St. Patricks and St. Vincents, Asansol were also invited as our Guests.

Foundation and School Background �It was the Capuchin Fathers who established a school for boys in the village of Digha Ghat, Kurji under the care and guidance of Right Reverend Bishop Dr. Hartmann, Vicar Apostolic of Patna. In 1857, he called upon The Superior General of the Irish Christian Brothers in Dublin to secure a community of Brothers for his education schemes in India. It was thus, in the year 1858 that St. Michaels was established � the oldest of the 12 Irish Christian Brother Schools in India, founded five years after St. Joseph�s Convent, Bankipore, which was established in 1853.

Those who attended listed in Alphbetical Order � Doors opened at 12.30

GUEST OF HONOUR � Mrs Yolande Welsh (nee Walker) - Teacher 1951 � 1955.

Raymond AGACY; Ainsley & Janice ALBERT; Bill ANTHONY; Gavin BAILEY; Heather & Carrol BAPTISTE; Ralph & Elissa BAYROSS; Errol & Neville BEDDOE; Norman & Arline BOWMAN; Cedric BURROWS; Winston & Barbara COLOQHOUN; Melville COOMBS; Florence DALY; Mary D�CRUSE & George D�SILVA; George & Monica DROSSO; Errol EDEN; Charles GETHIN; Yvonne & Trevor GILCHRIST; June & Maurice GOODERHAM; Keith & Sue HASWELL; Winston HILL; Max & Marion HIGGINSON; Carl & Mary HIGGINSON; Derrick & Jenny HOGERMEER; Leo HUTCHISON; Ashley & Dulcie JACOB; Desmond & Christine JENKINS; Archie JAHANS & Lynne LANNIGAN; George KENNY; Robin & Wendy MUIR; Noel NYSS; Fred & Gwen PARR; Arthur & Esther PINTO; Patrick PORTER; Patricia & John PUTT; Jack REBEIRO; Neville REBELLO; Roger REES & Maria McCLEAN; Dick & Gloria REMEDIOS; Val ROSARIO & Dorothy RAINFORD; Terrence & Linda SIGLER; Bill SIMPSON; Leon SMITH & Marion FEEGRADE; Les & Arlene TAYLOR; George TARLING; Marguerite THELWALL; Arthur TOWNDROW; Marie & Selby TWEEDIE; Paul UPSHON; Peter & Annette VAUGHAN; Alice VIERYA; Ian WALKER; Lester WEBB; George, Joan & Wayne WHEATLEY; Douglas & Shirley WILSON; Ralph & Winnie WOOD; Kamar ZAMAN; 15 others - intimated that they were coming but failed to turn up on the day and 6 apolozised for their absence

. Food - Glorious Food
The Buffet commenced immediately after my Opening Address and on this occasion for the first time - food was served to each person as they were ushered out by table, under the direction of our Seating Stewards - Dick Remedios, Paul Upshon and George Wheatley. Once again, our lovely ladies excelled themselves and there was an abundance of delicious home cooked �Anglo-Indian� food, with a variety of Curries, Vegetable Bhajees, Jallfrezi and Vindaloo � Tarka Dhall, Pillau, Plain and Fried Rice; Karti Rolls, Mixed Salads, Samosas and Curried Patties - followed by a selection of assorted Indian Sweets, made by AMBALAS and distributed to each table. There was so much food, sufficient to fill �Doggy Bags� for those who wanted to take some home for supper that night and almost everyone did.

The �Kurji Boys�were smartly turned out with their specially designed Maroon Celebration Ties and Blazers; our Guest of Honour complemented them by wearing a matching maroon blouse, chosen for the occasion. A Souvenir Booklet, produced for the 150 Year Celebration was distributed FREE to every St. Michael�s pupil who attended. About 04.00 PM. a toast was proposed over a glass of Champagne and a large Iced Fruit Cake was ceremoniously cut by Mrs Yolande Welsh (Guest of Honour) and Leo Hutchison (82 years old) � the Senior Boy. Whilst this was taking place, the boys assembled on the stage and sang their School Anthem �Cheers, Cheers for Good Old St. Mikes� accompanied by Derrick Hogermeer on piano. It was a great pleasure to welcome Terence and Linda Sigler who flew in from Toronto - the night before to be with us. Also to meet and greet three ex Kurji Boys, living in the UK who attended the Reunion for the first time. They are of course, Errol Eden - 1950 Senior Cambridge; Desmond Jenkins and wife Christine - 1955 Senior Cambridge and Kamar Zaman (1962).

As always, the success of the day was mainly attributed to:
� The support given every year by our Friends and Invited Guests who attend,
� The dedication, commitment and Financial support given by all Kurji ex pupils, and
� The help and assistance given by a small �TEAM� of St. Michael�s volunteers each year in setting up.
Without this, my task would become quite onerous and I would like to place on record my �appreciation and sincere thanks� to all of you, especially, the ladies in the Kitchen � Joan Wheatley, Gloria Remedios and Annette Vaughan.

Next Year- Date & Venue.
Put this date in your Diary now!! � SATURDAY 6th SEPTEMBER 2009 � CHURCH HALL, Addiscombe, Croydon.

Book focues on Anglo-Indian experience
Thursday, October 2, 2008 3:47 PM EDT
By Davy James, Staff Writer

Dr. Blair Williams has catalogued the experiences of Anglo-Indians from throughout the world.

MONROE � They�re part of a neglected and often unrecognized culture, which has often lacked a voice to tell their stories. But thanks to a Monroe resident, the voices of Anglo-Indians throughout the world can now be heard and their stories can be told. �I belong to the Anglo-Indian culture which is a hybrid of British and Indian cultures,� said Blair Williams, of Monroe, whose grandfather is British and met his grandmother in India. �The history of the British and Indians is documented, but we needed to write our own history.�

Ten years ago, Mr. Williams founded a charity called CTR, which helps poor Anglo-Indians living in India. Through CTR Inc. Publishing, Mr. Williams recently published his fifth anthology on culture and the way of life of Anglo-Indians throughout the world, titled �The Way We Are � An Anglo-Indian Mosaic.� �This represents the culture and way of life of a community about to become extinct,� Mr. Williams said. �This collection has articles from authors living in Australia, New Zealand, England, Canada and the United States. How much more global, how much more multicultural can you get? We focus on how this group lived from the ��50s to the �70s and then how they settled and integrated in different communities throughout the world.�

Mr. Williams settled in Concordia in 1999 after retiring from a long career as a director for AT&T. He also teaches manufacturing and industrial engineering at Brooklyn Polytechnic University, in Brooklyn, N.Y. He started CTR as a way to give back to the community of Anglo-Indian children still living in India. All of the money raised through sales goes to the nonprofit charity, which is run by volunteers, according to Mr. Williams. He estimates that CTR has raised between $15,000 to $20,000 and has sold more than 3,500 copies of his anthologies combined. �We get hundreds of submissions from authors around the world,� Mr. Williams said. �We have judges and editors to narrow the field. It takes about one and one half years for the entire process from submission to publishing.�

Mr. Williams develops guidelines for the subject of the book and puts them on his Web site He relies on word of mouth in the Anglo-Indian community to facilitate submissions. He said it�s extremely important for this community to be able to tell its stories because of the hardships they faced. �This is a community defined by English resentfulness and Indian resentfulness,� Mr. Williams said. �We�re the middle man between the rulers and the workers. All that�s been written about us are stereotypes so I wanted to present a balanced version of our community when I started.�

CTR will be holding a dinner dance at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 18 and a book launching event at 10 a.m. Oct. 19 to celebrate its 10th anniversary. The event will be held at the Crown of India in Plainsboro. The book launching will include a seminar and buffet lunch, with Assembly members Linda Greenstein, a Democrat whose district includes Cranbury, Jamesburg and Monroe, and Upendra Chivukula, a Democrat whose district includes Milltown, New Brunswick and North Brunswick, as guests. Tickets can be bought at the door. Tickets for the dance cost $60 with a $20 donation to CTR included. Tickets for the seminar are $30 with a $10 donation to CTR included. �The Way We Are � An Anglo-Indian Mosaic� costs $16.95 and can be ordered at For more information about the book or events, e-mail Mr. Williams at


WEBSITE FOR DETAILS, held in Perth, Western Australia

HOT OFF THE PRESS...............
In celebration of CTR 10th anniversary Scattered Seeds: The Diaspora of the Anglo-Indians will be sold for �12.50 with a donation of �2.50 from each book sold at CTR events in Australia and the UK going to CTR... pre-orders and be made via

Following Anglo-Indians. Vanishing remnants of a bygone era; Haunting India; Voices on the Verandah, and The Way We Were

Victoria 3193, AUSTRALIA
Phone: 0419 350 353 -- Email:
I was the singer in a pop group called the Flint Stones in
Calcutta....hundreds of people have been contacting me to find out when my
new Website was going �live�. Would you kindly let everyone know...through your newsletter please.

The wesite is
Thank you sincerely


BLAIR & ELLEN WILLIAMS have set-up a new foundation for the further education of Anglo-Indians. The new website can be found at:

LYNNE REBEIRO - 7596 Chinook Drive, Mississauga, ONTARIO, L4T 2C3 Canada
$30.00 Cdn + Shipping & handling.
The newest book from Dr. Gloria Jean Moore.

This is the story of the Sellers family, who left Western India for Adelaide in 1948. In particular it is the story of the phenomenal success of Basil Sellers, the eldest son. Basil would like fellow Anglo-Indians around the world to share his story, and to be confident as he is, that there should be no limits to realizing our ambitions and dreams.

New Anglo-Indian Internet Radio station: Great News! there�s a new AI internet radio station. Good music and worth checking out. there is also a link to the free Winamp media player, this needs to be downloaded to stream the radio. Enjoy!! and

Anglo-Indians rediscovered in Britain

LONDON: The name �Alistair McGowan� may not have quite the ring and instant recall of Hollywood�s Vivien Leigh or Bollywood�s Helen. McGowan is not part of a cult beat for all time, as was Pete Best, the Beatles� drummer. But, last week�s �outing� of McGowan - a well-known British comic actor and impressionist - as an Anglo-Indian, makes him kin to all of the famous names above. He also stands revealed as blood brother of an estimated 200,000 Anglo-Indians in India and a million more around the world who left India during Independence feel burdened by the dark secret of a mixed-race ancestry.

McGowan�s �outing� has transfixed the Anglo-Indian diaspora, which has struggled over the past 21 years to nurture a sense of pride about its greatest sons and daughters through seven diaspora reunions held around the world. Just hours after McGowan�s �outing�, Kolkata-born Bert Payne, who runs a website claiming "to be the most complete international repository and exchange of Anglo-Indian information", told TOI the revelation was significant for a community that is a "dying breed".

McGowan, 43, who often wondered where he got his dark eyes and skin tone, but never considered there was any Indian blood in his veins, was �outed� in a BBC television programme that follows prominent people as they trace their families� footsteps back in time, down the generations. From his home in California, Payne said that with every revelation that a prominent public figure is, in fact, Anglo-Indian, "we realize that we were not all second class and that our achievements were swept under the carpet under British rule�. Citing a long list of Anglo-Indians who were either portrayed as white British if they did well or relegated to native status if they did not Payne added, "Most Anglo-Indians grew up playing second fiddle to the British. It is only now that we have come to realize the community�s accomplishments".

Many agree that this is at least partly because prominent Anglo-Indians, notably Mumbai-born Hollywood actress Merle Oberon, frantically hid their Indian ancestry and tried to disguise their dark skin with powder. For hundreds of years, the Anglo-Indian has been burdened by derogatory categorisation such as "half-caste", chawani and kutcha-butcha . Oberon, recalled Payne, famously refused to acknowledge her dark-skinned mother, Charlotte as anything other than a "maid". He added, "There are thousands of famous people who know of their Anglo-Indian ancestry but keep quiet about it. Colin Cowdrey the cricketer?" It was this paranoia that led McGowan�s father, George, to deny his Indian blood all along. In the programme tracing his roots, McGowan recalls, "My father was born in Kolkata. Throughout my life I had asked him why the family was there. Were his parents Indian? When did they leave Scotland? Did he speak Urdu? Did he have an elephant? He always told me simply: �We were an English family who happened to be living in India�." McGowan, who is well known for his portrayal of popular celebrities and politicians including David Beckham and Tony Blair, visibly struggles on camera with the knowledge that he has Indian blood. His journey of self-discovery reveals joint Indian and Irish ancestry rather than any Scottish blood, leading McGowan to pronounce in his trademark humorous tones: "Perhaps my name should actually be Seamus Singh".

But Payne, a proud Anglo-Indian, says it is time to celebrate famous sons of the community, not least, one Barry Ford, who pre-empted Milkha Singh. Says Payne, "I met Ford at the last (Anglo-Indian) reunion in Toronto. Originally from Kolkata, Ford used to come first in the 100 yards sprint in India and won a scholarship to UCLA. Milka Singh came later."

From The Sunday Times September 30, 2007

Alistair McGowan: My next impression...I�m an Indian
When this British comedian traced his roots, he was startled to find that the genetic trail did not lead back to Scotland, as he expected, but to Calcutta and a large number of other dark-skinned McGowans...

My father was born in Calcutta. Throughout my life I had asked him why the family were there. Were his parents Indian? When did they leave Scotland? Did he speak Urdu? Did he have an elephant? He always told me simply: �We were an English family who happened to be living in India.�

When he moved to Worcestershire, after he was married, he initially told people he was Welsh (that was why he pronounced certain words a little strangely) and that he was slightly dark-skinned because he had spent the summer working in greenhouses. My father�s parents died before I was born and the only connection with India that I can remember are occasional telephone calls � always in the middle of George and Mildred, for some reason � from an Indian woman asking to speak �to George McGowan, please�. My sister Kay and I would hear him say �Hello, Auntie Gee� (or Auntie Jean, as we thought then) and vaguely hear him use some Indian-sounding words but, stupidly, we were far too interested in George and Mildred to ask him about �George and India�.

When he died (in 2003, aged 74) I had to take the birth certificate to the registrar�s office in order to obtain the death certificate. On the 74-year-old slip of paper, under the word �caste�, was the term �Anglo-Indian�. I had no idea what it meant. This time last year, thanks to the BBC1 series Who Do You Think You Are? I was about to go to Calcutta to find out.

CALCUTTA, September 2006. The journey from the airport is staggering. I am instantly hit by the heat, the humidity and the huge number of people. It�s as if someone has said, �Let�s get everyone in India to go to Calcutta for the day, for a laugh.� But this isn�t just for today � it�s every day. And it�s no laugh. Inch by inch there is something new to be shocked by: people sleeping comfortably on the pavements, litter everywhere (mainly plastics, of course). Women carry milk churns on their heads. Old men cycle happily through downpours pulling carts laden with newspapers; cows wander aimlessly along the side of the road. It is as if every decade of the past century is taking place at the same time.

Finally, the road is wide and pleasant. We see some once-majestic buildings, airy parks, the wonderful Victoria Memorial. I go to see a man called Melvyn Brown. His inauspicious house sits opposite two even more inauspicious tailors� shops. I walk in through a beaded curtain and am amazed that, one step off the seething, dusty road, is this comfortable, clean room full of DVDs. Melvyn is a film buff, a slight but wonderfully alive man and he knows everything there is to know about Anglo-Indians. First he tells me that to be �Anglo-Indian� does not mean that you were from an English family who �happened to be living in India�. To be Anglo-Indian means that a parent was Indian. Not an immediate parent but someone. A mother. He tells me that it comes down the mother�s side.

At least, that�s what I think he is saying. There is a lot of information to take in suddenly and on top of that I am being heavily distracted by his quaintly old-English soft furnishings, especially three crocheted red, yellow and green cushions in the shape of fish perched evenly on top of the sofa. Anyway, the likelihood is that someone in my McGowan past � probably a soldier in the British Army � left Scotland and married an Indian girl. But when? And whom? It had progressed from being a common accident (�a hit and run�) to an actual policy, he says. British soldiers were encouraged to �modify� their genes. And, in the early days, were even paid to do so.

The Anglo-Indian, proficient in both languages, was listened to by the Indians and was loyal to the British whose culture he took on completely. Melvyn describes the Anglo-Indians proudly (he is one himself) as rugged, artistic, hard-working, �the unsung heroes of the British Raj�. They worked on the railway, in the docks, in the telegraph offices � they were well respected and well paid. In fact, they were doing so well at one time that the government became worried. Worried that, with the huge native Indian population behind them, they would become so powerful that they could take over the country. Ceilings were imposed on how far the Anglo-Indian could rise. As independence raised its head, a �psychosis of fear� passed through the Anglo-Indians. They knew that they did not belong to any of the reemerging factions � and the majority, for their own safety, left their homeland.

They left for Australia, for South Africa and Canada. They left for Britain. And, in my dad�s case, for Hillingdon, west London. In Britain, the �psychosis of fear�, says Melvyn, took hold again and led to a lot of secrecy about the �foreign� roots of this swarthy, new, British-but-not-British community. They feared much and experienced some racism in the land of their distant forefathers, he says. Out of a sense of self-preservation, one of them, my father, clearly said that he was �Welsh� and had spent the summer working in greenhouses. And never referred to his roots again. �So, my dad was properly Anglo-Indian?�

�Oh, yes. That�s what it says, actually, on his birth certificate, isn�t it?� �Yes. And, if he was Anglo-Indian . . ?� �Then so are you, Alistair.� Melvyn is so kindly and intelligent, bright and spiritual. His laughing mouth, his thin lips, his shiny beard-line are so like dad�s that it feels like my father is telling me all this himself � finally. �Do I look Anglo-Indian?� I ask. �No. But I would have guessed that this was the case, actually, after 10 minutes in your company.� �How?� �From your demeanour, your manners, your diction, your vocabulary and your accent.� I am amazed. Here am I, having built a career as an impressionist and spent two decades opining about what people�s voices said about them, and yet I had no idea what my own voice said about me. And it said, to the initiated, �Anglo-Indian�. I leave with a new friend and an answer. But now there�s a new question: who was the mystery woman who changed the course of my family�s history? And when? Dad always said they just �happened to be in India� � so, it can�t be far back, surely.

Well yes, it can. Over the course of the next five amazing days (which take us from Allahabad to Mirzapur to Chunar), we find out that the initial �hit and run� as Melvyn called it, happened as far back as 1750. In short, I was the first McGowan in my father�s line to be born in the British Isles in more than 200 years. The previous �Anglo� was John McGowan, who went to India to serve in the British Army and was clearly seduced not only by a local Indian girl (Maria de la Cruz) but by the fact that he would be paid to have children with her. I am unsure what to think about my ancestors� military involvement. My knowledge of history is appalling, but even I know that the British Army did some terrible things in India.

A description of John McGowan in a military history book describes him as �one of the most distinguished officers of the Bengal army� and �an intrepid and gallant soldier�. I am happier (ethically) to read him also described as �an unassuming and upright man�. In Chunar I look for the grave of John and Maria�s son, the wonderfully named Suetonius, who had followed his father into the army. The tombs are enormous, black and sandy, in the shadow of the old British fort. I am on the banks of the Ganges in what looks like Leeds cemetery. I read a couple of inscriptions and wonder where Suetonius is. I can�t find him. A lot of the graves have been ravaged. Bricks here, headstones there have been taken for use as tables or for sale. I had never heard of this man until today but I am sad not to be able to find him, to feel his energy and read his name. I look at the group of local boys playing on the graves, sitting on tombs. It all seems wrong � so lacking in respect. I cannot imagine any graveyard in Britain being treated like this. Yet what respect were the Indian people shown, in turn, by these invading British � setting up their fort in what was a holy Hindu site? Bringing their people, their culture, their diseases, their religion, their guns and cannons here.

In this one instance, it seems to me, there is no truer phrase than �what goes around, comes around�. No more fitting word than the one we have taken � like so much � from India: karma. As my time in India approaches its close I realise that, if forced to choose, I would rather live in India than America. And I am shocked. I feel that there is a greater sense of respect and togetherness here. A greater sense of nature and spirituality. Yet, overall, the journey into India and into my past has made me feel how British I am. British born and bred. Indian history. Unexplored Scottish roots. John McGowan (c 1750) was as far back as we could get in the history books. He, I�m sure, is the McGowan who left Scotland and through whom I feel so Scottish. I�ve always felt a connection with Scotland, have always loved the country and the people, its mountains and its cities. I�ve sat at Hampden Park and sung Flower of Scotland from the heart. Scotland � my spiritual home.

Back in the UK, at the British Library, a man in a three-piece suit called Tony shows me all John McGowan�s military records and, finally, shows me the place from where he sailed to India. And there, swimming before my eyes, is a word I had never expected to see � �Ireland�. I am shocked. I can�t take it in. I feel as if a big tartan rug has been pulled from under me. Today I am still convinced � along with many other McGowans � that John only sailed from Ireland. We have no actual records of John�s birth and family myth says Scotland. My heart says Scotland. I will cling on to Scotland. And embrace India. Like a true Englishman.



A wonderful way to keep in touch with everything that is Anglo-Indian.

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