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Raikes, CharlesThe Englishman in India (The British Library - Oriental & India Office Collections)London1867
Ramachandran Nair, K.R.Three Anglo-Indian Poets (Univ. of Calif. Berkeley Library)Sterling Publishers, New Delhi1987
Ramsden, A. R.Tea Planting and Hunting in the Assam JungleLondon1948
Rao, Amiya and B.G.The Blue Devil: Indgio & Colonial BengalOxford University Press1992
Rao, K. BhaskaraRudyard Kipling's IndiaUniv. of Oklahoma Press, Norman1967
Rao, R.P.Portuguese Rule in India (Goa) 1510-1961Asia Publishing House Bombay & New York1963
Ray, ChaudriHenry Derozio, Eurasian Poet and ReformerMetropolitan Book Agency, Calcutta1966
Ray, Rakat KantaSocial Conflict and Political Unrest in Bengal, 1875-1927Oxford Univ. Press, Delhi1984
Raye, N.N.The Annals of the Early English Settlement in Bihar (Univ. of Michigan General Library)Kamala Book Depot, Ltd., Calcutta1927
Read, Anthony & David FisherThe Proudest Day India´s Long Road to IndependenceW.W. Norton & Company, New York1997
Reitz, JeffreyThe Survival of Ethnic GroupsMcGraw-Hill Ryerson, Toronto1980
Renford, Raymond K.The Non-Official British in India to 1920 (Univ. of Calif. Davis Library)Oxford Univ. Press, Delhi1987
Revankar, R.G.The Indian Constitution: Case Study of Backward ClassesFairleigh Dickinson Univ., Rutherford1971
Reynolds, H.G.The Anglo-Indian Manifesto (The British Library - Oriental & India Office Collections)Lion Press, Lahore, India1946
Reynolds, H.J.At Home in IndiaHenry J. Diane, London1903
Reynolds, ReginaldThe White Sahibs in IndiaJohn Day/Reynal & Hitchcock, New York1937
Rhodes, C.The Anglo-Indians in Political India 1832-1932Oxford Univ. Press, London1932
Rhodes, J.Political India1932
Rich, P.B.Race and Empire in British PoliticsCambridge Univ. Press, Cambridge1986
Richards,Private Frank, DCM, MMOld Soldier SahibPublishers: Faber & Faber1936
Richter, JuliusA History of Missions in IndiaOliphant Anderson & Ferrier, Edinburgh & London1908
Ricketts, HarryRudyard Kipling: A LifeCarroll & Graf Publishers, Inc., D1701New York, NY1999
Risely, H.People of IndiaThacker Spink & Co., London1915
Rivett-Carnac, Colonel S.The Presidential Armies of IndiaW. H. Allen & Co., London1890
Robbie, C.T.The Anglo-Indian ForceAllahabad1918
Roberts of Kandahar, LordForty-One Years in IndiaRichard Bentley & Son, London1898
Roberts, C.; Proudfoot, C.L.; Maher, R., et. al.Bringing Generations TogetherThe Australian Anglo-Indian Association, Perth1992
Roberts, EmmaScenes & Characteristics of Hindustan (With sketches of Anglo Indian Society) (3 vols)W.H. Allen, London1835
Robins, LesliePolicing The Raj: 1928-1947Distributed by BACSA1985
Robinson, JaneAngels of Albion: Women of the Indian MutinyViking, Great Britain1996
Roche, GeorgeChildhood in India: Tales from Sholapur
Rodrick, ReginaldEchoes of Old Christ Church 'The British Years'R.J. Rodrick, Missenden, Bucks1997
Rodrigues, MarioBatting For The EmpirePenguin Books2003
Rodriguez, HelenHelen Of BurmaUlverscroft Large Print Books
ISBN 0708911897
Rose, E.J.B.Colour and CitizenshipOxford Univ. Press, London1969
Roy, A.K.A Short History of Calcutta, Towns & SuburbsRaddi India1982
Roy, ParamaIndian Traffic: Identities In Question In Colonial & PostColonial IndiaNot Available
ISBN: 0520204875
Roychowdhury, LauraThe Jadu House: Intimate Histories of Anglo-IndiaDoubleday, London
Royle, TrevorThe Last Days Of The RajJohn Murray,
Rushby, KevinChasing the Mountain of LightConstable and Co. Ltd., Great Britian1999
Russell, William H.My Diary in India 1858-9 (2 vols.)Routledge, Warne & Routledge, London1860
Ruthnaswamy, M.Some Influences that Made the British Administrative System in IndiaLuzac & Co., London1939
Sabin, MargeryDissenters and Mavericks: Writings About India in English 1765-2000Oxford University Press
ISBN 0195150171
Sahgal, NayantaraSunlight Surround YouOrient Longmans, New Delhi1970
Sahni, J.N.Indian Railways One Hundred Years 1853 to 1953New Delhi1953
Saksena, Ram BabuEuropean and Indo-European Poets of Urdu & PersianNewul Kishore Press, Lucknow1941
Sandys, E.T.One Hundred and Forty-Five Years at the Old Mission ChurchValmiki Press, Calcutta1916
SarkerPrimary Education in BengalCalcutta1929
Saroop, NarinderA Squire of Hindustan: The Life of Lt. Col. William Gardner of Gardner's HorseNottingham Court Press, U.K.1985
Schenkhuizen, M.Memoirs of an Indo Woman: Twentieth Century Life in the East Indies and AbroadAmsterdam1991
Schermerhorn, R. A.These Our PeopleHeath, Boston1949
Scott, E.V.Fragments Held in StoreU.K. Fourems, Publications1996
Scott, PaulA Division of the SpoilsWilliam Morrow, New York1975
Scott, PaulImages of IndiaSt. Martin's Press, New York1980
Scott, PaulThe Jewel in the Crown (First published in England in 1964)William Morrow, New York1966
Scott, PaulJohnnie SahibEyre & Spottiswoode, London1952
Scott, PaulThe Mark of the WarriorPan Books, London1962
Scott, PaulStaying OnWilliam Heinemann Ltd., Great Britain1977
Scott, PaulThe Towers of Silence (1st Publ. in England in 1971)William Morrow, New York1972
Scott, Sir WalterThe Surgeon's Daughter, The Waverley NovelsAdam & Charles Black, Edinburgh1860
Scribbler, HenleyMark My Words
Sealy, I. AllanThe Everest HotelDoubleday, London1998
Sealy, I. AllanFrom Yukon to YucatanSecker & Warburg, London1994
Sealy, I. AllanThe Trotter-NamaAlfred A. Knopf Ltd., New York1988
Seeley, John RobertThe Expansion of England: Two Courses of LectureMacMillan and Co.,London1883
Sen, A.N.Notes on Bengal Renaissance1946
Sen, S.N.Eighteen Fifty-SevenThe Publ. Div.of the Ministry of Info. & Broadcasting Gov't of India1957
Sen, S.P.The French in India (Vol. 33, No. 2)Univ. of Calcutta, Calcutta1947
Sencourt, R.Indians in English Literature1923
Sengoopta, ChandakImprint Of The Raj: How Fingerprinting Was Born In Colonial IndiaMacMillan, London
ISBN 0-333-98916-3
Seth, Mesrovb JacobArmenians in India (Univ. of Calif. Berkeley General Library)Gulab Primlani, Oxford & IBH, New Delhi1937
Shemain, AshleyBoarding School BoySOON TO BE RELEASED
Shepherd, GordonWhere The Lion TrodMacMillan & Company1960
Shepherd, W. J.Guilty Men of 1857: England's Great Mission to India (New Ed.)Delhi1987
Shepherd, W. J.A Personal Narrative of the Outbreak and Massacre at Cawnpore (2nd ed.)London Printing Press, Lucknow1879
Sherer, Captain MoyleSketches of IndiaLongman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, Brown & Green, London1824
Sherman, D.R.Old Mali And The BoyPenguin, UK
MacMillan Education
ISBN 0435272268
SherwoodJournal and Letters (1805-1816)
SherwoodThe Life and Times of Mrs. Sherwood (1775-1851) (Ed. by J. Harvey Darton)Wells Gardner Darton & Co., London1910
Sherwood, M.M.The History of George DesmondF. Houlston and Sons, Wellington1821
Shetter, W.The Netherlands in Perspective: The Organizations of Society and EnvironmentLeiden1987
Shires, ReginaldA Leopard´s Call: An Anglo-Indian Love Story is a gripping account of a young husband and wife team. Norma and Reginald Shires, a nurse and minister, just two years into their marriage, set out to live in the wilderness grasslands of West Bengal, India, down from Bhutan. There they began teaching and building up a high school for students from rare tribal groups.

From the very first page of this eloquent brief on living a simple life and raising a family in a jungle area, you become engrossed in a hilarious yet moving true story of their unforgettable world. Anglo-Indians have often distinguished themselves in sports, entertainment, medicine, education, the railway and telegraphs and in the armed services. This story is an example of those who devote their lives to those in need.
Authorhouse Books, USA
Paperback ISBN: 1420828223
Hardcover ISBN: 1420828231
April 1, 2005
Shires, ReginaldAt An Age For Love: A Novel of Bangalore During World War II is an extraordinary story of a soldier´s family waiting for his safe return from the Africa Front where he serves with a British tank unit pressing hard against the Germans in the desert of Libya. The chronicle begins with the soldier, Capt. Edward Thompson, saying goodbye to his wife Amelia and son Paddy and ends with his return at the end of the war. The story, narrated in incredible detail, tells how the boy and his mother with their relatives and friends live in this hectic military city in South India, where those who stay behind are swept along into the rushing, wild stream of British history in India during a time of war. The lives of these women--and their children--provide a bold story of Anglo-India in this multihued Indian landscape where rogues and villains and the honest, hard-working, church-going, form relationships in this bold saga as men and women cross family and racial boundaries in their search for love. The city of Bangalore with its cluster of towns around British army barracks comes alive with memorable characters and this novel follows their tense and gripping relationships. The ending, where these fun-loving characters come together in a frail boat on the peaceful Cauvery River at Seringapatnam near sunset, has much to say about life and the human mystery and the vision it offers us as we live in a changing world. Authorhouse Books, USA

Paperback, ISBN: 1420877992
January 2006
Simha, Rajesvaraprasada NarayanaIndo-Anglican Poetry: Its Birth and GrowthReliance Pub. House, New Delhi1987
Singh, BhupalA Survey of Anglo-Indian FictionOxford Univ. Press, London1934
Singh, D.Singapore: An Illustrated History, 1941-1984Ministry of Culture, Singagpore1985
Singh, Hira Lal.Problems and Policies of the British in India 1885-1898Asia Publishing House, Bombay1963
Singh, Madan Paul MajorIndian Army Under the East India CompanySterling Publishers Pvt. Ltd., New Delhi1976
Singh, PayalWind of Change
Singh, Rashna B.The Imperishable Empire: A Study of British Fiction on IndiaThree Continents Press, Washington D.C.1988
Singh, S. D.Novels on the Indian MutinyArnold-Heinemann, New Delhi, India1973
Sinha, D.P.Educational Policy of East India Company in Bengal to 1854Punthi Pustak, Calcutta1974
Sircar, RaniDancing Round The MaypoleRam Advani Booksellers, Lucknow
Skinner, Captain ThomasExcursions in IndiaHenry Colburt & Richard Bentley, London1832
Skipton, H.P.K.New India and the Anglo-IndianA.H. Mowbray & Co.1921
Skipton, H.P.K.Our Reproach in India (The British Library - Oriental & India Office Collections)A.H. Mowbray & Co., London1912
Skrine, E.N.B.Life of Sir William Wilson Hunter Vice President of the Royal Asiatic SocietyLondon1901
Slaughter, CarolynA Black EnglishmanFarrar, Straus & Giroux
1st edition
ISBN: 0374113998
November 2004
Sleeman, General Sir W.H., K.C.B.Rambles And Recollections Of An Indian OfficialGutenberg E-Book
March 2005 - Release Date
Sleeman, W. H.Rambles and Recollections of an Indian Official (New ed. edited by Vincent Arthur Smith) (2 vols)Archibald Constable & Co., London1893
Smart, J.B.The Domiciled European and Anglo-Indian Race of India (Univ. of Calif. Berkeley Library)The Examiner Press, Bombay1929
Smith, GeorgeHenry Martyn: Saint and ScholarThe Religious Tract Society, London1892
Smith, GeorgeThe Life of Alexander Duff (2 vols.) (Williams College Library)American Tract Society, New York1882
Smith, GeorgeThe Life of William Carey (Everyman´s Edition)J. M. Dent Co., London1909
Smith, J. (Pseud.) Keene, H.G.Sketches in Indian InkEnglish Office, Calcutta1880
Smith, JohnThe Experiences of a Landholder and Indigo Planter in Eastern BengalThe Examiner Press, Bombay1859
Smith, JuliusTen Years in BurmaJennings & Pye, Cincinnati, OH1902
Smith, L.F.A Sketch of the Rise, Progress, and Termination of the Regular Corps Formed & Commanded by Europeans in the Service of the Native Princes of IndiaJohn Stockdale, London1805
Snell, OwenAnglo-Indians and Their Future (Univ. of Wisconsin & Univ. of Calif. Berkeley Libraries)Thacker & Co. Ltd., Bombay1944
Solomon, P. & Patch V.Handbook of PsychiatryLaye Medical, Los Altos1974
Spear, PercivalThe Nabobs: A Study of the Social Life of the English in Eighteenth Century IndiaOxford Univ. Press, London1963
Spear, PercivalTwilight of the MughulsCambridge Univ. Press1951
Srinivasan, NirmalaPrisoners of Faith: A View from WithinSage Publications, New Delhi1989
Staines, James RichardCountry BornSomerset, Croscombe Press1986
Stanford, J.K., ed.Ladies in the Sun: The Memsahibs India 1798-1860Galley Press, London1962
Stark, H.A. & Hoemle, A.F. RudolfA History of India
Stark, H.A. & Madge, Elliot W.East Indian Worthies: Memoirs of Distinguished Indo-EuropeansCambridge Steam Printing, Calcutta1892
Stark, Herbert AlickCalcutta in Slavery Days (The British Library - Oriental & India Office Collections)Calcutta1917
Stark, Herbert AlickThe Call of the Blood, or, Anglo-Indians and the Sepoy Mutiny (Univ. of Illinois & Univ. of Minnesota LibrariesBritish Burma Press, Rangoon1932
Stark, Herbert AlickHostages to India, or the Life Story of the Anglo-Indian RaceThe Calcutta Fine Art College, Calcutta1926
Stark, Herbert AlickIn and Around Puri1905
Stark, Herbert AlickIndia Under Company & Crown (5th ed.) (Univ. of Minnesota Library & The British Library - Oriental & India Office Collections)MacMillan & Co., Calcutta1922
Stark, Herbert AlickJohn Ricketts and His Times (Cal State Long Beach & Univ. of Minnesota Libraries)Wilson & Son, Calcutta1934
Stark, Herbert AlickMemoirs of Indo-EuropeansCalcutta1936
Stark, Herbert AlickVernacular Education in BengalGeneral Publ. Co., Calcutta1916
Stavorinus, John SplinterVoyages to the East-Indies, 1768-1778 (3 vols) (Trans. from the Dutch by Samuel H. Wilcocke)G.G. & J. Robinson, London1798
Steel, Flora AnnieA Raj Collection: On The Face Of The Waters, etc.Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 0195665007
January 2005
Steel, Flora AnnieIndia Through the AgesGeorge Routledge & Sons, Ltd., London1908
Steel, Flora AnnieTales of the Punjab (Alameda County Library)Macmillan & Co., London1894
Stephens, H. MorseAlbuquerque (Rulers of India Series)Oxford Univ. Press1892
Stevenage, Patrick HughA Railway Family in India: Five Generations of the StevenagesBACSA, Putney, London2001
Stilz, GerhardDie Anglo-Indian Short Story: Geschichte Einer KolonialliteraturNiemeyer, Tubingen1981
Stocqueler, J.H.Handbook of India, A Guide to the Stranger and the Traveller, and a Companion to the ResidentW.H. Allen, London1844
Stokes, W.The Anglo-Indian CodesClarendon Press, Oxford1887
Stoll, DennisThe Dove Found No Rest (Oregon State University Library)Country Life Press, NY1946
Stonequist, Everett V.The Marginal Man: A Study in Personality & Culture Conflict. With an Introduction by R.E. ParkCharles Scribner's Sons, New York1937
Stoquellor, J.H.India1853
Stracey, EricGrowing Up in Anglo-IndiaEastWest Books (Madras) Pvt. Ltd.2000
Stracey, EricOdd Man In: My Years in the Indian PoliceVikas Pub., New Delhi1981
Stracey, Pat Stracey, Sir JohnReade Elephant Hunter India (Rev. Ed.)Kegan Paul, Trench Trubner & Co., London1894
Stuart, V.A.The Cannons of LucknowPinnacle Books, New York1974
Stuart, V.A.The Heroic GarrisonPinnacle Books, New York1975
Stuart, V.A.The Sepoy MutinyPinnacle Books, New York1973
Stuart, V.A. (Pseud. of Violet Victoria Mann)Massacre at CawnporePinnacle Books, New York1973
Suleri, SaraThe Rhetoric Of English IndiaUniversity of Chicago Press
ISBN 0226779831
Sundaresan, InduSplendour of Silence
Reviewed by Moniza Inam

WRITTEN by Indu Sundaresan, who was born and brought up in India and currently lives in Seattle, the novel explores the Raj period when the Second World War was at its peak. When one starts reading the book, there is a feeling of familiarity and nostalgia. Perhaps this is due to the fact that Urdu literature has ample books on the subject. Writers ranging from Krishan Chandar to Quratulain Hyder, Ismat Chaughtai and scores of others have written extensively on it. The lifestyle of the Indian Civil Service (ICS) officers, their servants and exclusive clubs, concerns about their children’s education and aspirations to become pacca sahibs, the rat race to make their sons pass the civil service examination, as well as the prejudices of the English rulers, the political turmoil and the nationalist movement have been touched upon in detail by the writers.

Another familiar theme is the phenomenon of Anglo Indians, the race which emerged due to the interaction of the colonists and the subject people. The author recounts the ways this mixed race group was disowned by both races and had to fight a war of survival in the caste-ridden conservative Indian society during the 19th century. The princely states and their fascinating rulers — each with his own idiosyncrasies and extravagant way of living — are also discussed in detail in the book.

Despite choosing a topic that has been done to death, it is to Sundaresan’s credit that with the help of an intricate and grasping plot, she is able to keep the interest of the readers alive till the very end of the novel. There are no loopholes or ambiguities in the plot, but with the help of various flashbacks she works hard to keep the reader enthralled.

The story begins in Seattle where an American girl named Olivia receives a large leather trunk from India as a present on her 21st birthday. It contains some saris, photographs, a diary and a letter. As Olivia starts reading the letter, she discovers her roots, forgotten names, and her family history along with the story about her deceased parents. She learns about their unconditional love for each other, and how her recently belated father loved her long dead mother till the end of his own life.

The family’s history commences in the princely state of Rudrakot, where an ICS officer named Raman lives happily with his three children till an American army officer, named Captain Sam Hawthrone, comes into their lives. Raman’s daughter Mila is swept off her feet by the charming foreigner — she seems to have forgotten that she is engaged to the raja of the state. Mila gives her heart, body and soul, he, however, has other priorities such as his missing brother who is also a US army officer. Sam is looking for his brother who, it is believed, disappeared within Rudrakot.

Parallel to the story of Mila and Sam, the author has provided a narrative on the happenings on the Burmese front where Sam was posted before coming to India. This aspect of the novel is perhaps the most interesting as Sundaresan takes readers to the jungles of Japanese-occupied Burma where two American soldiers and a female missionary have been fighting their own war of survival.

The author also depicts the incongruities of a colonial society in a very effective manner, especially the plight of the Eurasian people. It is one of the factors that force Mila to reconsider her decision to marry Sam. She realises that their children will not be accepted either as Indians or American, but instead will remain outcasts. However, the most touching and heartrending character is that of Jai who graciously accepts the fact that his wife is in love with someone else and is even carrying the other man’s child. After Mila’s death, he takes the infant to her biological father. The act reveals his magnanimity and unqualified love for Mila.

Splendour of Silence is an exceptionally well-written and well-researched work of fiction which, apart from a typical love triangle, captivatingly depicts the socio-political conditions of the Raj. The only exasperating aspect of the novel is that sometimes the writer tends to go overboard when explaining trivial elements of Indian life. The author has obviously done this for the sake of western readers, but at times the descriptions tend to become boring for desi readers.

Penguin Books, India
ISBN-10: 0143101382
December 2006
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Thorpe, OwenPaper Boats In The Monsoon - ife In The Lost World Of Anglo-India
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 2008
The Lion And The Chakra
Book Review
I must begin by saying I thoroughly enjoy Owen’s writing style. He draws a picture in words and then proceeds to capture your imagination by painting the background, and the memorable character
Troubadour Publishing Limited2010
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Travers, RobertIdeology and Empire in Eighteenth-Century India: the British in Bengal
Reviewed by Jon Wilson, King's College, London - *** In the course of a single generation, the British empire was transformed from being a network of self-governing Atlantic communities into a cluster of largely Asian territories acquired, for the most part, through conquest. As countless historians note, the second half of the eighteenth century saw an 'epochal shift in world power'. For many scholars it was this period which saw the 'foundations of modern colonial empires' (p. 2). For some, it marks the beginning of forms of imperial domination which continue into our present. Robert Travers opens his elegant and well-argued account of this initial period of imperial rule in India by noting how startled British contemporaries were by the extension of European sovereignty in the subcontinent. Edmund Burke called the rise of British power in India one of the most 'stupendous revolutions that have happened in our age of wonders' (p. 1). The demise of the Mughal empire and its successor states, and the growth of European authority in Asia, created shockwaves in the intellectual world of London and elsewhere.
Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2007 ISBN-13: 978-0-5218-6145-8; 292 pp.; £50.00 2007
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