Bert Payne was born in Calcutta.

He attended Oak Grove Boys´ School in Mussoorie in the Himalayas. The school is for the children of Railway executives and requires nine months boarding with three months vacation.  After obtaining his General Certificate of Education from the University of Cambridge, he qualified as a Chartered Accountant and worked for Price Waterhouse & Co. in London.

He immigrated to the United States in 1971 where he qualified as a Certified Public Accountant. He was the President of Starcare Int. Inc a consultancy which he sold in 2001. He is presently with New York Life Insurance Company.

He has 4 children: Julie, Natalie, Philip, and Patricia all reside in California. He welcomes any suggestion to improve this compilation. email:

Lynette Rebeiro (nee Wilson) was born in Gondia, India,

a former BNR railway colony, to parents Dennis and Sylvia. Her early memories are of Calcutta, the city from where the family emigrated to England in the early 1960s. They settled in London where Lynette completed her schooling and secretarial training, met and married Denzil (from Bangalore) and daughter Candice was born. In 1975 the Rebeiro family immigrated to Canada and settled in the Toronto area. The year 2001 was extra special when Candice married Rob. In 2004, Sophia-Isabel was born, in Noah-Benjamin was born in 2007.

Lynette works full-time as a Corporate Hostess/Receptionist for a leading carbonated drink company. She is the Administrator/Assistant Compiler for this website. Lynne is the Publisher for the online newsletter INDIA & BEYOND, and welcomes all feedback and suggestions. Her contact details are: