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500 + Jolly :The great escape

My 71-year-old grandmother had to come to terms with the reality that she would have to leave her home and ...
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It all starts with a smile

I am a 34-year-old mother of two beautiful children; Arina is 5 and Miron 3. I live in Moscow and ...
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A joyous day and some poignant memories

9th May, the Victory Day, is celebrated on a grand scale in Russia. The document ending the Second World War, ...
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Your name is written on every grain you eat

I love India and I love Indian food and can cook quite a few popular dishes like daal, shahi paneer, ...
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The Life and Times of Vassily K

Sergei K. in conversation with Tapti Roy Thinking about the life and destiny of my dear Grandfather Vassily, I have ...
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Love on the Shores of India

By Galina Valiullina  I was 15 when grand aunt Evgenia Khovanskaya died in 1975, leaving her home to my mother ...
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Our Old School

I can remember Grantchester Road in Cambridge where I lived for under a year when I was 6 going on ...
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A Journey in Various Moods

A day-long journey along the Black Sea from Russia to Georgia can be quite an experience for anybody. The journey ...
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Freedom, Food and the Tragedy of Deaths

 I came to live in Coochbehar with my parents- in- law after I was married. Coochbehar, 700 kilometres north of ...
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Buffalo Horns: An Unhappy Trophy

My introduction to buffalo hunting started soon after I arrived in Australia in 1960 as a Ten Pound Pom. After ...
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A Winter’s Tale

My particular memory goes back some 90 years to when I was living with my rather troubled family in Tunbridge ...
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Encounters at Harvard

In 1955 I was offered a two-year scholarship to Harvard University, to get my MA in English Literature. It was ...
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Ghosts in the House

Whenever I am haunted by memories of the past, our house in JabalpurA city in the central Indian province of ...
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Knights by the Table

I do say that it is in my blood to run the Knight’s Fish & Chips Restaurant in Glastonbury. I ...
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Palace to Partition: My Mother’s Tale

I was travelling to Bangladesh for the first time in 2017. I told my mother that I was going for ...
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C’est La Vie! II

The is the second part of  the story about Joan's travel to Lyon After two or three days of complete ...
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C’est La Vie! (This is Life)

The idea of the Blog developed while talking to Joan Duncan and reading her detailed account of living in London ...
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Ruby and the Memsahibs

I was travelling by car from Jamshedpur to DurgapurDurgapur in the state of West Bengal is 180 kilometres north of ...
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To Ma, with Love

My mother, Swarna Kumari (Beena) Roy Choudhury was the daughter of Professor Rajanikanta Guha, a well-known academic in Bengal, who ...
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Jason and our Home of Love

I was one of 7 children and we lived with our Dad, Mom and Grandmother. My Dad was a very ...
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Always in the Mood for Dance: My life with Bill

  I was born in October 1918. My mother lived in Exeter, Devon and I was 2 and a half ...
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My Flights of Fancy- Travels to the Orient

The second part of her story on travels When things had settled down and I had bought a flat in ...
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On the Wings of Dreams – My years of growing up

In a two part story, June recollects her childhood, her adulthood and the adventures of travel It was Sunday morning ...
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The Legacy of my Swadeshi Grandparents

 Sometime around 5.30 am when the sun rises in winter in Guwahati Assam, that precious time in the morning when ...
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Adventures of An Able Seaman

I joined the British Navy at the age of 17 in 1944. I had lived with my parents in Markyate, ...
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An Unsung Hero -Debendra Chandra Dey

Among the countless revolutionaries who participated in the struggle for Indian independence from British rule, many have become well known ...
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My Jewish Legacy

I had always been struck by the large portrait of a man, that hung over my grandmother’s sitting room. I ...
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‘Warm as the wind, soft as the kiss of snow’ – The Indian Romance

Radio Moscow, which has now been renamed Voice of Russia, ran several interesting programmes, even if some involved propaganda. Programmes ...
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‘Warm as the wind, soft as the kiss of snow’: Life with family and friends

In a two part story, Irina recounts her growing up in Moscow and travels to India I was born to ...
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Life in a mine: how a disaster was averted

I joined Eastern Coalfields Ltd (a subsidiary of Coal India Ltd, a government of India enterprise) The coal mines in India ...
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Of War and Peace: Bangladesh in 1972

  Excerpts from an account by an Indian civil servant deputed to oversee rehabilitation of evacuees and distribution of relief ...
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The Maharaja’s English Connection

My husband Neil C. Duncan’s maternal grandfather was Arthur Ramdin. Neil put together a brief biography of Arthur who clearly ...
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A Granddaughter’s tribute to the Artist, Sarada Ukil

Sarada Charan Ukil, popularly known as Sarada Ukil, my maternal grandfather is something of a mythical figure to me. What ...
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Katrina: A Latvian Tale

My mother, Katrina was barely 10 when she was orphaned, her mother predeceasing her father by a few months. Born ...
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My Grandmother’s Daughter

Till I was sent to a College Hostel in Darjeeling, I had never been away from the family. We lived ...
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Anonyma: A lady on the train

Anonyma: Eine Frau in Berlin (known in the UK as `The downfall of Berlin Anonyma`) is a 2008 German film ...
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The Guhas of Brooking Street

Jatindramohan Guha My great grandfather, Jatindramohan Guha  was the first in his village Qutubpur in the district of Faridpur in ...
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From Jersey, Channel Islands, to the African Continent

My father Richard Durell married Edmée Gruchy in Jersey on 21 December in 1934.    After marriage, Richard accepted a ...
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The Journey

The beginning was difficult-I was in a traffic jam going to the airport! Would I get to the check-in in ...
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Nagas- The lost innocence

 My posting, after being commissioned in to the Corps of Engineers of the Indian Army in 1967 following the Young ...
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Gin-and-Ice, No Lime

Ever tried drinking gin by itself, no lime or tonic? If you haven’t, don’t. It’s sheer hell. Burns the gullet ...
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Gold Rush

There had never been such excitement in the house. It was a hard-working and unforgiving life on this small HumbersideIn ...
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The Macready Mystery

Throughout my mother’s life, she believed implicitly that she was a descendant of William Charles Macready (1793-1873), the great Shakespearian ...
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Crocodiles and Education

When I look back on my life I begin to wonder if I have achieved anything of consequence.  To my ...
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1984: Thirty-Two Years Later

The passage of time has lent a surreal hue to the ghastly spine-chilling memories of 1984. Those who survived to ...
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Life with my Grandparents

I was very lucky to be loved and cared for by my grandparents for a very long span of my ...
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I.R.A. Activity in London – THE HARROD’S BOMBING

 It was unfortunate that the day our son Robert went to Harrods to buy a Christmas present for his father, ...
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To be a butterfly

It is a sunny October afternoon in Cambourne and I am looking through the window at my garden where a ...
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In Search of Spirituality

In October 1976 I and my ex-wife Chrissy went out to India to live the spiritual life. We had gone ...
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Evacuation from Ferozepur

It was August 1965. My family lived in the army cantonment of Ferozepur, Punjab, in northern India. I was 10 ...
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Wartime Summer

The farmer peered out of his kitchen window at the hanging heads of corn, ripe and ready for the swift ...
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The Gold Watch

It was fortunate that Lilly was in the kitchen when the bomb went off. All the bay windows at the ...
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The Bourn Connection

Me in WAAF, 1944 During World War Two I served in the WAAFsWomen’s Auxiliary Air Force was formed in 1939 ...
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Babcia

 We as a family of four have been living in Adelaide for the last six months where we relocated from ...
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When the War Began

 I find it hard to believe that I was born only six years after the end of World War I; ...
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