The Voyage

The Voyage

I joined the Indian Navy in 1949 after graduating from Presidency College. It was still the Royal Indian Navy. Cochin ...
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Coming Home: Happiness, at last

Coming Home: Happiness, at last

The final episode in Susan's quest: Armed with Peter Stewart's name, I persisted with my search with the full support ...
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Coming Home: Love and Longings

Coming Home: Love and Longings

Nine years after the birth of her firstborn child, Elizabeth Edwards married a lovely, well-to-do Englishman.  They had met while ...
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Coming Home: Dreams and Heartbreaks

Coming Home: Dreams and Heartbreaks

The year was 1964 and Rock and Roll was in full swing around the globe.  Three young people in the ...
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It all starts with a smile

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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Your name is written on every grain you eat

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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Our Old School

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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Freedom, Food and the Tragedy of Deaths

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

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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Encounters at Harvard

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

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

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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Ruby and the Memsahibs

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

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

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

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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On the Wings of Dreams – My years of growing up

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

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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My Jewish Legacy

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’: Life with family and friends

‘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

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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The Maharaja's English Connection

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

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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My Grandmother's Daughter

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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The Guhas of Brooking Street

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

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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Nagas- The lost innocence

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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Gold Rush

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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The Gold Watch

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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