Christmas in Calcutta: Anglo-Indian Stories and Essays (Hardback)
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Christmas in Calcutta: Anglo-Indian Stories and Essays (Hardback)

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Hardback 268 Pages / Published: 07/01/2014
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Calcutta has one of the largest Anglo-Indian populations in the world. This is a community with members who occupy a wide range of socio-economic positions and who live a variety of lives that are always nuanced by their being Anglo-Indian. However, the community has been conveniently stereotyped by the media. Christmas in Calcutta goes beyond the stereotype and delves deep in this study of the Anglo-Indian community in Calcutta.

The book comprises life stories, memoir pieces and essays on issues of contemporary interest. It is organised into four sections: 'Identity' focuses on the origins, characteristics and the constitutional definition of the community; 'Faith', or specifically the practice of Christianity, is the subject of study in the second section; 'Education' points out some of the failings of the education system for the community; and the final section, 'Community Care', talks about Anglo-Indian care and the consolidation of their community through this care.

By drawing on the vital lives of real individuals, the author hopes that there is a change to the lens through which these people of India are viewed.

Publisher: SAGE Publications India Pvt Ltd
ISBN: 9788132113485
Number of pages: 268
Weight: 420 g
Dimensions: 215 x 139 x 18 mm


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Interweaving stories and reflection, this book vividly conveys what it means to be an Anglo-Indian in Calcutta, both for individuals and the wider community. Through her evocative description of lives and experiences, Robyn Andrews captures the vibrancy of the Anglo-Indian community and provides a compelling account of why Christmas in Calcutta is so special.

-- Alison Blunt
Christmas in Calcutta... has touched upon a wide range of topics-culture, religion, beliefs, people, places, perceptions and much pertaining to the community and its surroundings.... Characters, events and situations come to life as one reads through. The book showcases the Anglo-India community in all its shades, complexities and uniqueness. -- Allen Brooks
Christmas in Calcutta is one of those books that linger in your mind long after you've turned the last page.... Andrews offers a pragmatic, compassionate and upbeat summation on the Anglo-Indians as they are today. -- Margaret Deefholts * Co-owner of Travel Writers' Tales *

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