Book on Anglo-indians earns global praise
PATNA: A majority of 1.25 lakh Anglo-Indians in the country are engaged in the armed forces and the railways. These are jobs that take them to distant corners of the country, making them miss out on family life and watching their children grow.
But they also live through unique incidents in the process, gathering several stories and anecdotes to narrate later. Norman Ivan Marshall, 68, former big game hunter and Indian Army soldier, decided to share his experiences and thoughts.
The result was a vibrant book, ‘ The Anglo- I ndian Absconder Soldier Daddy’ - an account of a person trying to fit into the hard regimen of a military man.
Throwing light on the inception of the book, Marshall said, “Actually, my two daughters are responsible for it. I used to tell them bedtime stories about my adventures, which they enjoyed a lot. They asked me to write a book narating all those tales, after they grew up.”
Marshall did not take it seriously then, but the storyline remained in his subconscious. With a little prompting from his closed ones and relatives, he not only wrote the book later, but also designed its cover and published it.
Apart from depicting so much of Army life along with the battle scenes, the book also includes a collection of English songs and rhymes, that were popular among the community, as well as the soldiers, some decades ago.
Overall, it is an interesting peep into the life of an AngloIndian. It could be useful for those who want to understand this community.
Currently, the book is earning praise not only in India, but also UK, Canada and Australia.
Guests enjoy a lighter moment at the AIAIA meet in Patna on Sunday.