Good writing should be like silk sliding over
marble, and that certainly describes your work
With regret I turned the last page of your book
this morning. What took me so long? Let me tell you, Margaret. I savoured
each page as a morsel of a much loved delicacy. It was enlightening and
enjoyable. You brought out the best of the English language to take your
readers on an exquisite journey to your beloved India
Finished reading - savouring a chapter or so
at a time - "Haunting India" yesterday. What a treat! Was already
a fan of your travel articles and thoroughly enjoyed your family roots
retrospective...but your short fiction pieces are the real gems.
Finished reading your book this morning...loved
it!! It was like taking a walk down memory lane, and going into a corner
of your mind that felt like hot chocolate on a cold foggy day, comforting
and fun. Loooved the ghost stories, were we all weaned on these? Also
learned a lot about the Railway community. Had heard about this sub-species
of Anglo-Indian, but being "city slickers" had never met anyone
from this community....now I know.
I thought I would write and express my delight
in your book Haunting India. I am totally absorbed and cannot compliment
you too highly on your excellent stories and poems. Thanks for providing
so much pleasure.
I have just finished reading your book and I
want to let you know how much I enjoyed it. You have a 'way with words'
that evoked many emotions as I read your stunning descriptions of various
facets of life in India. Many times, as I read the passages of your book,
I thought that the "Haunting" of the title of your book was
reinforced by the ethereal quality of your beautiful prose. And, of course,
I was touched by the pictures that you conjured up in my mind. Congratulations
on your book. I hope it achieves the volume of sales that it deserves.
...Absolutely "bloody" marvellous.
To say anymore will only debilitate the awe with which Hazel and I have
read each little story and related to so much. Wonderful effort and you
get a standing ovation from both of us. It's both introspective and retrospective
of the AI community at the same time, warts, beauty spots and all.
Bravo! A great book, and one that will prove
to be more memorable with the passing years. India is something different
to everyone who has lived there - but there has to be a common thread
that we all understand. Words like "jhut-phut" - so right for
I've finished reading your book which was so
enjoyable. It reminded me of a tin of "Golden Syrup" which we
used to get as a treat when we were kids. You could eat it in one a few
big gulps, or eat it by the teaspoon, slowly in small mouthfuls. Either
way it tasted wonderful. I ended up reading your book in small doses at
the end of the day and it was so enjoyable. So many of the incidents and
anecdotes struck a chord of memories, and your description of places and
events took me back in time .I was lucky enough to visit the festival
of camels, and is only when you are at such an event
You are a fabulous writer. I thoroughly enjoyed
your book "Haunting India". You seem to take me back to my roots.
I felt as if I was "back home" the only home we can call home
(Dear Ole India).
You are an excellent storyteller, Margaret.
It's a wonderful world - and you have reached into the heart of it. Well
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