Haunting India by Margaret Deefholts: A collection of short fiction, poetry, travel tales, and memoirs. Check out excerpts from selected chapters. For purchase details click here

Anglo-Indian Wing:

encounter: an e-zine

Join me as I sit on the veranda of this old colonial bungalow. It is evening now and the sun has begun to dip to the horizon, turning the sky to flame. Long shadows lie across the lawn, and the "brain-fever" bird—a harbinger of summer—fills the dusk with its repeated questing call which builds to a maddening crescendo, and then falls suddenly silent. Parrots streak like emerald darts between the gulmohur trees and as the darkness thickens, fireflies flicker through the mango groves. The heady scent of mogra and rath-ki-rani blossoms flanking the driveway, mingles with the smell of wood smoke borne on the breeze from the cooking fires in the servants’ quarters at the rear of the compound.

The bungalow is older than I am. It has known many seasons: the searing days of May, when the paint on the roof bubbles and blisters, and ceiling fans creak through the drowsy afternoons; crisp winter mornings where the sunshine is mild, and fat chrysanthemums and heavy-headed dalhias nod in the shade of neem trees; the onslaught of monsoon storms when rain blurs the windowpanes, and the earth smells strong and sweet.

The rooms are filled with mementoes: personal anecdotes and family photographs. Its walls still hold echoes of a long gone era, a vanished world, which I once belonged to: Anglo India. There are links to other Anglo-Indian sites, to articles, to well-loved recipes and to a listing of familiar "Hobson-Jobson" Anglo-Indian words.

Under the "guest articles" section, you are welcome to send me contributions about your own personal memories, accompanied by one or two photographs if you wish. I’m looking for recollections about school days in India, about celebrating in our own unique fashion the traditions of Christmas and Easter, tales of meeting up with old friends, and favourite family recipes, or anything else you’d like to share with our global network of Anglo-Indians.

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