Foreword Irwin Allan Sealy Preface Introduction I: IDENTITY Angeline: Typically Anglo-Indian Essay: Culture and Identity Irene: Questions of Identity II: FAITH Dulcie: The Kindness of Strangers and an Everyday Faith Essay: A Christian Community in Changing Times Jane: God-given Opportunities III: EDUCATION Peter: The Less the Education the Fewer the Opportunities Michael Robertson: Education and the Community Essay: Reflections on Dilemmas in Education Philip: With Education Comes Success IV: COMMUNITY CARE Philomena Eaton: Social Service Convenor Extraordinaire Essay: Community Care and Consolidation Barry O'Brien: Charismatic Politician Meryl: Life, Last Days and Care Final Words: Reflections on Research and the Community Bibliography Index
Robyn Andrews is a Senior Lecturer in the Social Anthropology Programme at Massey University, New Zealand. She completed her PhD in 2005 which was based on ethnographic research of Calcutta's Anglo-Indian community. The author's main research interest is in Anglo-Indian studies. She is a recipient of several grants from the University towards this area of research. She continues in her research involvement with the community with a focus on the diaspora, life-story collection and ageing in particular. She was awarded a Massey University Women's Award in 2009. Andrews has published numerous articles in prominent journals and has several published articles in edited volumes.
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