Curtain Call – Anglo- Indian Reflections
Edited by: Kathy Cassity and Rochelle Almeida
Publisher: CTR Books (Price USD 16)
CTR Books, a USbased publishing enterprise dedicated to promoting Anglo-Indian heritage and culture, has just released its eighth and final book – Curtain Call- Anglo- Indian Refletions– flagged as one of the most exciting projects to roll off its presses.
Edited by eminent Anglo-Indian professors Kathy Cassity and Rochelle Almeida, the book features the work of Anglo-Indian and Indian authors, both new and established, spanning the varied experiences of a little-known mixedrace community which had its beginnings during the British Raj in India when whitesettler Britishers, missing the presence of British females, married Indian women.
Anglo-Indians are totally British in outlook, their mother tongue is English and they follow the Christian faith. They also have British, French, Dutch and Portuguese surnames, reflecting the various nations that occupied India at different periods in the subcontinent’s colourful history. At its peak, the Anglo-Indian community numbered around 500,000 and when India became independent in 1947 most migrated to Britain, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and elsewhere, with around 200,000 still in India today.
Publisher and philanthropist Blair Williams, a New Jersey-based Anglo-Indian businessman, runs CTR (Calcutta Tiljallah Relief ), a registered “not for profit” charity he set up in 1999 to help alleviate India’s Anglo- Indians from financial distress. He started publishing books in 2002 with one penned by himself entitled Anglo-Indians – Vanishing Remnants of a Bygone Era, because he felt that English and Indian authors had been “grossly stereotyping” the community. He wanted to set the record straight by issuing books written by Anglo-Indian and other writers who “really knew our community”. He said his firm’s final book contained “excellent stories, memoirs and reflections” like all the other books he has published.
Williams added, “Our books not only make interesting reading but buyers also get to help less fortunate people as the gross proceeds of all books bought go to helping India’s Anglo- Indians. We provide monthly sums to over 250 seniors and finance the education of the community’s children.”