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Story of the Anglo-Indian way

The celebratory mood at Bow Barracks that set in with Christmas and continued with New Year got a fresh fillip on Thursday, when a book chronicling the Anglo-Indian community was launched.

The Anglo Indian Way edited by Errol O’Brien and published by Rupa traces the history of the community through life sketches of famous Anglo-Indians like James Skinner of the Skinner’s Horse cavalry to former Miss World Diana Hayden.

“Our community has contributed to the nation in many ways and the more I delved into the lives of Anglo-Indians who contributed to the building of our nation, the more I got involved,” said O’Brien.

The book launch at Bow Barracks, the heart of the community in Calcutta, was followed by a hockey match, an Anglo-Indian tradition, and a party with music, food and drinks.

“The Anglo-Indian way is a unique and rich cultural tradition and we have found a new way to define ourselves,” said MLA Michael Shane Calvert, who was present on the occasion along with Trinamul Rajya Sabha MP Derek O’Brien and Sudeshna Shome Ghosh, executive editor, Rupa.

The book was released by Ronald Forbes, the chairman of the Anglo-Indian Association of Canada, and his wife Patricia, daughter of Percy Carroll, who has been featured in the book. Also featured are Henry Derozio, Frank Anthony, Leslie Claudius, Neil O’Brien, Roger Binny, Ruskin Bond and more.

Contributors to the book include Derek O’Brien, Andy O’Brien, Ashok Malik, Andrew Scolt and Peter Moore.

The sales proceeds of the book, priced at Rs 195, will go to The Calcutta Anglo-Indian Service Society.