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Doing Time With Nehru

Voices of Deoli


Dinner with Calcutta/Darjeeling Chinese

Posted on May 11, 2013 at 2:17 PM Comments comments (209)
Dinner here at home last Tuesday with a group of Calcutta/Darjeeling Chinese was a lot of fun. For most of us, it was the first time that we met together since living in India. Peggy and Cyril came down from Canada; Joy and Effa live in San Mateo; Alice lives in Hayward; Nicole lives in San Francisco; Noel and me in Berkeley. There was so much animation and joy in getting reconnected, exchanging of personal accounts of the '62 border war, life in Calcutta during that time, and the effects of the internment. There were also heartfelt stories about my parents. 

And what did we have for dinner, you ask? Indian food of course! Rice and dhal, chicken curry, eggplant with peas, aloo dum, spinach, cauliflower, and raita, For dessert, we had laddoos — Peggy had to bring them because of the "laddoo" chapter in my book! Joy brought her version of mishty doy—delicious, and not too sweet. Alice brought meat pasties and a couple of Chinese dishes thrown in, just in case...All in all, we ate a lot and had fun!

We'll have to have a repeat!

New Begiinings May 2013

Posted on May 5, 2013 at 7:28 PM Comments comments (150)
A few weeks back I was recently contacted by a young man living in Palo Alto named Daniel. He told me his mum just read my book and it had really resonated with her. He thought it would be nice if the two of us met. He told me his parents were coming to visit him from Canada in early May and would I be open to meeting them, perhaps at a restaurant. He told him I would be delighted to meet them, but I thought it would be nicer and more relaxing if we had dinner in our home. I also invited two other women, whom I had met briefly shortly after my book launch last October, to join us.  One person named, Joy, was actually born in the camp! and Alice, who was in the camp were one of the internees who had opted to go to China after release. She read my book and then came by the house and bought half a dozen more to give away to friends. 

It will be the first time for me to have a meeting of "ex-internees." The dinner is going to be this coming Tuesday. Ten years ago, I would never have entertained this idea, but now I'm really excited and looking forward to it.