Mrs Adams (82) has lasting memories of India before her family left for New Zealand soon after partition in 1947, when their homeland became Pakistan.
Over the years, she jotted these down for late brother Brian’s four children so they would know about their forebears’ life in India and later Auckland. Nephew Tony thought the historical autobiography had wider appeal, particularly among Anglo-Indians, and organised publication of Children of the Raj.
‘The story should have a wide readership as over one million Anglo-Indians migrated to such countries as the US, England, Africa, Canada, Australia and New Zealand after partition,’ Mrs Adams said.
‘I’m glad I wrote it because I feel I’ve achieved something and it had a good reaction from the four people (niece and nephews) who mattered.’
Mrs Adams said documenting short recalls of events was also therapeutic, having seen her elderly mother vividly relive memories of the turbulent late 1940s. ‘We’d all experienced it but never talked about what we had seen or felt and my mother had bottled it up for all those years,’ she said.
‘It was also important for me to get it out of my system.’
Mrs Adams, whose maternal grandfather was Anglo-Indian, plans to find out more about her father’s forebears now the book is finished.
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