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Indian Summer 2nd Edition - E-book

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The Indian Summer E-book by Bernadette Earle brings a fascinating historical perspective on the lifestyles and experiences of Anglo-Indians during a period of an emerging modern India.


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Australian Anglo-Indian stories compiled and edited by Bernadette Earle. The Indian Summer captures the now almost extinct culture of the Anglo Indian diaspora, many of whom eventually settled in Australia. This book is a fascinating historical perspective on the lifestyles and experiences of Anglo-Indians during a period of an emerging modern India. It also commands a touching human element, evident through a rich collection of stories, anecdotes and poems offered by Anglo- Indians who have migrated to Australia.

The foreward, written by The Hon Philip Ruddock MP Minister for Immigration and Multicultural Affairs offers a superb insight into a book that brings to life a now lost period of Indian and British history. 

"The Indian Summer is a cultural experience and one generously shared by Bernadette Earle and each of the book’s contributors. To me, this represents the willingness on the part of migrant Australians to share their cultural backgrounds and traditions – a valuable feature of our development as a cohesive multicultural society. As we enter a new millennium, cultural understanding will continue to be a vital element in our success as a nation. In this way, The Indian Summer provides a symbolic gesture for Australia’s future in talking about India and its past."  The Hon Philip Ruddock MP. Minister for Immigration and Multicultural Affairs

A review of the Indian Summer by Veronica Sen published in The Canberra Times 23rd May 1999.


What is it like, being a minority group, sometimes pampered, at other times rejected, living apart from and often with a sense of superiority to your country's "native" majority? For answers to these questions as well as for a fascinating insight into the lifestyles, unsung achievements and problems faced by Anglo-Indians during the decline and aftermath of the British Raj, look no further than The Indian Summer, a compilation edited by Canberra-based Bernadette Earle.

Its stories, historical articles and poems, many of which have considerable literary merit, range over daily life, schooldays, attitudes and recreations that include the odd tiger hunt.

The frightening period of Partition is movingly captured by Anita Wallace.  The increasing sense of alienation after the departure of the British brought the writers to Australia, where they now share the memories of a land remembered with frankness, humour, nostalgia and what can only be described as love."