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April 9th, 2018

A Fortunate Life by Peter Byrne

Soon to be published, Peter Byrne's autobiography details his days in tea. For more details please check out his website
www.petercbyrne.comByrne (93) is keen to make contact with anyone who was in the Dooars during his time.



Simon Watt's autobiography

Tea, Tennis & Turbulent Times: a slice of Life by Simon Watt

Simon's autobiography based on his early life and subsequent years working on tea plantations in Bangladesh is now available on Xlibris and Amazon

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(Publisher's blurb) This is a true story of an ordinary boy who grew up to have what I believe to be an extraordinary tale to tell. This is the tale of a lad growing up in post-war Britain and of the trials and tribulations of life in a boarding school and an attempt to earn his wings at Cranwell. This is also the account of how letters sent home over a fifteen-year period prompted the author to write his memoirs of these years spent in what is now Bangladesh and of the exciting, but often dangerous times of being caught up in the Indo-Pakistan War and the birth of a new nation—a slice of history barely remembered today. This is about his experiences as a young tea planter adapting to the vagaries of a strange language and living conditions in a Third World country as well as the droughts and cyclones that at times resulted in so much loss of life and infrastructure, learning to live and adapt to the harsh and often bone-wearying humidity and heat of the monsoons but relishing the beauty and the blessing of the cooler winter months. It’s a factual story of how tea in the 1960s and 1970s was produced from—‘two leaves and a bud’ to a perfect cup of tea, how sport and club life played a major part in helping to dispel the loneliness he felt at being often the only Britisher for many miles, and how his friendships were made, many of which endure to this day. Simon Watt sets out the tale of his first thirty-five years in a frank and candid way. It is an honest, often moving account of his life up to that time. It is a book written with sincerity and humour while revealing a fascinating story.


RAF Liberators Over BurmaFlying With 159 Squadron by Bill Kirkness and Matt Poole

Please check out this book recommended by Khaing Tun Ms. (Khine).
"Matt Poole, co-author of this book, a great researcher and a good acquaintance of mine from the years I had lived in WDC whom I had gotten to meet in relations to my research on Wingate's Landing (Broadway) - has finally published his personal tribute resulted from many years of extremely detailed research." 




August 3, 2017

Office Chai, Planter’s Brew

By S. Muthiah (Author), Ranjitha Ashok (Contributor)

Publisher: Westland Ltd (April 13, 2016)

Language: English

ISBN-10: 9385724851

ISBN-10: 9386036851

(Available on Amazon)

The Editor received the following message from Alan Lane.

This book is 525 pages and a very good read if you would like to see the Indian side of the story about those that joined agency houses in the 1950s / 1960s and 1970s.”

Alan has very kindly obtained permission to reprint a chapter titled “Luxmi Tea Company: “Bhadralok” in the Tea Gardens" by Dipankar Chatterjee

To read please click here.



July 13,2017



Shipping and handling within the USA. Buyer will receive in advance a quote on shipping costs which will vary for the number of books, and their size, and weight and the shipping destination, i.e., the U.S., Canada or international. All books are signed by the author and then dedicated and inscribed at the personal desire and the request of the buyer.

(1) THE SEARCH FOR BIGFOOT, 1975, hardback, non-fiction, published by Acropolis Books, Washington, DC. An account of the author’s research and findings in regard to the Bigfoot or Sasquatch mystery of the Pacific Northwest, from 1960 to 1975. The history of the phenomenon, eyewitness reports and a discussion of the many plausible theories which surround this extraordinary phenomenon. Illustrated with many photographs, maps, with a foreword by Robert Rines, President, the Academy of Applied Science, Boston, MA. Out of print, now very rare. Inquire about availability and prices.

(2)THE SEARCH FOR BIGFOOT, 1975, paperback, by Simon & Schuster, NY, 1975. Inquire about availability and prices. Approximate cost, $50.00.

(3) TULA HATTI, THE LAST GREAT ELEPHANT, 1990, (Book One.) Hardback, non-fiction, Faber & Faber, Manchester, New Hampshire, USA. The story, set in the jungles of far southwest Nepal, of a search for and documentation of the largest elephant in Asia, discovered by the author in 1980. Maps, many photographs and an introduction by the esteemed actor, Jimmy Stewart. In prime condition $10.00- $50.00. In fair condition, $65.00.

(4) TULA HATTI, THE LAST GREAT ELEPHANT, 1995. (Book Two.) Paperback, by Pilgrims Publishing, Katmandu, Nepal, the same book but with an Epilogue describing in detail the tragic death of this great monarch of the Asian forests. $45.00.

(5) THE LAST GREAT ELEPHANT, 2017. A new edition of the same story (with very few changes) but with a completely different set of photographs, many of them of wild elephant. Published by AMAZON $27.50.

(6) THE GREEN EYE, 1995,semi-hardback, fiction, published by Pilgrims Publishing, Katmandu, Nepal. A wild and rollicking adventure story of jewel smuggling set in India and Nepal and based on the epic poem, THE GREEN EYE OF THE LITTLE YELLOW GOD. Unusuallyillustrated with model photographs of the characters in the book. $25.00.

(7) RAIN FALLING AT CASCADE LOCKS, 2000,hardback, fiction, by T.H.W.P.Publications, Los Angeles, CA. Based upon a true life story and reminiscent of the fine work, THE BRIDGES OF MADISON COUNTY, though a different story. A poignant tale, set in Oregon, of an impossible love affair between a young woman and an older man. Republished in 2017, in prime condition, $27.50.

(8) GONE ARE THE DAYS, 2001,hardback, non-fiction, a beautiful, collector’s limited edition, slip cover, embossed front, by Safari Press, Huntington Beach, CA. Autobiographical, the story of the author’s twenty years as a professional hunter running trophy safaris in India and Nepal from the days of the British Raj onwards. Many photographs, maps, artwork, old letters, historical documents and with an introduction by the renowned actor, Charlton Heston. Prime condition, $250.00. (Inquire concerning availability.)

(9) GENTLEMAN HUNTER, 2007, Safari Press, CA. An extraordinary and detailed account of the history of man-eating tigers and leopards in India and Nepal, from 1900 onwards, killer big cats which took and devoured over 1000 people … and the author’s two-year’s of research into the phenomenon. Includes detailed accounts of the great hunts of India’s legendary domiciled Irishman, Jim Corbett. A collector’s edition, slip cover, embossed front. Many photographs, maps, historical documents and with an introduction by the famous New York based trophy hunter collector, James Ross Mellon. Prime condition, $185.00. (Inquire concerning availability.)

(10) HUNTING IN THE MOUNTAINS AND JUNGLES OF NEPAL. 2012. The third book of the author’s big game hunting trilogy, by Safari Press, California, 2012. Hardback, non-fiction, embossed slip cover, collector’s edition. His final collection of big game hunting stories, with drama, fear, courage, cowardice and humor. Many photographs, some dating back to the author’s first hunting days in 1947, in North Bengal. With an Introduction by Africa’s legendary White Hunter, Nairobi based Tony Archer. Prime condition, $185.00.

(11) SHIKARI SAHIB, hardback, Pilgrims Press, Katmandu, Nepal, 2000. The Asian edition of the author’s book on man-eaters re published under the title MANEATER! (See below).

(12) A FIELD GUIDE TO THE WHITE GRASS PLAINS, Nepal, 2010. Paperback, non-fiction. A field guide to the White Grass Plains Wildlife Reserve (WGP) in south west Nepal, where the author hunted in the ‘50s and ‘60s and where, for the last twenty-five years, he has conducted wildlife conservation programs. Including a description of the author’s safari lodge-The WGP Safari Lodge & Research Center-and all the mammals, birds, fishes and reptiles of the 200,000 acre reserve. With maps, charts and many photographs. Now available. Publisher Pilgrims Press, Catmandoo, Nepal. Now available. Prime condition. Colored, $25.00.

(13) A FIELD GUIDE TO BARDIA NATIONAL PARK, Nepal, 2014, Amazon Publishing, paperback. Similar to the author’s field guide to the White Grass Plains (as above) a complete guide to Nepal’s far west, beautiful national park. Now available. New, prime condition, $25.00.

(14) THE HUNT FOR BIGFOOT, 2016. A new look at the Bigfoot or Sasquatch mystery of the Pacific Northwest, based on the author’s many years of research into the enigma. The work encompasses the author’s 1975 publication, THE SEARCH FOR BIGFOOT. New, prime condition. Black and white, $27.50. Colored, $37.50.

(15) THE HUNT FOR THE YETI. An account of the authors three years in the Himalaya in search of the Abominable Snowman, 1957, ’58 AND ’59. The people, the places, the Sherpa, the legends, the hard life of high Himalayan living (in tents, native houses, caves). Amazon Publishing, new prime condition, $27.50.

(16) MANEATER! A history of man-eating tigers and leopards in Asia from the turn of the century. Incorporating the original SHIKARI SAHIB, (2002, 335 pages) the new work contains 675 pages and over 100 photographs and is an up-to-date look at the deadly world of man-eaters and the terror they imposed on thousands of native villagers in both India and Nepal… with a total, from about 1900, to the present day, of over a thousand victims killed and eaten and many more severely injured. Published by Amazon, November 2016, new and in prime condition, $35.00.

(17) A FORTUNATE LIFE. Peter Byrne’s autobiography. About 500 pages with many (100+) photographs, about 125,000 words. A collection of stories from the life of Byrne: adventure, romance, daring do, safaris, “firsts” (eleven river first descents,) discoveries, (Asia’s largest elephant) escapades, life, short and sweet, as it should be experienced and enjoyed. Publication planned with Amazon and scheduled for summer, 2017. Price $30.00.

To obtain any of the above books, or for magazine articles written by Peter Byrne, or copies of THE BIGFOOT NEWS, and/or for shipping information, contact Peter Byrne or Cathy Griffin, via or Or by phone, cell 310-729-7781, cell (310) 344.7057, office 503-965-3632.




JANUARY 29 2017


"You could add to your list of links a book:


                       Tea Love and War” by David Mitchell.

The author’s uncle worked for the Budla Beta Tea Co, in the 1930s, and was killed
during t
he defence of Singapore.


The book is also available on Kindle.


(I myself worked in Assam, for the Eastern Assam Tea Company at Mohunbaree,
Balijan South, Limbuguri, Balijan North and Sealkotee. I managed Balijan South
and Sealkotee before being invalided out in 1960.)


T  J  F  Tucker


September 22, 2016

My new Bigfoot book, THE HUNT FOR BIGFOOT, is now ready for sale. 

285 pages, maps, many photographs, incorparating my original THE

 SEARCH FOR BIGFOOT (1975). Signed and inscribed copies, $25.00

 plus $3.50 shipping within the U.S.


 Peter Byrne. 


January 15 2016


An interesting effort  THE BATTLE FOR SANSKRIT
                                                       by Rajiv Malhotra


Below is my itinerary to launch my new book, The Battle For Sanskrit





These events are open to the public, January 15 – Feb 2, 2016.


The themes are related to my new book, The Battle For Sanskrit.
All my books will be on sale at the venues.


Formats vary. Some are academic style panel discussions with top scholars in the field.
Others are my solo lecture followed by extensive Q&A, or long workshops.
Some are formal book launches by a prominent chief guest.


For more details on the book:




Topic: “The Importance of Swadeshi Indology

Host: Yuvabrigade

Our School Auditorium, Banashankari, Bengaaluru

15th Friday Evening 6pm

Topic: “Reviving purva-paksha traditions in the modern global context”

Karnatak Samskrit University, Chamrajpet

Main Auditorium

16th Afternoon 2pm - 4pm

Topic: “Purva-Paksha of contemporary Indology

Bharati Vidya Bhavan, Race Course Road,
16th Sat, Evening 6pm

Topic: “How to protect our Samskriti: The main debates in Indology

Aksharam, Samskrita Bharati, Girinagar
17th Sun Morning 1030AM-12pm

Topic: “The kurukshetra of Sanskrit studies: Who will control the adhikara?

Indian Institute of Sciences, Satish Dhawan Auditorium,
17th Sun Evening 415pm

Topic: “Insiders versus Outsiders in Sanskrit studies: Who are these players?

Amrita College of Engineering, Kasavanahalli, Bengaluru
18th Mon, Afternoon 230pm-430pm

All day Workshop (need to pre-register):
How to be an Intellectual Kshatriya and join the Home Team
Hotel Sanman Gardenia, Near Ashoka Pillar, Jayanagar, Bengaluru

19th Tue 9am-6pm
To register please contact Pallavi: 9945005694




Fri 22: KSRI (Sanskrit college, Mylapore) 11AM - 1230pm
Justice Ranganathan Endowment Lecture
Topic: " Sanskrit Studies & The Global Perspectives "


Fri 22: IIT-Madras CLT Hall, 330pm-5pm
Topic: "Critiquing Contemporary Indology Studies"


Sat 23: Bharati Vidya Bhavan, Mylapore 9 am-12pm
Topic: “Samanvaya in Samskrit, Samskrita & Indian Languages"


Sat 23: Samskrita Bharati, host
Venue: RSS Karyalayaa Chetput 1pm-3pm
Topic: “Nurturing & Safeguarding our Samskriti & Samskrit”


Sat 23: Ramakrishna Math Mylapore 430pm-630pm
Topic: “Harmony of Paramarthika & Vyavaharika in Samskrit”




Jan 24: Book launch at Art of Living headquarters. (Afternoon – time to be finalized)




Jan 26: Indus University, Ahmadabad.




27 Jan: Think India. IIT-Bombay Convocation Hall. 6.30 - 8.30 PM


28 Jan: Samskrita Bharati. Savarkar Auditorium Shivaji Park, Dadar.7.30 - 9.30 PM


29 Jan: Tata Institute of Social Sciences Students Union. TISS Chembur. 6.30 - 8.30 PM


30 Jan: Chinmaya Mission. Welingkar, Matunga. 6.30 - 9.00 PM




Feb 1: JNU. 2 pm at Auditorium 1, Convention Centre, JNU Campus.


Feb 2: Delhi Univ. 11 am at Conference Centre, Opposite Botany Dept, University of Delhi.

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You can watch videos from dozens of my events in India and USA held at a variety of forums - ranging from top academic institutions, to television, to general public discussions, to faith organizations.


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November 22 2014

About "The Road to Puthukkad"

                                       By Gordon Alexander 

The Road to Puthukkad
 is a story of adventure,
human endeavour,
romance and murder. 

 In late 19th century
Southern India, the
heavy jungle of the
Western Ghats mountain
range is buffeted by
two monsoons. It was
home to wild elephants,
panthers, poisonous
snakes and a small
number of aboriginals. 

 It is here that Colin
Moore, second son of
English gentry with
no prospects in his
homeland, decides
his future lies in
growing tea. There
was an increasing
demand for tea in
Europe and it was
now known to grow
well in South India. 

With his labour supplier,
Nakkan Maistry, and his
cook and translator,
Thomas, he treks into
the mountains to build
the estate he will call
Puthukkad [Tamil for
New Fields]. Together
they face innumerable
challenges as they
battle the elements,
elephants, malaria
and racial conflicts.


 About the Author



Born in London England in 1935 and raised in Scotland, Gordon studied Agriculture at Marischal College, Aberdeen. 

During his teenage farming years he spent seven months of one summer on a dairy farm in Denmark. Later, at twenty, he worked for six months on a farm in Normandy, France.

He was conscripted in 1956 for two years National Military Service, the highlight of being selected as an officer cadet and five months later he graduated as a Second Lieutenant. Gordon then spent seventeen months in Bicester, Oxford, which were boring except for a couple of days when the unit was put on standby for Suez, but the crisis was soon over. He left the army on 4th of January 1958.

Back in Scotland, considering his future and aware that the majority of planters worldwide were recruited from the North East of Scotland, he wrote to a Plantation Company head office in London. Within a month of being interviewed he was on his way to India on a P&O liner, an eye opening three weeks for a twenty three year old bachelor. The next 13 years were spent first as assistant manager then as manager of various tea estates in the mountains of South India. The work force was largely Tamils from Madras State and thus Gordon gained a deep insight into the local people. He also enjoyed many jungle trips with Aboriginal peoples to the Periyar {Big River}  

Gordon immigrated to Vancouver Canada in 1972 with his wife and two children (2-years and 3-months-old) and no job. Life was very challenging for a few years but improved when they moved to Victoria and started a small business, which they grew over twenty years. Retiring in 1998, Gordon enrolled as a Humanities student at the University of Victoria, graduating with a diploma which was awarded exactly fifty years after his Agricultural diploma from Aberdeen.  

About this time he began to scribble.............

October 24 2014

Hot Feet and Far Hills -- by Judy Cannon

High concourse in the Himalayas

A Darjeeling driver and a guide, both wrapped in dark winter clothes and woollen hats pulled
down hard over their heads, picked me up at the hotel. Both looked like rogues, especially
when they grinned.  It was an extremely cold day but they were happy to take me on a tour
of the fertile slopes of the tea plantations.

Acres and acres of tea bushes stretched as far as the eye could see. They were in ordered,
clipped rows of almost military precision and stood inert as if it were too cold to put forth a
rebellious twig. The guide joked that no one could get a decent cup of tea in Darjeeling
because all the best tea was exported. But he was more than willing to have his photograph
taken among the tea bushes in our area where more recently there had been increasing
worry about leopards. Working on steep inclines among dense rows of bushes, several
workers had been attacked by hungry animals. 

We also visited the Mountaineering Institute where mementos of Tenzing and Edmund
Hillary, the first to conquer Everest, were revered.  There was too a photograph of the
hand and head of a yeti, for which my guide ardently vouchsafed.  He said yetis lived
in the mountains in an area closed off for “religious reasons”. Whether he truly believed
this or it was just standard guide patter, I couldn’t know.  Also known as the abominable
snowman, the yeti is supposed to be a large primate-like creature. Experts have
dismissed the idea of its existence but some tracks and nests have suggested maybe
the yeti lives. It could be a type of bear.  Darjeeling is such a fascinating, off-the-planet
sort of place, it would be easy to believe anything.

That evening, at the appointed time, I was looking forward to chatting about the day’s
events with a man called Wolfgang, who had helped me on arrival when I temporarily
collapsed because of the thin Darjeeling air - and waited for him in the dim-lit dining
room. No other diners were there and two waiters fidgeted as they stood by the kitchen
door waiting for an order. Other figures slid in and out of the dining room but nobody
stopped or spoke. I waited and waited until I could almost hear the minutes tick by.
Finally I gave up and ordered some food.

Wolfgang never did put in another appearance at the hotel.  The manager just
shrugged his shoulders and when later I asked at the Tibetan refugee camp, where
he was supposed to be doing some business, no one knew of him.  It seems he had
vanished into thin air.  It was a dark early, dreary January and local people on the
street walked heads down, preoccupied with keeping warm in sharp winds.  There
seemed to be no other European visitors about the town and I was travel weary.
The disappearance of Wolfgang, together with the eeriness of the dark hotel, and
being so far from home in this cold, cut-off place, began to get to me. It was literally
impossible to phone home.  That was why I was so glad to meet Mrs Wisden.

She was tall, erect, slim and must have been nodding eighty. She had the
straight-up presence of a theatrical duchess, an aura of confidence and a certain
piquant élan, although obviously soon to become frail.  She was impeccably
dressed, including coiffed silver hair and dark red lacquered nails. Around her
scuffled and snuffled twelve small, fluffy dogs, including a snorting Pekinese
and several Tibetan and Bhutanese bundles of hair that trotted faithfully
wherever she went, a sort of yapping entourage. 

Marigold Wisden ran the Planters Club with calm authority, highly remarkable since she was
the last European resident left in Darjeeling. Recalled with respect by some and by others
with scepticism, the story of her life had to be exceptional, whatever the exact truth of it. 
Her courage in staying on in Darjeeling, now elderly and alone, 34 years after
independence, was poignant in itself. I asked her why she stayed. She replied by asking
why should she leave and where would she go, although she admitted that an English
planter she knew had been murdered in recent weeks and his widow and children
had packed up and gone. 

Khushwant Singh later wrote that the murdered planter’s story summed up the
tragedy of those who had made India their home and decided to stay on after
it attained independence in 1947.

Marigold Wisden said her father had been with the former Indian Civil Service,
and that, born in Darjeeling, she had been sent at the age of six to an English
Catholic boarding school. She apparently had had three husbands, the last a
Colonel Wisden, who took her and her mother to Kenya, where she spent
several years. At some stage she joined her brother in Nepal, but he and his
family had since moved to New South Wales in Australia. 

She told me she had come to run the Darjeeling Planters Club 12 years earlier
when the club was broke, but by contacting tour operators she had managed
to build up business again.

Ravi Kidwai, writing in 2001, commented, ’To those familiar with the club, not
much has changed though the spit and polish imparted by Mrs. Wisden is no
longer in evidence.’

She would have appreciated the compliment.  She was a stern disciplinarian
and nightly toured with a Nepalese ‘houseboy’, who was all of forty, to watch
him lock all the outside doors. Her forcefulness showed itself everywhere,
particularly in details.

Started for men only, the club was founded at nearby Thorn Cottage in 1896 by
tea planters, and only after the British withdrawal in 1947 were Indians admitted.
  Khushwant Singh wrote of it, ‘The Planters Club of Darjeeling is typical of British
Indian clubs ... Its present site, right above a noisy bazaar, was gifted to it in 1890
by the Maharajah of Cooch-Behar  in the full knowledge that this club like all others
of its genre at the time was meant “for Whites only”.

Its prized possessions included five original watercolours by a well-known
Anglo-Indian painter, snaffles (simple bridle-bit) and a brown bear’s head claimed
to be a gift from former Soviet president Nikita Kruschev.

The reception rooms ran to a bar, billiards room and a library. Still on display in
glass cabinets were magnificent polo cups and plates fiercely competed for by
rival teams during the time of the Raj.  In the garden rested an old cannon,
“God knows where it came from, it just sits there,” Marigold Wisden shrugged
when I asked.  Kidwai described it as an old Gatling gun which “still gleams
from polish there.” The club was comfortable and spacious. A verandah ran
along the front and when the sky was clear, the magnificent Kanchanjungha
range could be seen in all its majesty, although the haze chose to grant me
only a momentary glimpse.  British mountaineers George Mallory and Andrew
Irvine, who lost their lives trying to climb Everest in 1924, were among
well-known people who had stayed at the club.

Ravi Kidwai said not much was known about Marigold Wisden other than
that she had been born in Darjeeling and “no one knows exactly what year.
” He added that a friend of hers had quipped, “For ten years we celebrated
her 64th birthday.”

Some helpful Darjeeling contacts let me know that Marigold Wisden died
there in 1983 and was cremated with Buddhist rites, her ashes scattered
on the hillside. I think she would have liked that.  For her Darjeeling was
home and heart.

One evening she invited me to accompany her to visit her friend, Jimmy
Hulbert, an Anglo-Indian artist, whose English wife had died five years
previously, and who now lived alone in a nearby hotel.  She armed me
with a heavy torch and said she always carried one herself because
people walking after dark could get attacked. She claimed she had
seen off attackers once by striking them with the torch. Apprehensive in
view of her age, as well as on my own account, I felt we should walk
as fast as we could along the dark, narrow streets. There were no street
lights; there were nooks and dark corners everywhere, or so it seemed to
me. The wind was spitting sleet and we kept our heads down. Later we
walked as briskly back as we had come and when we reached the
pathway to the club, she sighed dramatically, “Now we are safe.”
I confess I was still looking over my shoulder.

We had been to visit Jimmy Hulbert, who indeed lived in a small room
at the top of a rundown hotel. He was 83, an enthusiastic, happy man,
still painting landscapes in water colours and oils in beautiful tones.
His work was known in English art galleries. When we arrived he had
waiting for us a bottle of brandy and a big open fire.  He could not
offer us tea because the hotel management had cut off his water supply
again.  Jimmy had security of tenure and the manager was trying to get
rid of him so the hotel could be redeveloped.  As we went in I noticed
one of Jimmy’s fingers was wrapped in a bloodied adhesive bandage.
He had accidentally cut off the tip of his finger a few days earlier while
working.  Not bothered enough to see a doctor, he had merely stuck
the tip of the finger back on and bandaged it up himself.

We discussed the world, India, England, Australia, landlords, love and
life, and drank quantities of brandy in deep armchairs around the flickering
fire. We debated candidly and at length, in that tiny room at the top of a
hotel, itself almost at the top of the world. The three of us were simpatico.

“She’s one of us,” said Marigold Wisden, looking significantly in my
direction, towards the end of the evening. Jimmy nodded in agreement,
“She’s one of us,” he said.

Maybe I was, I could not judge; but they and that evening
stay in my heart.

Source: Hot Feet and Far Hills by Judy Cannon

You can buy this very interesting travel book from My Lifechange SHOP


 The  old BOOKs page was lost and I have managed to find an old CD
with some of it there


--have copied to the best of my ability





"A Chota Sahib" by John Rowntree from Verandah Books (MIchael Hougham)

The author's comments in the Preface are as follows:

"This account of the last days of the British Raj in India was written because I felt that

of my experiences were worth recording and that a description of the day-to-day

life of the ordinary folk who helped to keep the wheels turning might be of interest to

my family and possibly a wider public.

The book is a miscellany of those apparently unconnected things which, nevertheless,

give a society, a country or an era its character..........If my story is sometimes serious

and sometimes frivolous that, after all, is the way of life and it is of life that I have been


Unfortunately, my readers cannot smell the wet earth or watch the sun set in a riot of

colour across the plain; fortunately they cannot hear the ping of the mosquitos or feel

the prick of their sharp probosces. Nevertheless, I hope that I have succeeded in

conveying something of theatmosphere of the Indian jungle and cantonment, and in

writing an honest and unbiased account of that unique and rather peculiar society,

the British Raj"

John Rowntree joined the Indian Forest Service in 1929 and was appointed as

an Assistant Conservator of Forests in Assam. He retired in 1947 as a Senior

Conservator of Forests in Assam at the time of Independence.


Below is the cover of a new book by Eileen Hewson and published by BACSA

Eileen's e-mail is

Please contact the BACSA organisation for purchase


 the latest book that has come to the Editor's notice, I have not read it but I am

told by a reliable source that it is a VG read indeed




ISBN 81-7167-963-3

Some of the books can be found on or

The Three Volumes of a Volumes of " A DAM FOOL CAREER  by J.L.C. Strang



      Jimmy & Trixie Strang celebrating
their 46th wedding anniversary in  March 2004


To obtain any or all of the Strang books please call Mrs Trixie Strang at 01279 652793

A very good read and well worth the cost --Editor

Volume One-   "Events in the Womb of Time"

 Volume Two-- "Best Laid Schemes & Mountains"

 Volume Three--"Paradise and Back"

Jimmy & Trixie Strang celebrating their 46th wedding anniversary in  March 2004


Bombay Lost and Found.

 Author...Suketu Mehta

 ISBN...0-7553-2159-6 (HB)

O-7553-0150-1 (PB)   Publishers..Headline Book


"Last Children of the Raj"

Published by The Radcliffe press



Tea........Addiction, Exploitation and Empire'

 By..Roy Moxham

 SBN 1-84119-569-3

Publishers...Constable Robinson......


Forgotten Frontier

by  Geoffrey Tyson

Dated March 1945

Printed by in British India by The Times of India press, Bombay

Published by W.H.Targett & Co Ltd 4 Lyons

Range Calcutta (Price Rs 8)


"White Butterflies"

by Colin McPhedran

Through the Jungle of Death     A boy's escape from Wartime Burma

by Stephen Brookes


The Children of Kanchenjunga"

by David Wilson Fletcher


Published by Constable and Company


"Irrawaddy Flotilla"    by  Alister McCrae & Alan Prentice.

 Published by James Paton Limited in 1978.


Thirty Years in Assam

By Padre Wyld


Queen of the Elephants


Mark Shand

Hardback - ISBN 0-224-03544-4 - publishers Jonathan


Cape - originally £15.99 - obtainable from


also available from Abebooks at #1.99



 Elephants  Graveyard

by Tarquin Hall


Sister Sahibs

by Marian Robertson

Abebooks  -ISBN 0863322859  at  



"Green Gold : The Empire of Tea"

by Iris
and Alan Macfarlane

published in 2003 Ebury Press  Random House 2003 ISBN




Naga Path   by Ursula Graham Bower





Minto Nurses

By Emma Wilson

Castes and Tribes



"River Dog--a Journey Down the Brahmaputra"

by Mark Shand

Hardback - ISBN 0-316-86035-2 - publishers Little, Brown -

originally £17.50 - from now available from

Abebooks at #3.25


Boarding Party

by  James Leasor

The last action of the Calcutta Light Horse


Circumventing the Mahseer

by A.St.J. Macdonald



A History of the Joint Steamer companies

by Sir Percival Griffiths


'Empire Families: Britons and late Imperial India'

by Elizabeth Buettner

published by Oxford University Press at £25 ISBN 0-19- 924907-5.

the link reference for the book for Oxford University Press:


"Assam Planter: Tea Planting and Hunting in Assam jungles"--

by A.R. Ramsden

Published by John Gifford Ltd, 125, Charing Cross Road ,   London in 1945


"Assam Shikari" by

Frank Nichols


"Tea Planter Sahib"

by Philip Longley



"Journey Through Tea"

- ISBN0952754916 by Liz Handy

Available through contact with Liz Handy's website

 or by phone to Liz at 0208 788 1610 The

price is £ 15 and is also available through The

author kindly donates the profits from this book to the


Tea Tales of Assam     

by  W. Kenneth Warren



"Assam -- the language of Tea ----

Photos by Colin Cavers


" And Some Fell by the Wayside"---

---The story of the Burma evacuation


"Tale of a Tea Planter"

 by Jim Glendinning   "Privately Printed--  copyright Jim  Glendinning 1990"

 Available from   or


The Early British Coffee and Tea Planters
and Their
Way of Life.


"Missy Baba to Burra Mem"-

a life of a Planter's daughter in Northern  India 1913 - 1970

First published 1986 reprint 1991 Recco Retail  Price 20 pounds sterling

 by Joan Allen - ISBN 0-907799-60-4 - publishers BACSA



"The Pioneers"

Author: John Weatherstone

Published by Quiller Press Ltd. 46. Lillie Road LondonSW6 1TN

  Price 20 pounds sterling


Till the Sun Grows Cold;

A mother's compelling memoir of her daughter by Maggie McCune

paperback at #6.99   ---ISBN0747261423




"Green Gold : The Empire of Tea" by Iris and Alan Macfarlane


"Tale of a Tea Planter" by Jim Glendinning

The book was privately published by Jim and on the front page is

"Privately Printed--copyright Jim Glendinning 1990"


The Early British Coffee and Tea Planters and Their Way of Life. 1825-1900

"The Pioneers"

Author: John Weatherstone

"Till the Sun Grows Cold" by Maggie McCune


Emma's war


Deborah Scroggins.

ISBN 0002570270 Hard Copy published by Harper Collins