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  • By jimellis
    Nov 1, 2009
    A thoroughly enjoyable and remarkable read! Mehtars and Marigolds took me on an epic journey with the Perrin and Perks families for four generations, during their exciting and eventful lives in British ruled India. Starting in the late 1800’s, this book describes, in detail, the adventures, trials and triumphs throughout the next 75 years of a remarkable family. High times, exceptional times, low times and war time, this true story touches every emotion in your body. The joy of weddings, promotions and new-born, to the sadness of war and loss, through to the unimaginable struggle of life in a POW camp. This book guarantees both tears and laughter. The trails and sacrifices of life during the British Raj and 2 world wars, really do put life into perspective. A must read that you will simply be unable to put down.
  • By Gail Freeman
    Oct 10, 2009
    If you're interested in how people worked and played during the British Raj, or just love a good story, this book is for you! I was enthralled from start to finish and couldn't put the book down. The story begins with the author's great grandparents - two newlyweds Susanna and John. They left Wiltshire, UK in the late 1800s to make a new life in fashionable Simla, the Summer capital of the British Raj. The book is so evocative as it describes the personal triumphs and tragedies, epic journeys and intimate moments of the characters. I found it fascinating to learn how the British settlers influenced, and were in turn influenced by, Indian culture and society. The book also underlines how much the Second World War affected Britain's South Asian colonies; I now have a new appreciation for the sacrifices they made to help secure victory for the Allies. A must read!!
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Product Details

Perkerren Publishing
July 30, 2009
Perfect-bound Paperback
Interior Ink
Black & white
1.44 lbs.
Dimensions (inches)
6 wide x 9 tall
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