Dance With Fireflies

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My Anglo-Indian grandmother (Phyllis Dover) lived in Benares (Varanasi) Like so many other Anglo-Indian families, they escaped the heat of the plains from April to October each year and headed up to Nainital.

Barnes, Mall Road Nainital.

Barnes, Mall Road Nainital.

It is here on the Mall that my Grandmother and her sister, Muriel, ran a lively restaurant above Trevillion and Clark, called Barnes’. The local gentry, Anglo-Indians and soldiers from the army camp at Tallital frequented the lively restaurant.

Dance With Fireflies

 

 T hey would hire bands, wind up the gramophone and play the piano into the early hours. My Grandmother finally met and fell in love with a Lance Corporal (Arthur Woollett) stationed in Tallital. They married after a romantic courtship, including picnics on Cheena peak. Arthur was then posted back home to England just before WW2 broke out. Phyllis’s life was turned upside down as she grappled with life in England and her overbearing in-laws.

Dance with Fireflies is based on her life from when she left India and her struggle to fit in with Arthur’s family. He is subsequently posted to Burma and things get even harder for her. It has taken 4 years to research, write and publish  this book, which is now available on Amazon as a paperback or eBook.

 Internal View of Barnes 
Internal View Of Barnes

Internal View Of Barnes

Internal View Of Barnes.

Internal View Of Barnes

Internal View Of Barnes.

Internal View Of Barnes.

About the Author

Jane Gill was born in England in 1964. Her love of travel has taken her to many locations around the world, including India, where an early ancestor settled as an Indigo planter. She lives in the Cotswolds with her husband, son and dog. Her blog; www.janespentopaper.wordpress.com details the writing of this novel amongst other bookish observations.

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