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.
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.
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.
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