This e-book, which I have just started writing, is about memories – memories of the old days and how it used to be, as well as a reflection on how my life has changed and moved beyond recognition now. I am eager to embark on the train journey to see not just how much India has changed but also how my own life has changed. For one thing, when I was a little girl, I was still at a minor public school, run by Jesuit priests. This is a mark of how secular India was – we are high caste Hindu Brahmins but my parents (like many others) thought nothing of sending us to a Christian school – they were simply th best educators and I had a wonderful time.
Today, I no longer live in India – I am British, living in Wales; and married to a Scotsman from the Outer Hebrides and together we have triplets. I have taken them on Indian train journeys too, and I often wonder what they really think of it all!
And embarking on a filming trip of a familiar journey is a different enterprise from the regular journey I made on the trains. But one thing is similar – we will have lots of luggage! But more of that in the book. Suffice it to say that I have started writing it, by which I mean I have written a couple of chapters, one which is good and the other absolutely dreadful! I will soon be putting a link to the chapters; and I would be delighted if you could react to what I have written and help me shape the book.