||This Project is a memoir, a collection of stories of the places I’ve been, the people
that populated my life, and events both historical and personal that drew my course.
I grew up in India, a child of the early 1950’s, an India fresh out of its colonial
past, when the remnants of the British Empire still lingered on. My mother’s family
traced their antecedents through several generations of British civil servants who
lived, worked and settled in India. My father’s parents were immigrants from Russia
who settled in Brooklyn, New York. My experiences led me to explore and reflect on
the cultural and historical milieu I lived through, during my childhood, early adulthood,
later adulthood, across continents, and through the vagaries of history that took
me back to and kept me in India a while longer than expected. My stories afford amusement
and have instructional value, about, among other things, life in India, its flora
and fauna, the emotional life of humans, marriages good and bad, and child rearing
– how not to do it, and how to attempt to do it as well as circumstances allow.