129 x 198 x 16mm
This intriguing and colourful collection of stories was written when the author first went to India in 1949 and during her return in the 1980s. A beautifully crafted book, it is startlingly fresh in style.
Dorothy captures an India that is no longer - an India at the time of independence but still marked by colonialism and class. We meet the people of one of the world's most crowded and colourful cities - Bombay, and experience some of Dorothy's most unusual adventures and escapades. Dorothy often ventures where no man, let alone a woman at this time, would dare to go. Her "reality" journalism is racy but still maintains a sense of dignity and grandeur with a shrewd eye for what is hidden just below the surface.
The chapter headings give a taste: The Queen's Necklace, Commuting to and from Bombay, Caught short at the Bazaar, A cup of tea at the bank British-Raj style, Dowry Dracmas, Bombay Opportunists versus Western Adventurers, That's Not Cricket Mr Kipling, The Sikistan Riddle and Lord Louis Mounbatten's Treachery, and The Myths of the British Raj.