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Where The Bulbul Sings

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The past and the present interweave - from the last days of the Raj to the present day, and from the small railway town of Ajeemkot and the princely state of Walipur to the cutting edge of the modern city of Delhi, and Sivalik - a pine scented hill station in the foothills of the Himalayas.

In this atmospheric, passionate and poignant account of a clash of cultures, caste a
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Published August 24th 2011 (first published August 1st 2011)
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Smita Beohar
Set in the last days of British Raj, Where the Bulbul Sings is the story of three generations of an Anglo Indian family. Hermie, a headstrong Anglo Indian girl, feels that the small town of Ajeemkot, where she stays with her parents isn’t enough for her to fulfil her dreams. She decides to move to Delhi in hope to find a rich British man and a way to move to her home, Britain.

Life however isn’t as rosy as it seems from far, she struggles, takes up the job of a nanny to make ends meet. Along the
Cathy Speight
Apr 24, 2013 Cathy Speight rated it liked it
A story that spans seventy years or so, starting from the beginning of the Second World War, this book is a rich tapestry of determination, love, politics, discrimination, wealth, desperation, secrets and survival, set in India, a country equally rich in language, culture, religion, customs, landscape and people.

The main character is Hermie, a focussed and single-minded young lady who is determined to abandon her Anglo-Indian roots, her mundane existence, and her family for a better future. She
Bharati Gupta
Aug 30, 2014 Bharati Gupta rated it it was amazing
I am reading this book because I am knowing very much about India but I am not knowing much about AngloIndian community because I am from different community. I am knowing this book is depicting AgloIndian community genuinely. Why? Because my grnadmother's friend is AngloIndian and I am asking her. She at first is not wanting to be reading book but when I am insisting she is getting into it with enthusiasm, and she is telling me that in those days it is as in this book. Hermie is character I am ...more
Aug 12, 2014 Julie rated it really liked it
The story of three women’s lives intertwining over a period of years really appealed to me. If you add in the mix of a timescale ranging from the end of the Raj in India to the present day then you have the makings of a great story.

The depiction of India is superb and obviously drawn from the writer’s own childhood experiences. It is almost poetic in places as you can feel yourself transported there, the heat and dust and the sights and sounds of an Indian summer miraculously brought into your o
Elspeth Brody
Mar 17, 2014 Elspeth Brody rated it it was amazing
This book is an unusual saga about a little-known (at least to me) community living in the Indian sub-continent that's of mixed heritage, largely a legacy of the East India Company whose members went to India to trade and seek their fortune. The story opens in 1939, during the dying days of the Raj, just months before the start of WW2 and continues until the present day. Hermie is a feisty young Anglo-Indian who flees her home for New Delhi in order to alter what she considers is a dead-end life ...more
Jo Notary
434pgs, In this atmospheric, passionate and poignant account of a clash of cultures, caste and creed, divided family loyalties, wealthy heartthrobs and the power of love, the story is told through three women whose lives entwine.
HERMIE - a headstrong and bewitching Anglo-Indian - turns her back on the Anglo-Indian community and reinvents herself only to find that a dark secret threatens to send her life spiralling out of control and cost her everything.
SHARP-WITTED EDITH, exiled in India from he
Aimee Habibullah
Dec 29, 2011 Aimee Habibullah rated it really liked it
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A fascinating story brilliantly carried off given the long time-zone stretching from the dying days of colonial British rule in India to the present day. The little-known Anglo-Indian (mixed heritage) community features strongly with Hermie an attractive Anglo-India reinventing herself and seeking to wipe out her Anglo-Indian past. The experiences of two other women inter-link with Hermie. Edith,a German, is hauled off a ship bound for Australia when it docks in Bombay and she is interred in ...more
Elizabeth Grieve
May 20, 2014 Elizabeth Grieve rated it it was ok
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Interesting subject matter, let down by lack of editing -

I got this as a Kindle freebie, and while the subject matter is appealing and interesting, unfortunately this book suffers from the same lack of professional editing and proofreading seen in many self-published books. I have started the book twice now, but can't finish as the errors and extremely long sentences make it hard to follow in parts.

As a proofreader, I may be accused of being too critical, but really feel that authors who give th
Amy Shannon
Sep 20, 2014 Amy Shannon rated it really liked it
Intriguing storyline!

I have read several books by Serena Fairfax and each time I am totally engaged in the story. This one was an interesting love story. The way she wrote about the life of Anglo-Indian India, and the culture and settings was truly inspiring. The book intertwines the past and present and she was able to greatly connect all of the characters. I am only slightly familiar with Indian culture and I felt I was invited in. The storyline was intriguing with the revelations of secrets,
Daisy Watkins
Dec 24, 2013 Daisy Watkins rated it it was amazing
A novel about the Anglo-Indian community which is a mixed heritage group living in India. It starts in 1939 and goes to the present day. Very vivid description of life in the exotic sub-continent. Fantastic main story with two interesting sub strands. Very enjoyable read and dialogue sparkles.
Feb 13, 2012 Sally-W added it
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Defining identity, the role of women, the search for 'home'. Three women and India from the end of the Raj to the present.

"Oh, what a tangled web we weave when first we practise to deceive."
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