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4.0 out of 5 stars Box Wallah Memories, 30 Dec. 2012
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This review is from: The Last Burrah Sahibs (Paperback)
They are a dwindling band now with fewer and fewer attending their golf days at places like Elie - the old Dundee Calcutta jute wallahs. This book commemorates them without sentiment and a lot of humour at a time when few traces of the jute industry remain in Dundee - a framed shred of the last cargo landed on display in the Dundee Arts Centre and a factory museum. Max catches the dying moments (for Dundonians at least) with humour and energy and He manages to cover both the experiences and enthusiasms of the school child with a hint of what was going on in a wider world with a war to come that created a new nation from East Pakistan. A read for the other children of the jute trade like me, herded onto and closely restrained on the summer BOAC flights, being chauffered in their cars to the Swimming Club, living in the big houses next to the mill, whose first emotional relationships were with the ayahs and servants deputed to look after them. Students of a neglected part of the economic history of Empire will enjoy the rest Max gives them from the debate around the deeds of Empire - exploitation or development?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it, 5 Dec. 2012
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Really enjoyed reading this book and would thoroughly recommend it. Brought back a lot of memories for me but would give a wonderful insight of that period to anyone who had never been to India or Bangladesh. The Jute Wallahs lived a life of luxury in the heyday of the Jute industry in Calcutta. Lovely summary of a lifestyle that is now relegated to the history books.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great piece of writing, 13 Feb. 2014
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This is a wonderful book detailing a forgotten chapter in our Imperial history. Amusing, informative and moving, this work is one that is not easily forgotten.
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