March 2019: A familiar photograph!


Today I received my Nainital Nostalgia 2019 Limited Edition Calendar. I am thrilled to see the images of Barnes Restaurant adorning the month of March. The restaurant was run by my grandmother, Phyllis Dover and her sister Muriel in the 1930’s. From the hundreds of letters I have spent reading (for the research of my first novel – Dance with Fireflies), I think they ran it with great gusto and thoroughly enjoyed themselves! They held all kinds of parties that serviced the needs of the local gentry and army camp in Tallital. The British Raj was still in full swing, the piano was played (often by Phyllis) and the gramophone wound up, ready for action.

This beautiful calendar is the end result of a group of admirers and residents of this historical hill station who have worked together (with the help of Facebook) from across the globe….including India, Australia and the UK.

I feel very privileged to be part of Nainital Nostalgia; a Facebook group that started about 8 years ago. The warmth and kindness from its members along with their incredible knowledge of this remote town that meant so much to my ancestors is remarkable.

This will be a year-round reminder of this amazing place my family once called home and where my great, great grandmother is buried.


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3 responses to “March 2019: A familiar photograph!

  1. Jane, I’m pleased that you like my blog posts on India and find them interesting. You are fortunate to have such an exceptional family history — and in such a beautiful part of India. It’s good to know that Nainital is still there, seemingly well preserved. I knew of Dehradun but had no idea of what the hill station was like.

    • Hello Iris…. how lovely to connect. I read a couple of your posts yesterday whilst looking for pictures of Chaukaghat cemetery. My great grandfather is buried there. My Anglo-Indian family lived in the cantonement area of Benares for about 40 years. They eventually moved to Karachi after my great grandfather’s death. Then partition happened! So many stories to tell! I’m in the middle of writing a book based on my grandmother’s life at this time.

  2. Do keep writing your stories. They will be appreciated.
    On my blog post “Ravi in Bangalore Part two” there’s a comment from Patrick Wilson —
    ” … … Bangalore was also a great Anglo-Indian stronghold, and took a while to shake off the last vestiges of the Raj….once described by the writer Dom Moraes as an “INdian Cheltenham” …and I don’t think he was being complimentary..!! Enjoyed your reminiscences of old Bangalore.” I think I wrote on one of the Bangalore posts an account of having met an Anglo-Indian friend of my husband, Ravi.
    Maybe I’ll write a piece for my blog about my interest in communities like the Anglo-Indians in other countries where I lived and worked. Individuals from those communities befriended and helped me.

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