The Book of Anglo-Indian Tales

Spanning three decades, and set across the city of Chennai and the hill stations of the Nilgiris, discover a world where love, bobo curry and laughter triumph over sorrow, betrayal and regrets in an engaging and gentle read.

  1. The MEETING
  4. The TRIP
  5. The JOB
  6. The DANCE
  7. The PICNIC
  8. The GUESTS
  10. The DOCTOR
  11. The NURSE
  12. The WEDDING


A very simple guide to understanding the social anthropology of the Anglo-Indian community.

Anne Enos Thomtson, Adult & Community Educator, UK; Social Activist

A vivid and frank account of an under-explored part of Indian society. An intriguing and deftly-constructed series of tales that interweaves places, people and themes, each told with a bold and confident voice. Sangeetha Shinde Tee explores themes of family, society and human emotion with authority, clarity and wit.

Chris Wimpress, Senior Journalist, BBC, UK

A delicious concoction of inter-woven tales. Author Sangeetha Shinde Tee holds up an insightful magnifying glass – from vivid personal experience – to the lives of people in an Anglo-Indian community. Prejudices and family cruelties – a mother-in-law 'oozing smart and spite', a daughter who wreaks a humiliating revenge on her verbally abusive mother – abound. Yet she also cleverly illuminates instances where kindness and love manage to emerge triumphant from gloomy places. This is a thought-provoking and heart-warming book. And may also be read as a most intelligent analogy, with wider global application, of our modern politically polarised times.

Carole Dawson Young, The Tribune, UK

Sangeetha has woven tales about the human kaleidoscope capturing the quaint small-town existence of the Anglo-Indian Community in the Nilgiris. An engaging read.

Dr Sheela Nambiar, Author of Get Size-Wise, Gain to Lose and Fit After 40

Sangeetha Shinde Tee allows us a penetrating look at India’s divide and collaboration with its Anglo-Indian community in a delightful set of short stories. The flow is deceptively simple in its complexity. She holds your hand and takes you into ostensibly normal situations that break down to sum up the human experience that transcends boundaries of race or class. Her characters rise to the challenge of leaving us hopeful about mankind and the frailties of human condition.

Braham Singh, Author of Bombay Swastika