India Life. Leaving Bombay, a book by Michael Snell

India Life. Leaving Bombay, a book by Michael Snell
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India Life. Leaving Bombay, a book by Michael Snell reviewed by Wendy Cartmell

Leaving Bombay FinalI have just finished reading Michael Snell’s Leaving Bombay and am left with an amazing impression of such a happy carefree childhood in a long lost past that is part of our history. Born and brought up in India up to the age of 12/13, at the end of Great Britain’s involvement with this amazing country, this series of stories are memories of a young, innocent boy, living quietly at home in a very different environment from any British child of today’s modern world.

The little glimpses of India life, seen through his eyes, only touch on the vast issues of poverty, inequality and uprising manifesting themselves at the time, but are full of the simple wonder of the great, dangerous, delightful and exotic land. As you advance through the stories, the feeling of wonderment passes from the child to the reader, along with his awesome respect for his father, who is his rock throughout his young life.

A fascinating book and a great read for adults and children alike.

Review by Antonia Waterman



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