Authors

During his working career in the Petrochemical Industry in London, Denis K. Whitworth was involved with design and construction work on major projects worldwide. His activities in retirement include writing articles for magazines and newspapers, and, in 1989, producing the U.K. Josephites Journal for St. Joseph’s School, Bangalore. Denis has lived in Croydon, Surrey, for the last fifty years. He can be contacted at: 20, Ashling Road, Addiscombe, Croydon, Surrey CR0 7DA, United Kingdom. Phone: 0208 406 5040.

 

 

Rudy Otter is a retired Anglo-Indian journalist and columnist in the UK with more than 55 years’ full-time and freelance experience writing news, features and sport for British and foreign newspapers and magazines as well as comedy scripts for a former BBC radio show.

 

He is the longest-serving UK correspondent of The International Indian Magazine which is based in Dubai. In retirement 78-year-old Rudy likes to write short fiction (reviving a teenage hobby), and plans soon to try his hand at penning a humorous novel with an Anglo-Indian background. He frequently contributes light-hearted articles and short stories to Anglos In The Wind, the widely read international Anglo-Indian magazine published in Chennai, India, as well as hugely popular websites such as The Anglo-Indian Portal and The Anglo-Indian Home Page.

 

Born in Maharashtra, India, he was educated at two Pune schools, Taylor High and St. Vincent’s, and was later a boarder at St. Peter’s High School in Mumbai before migrating to the UK shortly after Indian Independence. Married, with a daughter, the family lives in southern England.

 

After more than half a century in the UK he is still besotted with India (which he has visited five times since emigrating) and agrees wholeheartedly with that well-known saying: “You may take Anglo-Indians out of India, but you can’t take India out of Anglo-Indians...”

 

His email address: otterrp@yahoo.co.uk

 

Noel Thomas was born in Khurda Road in 1940. His father Aloysius (Alec) was a passenger guard and his mother Theresa was a homemaker. Noel is the fifth of their nine children.

 

He studied in the BNR Primary School at Khurda Road and later in St. Aloysius High School, Visakhapatnam. After completing a five-year apprenticeship in Jamalpur Workshop, Noel was posted as Chargeman and later Foreman in Danapur and Dhanbad Divisions of the Eastern Railway. Later, he changed his railway zone and worked in Waltair and Chakradharpur divisions of the S.E. Railway, retiring as Divisional Mechanical Engineer (Diesel), Waltair, in July 1999 after 42 years of service. In his tenure Noel has visited many railway establishments and interacted with countless number of railwaymen all over India.

 

Noel and his wife Sheila (née Bertram), who also hails from a railway family, have three daughters and five grandchildren. They live in Visakhapatnam and can be contacted via e-mail at: noelthomas1708@gmail.com

 

 

Kevin Martin was born and raised in Podanur, in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu. His father, Charles, was a locomotive driver on the Indian Railways while his mother, Peggy, who never fulfilled her potential as a writer because she was so preoccupied bringing up four children, passed on a tiny strain of that writing gene to her eldest. This book is as much hers as it is his. Kevin has been a teacher, spending fifteen years in the hills of Darjeeling; a copy editor with a leading English daily in Dubai; and now, settled in Sydney, Australia, he is inclined to devote more time to writing. His ten-minute play, Shadow, was recently shortlisted for the Eltham Little Theatre Awards. And connecting every phase of his life and career is the fact that he is a cricket tragic. It is in music – in the lyric of a song or an interesting melodic phrase – that he constantly finds inspiration.