Anglo-Indian Project Review: Part VI

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It’s already been 3 months since the last time out to reflect on progress.

It is easy to lose track of information and begin getting confused by it all, so this is another quick summary of:

(1) Where is the Anglo-Indian Project up to?

and

(2) What next for the Anglo-Indian Project?

This summary will focus on progress since the last review posted on 30 March 2016.

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(1) Where is the Anglo-Indian Project up to?

The most productive time period (in terms of blog post publications) since the last review, 36 posts have been published on a range of topics. The reason for the increase is largely down to posting 30 posts in 30 days of June – a challenge laid down to push the blog forward and steer future direction. The 36 posts are summarised below in broad subject areas with the number of posts in brackets.

(i) Food (4)

Fancy a quick curry? try Chicken Curry in Ten Minutes. Further overviews of Anglo-Indian Food were presented along with the summary Anglo-Indian Cuisine III. A great post by Veena S. was re-posted on Anglo-Indian Project in June 2016: World Palate Recipes: Street Food of Mumbai (Bombay).

(ii) People (9)

This period of the project opened with childhood insights of Elaine Cynthia Hassett. A focus on the Pereira lineage, in particular John and Mary-Anne Pereira and their four children discovered to date, Victoria Alice Pereira (1870), Henry Pereira (1871), Sophia Charlotte Pereira (1881) and Ernest Augustus Pereira (1884). In addition, a focus on Clifford Melville Carr Smith. Pulling together the stories of key characters in the Anglo-Indian Project was undertaken in the form of limericks: An Ode to John Pereira and An ode to Edith Aileen Hassett (more of these to come).

(iii) Travel (2)

With the upcoming visit to Bombay (Mumbai) later in 2016, a couple of posts focusing on travel: Travelling to Bombay II: Railways and images of Mumbai. There will be more of a focus on travel in the coming months.

(v) Context (14)

The area with the most outputs this time around: Letters from India explored a letter sent to family from India in 1963. A couple of railway-focused posts, Great Indian Peninsula Railway (GIPR) and Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (CST). The history of surnames can reveal valuable information for genealogical research and this was explored through the Pereira  and Wharton names along with insight into name changes.  Posts focused on TV dramas such as Indian Summers and documentary’s such as Alistair McGowan: Who Do You Think You Are? and Asian Provocateur were posted and a short film on Rickshaw Man. Anglo-Indian words and language have been touched on in previous posts and a couple more were posted here: Anglo-Indian-isms (Almyra) and Anglo-Indian-isms (Kedgeree). Pictures of British India provided some further historical insight along with Crime and [In]Justice in British India offering an introduction to the violence which pervaded the colonial system of law.

(vi) Research (2)

A post which aimed to explore ‘what are Anglo-Indian Values?‘ was posted and shared widely (mostly via social media) with Anglo-Indian groups. The findings were briefly summarised in the follow-up post Anglo-Indian Values.

(vi) Project outputs (5)

Several posts focused on the core elements of the blog: Promoting The Anglo Indian Community and Anglo-Indian Project Inspiration. Some key Anglo-Indian Project Stories so far and Resources for Ancestry Research IIFathers Day was also celebrated (UK) during this period.

That is where the Anglo Indian Project is right now. A lot of posts – now 142 posts (including this one).

(2) What next for the Anglo-Indian Project?

The data gathered continues to grow and there is still only a fraction of the information presented through the Anglo-Indian Project blog. New ideas and avenues of exploration continue to emerge and there is no shortage of draft blog posts (currently over 100 – as has been the case since early 2015). The reach of the blog has grown rapidly in recent months, now covering 81 countries. Looking ahead the Anglo-Indian Project will continue to maintain its core focusA few snap shots of future posts:

People

  1. More insights into the offspring of direct ancestors
  2. Additional insight into the life of Stanley Wheeler
  3. More context on the life of Elaine Cynthia Hassett
  4. How far back do the Hassett’s go? (I will break through generation 8!)

 

Research

  1. Sharing of resources for ancestry / genealogical research
  2. Managing large amounts of data
  3. Reviews of key literature and organisations

Context

  1. Spies and intelligence gathering in British India
  2. More detail about the East India Company
  3. History of Bombay
  4. Gandhi’s influence on the Anglo-Indian community
  5. What can we learn from our ancestors? (very important – aside from just retaining family information and records for posterity – the information can be used to learn about ourselves and the contemporary world we live in)

Travel

  1. With the trip to Bombay (Mumbai) on the horizon, more information about travelling to India

Food

  1. Many more delicious recipes and food posts to come.

 

 

Moving further forward

  1. Still mining data and searching for additional names and information
  2. Continuing to build the ‘family map’ – where ancestors lived, worked, settled, were buried, and a few other notable locations
  3. A trip to India later in 2016, using the ‘family map’ as a guide, will hopefully provide further information, but at least it will provide some visuals to accompany the records and the write-ups

This is just a snap shot, there’s plenty more planned. Hopefully this summary is a useful point to pause and reflect.

Links to previous summaries:

2015

Anglo-Indian Project Review: Part I (12 posts)

Anglo-Indian Project Review: Part II (21 posts)

Anglo-Indian Project Review: Part III (24 posts)

Anglo-Indian Project Review: Part IV (18 posts)

2016

Anglo-Indian Project Review: Part V (25 posts)


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