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"Scattered Seeds is a remarkable record, both visual and textual, of an extraordinary community that has enriched India in so many ways. Most admirable of all is the Anglo-Indians' ability to retain their distinctive culture, even as they adapt so successfully to new lives in new countries - a characteristic that is demonstrated in the many fascinating stories told by the people you have portrayed in Scattered Seeds."
Sonia Gandhi - President, All India Congress Committee
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'Scattered Seeds' has arrived and it is gorgeous! The photos are marvellous, the accompanying texts are magnificent, and the whole production is a great tribute to our community and a shining testimonial to your artistry. The whole book is worthy to grace the coffee tables of the finest mansions in the country, and I am sure that each person portrayed must be delighted to be included in this magnificent collection. THANK YOU for the privilege you have given me by including me. -- Stan Blackford - Adelaide, Australia
Scattered Seeds: The Diaspora of the Anglo-Indians leads us through an array of beautiful portraits of Anglo-Indians from around the globe. The photographs are enriched with personal biographies that demonstrate a real depth of honesty in relating to the many aspects of cultural identity. I find it interesting that although our Community is 'scattered' far and wide there is still a strong affinity with India. Well done, a truly thoughtful and inspired piece of work. -- Ruskin Bond - Mussoorie, India
To say that I am impressed and thrilled is the understatement of the year! It is splendid - a coffee table book to make all Anglo-Indians proud of their heritage. You have done a truly remarkable job in producing a beautifully crafted publication - one which presents a unique personal record of our Community in diaspora. I'm sure that many of our children and grandchildren will cherish this as a link to their origins - a "snapshot" of who we once were and who we are today. Bravo! -- Margaret Deefholts - Vancouver, Canada
Very, very impressive. From the very beginning you have kept it "sharp" and to the point. The presentation is for the lack of a better word "classy" and worth every bit of the price. -- Brian Gorham - Auckland, New Zealand
We would both like to compliment you on having produced a book of such a high quality - beautiful pictures and a fascinating choice of people. A top-quality celebration of the experience and humanity of Anglo-Indian people. -- Douglas & Yvonne Whitecross - London, United Kingdom
Scattered Seeds is a unique celebration of the experiences of three generations of Anglo-Indians, highlighting their personal sense of identity in a world where issues about race and culture are constantly changing.
The symbolic front cover encapsulates the British and Indian flags, a poignant representation for Anglo-Indians whose personal journeys reflect lifestyles layered with aspects of class, religion, power and freedom.
The book is divided into three main parts, a history of the Anglo-Indian, personal expressions of identity from Anglo-Indians from the UK, India, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the USA, and a conclusion about how this race of people contribute in today's society.
Full page colour portraits illustrate anecdotal life experiences, often with a surprising twist - a demonstration of the power of photography and the subtlety of the written word. Combined, the two genres produce a thought provoking insight into a community that has so often been misrepresented. Each individual has been given an opportunity to express in their own words the essence of being Anglo-Indian, an undertaking met with passion and integrity.
"Cultural identities are forged through a combination of shared histories that transcend a time and a place,"says Anglo-Indian author and photographer Dorothy S. Dady.
"Who is to say what the future holds, whether the recent resurgence and new found pride of the community can be sustained? Only time will tell... one thing is for sure: The Anglo-Indian story first germinated in India in the 17th Century but Scattered Seeds proves it continues to bloom gloriously around the world."
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