Sunday, October 04, 2015

Anglo-Indians, Is Their Culture Dying Out?

CLICK here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-20857969

By Kris Griffiths


 SmileyRoseFrances x

15 comments:

Anonymous said...

Are you Indian SmileyRose?

Frances R. A. Napper said...

I come from Anglo Indian roots, which means I don't celebrate all of the lovely traditions which the Indians all celebrate. I only speak the English language too. We were all Christians in our family because of our English/European roots. I was born in India.

Many Anglo Indians returned to their mother countries after the British left India. Many chose England because it was the country who spoke their mother tongue. Some chose to live in Canada, Australia an New Zealand.

Anyone can be British Indian and they can still celebrate Indian traditions and speak the Indian language, however Anglo Indians are usually descendants of Europe/England.

Anonymous said...

So you can't speak Indian?

Frances R. A. Napper said...

Unfortunately not. My family all speak the English language only. We celebrate Christmas and the Christian festivals too. Having said that, India is still in my blood, therefore I hold a special place in my heart for the country, especially as I was born there.

Frances R. A. Napper said...

I came to live in the UK when I was 5 months old, it would be nice to visit India one day.

Coochy face said...

It not like you came to England and tried to change it then! You even speak English like me. I like.

Frances R. A. Napper said...

I don't think anyone wanted to change anything. If anything was changed, It's the British who made the changes. I'm sure people did not move here and dictate to the British what they wanted.

Frances R. A. Napper said...
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Frances R. A. Napper said...

Perhaps the British did not want folk returning to their own country when they heard about the cruel jibes and the hurtful comments I have overheard some folk make.....therefore they tried to make people feel welcomed into the country, just in case they wanted to go back!! ;) I would say many of the Indian people I know are very clever folk and they are very family orientated. I am very proud of my roots. :)

Anonymous said...

How come you speak only English?

Frances R. A. Napper said...

I was born to European/Anglo Indian parents which means that my parents only grew up speaking the English language. They both went to English speaking schools in India. You have to remember there were an awful lot of British people living in India at the time due to the British Raj. My grand mother came from Southampton. She had English and Scots blood. It's like me being the offspring of Cliff Richard, Ben Kingsley, Merle Oberon or Englebert Humperdinck (all Anglo indians) ...they are all similar to my own parentage. Therefore it was only natural that I should speak the English language if my parents only spoke the language, even though I was born abroad. :)

I know it sounds complicated, but I hope it helps you to understand.

Anonymous said...

So you're English?

Frances R. A. Napper said...
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Frances R. A. Napper said...

I have been in England since I was 5 months old. All that I know has always been here in England only :)

Frances R. A. Napper said...

I have lived in England ever since the age of 5 months old. All that I know has always been here in England. I could not possidly go back to my own country when cruel jibes were made when I was a child, because I only speak the English language. My siblings were all born in England or on an RAF base...on British territory. I was born in a British run hospital too. So to all of you cruel folk, you all know what you can do!!!!