The Story of a Middle-Class
Anglo-Indian family in India
This 160 page book is available for purchase on Amazon
This is a biographical account of events from the 1880s to 1950s
in India. The story spans 3 generations of women in an Anglo-
Indian family and draws upon some of the noteworthy historical
events in India at the time. We also see some of the obstacles
the average middle-class Anglo-Indian family members faced
and their attempts at embracing a changing India. This series of
vignettes provides a glimpse of what happened to middle-class
Anglo-Indians in India and how the quest for the country’s Independence
eventually contributed to the exodus of Anglo-Indians
in the 1940s and 1950s.
About the Author
Sonina K. Matteo lives with her family in New Jersey, USA. She has worked as a documentation engineer/technical writer and business analyst for over 25 years. She has a background in technical journalism and has published articles for print and online magazines. This is her first book.
Sonina says “My mother’s family lived for many years in India while the British ruled. In this story, the Anglo-Indian community is uncovered through my mother’s eyes.” Thousands of Asian Indians immigrated to England, Australia, Canada, United States, and several more countries post Indian Independence, between 1947 and 1965. This was considered the first wave of immigration and included many Anglo-Indians. Her mother was part of that first wave of immigration after Independence, but was among the last to leave within her community—the Last of that Anglo-Indian group.