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the diversity of the ebook: from wartime England to colonial Assam; from sapper education in India to jungle struggle in Malaya – Tea, Love and warfare tells the original real tale of the kid of an exploited village lady gaining reputation and reputation in suburban England. it really is break up into 3 parts: Stuart and Mary’s tale, David’s tale, and Ann’s tale. Stuart, engaged on a tea property within the jungles of Assam, fathers a baby through a teenage local girl. Stuart’s letters to his relations in pre-war England vividly describe his existence as a planter in colonial India yet hide his mystery love lifestyles. while conflict breaks out, Stuart joins the Indian military, trains as a sapper and is published to Malaya, blowing bridges within the determined rearguard motion opposed to the japanese invasion. again in wartime England, his sister Mary marries Stuart’s ally, Arthur, who makes a decision to coach as a military officer. Mary, now a tender mom pregnant with her...

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The lawlessness of the area in the days of the British Raj is perhaps demonstrated by the fact that three Political Agents, effectively the local British Governors, met violent deaths in the late 1880s. The fifty years from then until Stuart’s planned arrival in 1930 had seen much progress in terms of both access and politics; railway lines had pumped technological lifeblood into the area; coal had been mined to fuel the imported machinery; and the presence of the British had put an end to the headhunting and village raiding parties.

He joined other passengers to take a boat trip around the great harbour, learning the history of past battles from the boatman’s accented commentary. Back at sea a welcome breeze brought some relief but on 25th May Port Said was reached and Stuart felt the full glare of the North African sun. As an engineer, he enjoyed much time on deck observing the passage through the Suez Canal and admiring the mechanics of the lock system. After considerable delay in the passage through the canal came Aden.

Notwithstanding this small degree of modernization it remained a huge, inaccessible and largely isolated part of India, still inherently wild and with a diversity of tribal inhabitants intermixed with imported labour from other parts of the country, mainly to populate the isolated tea estates. Overall, the jungle remained dominant. This was to be Stuart’s home. Stuart revelled in the journey on the 16,600-ton SS Rajputana. He was looking forward to meeting his fellow travelling companions. He had always prided himself on being able to converse at all social levels.

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