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Railway adventures in India

Date: 26/09/2008           Category: Arts and Libraries

Professor Satya Sood will be in Chatham Library on Thursday, 2 October to talk about his book called Victoria's Tin Dragon: A railway that built a nation. His vivid account describes the centuries old relationship between the countries along the rim of the Indian Ocean and the eastern coast of Africa. The book details the background of the Indian 'coolies' who were employed by the British as indentured labour to fulfill a Victorian dream to build a telescopic Uganda Railway – the Tin Dragon – in order to consolidate and safeguard the British sphere of influence in this territory. The author portrays their courage, determination and grit and the co-operation that was required in this harsh era between the people of three different continents to battle the forces of nature, disease, the inhuman working conditions and the creatures of the wild to achieve the ultimate goal. The talk starts at 7.30pm. It’s free but places must be booked. Contact Chatham Library on 337799.