Thursday, November 28, 2019

HOMAGE TO 993 INDIAN SOLDIERS WHO DIED DEFENDING FRANCE DURING WORLD WAR – I Commemorated in the Mazargues War Cemetery, Marseilles, France. - By K J S Chatrath

Commemorated in the Mazargues War Cemetery, Marseilles, France. - By K J S Chatrath

Published 2017. Price Rs 400 (B&W), (In colour on glossy paper- on order with extra charges)

Indian forces arriving in France during World War-I from September 1914 landed at Marseilles a port city in south of France. The Military Cemetery in Mazargues of this town has 993 Indian burials/ commemorations. A walk in the cemetery shows that sadly 783 of these were non-combatants who did not carry any weapons and were fodder for enemy’s guns. 70% of these 783 were Followers, Lascars, Firemen, Greasers, Stretcher Bearers, Trimmers, Cooks etc.

No, there is not just one story of the dead Indian martyrs lying in the Mazargues cemetery. Each of the 993 martyrs was the hero of his own story comprising his family, in the far away village in India from where he came and his dreams and experiences. Only if we have time to find out.
This book carries a foreword by Prof. Chetan Singh, Director, Indian Institute of Advanced Study, Shimla, India.

Monday, September 23, 2019

'The man who discovered fire' - according to The New Yorker

Another great one from The New Yorker, September 29, 2014........But don't you think that The New Yorker was being sexist here? Fire could well have been discovered by a woman!

'Be different-Study in France' - by K J S Chatrath

Thursday, July 18, 2019

Respectful Homage to Indian Martyrs of World War I at Neuville-Sous-Montreuil Indian Cemetery, France' - by K.J.S.Chatrath

 This is my 21st book, and 7th in the series of Homage to Indian Soldiers who sacrificed their lives during World War-I while defending France.

Saturday, July 13, 2019

Liberte', Egalite', Fraternite'- by K J S Chatrath

14th July, or the Day of the Bastille is a good day to recall the French invocation of the slogan Liberte', Egalite', Fraternite'-

Liberty leading the people, the iconic painting by Eugene Delacroix

And that is a chic version of 'equality'. I am a francophile, but to be fair handed one must recall that the French gave voting rights to women only in July 1944! So much for equality!

And talking about liberty, one knows that France has, what it calls DOM-TOM- or the Overseas Departments and Overseas Territories which are legally part of France though these island are thousand of kms away from the mainland France.  And we in India remember how difficult it was to persuade the French to leave its erstwhile colonies in India- Pondicherry et al. It clung on to those till 1962.Liberty?

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

'Salut' to French sense of beauty - by K J S Chatrath

You can not help admiring the French sense of creating and appreciating beauty. Look at this- a some what routine notice turned into a piece of art.


Thursday, June 20, 2019

'Happy 130th birthday Eiffel Tower, Paris'- by K J S Chatrath

The birthday fell on 16th May...Sorry I am a little late in wishing...

You may also like to see my earlier posts on Eiffel Tower:'Eiffel Tower, Paris, France' by K.J.S.Chatrath;