"If you cannot get rid of the family skeleton, you may as well make it dance."

George Bernard Shaw

From the Pages

The Genes that Bind Us

The Journey

 

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Albert and Ena Abraham

Albert and Ena Abraham, my paternal grandparents, after arriving in England from India...

On the fence

My siblings and me on holiday in the English countryside before leaving for Canada in...

The Captain

My great-grandfather, The Captain, Frederick William Crooks Sr., produced at some point...

Dudley and Thelma Abraham

Mum and Dad as newlyweds in Sefton Park, Liverpool, 1953.

Aunty Julie and my parents

My parents flanking Aunty Julie in her garden in 1958. In the front row, cousin Marion...

Papa and Nana Crooks

My maternal grandparents, Freddie and Gladys Crooks, enjoying cocktails on my...

My father’s boyhood Banyan

“This has been here since I was a boy,” my father said happily, patting its trunk like...

Chinese Fishing Nets

It’s not the Portuguese influence that dazzles along the shore at Fort Kochi. As we...

Cochin’s Santa Cruz Basilica

We spent most of our days at the Santa Cruz Basilica. All through its history the church...

Mining the paper trail

We hunched over practically illegible record books, sweating next to a moody fan and...