Mrs. A’s Indian Gentlemen by Neil McCallum hit the shelves on 15th December 2019. The book has been published by Hachette India.
In 1943, as war rages across Europe, Britain’s Great Western Railway (GWR) Works’ labor force is comprised of a few men too valuable, old or infirm for active service, and thousands of recently recruited women. With critical skills in short supply, the British government looks to the empire to provide vital expertise in the run-up to the D-Day invasion. And that is how railway engineer Imtiaz ‘Billy’ Khan, logistics supremo Vincent Rosario and maths prodigy Akaash Ray find themselves in Swindon, lodging with the well-intentioned Mrs. A, hilariously navigating bland food, faulty toilet cisterns, secret assignments and a mutual distrust of each other.
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📚 For those looking for a couple of giggles during the week, Ansila Thomas from our editorial team recommends this fun read #IndiaReadsAtHome . . . 📚 We all know the pain of being stuck with annoying housemates, even more so when quarantined together (oh the horror!) . . . 📚 For a dash of history and some good rollicking fun, #MrsAsIndianGentlemen delivers a memorable read about three Indian gentlemen who find themselves recruited to help with World War II efforts in the rural railway town of Swindon. The only problem is they do not like each other, and they’re living together. Fun. . . 📚 While stumbling over British cultural faux pas, war drills, blackouts, and making supreme efforts to be as irritating with each other as they are polite to their kindly landlady, Mrs A, one cannot help but smile at the strange ways life brings together the oddest of people.
Sparkling with wit, Mrs. A’s Indian Gentlemen is a rollicking tale of misadventure that delightfully portrays what happens when cultures collide.
About the author
Neil McCallum, who writes as Dawood Ali McCallum has been traveling extensively in India for more than 40 years and has researched, written about and lectured on historical aspects of several of the Maratha princely states. He is the author of four previous novels, The Final Charge, The Peacock in the Chicken Run, Taz, and The Lords of Alijah. He lives in Swindon with his wife and two children.