Two under the Indian Sun: A Memoir
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|Jon and Rumer Godden
A charming book, memorableÃ‰’
When World War I began in 1914, sisters Jon and Rumer GoddenÃ‘aged six and seven respectivelyÃ‘left England to join their parents in Narayangunj, a village in Bengal. There, the sisters led an idyllic life: they put up plays; wrote books; and spent summers in Coonoor, Mussoorie, Kashmir and Darjeeling. And, in a memorable journey, they spent a week on the Hooghly, sailing home from Calcutta via the Sundarbans. It was also in Narayangunj that the idyll souredÃ‘just before they left for England in 1919Ã‘and the sisters grew apart after a fistfight over the affections of a man.
Written with a child’s candour and wide-eyed sense of wonder, Two under the Indian Sun is not just a remarkable chronicle of a shared childhood, but also a vivid picture of everyday life in India of the early 1900s.
Rumer Godden was an English author with more than sixty books, fiction and non-fiction, to her credit. She is still known for her bestselling novels, Black Narcissus, The River, A Time to Dance, No Time to Weep and A House with Four Rooms. Jon Godden, Rumer's elder sister, was also a writer. Her works include The Bird Escaped, The House by the Sea and A Winter's Tale. The two sisters collaborated on several widely acclaimed works, including Shiva's Pigeon and Indian Dust.