This is a novel, but it is based on a true story. Jim, a small English boy, age 7 years, sets off from his home in Calcutta, desperate to find his beloved "Ayah," who has been dismissed from the family's service because of his misdeeds. Racked with guilt he desperately wants to say he is sorry. He knows that her village is north and east of Calcutta and climbs aboard a train going north from Calcutta rail yard. He knows that the sun rises in the east, so when the train stops he jumps off and start's walking towards the rising sun. His journey takes him 1,500 miles across north east India; he has many adventures on the way, and eventually is obliged to join a tribe of Naga headhunters. There his search stalls, and he is absorbed into the tribe, learns the skills of a jungle hunter, witnesses the taking of Japanese heads,and falls in love with a beautiful young Naga girl. Because of a pre-arranged marriage contract his love is forbidden, and Jim, now a young man, is forced to leave his tribe.he decides to return home to his English family, and sets off again, this time retracing his route, This return journey is set against the upheavals and agonies of "Partition," and Jim's family are forced to leave India.Jim is given a haircut, forced into a Sahib's suit and is sent to an English Boarding school. Imagine the culture shock.
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About the Author
Author Profile – Nicholas Gill. As a young man the author served in the Royal Marines Commandos seeing active service in Malaya, Borneo, Brunei, Sarawak and Aden. In between active service postings, specialist courses and training included arctic warfare training three hundred miles inside the Arctic Circle in northern Norway, and desert warfare exercises in Libya and Western Australia. On leaving the Royal Marines he went back to his roots in engineering and worked in the power industries on refinery and power station construction projects. This led to involvement in the onshore construction of jacket and modular units for the emerging North Sea oil industry. A natural follow on from this was to work offshore on the hook-up and commissioning of major production platform installations. Planning for retirement involved the purchase and renovation of a derelict farm in Wales and ultimately the purchase of twenty-seven thousand acres of the Black Mountain. This proved expensive and returning to the offshore oil industry the author spent a further twelve years on the development of a major North Sea Field for a large American Oil company. On the termination of his contract the author found that he had passed his sell by date and no one wanted or needed his years of experience. Having spent many years writing engineering procedures and specifications it occurred to him that he was perfectly suited to becoming a best selling author! "Retribution" is the first fruit of that idea, and is the first part of a planned trilogy; it is available FREE from Smashwords. The second part, "Sedition", is now published with Smashwords, and the third part, "Attrition", is complete and was published with Smashwords in the last quarter of 2013. Six more novels are planned in detail and will use many of the same characters in further adventures. Read and enjoy, Nicholas Gill.