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Last Day in Calcutta

Sorry it's taken me so long to write another blog.The years of writing, then going through the editing process, publication, and promotion, and then taking the trip to Burma and India. I felt totally burned out and after the holiday season, I put everything related to my book on the back burner and couldn't' find the energy to get back into promote it again. My last event connected with the book was a talk I gave to the Berkeley Breakfast Club on January 11. There were probably about 150 people and it was certainly the biggest group I've given a talk to so far.

Well, I now feel I am ready to get active again. Here is my first blog in three months!

There were two events that took place in India in connection with my book that are worth mentioning. The first one, of course, I mentioned earlier in a previous blog, was a talk I gave to a group of students at the Institute of Leadership Entrepreneurship in Tangra. (Tangra used to be the district where leather tanning took place.) 

As the Director had explained earlier, none of the students knew anything about Chinese Indian interned in India. My talk included a brief history of the events leading up to the war and my own involvement. After the talk I asked if there were any questions. There was silence for quite a few moments, then the President of the Institute, who also was present at the talk, stood up and said, "Even though the Indian government has not as yet made an apology or acknowledgment of what happened to the Chinese at the time of the 1962 India-China Border War, I want to be the first one to apologize." It was very touching. Moments after, a student stood up and said she wanted to be the second person to apologize. Then a third person stood up and said, "Can you give me your Chinese pancake recipe?" I had to laugh out loud. I had read a chapter where I was making Chinese pancakes with my father when he was suddenly taken away never to return home. That question was very endearing and it broke the ice. We had about 20-25 minutes of Q&A after that.

It was a most enjoyable talk.

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