Pat's India: Memories Of Childhood
How do we each define our own intimate culture? How do we know where we belong? Daughter of New Zealand Baptist missionaries, Patricia Booth was born in north-east India during World War Two. In recording her childhood memories, she has pondered on the various cultural influences... read full description below.
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How do we each define our own intimate culture? How do we know where we belong? Daughter of New Zealand Baptist missionaries, Patricia Booth was born in north-east India during World War Two, just as the Allies' "forgotten army" fought desperately 250 kilometres away in Kohima to stop the Japanese from invading Assam. She attended school in Darjeeling in the Himalayas until the age of 16.
As an 11 year old she lived for a year in Feilding in the Manawatu while her parents were "at home on furlough" as they put it. She felt like a foreigner.
In recording her childhood memories, she has pondered on the various cultural influences she experienced. How have they shaped her understanding of who she is and where she belongs as she enters old age?
Her most valuable resource has been the 200 letters she wrote from boarding school to her parents over more than ten years which illustrate her development. Many of the letters are reproduced in this book. They have reminded her of the richness and complexity of her childhood.
The book includes 30 black and white photographs, 2 maps and 20 b/w scans of letters written by Pat aged 5-16 years.
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On coming to New Zealand aged 17 years, Pat attended Victoria University, gained a BSc in Zoology and worked briefly in the Wellington Public Hospital Laboratory. In 1965 she married Graham Booth and they brought up four children.
Pat has worked mainly in the not-for-profit sector and in 1990 was appointed a Justice of the Peace.
Pat's India is a companion volume to her mother's autobiography In Heavenly Love Abiding: memoirs of a missionary wife by Catharine Eade, published posthumously in 2005.