Publication of the book "The Last Post: Inscriptions on French graves in India" by K.J.S.Chatrath
Brief description of the book:While some of the British cemeteries in India are well known, not much is known about the Portuguese and the French cemeteries in India. This work deals with the French cemeteries and graves in India. Major French cemeteries in India are located in the erstwhile French colonies in India- Pondicherry, Karikal, Chandernagore, Yanam and Mahe, while there are also some scattered onces in different other places. These include graves of Jesuit Priests, Sisters of Cluny and Sisters of St. Joseph of Tarbes. This is an attempt to create a data base of the inscriptions on the French graves in India.
About the author: He retired from the IAS in 2003. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Paris for his thesis on the ‘Indo-French Diplomatic Relations’. He has authored a number of books – mostly on the France-India interface: ‘The Foreign Policy of France’, ‘India in the Debates of the French Parliment: 1945-1988’, ‘Ver la Lumiere: A Study of the French School System’, ‘France - A Brief Bibliography’, ‘A Glance at France’ and ‘The French Collection’ etc..
The last two books that he brought out a few months back are "The Balasore Papers; 1693-1949- A compendium of important documents relating to the Anglo-French dispute over the French Loge in Balasore, India" and "Some vignettes of Balasore and its French Loge." Presently he is working on his next book on the contributions of little known Frenchmen in India.
Besides France and graves, his other interests are travel and trekking.
He stays in Panchkula and can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org
Back cover fof the book.
Photographs, text and copyright by K.J.S.Chatrath....
This post was put up earlier on June 5, 2012 in my website www.gravematters.in