STAGES OF THE WORLD
I am the daughter of an English woman from the Lake District and an Indian man from Calcutta who met in Edinburgh and married in Grassington, Yorkshire. I was born in Derby in the 1960s. Throughout my early education I experienced a confusing silence in relation to my cultural identity. This silence, which was intended, well meaningly, to dissolve difference, also served to negate my father’s and therefore my own identity. I could only assume that my father’s Hindu culture had no part to play in my own learning at school. Confusion reigned as I celebrated Christmas in school and at home, but Diwali in isolation at home with family friends.