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Raindrops on the Ocean

Raindrops on the Ocean

Bala Naidoo


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In the early 1960's while studying at the University of Liverpool, Deven Samy, a young man of Indian origin from the Island of Mauritius, fell in love with Paula McMaster, a fellow student from a poor neighbourhood of Liverpool, at a time when such relationships were rare and frowned upon. The book highlights their lives, studies, and love affair against the backdrop of increasing racial tensions in the UK, around the time of the Beatles' arrival on the music scene. Their search for a home in a society where they would feel welcome took them from the UK to the USA and finally to Canada where they would set roots in Montreal and eventually on Vancouver Island in British Columbia. Despite remarkable progress in this area, has racism been largely overcome in Liverpool and London to make the couple rue their decision to leave behind friends and family? You be the judge! The book is based on Deven telling his life story to his grandchildren each evening while holidaying in the BC resort of Ucluelet. While their parents went on a week-long kayaking trip to the Broken Group Islands, the children hiked different trails in the Pacific Rim National Park during the day and in the evening listened to Deven's story. Raindrops in the Ocean is mostly autobiographical, based on the author's experience in Mauritius, Liverpool, London, Indiana, Montreal, and Vancouver Island. Some fictional segments were added to broaden the book's potential appeal to millennials.

ISBN : 978-1-80439-103-7

Published: 26/10/2023

Pages : 416

Size : 205x140

Imprint : Olympia Publishers

Bala Naidoo

Bala Naidoo was born in a large family of Indian heritage on the
island of Mauritius. After completing his elementary and
secondary education on the island, he went to the University of
Liverpool where he obtained a B.Sc. (Hons.) and a Ph.D. in
Organic Chemistry. He met and married Pauline McManus, a
graduate of Manchester University, before moving to Purdue
University in the U.S.A to do postdoctoral research in Medicinal
Chemistry. On his return to England, he taught Biochemistry in
London at Tottenham Technical College. As both he and his wife
felt rather constrained by life in London, they decided to emigrate
to Montreal, Canada where Bala spent the next thirty-three years
working in the Chemistry Departments of McGill University,
Dawson College, John Abbott College as well as the Food
Science Department of McGill University. He now resides in
Ladysmith on beautiful Vancouver Island, British Columbia.

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