Four Letters to Westwinstead, Connecticut

Four Letters to Westwinstead, Connecticut

The title of this post has been inspired from that 2017 movie’ quirky title: Three Billboards outside Ebbing, Missouri. For centuries, countries in Europe were at loggerheads resulting in innumerable wars. While history remembers the generals and admirals who won laurels, wars couldn’t have been fought without the poorly paid and much neglected soldiers and…

China Expedition Letters to India 1840-42

China Expedition Letters to India 1840-42

Figure 1 shows both sides of a entire letter written in mid-1842 on board the ship ‘Rustomjee Cowasjee’, at anchor off “Rugged Islands” (Chusan, today’s Zhoushan Island) during the first Opium War. Briefly, the East India Company was growing opium in India and dumping it in China. Opium was playing havoc with the Chinese –…