The KLM Constellation was a piston engine, propeller plane built by Lockheed from 1943-1958. The day of the Bombay crash, July 12, 1949, journalists on board were returning from an extended tour of Indonesia. The airliner faced multiple difficulties on its approach to the airfield. The pilot faced inclimate weather and flight control failed to route him to another aerodrome. Disaster was imminent.
Tania and her friends are on the way back from a school trip. It is pouring cats and dogs
and the roads have started flooding. As the school bus crawls through a water logged street,
the engine sputters and chokes and comes to a grinding halt. The kids are stranded. What will they do?
A young woman and her mysterious husband receive an invitation to cross the Indian Ocean on a luxury yacht, from Sri Lanka to the Seychelles and on to the Mediterranean. Little do they know that they will find themselves adrift in monstrous waves in monsoon season. With their marriage in tatters and the crew members losing touch with reality, she finds power in her dreams and observations.
The author recounts his memories of growing up in the forties and fifties in a blue collar family, his escape to a twenty year career in the U.S. Navy and his service in surface (destroyer), sub surface (diesel electric submarines), patrol gunboat (Vietnam) and aviation reconnaissance squadrons in a moving and often emotional memoir.
It's only the money. I wouldn't touch this job if I weren't broke. Head for a wild planet to snatch a beautiful woman who doesn't want to be rescued? No way! Fight off barbarians and pirates who enjoy torturing men to death? No thanks. Struggle through a jungle to escape ferocious beasts, only to find one waiting on the other side? There must be an easier way to make a living.
1960, Indonesia. The tropical paradise is facing depression and dictatorship. Nursing student Heidi West is so determined not to be offered up on a marital auction block by her mother that she accepts a post that no other student has been willing to take: a post as a surgeon's assistant off the coast of Java.
An Indian American woman is bored with her life in New York. She is passionate about making a contribution to humanity and her zeal brings her to Mumbai. Would it be easy to find and adopt a cause? Would she be able to make a difference when she is simply struggling to settle in and get used to a new way of life? While her heart goes to the poor, would it find the right purpose?
The life and living; the entertaining and ways of Tea Planters who made a living in those remote plantations of north-east India in the 1950s. Scots, Brits, and Indians lived in a cohesive society mostly cut off from the rest of the world. They built their own clubs where they danced and entertained; played indoor and outdoor games; drank and lived a rugged life - hunting, fishing and trekking.