About the Author
In 1949, Doreen married David Horsburgh, my father, who had just finished his BA Hons. degree in Sanskrit and Pali at the School of Oriental and African Studies, London University. In 1950, shortly after my brother Michael was born, she sailed with David, Anne (her daughter from her first marriage), and Michael to a new life in India. The family settled in Mysore, where David taught English at St Philomena’s College, Mysore University. In the following years, she moved with the family to Bangalore, where I was born (1951-1953), Rishi Valley in Andhra Pradesh (1954-1959), Madras (1959-1963), back to Bangalore (1964-1972), Neel Bagh, Rayalpad, Karnataka (1972-1987), and finally to Berkshire, UK, where she now lives.

During her years in India, Doreen actively supported her husband David in his work with the British Council, took a keen interest in amateur dramatics (Bangalore Little Theatre), painted and sketched, played the piano and guitar, ran a dispensary for the children at Neel Bagh, and for many years taught them art and handicraft.

She spends her time reading, writing, caring for her garden, actively participating in church and British Legion events, and playing the piano. She has three children, six grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
Doreen and David Horsburgh,
on their wedding day, July 1950.
Nicholas, Doreen, and Michael Horsburgh;
Berkshire, 2009.

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