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Book Reviews By NITISH S. RELE,

ORLANDO AREA AUTHOR PENS ‘Lost AND Found: A Wahindi Story’

In his new book, “Lost and Found: A Wahindi Story.” author Bipin (a k a Bip In) Chandra writes an engaging story of a young man not only torn between two countries, but also between two women.

It’s a summer morning in 1962 when Surish Patel arrives in London. Wrested from the only life he has ever known in Kenya by the Mau Mau riots, Patel steps off the aircraft with only one hope – finding happiness in his new home. A young British Kenyan man of Indian origin, Patel is about to begin an unforgettable odyssey of self-discovery.

It is not long before Patel settles in the small, seaside town of Blackpool, Lancashire. But even as he seeks to make a name for himself in London with the hope of passing for an English gentleman, Patel still struggles with heart-wrenching grief over having to leave his family and customs behind. A few years later, the loyalty to his beloved family pulls him back to a different, recently Africanized Kenya. Now, as he cares for his widowed mother, he is torn between his obligations to fulfill an arranged marriage and pursue his English rose.

In this compelling tale based on true events, a young Indian explores a new way of life and cultures in an uncertain world where he soon learns more about himself than he ever imagined. BipIn Chandra is a storyteller who will hold you spellbound. In “Lost and Found: A Wahindi Story,” he skillfully shares with readers numerous tales, bringing together various themes such as world religions, cultural traditions and Patel’s life-changing experiences in United Kingdom.

Bipin C. Patel, professionally recognized as Bip In Chandra, was born in Nairobi under the British crown and moved to London in 1962, just before Kenya’s independence. There, he was the first Indian from Africa or India to make a name for himself in London’s fashion and advertising photography scene. In 1979, he chose the United States as his second home and started a family. Now retired, he lives in Central Florida with his wife.

The book can be purchased at Amazon.com Bipin invites Wahindi and Wazungu around the world to share their stories and experiences by contacting him at www.wahindistory.com


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