The relationship between firangis and Indians was far more complicated than we believe. Colonial writing paints a picture of a subservient country with the white man at the top of the food chain. Two books paint a very different picture of the European experience in India. In one, the story of a young orphan boy from Bombay thrust into a scientific expedition led by a team of German brothers describes a fraught relationship with his masters. In another we learn of the early firangis who were neither powerful, nor privileged.
Christopher Kloeble is an award-winning scriptwriter and the author of three novels, a short story collection and a memoir.