Among the Jacaranda -Buds of Matata in Kenya
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Lando is born in British-ruled Kenya to parents from Goa as WW II breaks out in Europe. His family and community struggle to keep their Indo-Portuguese heritage alive in a Kenya dominated by the reality of racial segregation.
At age ten, he is sent to a Jesuit-run boarding school in Goa, but engineers an escape two years later and returns to his beloved Kenya, just as the dreaded Mau Mau, a secret organization determined to get their land back, and overthrow the colonial government, is slowly spreading terror.
In the 60s, Britain starts dismantling its far-flung Empire. Many flee East Africa, fearing a breakdown of law and order, and seeking a more predictable future. Most students already abroad do not return.
Some do. "Our Goan boys are leaving their diplomas behind and bringing back English brides," a mother laments, as Lando, a recipient of a Commonwealth Scholarship, departs for the UK in 1964.
However, three years later, Lando (Catholic and brown) marries Eleanor (Anglican and white), and they return to Kenya where Stephen, the son of a Kikuyu house servant snatched during Operation Anvil (1954) at age seven, and imprisoned by the British in a Detention Camp, suddenly reappears on Lando's doorstep, seeking help.
In 1967, a euphoric nation is still revelling in the birth of a new Kenya, almost submerged in a deluge of goodwill, massive gifts of financial aid, and endless dreams.
Together, the three must face numerous new challenges. This is a glimpse into their story.