We have always seen most of our family members leave India for a better future or for more money. Have we ever wondered that India holds that glory in reverse as well which made few Non-Indians to fall in love with India. As in those who come to India and fall in love with the culture so much that these non Indians managed to be more Indian than most of us. As we recently debated for America’s Immigration Policy. we decided to bring some famous non-Indians who fell in love with India and became an Indian forever.
8. Jim Corbett
Edward James “Jim” Corbett was a legendary Indian hunter-turned-conservationist, author and naturalist. He was an Irishman born and brought up in and around Nainital, British India and held the rank of Colonel in the British army. He authored “My India” where he puts together his in love with India and its people, he writes about his accounts while he worked with the railways as a fuel inspector and later on as a trans-shipment contractor at Mokameh Ghat. He was known to hunt down man-eating tigers and leopards who were preying on people in the neighbouring villages.
7. Rudyard Kipling
English poet, short story writer and novelist Rudyard Kipling is best remembered for his children’s stories. If love is a battlefield then Children’s love with the stories like “The Jungle Book” makes him unbeatable warrior. He was born in then Bombay and fell in love with it. Even though he eventually left the country and travelled far and wide, he always carried a little soft spot for India.
6. Romulus Whitaker
Obsessed with creepy-crawlies as a child, Rom is now known as the snake man of India, and his enthusiasm has turned an entire generation of Indians on to reptiles. Romulus Earl Whitaker is a herpetologist, wildlife conservationist and founder of the Madras Snake Park, The Andaman and Nicobar Environment Trust (ANET), and the Madras Crocodile Bank Trust. If it weren’t for his stepfather Rama Chattopadhyaya who was the son of freedom fighter Kamaladevi and poet Harindranath Chattopadhyaya,who decided to move to India with his family, we wouldn’t have this great rain forest maker.
5. Annie Besant
The biggest reformer who was British yet fought for changes in the society in the most difficult times for India. She’s best known for her work in striving for India’s independence from Besant’s birthplace, the United Kingdom. She had declared in 1918 in her paper the “New India”: “I love the Indian people as I love none other, and my heart and my mind have long been laid on the altar of this Motherland.”
4. Tom Alter
As a thespian and television actor, he is most prominently known for his work in Hindi language Indian cinema. As a child, he studied Hindi and Urdu and, as a result, has occasionally been referred to as the “Blue-eyed sahib with the impeccable Hindi”. He saw Rajesh Khanna movies as a kid and was inspired to be an actor. Tom Alter’s first cousin Stephen Alter, also born and raised in India, is a notable author and teacher.
3. Mark Tully
Sir Mark Tully is one of the world’s leading writers and broadcasters on India, and the presenter of the much loved radio programme ‘Something Understood’. he explores how successfully India reconciles opposites, marries the sensual with the sacred, finds harmony in discord, and treats certainty with suspicion. In his most recent interviews, this great author mentioned that his deep seeded love for India lies in its traditions, heritage and the huge potential it has. Even though he travels back and forth to the UK for work, he simply can’t let go of his deep yearning love for India.
2. Mother Teresa
She is the icon for all those who believe in serving mankind in a selfless manner. She was born in the then Republic of Macedonia. After living in Macedonia for eighteen years she moved to Ireland and She arrived in India in 1929 and began her novitiate in Darjeeling, in the lower Himalayas,where she learnt Bengali and taught at St. Teresa’s School near her convent. where she lived for most of her life. She joined the Sisters of Loreto missionary and moved to India to teach schoolchildren. Once she moved to Calcutta, she found her calling to serve mankind and stayed back to run her missionaries. “How old is india love” can be seen in her works she did for Poors in India.
1. Ruskin Bond
Ruskin Bond is an Indian author of British descent who spent a major chunk of his life in India. He lives with his adopted family in Landour, in Mussoorie, India. Writing novel in the hills and turning out to be one of the most loved authors in India. His novels and short stories have been made into many movies including Blue Umbrella and Saat Khoon Maaf in which he also appears as the seventh husband. The Indian Council for Child Education has recognised his role in the growth of children’s literature in India.