We cannot afford not to


A little test to assess the sense of fairness in children


How a young boy of German-Portuguese-Indian descent, spent much of his childhood Mowgli-style in the Western Ghats


How a German divorcée broke religious boundaries by wedding a Portuguese-Indian lady in the early 1940s


Sitting watch over a dead tiger he developed an almost personal relationship. It was like holding a wake over the body of a friend.


How a German technician in a British prisioner-of-war camp, in 1914–18, dealt with the reptiles that abounded in India

The narrative is taken from an autobiography Alois had started to write a few years before his death (in 1964), which we found recently, in barely legible condition. My wife Ingrid spent weeks deciphering it and typing the text into a computer — and then weeks translating it into English.


A description of how, in 1914, Indian traditions and mores made even a minor dental treatment of women a challenge


What was internship like during the first world war, Not like you might think, in British ruled India a hundred years ago.


An adventurous young German (my father) described his first hunt in the jungles of India, over 100 years ago.


How this adventurous young German technician (my father) made his way to India, 110 years ago.

The Friedel Chronicles

Frederic Alois Friedel, born in 1945, science journalist, co-founder of ChessBase, studied Philosophy and Linguistics at the University of Hamburg and Oxford.

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