I received this interesting email from Vickram Bhatnagar in
Oxford. Rather than 'give him the addresses', as he asks, I thought I'd
post it to the mailing list on his behalf. If you would like to help him
with his research, whether you've been to India or not, then please email
him directly at 96111863(a)brookes.ac.uk and he will send you the
questionnaire. I intend to 'volunteer' - frankly, anything that India
could do to help genealogist-tourists would be much appreciated!
I am an Indian student at Oxford and am doing research on 'Marketing
India as a Tourism Destination in Britain'. This piece of literature
promises to explore Indo-British links through the centuries with an
important emphasis on British India.
Would it be possible for you to help me in collecting addresses of
people who have expressed a desire to visit India in order to rediscover
their roots and where their ancestors may have served, but have not done
so due to certain reservations about the facilities, infrastructure or
treatment that would be expected if they did visit the sub-continent.
Alternatively would it also be possible to provide addresses of people
who have actually been to India and would like to share their
experiences for the research.
I believe that the research and information collected by me would help
the concerned tourism organisations to better understand the
expectations and limitations of the potential visitors and be able to
provide special packages to people in groups and enable them to see all
the places of historical or sentimental attachment in a safe and
I sincerely thank you in advance and hope that you will be able to
provide me with these addresses.
The addresses will only be used for mailing a short questionnaire and do
not intend to invade the privacy of the respondents in any way
whatsoever. All information provided will be confidential and will not
be passed onto any source whatsoever.
With sincere regards
1 Acland Close
Phone No. 0410-522949