A Sailor Called Wet Paint and Other Secret Stories from History

Nandini Nayar

What can a lady in a thin sari do to survive in COLD England?

How will a ship's crew RETURN home without any money?

When did the young ayah last see her OWN family?

And why, oh why, did the sailor write WET PAINT in a young girl's diary?

Nannies and sailors taken 4,000 miles away to England to's the same SORRY tale.

Often ABANDONED, they have to find their own way across the sea, back home to India!

It's upsetting. It's shocking. It's breaking our hearts.

What are we to DO?

Well, here are stories – a whole SHEAF of them about – AYAHS in a foreign land and the Indian crew of LASCARS on ships, questioning why the British don't treat these people kindly. Asking to give them the home, the care and the freedom they deserve.

But is ANYONE listening?

Are YOU?

  • Classification : GENERAL NON-FICTION
  • Pub Date : AUG 21, 2023
  • Imprint : Hachette India Children's Books
  • Page Extent : 160
  • Binding : PB
  • ISBN : 9789357312530
  • Price : INR 399

Nandini Nayar

Nandini Nayar is the author of over 60 books for children of all ages. Although her postal code says she lives in Hyderabad, in actual fact Nandini inhabits several worlds. Every morning, she sets out on voyages of discoveries, and returns with stories about animals and children, trees and seas. It was on one of these journeys that Nandini stumbled across tales about the people in this book. For more information, please visit

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