Memories in Music: Reading Trevor Taylor’s The Deaf Of Elvis and the Last of the Anglo-Indians


  • Upamanyu Sengupta


The Deaf of Elvis and the Last of the Anglo-Indians: An Autobiography is a life-story by Trevor Taylor, an octogenarian Anglo-Indian who migrated to England in 1960.  The author’s identity as an Anglo-Indian immigrant serves as both a theme and a backdrop against which he charts his ambitions of a career in music. I read this book to find out how the two thematic strands intersect and bring out the author’s portrait as an individual. Taylor’s narrative simultaneously embraces, but also cuts across, each aspect of his identity, whether as an Anglo-Indian, a South Asian immigrant, an aspiring artist, or a doting family man. In the process, I also examine my own expectations, preferences and practices as a reader.