Essendon Bombers rookie Ben McNiece and his Indian connection

Ben McNiece hasn’t been to India. He was hoping to visit his mum Christine’s homeland for the first time next month. She will go, but his travel plans have been put on the backburner. It’s because of Christine’s origin that McNiece can’t go on the trip. He has no complaints, though. Christine grew up in the mining town of Kolar Gold Fields in Karnataka State, moving to Australia when she was nine. Her background wasn’t a huge part of his upbringing in Melbourne. From a family of Anglo-Indians, Christine and her parents spoke what McNiece describes as “the Queen’s English”, so there was no hint of a foreign language at home. Cuisine was the main element of the culture that permeated into Ben’s life.

 

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