Thursday, February 23, 2006

Same or Alter?

Is Jamie Alter, Tom Alter's son? I'm not sure, but he doesn't come across as 100% English in this little Roving Reporter type peice (and the little line at the end, which shows that he understands Hindi, seems like a little bit of showing off).

What do I mean by 100% English? Well, he isn't completely blown away by the surroundings; he doesn't bring in gratuitous comparisons to colonial-era climes; he doesn't comment excessively on the quaintness of it all (like a press photographer who couldn't resist taking photos of Harmison next to an idol of Krishna; when Indians go to England or Australia, do photographers rush to take photographs of them next to cathedrals?) In short, I'm guessing Tom Alter's son, because he's lived long enough in India to not find everything mysterious, bizarre or exotic.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I thought that Jamie was a 'she'. Did a long search on cricinfo, but could not find anything on him/her.

6:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It seems that you are right on the money. I also had the similar curiosity. Finding that I was not alone and had a lot of time to kill. So here it is.

Tom Alter has son named James.

- Who studied Liberal Arts in US (Class of 99) - College of Wooster Ohio.
A search omn Last Name "Alter" will give you his email contact information.

He also attended the same school where Tom Alter Graduated from in 1968, In Missourrie.

He even played cricket in US.

11:28 PM  
Blogger Samir Chopra said...

Hey, thanks very much for this info - seems like we are on the way to getting a definite fix. If only Jamie knew how curious we were!

3:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

maybe this will help!

9:38 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is his personal blog ... He almost certainly is Tom Alter's son ... Neat neat!:

1:19 AM  
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Anonymous Anonymous said...


Jamie is Tom Alter's son. And believe it or not he's as desi as they come. There's nothing 'English' about the family. Tom's the son of American missionaries and Jamie did college in the US. I wouldn't expect his writings to possess qualities of an English writer.

7:49 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

yup he's the son of the actor. i went to highschool with him.

9:04 PM  
Blogger Cameron Campbell said...

actually I am trying to get in touch with Jamie Alter. He's a good friend, but i lost his email. Does the last anonymous have it?

1:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, Jamie Alter writes in cricinfo : White and Indian
In this article, he mentions that he is Indian . Tom Alter has a great love for writing and cricket.
I saw an interview he did with Sachin tendlukar , before his selection for the Pakistan tour in 1989/

5:30 PM  
Anonymous Aneesh said...

This blog entry from Jamie today also confirms that he is Tom Alter's son.

6:17 PM  
Anonymous Pank said...

Tom's son is known as Jamie Alter who studied in Wooster Ohio..he was my GF's classmate. He is a freelance writer for ESPN. quite talented..:) try to search for Jammubhai

8:16 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yes, Tom Alter's son and also played for the Cleveland Cricket Club :-)

9:33 PM  

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