JILLIAN HASLAM IS THE AUTHOR OF INDIAN.ENGLISH, A MEMOIR ABOUT AN early life spent as part of a forgotten minority of British people who were left on the streets of Calcutta after Indian independence, and her perseverance and triumph of spirit and will, that led her to success. After spending close to twenty years forging a successful career in the banking industry Jillian decided to devote her energies to helping other people improve their lives. She is the founding Director of Help Yourself Associates, a life improvement and training company. Jillian is also a published author and popular motivational speaker who uses her own life experience to inspire others to never give up on their life goals and shows them the way to achieve them.
Besides being a motivational speaker, Jillian is also known as an inspirational author who has the power to trigger off one’s willpower very easily.
Jillian overcame a childhood of abject poverty, racial abuse, hardship, taking on adult responsibilities while still a child, and dealing with sickness and death throughout her life – including the loss of four infant siblings and her mother when she was very young. In spite of these hurdles, she carved out a successful career for herself, raised her younger siblings and never lost sight of her purpose in life. If anyone knows what it takes to rise above circumstances and seize control of one’s life, Ms. Haslam does. The essence of that indomitable spirit can be found throughout the pages of Indian.English.
Since moving from India to the U.K. in 2000, Jillian has turned her attention to learning how she can help others overcome challenges in life the way she has. This is reflected in the tag line of her company that says, "You can change your life …just like JILLian HASlam!" With the publication of her book, Indian.English, she has become one of the best selling authors in India and in the UK. The book reveals the real essence of her life.
"INDIAN.ENGLISH., Jillian Haslam's unforgettable memoir, makes Slumdog Millionaire look like the fantasy it is. Strange as it may seem, there is much hope on display in the book, a living testament to the true heart of the author herself, who survived a hopeless childhood in the slums of Calcutta. Jillian is a saintly spirit who has kept her mind upon the end that endures. She remains one of the only people I have personally ever met whose greatest dream in life is to help others escape oppression and miserable circumstances. Knowing where she came from and how she accomplished it makes me know she will realize her life's work. The words 'cannot recommend her highly enough' are not high enough recommendation for her. A kind, compassionate, honest, loving, and giving lady."
Manuel Freedman, Filmmaker, MFM, Los Angeles, CA, USA
"This is the story of an ordinary woman with extraordinary courage. Brought up in the hustle and bustle of Calcutta, Jillian Haslam has recorded her earliest memories in this book - the struggles and abuse she faced while growing up, heartaches of loss and the many obstacles she had to overcome in making life positive for herself and for others. But at the end of it all, she comes across as a person who has unbelievably gained by all the negatives in her life. Not many emerge from such hardship & deprivation with such a positive attitude towards life. What she has learned from her own life and from her studies, she applies to helping others cope with the vicissitudes of fortune. Truly a remarkable person with a remarkable story to tell."
Neil O'Brien, Former member of Parliament (India)
"A startling account of an English/Indian family which stayed in India after Indian independence and suffered through excruciating times, losing several children, the girls suffering abuse while living in conditions on the margin of slums and homelessness. Amazing to learn from such real life experiences, it shows how the past does not have to determine ones future "