"Wading neck deep in a swamp, your revolver is neither use nor ornament until you have had time to clean it" Mary H. Kingsley (1897)

The Namesake

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Picture of Anu, my loyal houseboy, refreshing the name on my gate, before the monsoon arrives.

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4 responses

  1. Toffeeapple

    Beautiful music. Interesting use of an apostrophe on Anu’s tee shirt.

    June 5, 2012 at 3:48 am

    • I don’t believe Lynne Truss has quite reached India!

      June 5, 2012 at 6:32 pm

  2. Your gate should be renamed Jofindia as I now find myself thinking of you.

    June 6, 2012 at 2:18 am

    • Getting my name put on the gate was a story in itself.

      The previous owner of the house was a relatively wealthy and famous, local Muslim dignitary, with fingers in many political pies.

      This posed a problem for me: during charitable feast of Ramadan all the disadvantaged Islamic poor of the neighbourhood, not realising he had left, would start queueing outside my gate to ask for help in obtaining work; business favours; loans for dowries; and traditional Ramadan alms-giving.

      In India, your name reveals your religious background. Putting my own name on the gate clarified matters. People could immediately see I came from a different community.

      Casting myself as “JofIndia” might have offered too broad an appeal to the huddled masses!

      June 6, 2012 at 7:39 am

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