One of my favourite novels is Mary Margaret Kaye’s The Far Pavilions. An epic romance set in 19thcentury
But what if a story like were to happen in real life instead of in the realm of fiction? Well, it did. The BBC reported yesterday on just such an unlikely romance across borders. Ten years ago, on one of his footloose and fancy-free jaunts across continents, Tim Wallace, a one-time hippie from
Well, here’s wishing them all the luck and fortune. Good for you, people! May you prosper.
One has to wonder though, how things would have worked if the babu had been desi and themem had been English. The mandarins at the Home Office would not have taken a very romantic view of things. There would be a mountain of paperwork and visa formalities and immigration questions to tackle. And in the interim, our desi babu would not even have been able to work, like the love-struck Mr Wallace could, in
To his credit, Tim Wallace does understand how privileged he is. “I come from a relatively rich, middle class, multicultural western society and can access any information I want. I have been able to travel where I want and do anything I like,” he says. Of course, you can do as you please, Tim sahib. Your compatriots have even bought off half of