now that the madness is on, a throwback to the gentler times of the gentlemans game

Idyll Dreams of an Idle Fellow

Bowling out the Raj
November 24, 2008 at 8:18pm
Now that beating England in Cricket is passe for India, and other erstwhile colonies make for bigger competition, it is difficult to imagine the Euphoria of the first series win against the former rulers, especially for my grandfather’s generation.
This was a middle on this issue published again in The Times of India

Bowling out the Raj

My grandfather was a civil servant in British India and was rewarded with a prefix of Rai Bahadur for years of devoted service to the Raj. We grew up with a strong dose of nationalist literature and films—this was the era before television and its numerous khadi serials—and imbibed the fact that all such desi bastions of the British Raj were worthy of ridicule, if not worse. Although we could not quite reconcile our straight-backed, stern-faced grandfather with either the lampoons or the villains…

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