Letters from Forster, Rajagopalachari & Vijayalaxmi

He actually goes out of his way to warn us British against the myth of Indo-British friendship

ere are three letters from elderly eminenees whom I knew well.

My dear Natwar,

A line- which ought to have come before, but advancing years make one slack- to thank you for your good and seasonable wishes, also for your nice article on me; though am I all that shy? My birthday festivities went well, and I enjoyed them, and they ended in quite a magnificent concert given by the College Musical Society. I keep very good health for my age, and I hope you do for yours.

I have just finished B Rajan’s (Joined IFS, 1948, Resigned, 1961) “The Dark Dancer”. What do you think of it? I am much impressed, I have seen a proof copy of Choudhuri’s “Passage to England”. What a talented but spikey chap he is? He actually goes out of his way to warn us British against the myth of Indo-British friendship, which I do think is a bit much. I must try to find out something more about him, apart from what he himself tells.

Harsha is out of college and working hard I fancy- any how I don’t see as much of him as I should like. Mrs Pandit has passed with benignity. There has been some good Indian music. And I have tried to talk to the Cambridge Majlis, but the exigencies of influence have compelled us to postpone till next term.

Oh! Yes, and Mahalenobis (physicist, statistician and member, Planning Commission) of Calcutta has become Hon. Fellow of King’s College- that’s all the strictly or semi-strictly Indian news that I can think of, so I will now conclude with my love.

Yours ever,
E.M. Forster
Author of A Passage to India