‘Just when Freddie Mercury was taking off in our dichotomised university lives in India, came Keki Daruwalla. He was the Parsi policeman poet on a boat-poem ride along the Ganga.’
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‘Even though I have some sympathy for the dislocation you must have felt, I want to urge you to hurry. ‘
‘Thinking, telling, writing began with the ocean of story, between the dusty Northern plains of Delhi and the southern, sultry port of Madras – now Chennai.’