ISBN 9780670087822,From England with Love

From England with Love



Penguin India Publication

Publication Year 2014

ISBN 9780670087822

ISBN-10 0670087823


Number of Pages 240 Pages
Language (English)

Biographies & Autobiographies

During one of her visits to Surat, his daughter Padma Desai was handed a metal box containing these letters, written in ink on brown decaying paper, the ruminations of a young Kalidas on a wide spectrum of topics: from his battles with Icelandic Norse and Scandinavian Anglo-Saxon languages to his great delight at attending the lectures of T.S. Eliot; from his enchantment with London, its theatres and cricket, to his deep appreciation of the English countryside; from the cultural and social contrasts between Britain and India to the general nature of love, religion and education.

In From England with Love, Padma Desai presents a comprehensive selection of these letters. Detailed, picturesque and exquisitely crafted, Kalidas's prose captures the ethos and zeitgeist of England in the mid- 1920s, the trials and victories of an Oxbridge education almost a century ago and the scholarly reflections of an Indian student in the midst of new and exciting adventures.