And on Fridays during our retrospective project, it’s books and refreshments!
If you’re in the mood to expand your reading, I’ve already mentioned M.M. Kaye’s memoirs, and they are delightful. It’s very easy to lose yourself in her meandering tales of growing up English in the east, and my favorite is ENCHANTED EVENING. I also read and enjoyed Rumer Godden’s TWO UNDER THE INDIAN SUN.
For more about India, England, and the Raj:
*UP THE COUNTRY Emily Eden
*WOMEN OF THE RAJ Margaret MacMillan (highly recommended; Julia’s memorable river crossing was inspired by a photograph in this book)
*BELOW THE PEACOCK FAN Marian Fowler
*RESORTS OF THE RAJ Vikram Bhatt
*BRITISH COLONIAL STYLE Tricia Foley
FROM LIFE Victoria C. Olsen
BECOMING Carol Mavor
ILLUMINATIONS Liz Heron & Val Williams
On food and drink:
*CURRIES & BUGLES Jennifer Brennan
*TEA: THE DRINK THAT CHANGED THE WORLD Laura C. Martin
To drink along with your reading–what else? Darjeeling tea, like that grown on the estate in the Himalayas owned by the luckless Cavendish family. Light and delicate and tasting faintly of peach, it is regarded as one of the most sublime offerings of the Camellia sinensis bush. Connoisseurs sip it like wine. With it, you should nibble something delicate, like a cucumber sandwich or a slender madeleine. Nothing should be allowed to overpower the tea.