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Sara's Story

The Island of San Diego - Cochin

Once upon a time, not so long ago ….

That is how this story will start, like most stories. Alas! My children have grown up and do not listen to my tales anymore (and my wife, only at unavoidable times). But there was a time, when the three of us would snuggle together and I would tell them stories, on most nights before they retired to sleep. They are all grown up now, one is busy with corporate finance and the other studying medicine. In their busy lives, they have no time to listen to my long winded and somewhat exaggerated stories based in India, but I believe wistfully that perhaps someday when they do, one or both of them will read some of this stuff I spent a lot of time studying.

This is a story, most of it real, some of it bent, stretched and twisted over time after much retelling. It is the story of a determined woman, scorned by her folk, the story of a group of people who came to our lands, who lived happily for many thousand years and left …

The writer, The showman and ‘The Guide’

‘Sky is the Limit’ – The catch phrase that tied up Dev Anand, Pearl S Buck and RK Narayan

This one was a difficult story to research, something I had avoided for a long time. Two of my favorite persons tussling with each other and the question of who was right was a determination I did not really want to make, mainly because I felt that one had to be wrong for the other to be right. Anyway I was determined to find out if there was indeed a real story behind all this posturing and so I decided to get to the root of the matter. Armed with a lot of research and archival material, I dived deep into the topic, and read much on the lines and between the lines, to come out with a much better understanding of the issue. In this narrative, I will move back and forth between the first person accounts of those interesting personalities, newspaper reports and other material to keep the story going.

The people are all well known, and we traverse to a period 1958-1965. RK Narayan, in his middle ages…