24 September, 2020

Mhow Diary

For most people, it’s just an acronym. The better informed might ask: “Isn’t that the birthplace of Bhimrao Ambedkar?”

Mhow Diary
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Farming out Nomenclature

For most people, it’s just an acronym. For others, it’s home. You say “Mhow” and the response from most quarters is quick: “Military Headquarters of War.” The better informed might ask: “Isn’t that the birthplace of Bhimrao Ambedkar?” I have been going to Mhow since 1992—the year my brother and sister-in-law built a home there. When I tell people about my brother in Mhow, I keep the answer to the next question, “Is he in the army?”, ready. No, Rajeev is not in the army, he works with the thousands of farmers who grow cotton in Indore’s Khargone district. For most faujis, who come to Mhow for all kinds of courses—this includes officers for junior and senior commands—the ‘other’, civilian Mhow may or may not register....

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