22 October, 2020

The Belonging Heart

"Calcutta, Delhi, and then Madhya Pradesh—but home will always be a place in India"

Tribhuvan Tiwari
The Belonging Heart

"If there is one place on the face of the earth where all the dreams of living men have found a home from the very earliest days when man began the dream of existence, it is India."

Romain Rolland (1866-1944), French scholar, Nobel Prize winner and friend of Mahatma Gandhi

Calcutta, my native place, could perhaps be described as the most stimulating place for a privileged child to grow up in. Despite the trials of this underprivileged city —the poverty, the heat, the humidity, the mosquitoes and the lack of electricity—we had the best childhood you could wish for. Without the distraction of television, computers and air-conditioners (when it was hot, we would simply sleep outside the house, under mosquito nets), and with parents busy with their own social whirl, my brother and I enriched our lives and interests and made enduring bonds and friendships.

For 25 years our family home was a beautiful old house in Ballygunge, with its own garden menagerie—Cindy the sambar, from Orissa, Pepe the...



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