Farewell to India – For the Time Being

Wednesday 12th April 2012

At last! The final India installment. India has been a massive statement this winter for Poor Little Rich Gays. Lord Arrowby, then the Multis, adorned the Sub-Continent. Finally Anthony Mottram, ‘consultant’ of Prague, my oldest and closest friend despite estrangement of 27 months, and Robert Nevil, the biographer of the Pony Club, regained 1st class from Bombay on March 26th.

All Poor Little Rich Gays are back in now. Even Reggie Cresswell, the Ghanaian ceramicist, as regained from his tour of the Far East, New Zealand and Australia.

Poor Little Rich Gays, of course, have private connections with this great Nation, insider knowledge. As you know some very lovely personal Indians have reached the highest plateaus of the Poor Little Rich Gay hierarchy – Arjan Bose, for instance, the treasured mini doc and pseudo-kitchen. In addition, Rufus Pitman has surged into print in triumph with Bangladesh. Such a picture he creates of the life there in the 1970s. The launch is next week.

Anthony Mottram was somewhat reduced in scale by the time of boarding for London. His activities in India were limited apparently to tottering into the Malabar Caves (as seen in A Passage to India by Morgan) then veering straight out again with convulsions. Robert Nevil’s shopping can’t have been very encouraging: lichen for a chicken recipe,  plus poha and phoolkopir daln and bags of Goan pickled prawns.

While Mottram was writhing, Robert Nevil was out and about in Mumbai, visiting a flats block (no, block of flats) where he met high-level private Indians. Now he is to advise the newly-elected Governor of West Bengal on the future of Calcutta.

1st Class Lounge at Bombay Airport: Robert Nevil Entranced by Personal Taxi to Aircraft Service

1st Class Lounge at Bombay Airport: Robert Nevil Entranced by Personal Taxi to Tarmac Service

Empire Atmosphere Reinforced in Bombay Airport 1st Class Lounge by This Poster

Empire Atmosphere Reinforced in Bombay Airport 1st Class Lounge by This Poster

Bombay Flats' Block Where Robert Nevil Began his Campaign to Take Over the Running of India

Bombay Flats' Block Where Robert Nevil Began his Campaign to Take Over India's Running

Posted Thursday, April 12, 2012 under Adrian Edge day by day.

3 comments

  1. Orb Wordsmyth says:

    Another magnifico set of photos by the Robert Neville – the shot of the Flats is truely magnifico

  2. Adrian Edge says:

    So glad you enjoyed it

  3. Duke of Northfolk says:

    Yes, three cheers for Neville of Neville!!!

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