Thursday, August 27, 2020

 This has been a productive day in many ways. I did some exercises (that’s unusual) and walked around the garden. I resumed knitting the EPS – it’s delicious to have that yarn in my hands again. I’m pretty confident that I can have the sweater ready to wear when C. and I go on our little cruise in mid-October. I finished watching “A Suitable Boy”. I enjoyed it well enough, but it’s no Jewel in the Crown. I made myself an easy and tasty lunch from Jamie Oliver’s new book.


As a result of all of which, I am far too tired to attempt any Italian homework. The lesson is at 7:30 a.m. tomorrow. Last week I composed a couple of paragraphs about Fergus’ adventure. For tomorrow, I must at least equip myself with the Italian for “he’s had his stitches out”.


I told you, I think, that I was reading a short history of India. Well, I have laid it aside in favour of a book I stumbled upon called “Incarnations: India in 50 Lives” by Sunil Khilnani. It is just that: 50 relatively short biographies, in roughly chronological order, starting with the Buddha.


And I think it’s having some effect – bearing in mind that I start from a position of absolute ignorance. The Moghul empire is in the north. The Hindus are based mostly in Mumbai, to the west. The south is a bit of a mixture. Be that as it may, I’ll go back to the short history when I have finished “Incarnations” (which is a good read) and then perhaps go on to William Dalrymple and the East India Company. I am sure that the relationship between Britain and India is fascinating, and important.


  1. I agree with you generally - and in particular about the history of India. I have read a lot in that area, especially about life at the time of the Raj. So many good books about that fascinating time.

  2. I recommend Melvin Bragg's archives on the East India Company and her is Dalrymple you can listen to and knit.

  3. Anonymous3:30 PM

    Thanks again for your reading recommendations, Jean. The Incarnations book is now on my list.
    -- Gretchen (aka stashdragon)