The cottage in the grove

Rajgarh Palace, 1873 The little girl was sitting under her favourite tree in the tamarind grove. She wasn’t allowed to be here. The tamarind grove was forbidden to everyone but the Maharaja of Rajgarh and whichever woman he chose to bring to the special cottage within the grove. From her spot under the tree, she …

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An Indian summer

The Residency, Rajgarh, 1880 It isn’t a firing squad. It is just tea at the Residency, Miss Matilda Harrison told herself sternly as she wiped her brow with her muslin handkerchief.  All she had to do was state her case. Lord Haskins, the British Resident, was a reasonable man. If she wanted to leave, the …

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Knock, Knock

The British love to talk about the weather. It’s their go-to topic when all else fails. I, personally, find it one of the dullest things to talk about, especially these days, when any mention of the weather segues into a discussion about climate change.  Yet, right now, standing outside the door of my house in …

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