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16 January 2017



India is unforgettable so this week and next on the Post some highlights from the trip. Mahabalipuram has been enchanting visitors for two centuries: Edward Lear went there the early 1870s. He had already written ‘The Courtship Of The Yonghy-bonghy-bo’:

On the Coast of Coromandel
Where the early pumpkins blow,
In the middle of the woods
Lived the Yonghy-Bonghy-Bo.
Two old chairs, and half a candle,
One old jug without a handle–
These were all his worldly goods,
In the middle of the woods,
These were all his worldly goods,
Of the Yonghy-Bonghy-Bo,
Of the Yonghy-Bonghy Bo

and met schoolchildren who could recite the whole of ‘The Owl and the Pussy-Cat’ from memory. There are eight Mahabaliburam watercolours at  Harvard, this is one:

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