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OF LIFE, LETTER AND POLITICS- Steam Engines and His Highness

GPD THERE are many games which are popular in the western world. One of them is to make films on India and Pakistan. Usually favourite subjects are the city of Calcutta, the river Ganga and the Indian Railways, The films on Calcutta and Ganga usually work. Both subjects are fascinating and Non-Resident Indians usually enjoy them. One must explain the term Non- Resident. The usual meaning of the term is, of course, valid, There is also another meaning. A number of upper middle class people are non-resident Indians in the sense that a Bengali may be a resident of Delhi, a Maharashtrian may be a resident of Kanpur. Their psychology is not very different from the non-resident psychology. They feel great looking at a cellular version of Calcutta where they usually do not live. A distant city is usually a city of joy. The same is true of the ghats of Varanasi. It is nice to think of them, to look at them preferably on celluloid.

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