"There was a time, aside from all the Imperial cant and abuses, when Indian and Briton could share a unique intimacy of culture. A forced intimacy to start with and one never lacking in passion on both sides, but one that creatively brought out the best in the best of both races. Then came a messy painful divorce, with hurt pride and a rather hollow proving to the world that each could do without the other... but like two old lovers they still keep sneaking back into each others arms. Such meetings are often fruitful and something like Satyendra Srivastava’s Talking Sanskrit to Fallen Leaves, full of life and hybrid vigour, comes to birth."
Satyendra Srivastava was born in India, but has lived for over thirty years in the U.K. He currently teaches at Cambridge University.