Mogambo – Comin Thro the Rye (Page 331)

I let Ritesh laugh knowing life for the British in India varied across the centuries of rule. I remembered Bapuji and I engaged in light conversations one Sunday afternoon, prior to his visit to the club. With passions attached Bapuji enlightened me. He said, “In 18th century India, the British enjoyed relatively close ties with people of India. After fighting several mutinies, the French and the Dutch sent home. Many British, Thoria, (Gujarati for Caucasian) administrators and residents, while maintaining the attitudes adopted the local customs and habits, such as Englishwomen wearing saris, enjoying Indian food and drink and men taking Indian wives and mistresses and had children. As their numbers grew, the British in India increasingly sought to recreate life similar to back home.” I asked, “Is that how it happened in British Kenya?” Bapuji particularly delighted of my interest in learning relationships with the Brits, he perceived, unlike Manmauji, I seek his company and hear his early experiences in Africa. He effortlessly replied “no, in the colony the British aristocrats and the upper middle classes of Europe were early pioneers. They found natives friendly, but saw no necessity for social integration. If anything they wanted the natives to have better chance in life.” He continued “therefore, we are a part of the conceptual behaviour. The pioneering blood stems in those who arrived from India in similar courage and ventured British Kenya penniless. Ask anyone, like myself, who came in 2o’s and 3o’s. They will say “we came to Camelot in the British Kenya Colony, not knowing its unique way of life till experienced.”