Remnants of Colonial life in the Nilgiris

Thomas Heming, Tea kettle, 1761

‘Not a penny’s worth,’ ‘Thoroughbred’ are some of the phrases my granddad and his peers often used. For people of his generation, most of them agriculturists who had their education in Tamil, English words like ‘counterpane’ and ‘hearth’ flowed flawlessly in their everyday conversations in their native language, Baduga.  In a hill town, the remnants …

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