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Where to find old-school India https://t.co/17Si05fs87 https://t.co/HEcvdgFJTz

Today, as I returned to tour Tamil Nadu and show my wife where I had lived, much had changed as well as much being the same. We landed at Coimbatore airport and were met by SP Subramanian, the school's basketball coach and PE teacher, who had been my stalwart friend all those years ago, introducing me to goat curry, forcing me to try to learn the language and helping me to adapt from the English shires. It was like re-meeting India's Mr Chips. His moustache and hair were now snow white, but apart from that he was exactly the same. 'Wanakam! Sapadajah? (How are you? Have you eaten?),' he asked and immediately I was back into my broken Tamil. And so to the school, winding our way across the plains to the village, which was almost freakily unchanged. Sivakami, the tea lady, asked me where I had been. Her prices had risen from 30 paisa a cup to eight rupees. The dhobi (laundry...

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