Saturday, 26 December 2009

थे प्रिविलेद्गेद नेक्क


In the part of India where we lived was an Indian Naval base and it wasn't unusual to see Naval Officers being ferried around by chauffers in the back of an old Ambassador.

When an Indian Officer got to a certain rank he qualified to have a pair of curtains fitted along the back window to protect his priviledged neck from the baking sun.

On one occasion such a car overtook me on the road to Panjim and the curtains at the back indicated a senior arse was sitting on the back seat. Strangely, however, the curtains were only half drawn. It seems that a less senior officer was travelling with the senior officer but his neck wasn't as priviledged and had to bear the brunt of the midday sun.