As an adult, I knew I would have to visit India, the place of my birth. My father was a British Indian Army Officer and my mother, the daughter of a soldier, was brought to India when she was 20 months old. She left India in 1947, married and with her two children, making a hurried exit before the partition of India.
I have always felt I had India in my blood. My first breath, sound, taste, touch, and sight were of India. In March 2012, in my 67th year, I set off on a return journey, not as a tourist, but as an observer of India as a prodigal son. I wanted to immerse myself in the culture. What I found was a country and a people with which I felt completely at home. I basked in the inclusivity and generosity I received. I saw a country on the brink of great change as it collides with the 21st century.
Hero on a Honda is a collection of observations and an informal account of my adventures in Rajasthan and Gujarat.
About the Author
Anthony Richard Farmer arrived with his family in England from India as a toddler. Some years later his father was posted to Nigeria and the family returned to the colonial life. He went to boarding school in England, attended art college in Nottingham, England, and at Yale University he completed a master’s degree in architecture. He lives in Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire, and has worked and traveled in North America, Africa, Europe, China and the Sultanate of Oman. In early 2013, he is going to Australia to explore and write.