Jon and Rumer Godden grew up in India during the days of the British Raj, and later both became best-selling and prolific authors. Jon wrote “Shiva’s Pigeons,” which I also have in my collection. Many more readers may be more familiar with Rumer’s “An Episode of Sparrows,” which was also made into a movie.
Strangely enough, I read this book several years before meeting my husband in 1967. I was mesmerized by the fascinating country they brought to light through their writing skills. As I read it I could almost feel the sunshine and smell the jasmine garlands, and I began to love their collection of people almost as much as they. Never in a million years did I dream, as I was reading this, that I would make many visits there myself, beginning in 1980.