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There were indeed all the palaces and temples she had promised, the tigers and camels, desert and towering mountains, and men in turbans with magnificent moustaches. And there was the old family bungalow.

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I found it there still, a genteel late-Victorian villa, settling into graceful dilapidation on the outskirts of the city of Ajmer. It was there that my grandfather Bertram, a railway worker, met my grandmother Lilian, who was a nurse. The bungalow remains a tied residence for railway employees.

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The male heads of the two Indian families now living there, the Kumars and the Saimis, work in the city's locomotive sheds. Each welcomed me in to look around their section of the building. Wandering about inside felt like an excursion back in time, an illusion helped along by cavernous rooms with extraordinary 6m-high ceilings.

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In summer, Rajasthan becomes one vast tandoor, and the architecture does its best to ease the heat. The sepulchral interiors made it easy to sense the presence of my forebears and my mother's tales came surging back: It was a privileged, not to say sybaritic, lifestyle. And there were the men of the night soil. The bungalow lacked sewer connections and the family relied on commodes, which were emptied into the septic tank in the garden to be decanted after dark.

Despite their ambiguous genealogy and the length of their stay, my mother's family regarded themselves as temporary visitors to India. Their ostensible Britishness was carefully guarded and they led an insulated existence, sometimes bizarrely so. Religion was an important distinction. Staunch Christians, they took little interest in what were regarded as the alien creeds followed by the Indians.

Contemporary themes were explored more eagerly than historic ones, and as a result the metaphysical element of the representation was reduced. Such an attitude was congruent with realists' scientific perspective on the world surrounding them, and the postulate to reduce painting to what can be seen with a bare eye. They would often turn to lower classes and exploit scenes from their everyday life in their work. Two branches of realism developed in Poland: It was characterised by putting the accent on purely aesthetic qualities, especially colour.

The painter would employ the convention of realism to represent the mood, the fleeting impression. A good work would evoke an atmosphere, conjure up a vision, become the equivalent of sight as such. According to Witkiewicz, they gave an illusion of reality and represented the impression.

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There were billions of geese, and flocks passing overhead might be four square miles in size 10 km2. Huge flights of pigeons would block out the sun.