Shashi and Jennifer Kapoor’s London-based younger son, the exceptionally dishy photo–journalist Karan Kapoor, has his photographs on the Anglo-Indian community of India included in an ongoing exhibition titled Origins, being showcased at The Gallery, British Council, in New Delhi.
Going with Kapoor to those halls filled with fragile and vulnerable senior citizens, each with a past so rich and evocative, had been a deeply moving experience we recall.. About his Anglo Indian series Kapoor has said, “My pictures are of the elderly. I was struck by their extraordinary resilience, their total lack of morbidity, their abundant joy and their zest for living.”
And then he recalled Myrtle who was 71 at the time we had met and interviewed her and who had described herself as ‘an outrageous flirt.’ “It’s impossible to remain faithful to one man,” she had said to us. The story had occupied an entire page of a leading newspaper all those years ago and has remained one of our finest pieces of writing. And learning of these faces surfacing at the Delhi exhibition has brought back all those people and conversations, though the people themselves are no more.