That glint in the eye of the giving

On a brief visit to New Delhi two weeks ago, I spent the weekend with a friend, Gaurav Gupta, a veteran General Motors executive who had recently moved from Indonesia, where he briefly ran a tyre company's operations, to launch the MG brand of sport utility vehicles in India for China's SAIC Motor.

During our conversations, the matter of a village school in Kerala set up by my maternal great-grandfather came up briefly.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on January 20, 2019, with the headline 'That glint in the eye of the giving'. Print Edition | Subscribe