Wodehouse and the Indians
Yet I confess to never having read any Wodehouse.
There was a time when I thought I'd try one but that passed. Then I thought I must try one but that passed too. Today, I have no desire to read Wodehouse but his reputation and enduring appeal intrigue me. Even more fascinating, is the Indian love-affair with Bertie Wooster that shows no sign of fading.
'Most Wodehouses are bought by middle-class Indians whose public school-like “English-Medium” education arguably equips them to appreciate the author’s verbal virtuosity and literary allusions better than many Brits.'
Having just read another article about this love affair with Wodehouse and having read other articles on the flowery, often formal, English used by many educated Indians, I was suddenly reminded of my Indian project manager.
He's very bright and highly educated but I don't think I've ever come across anyone else who sounds as if he's quoting from four textbooks simultaneously while not actually saying much.