I was very fortunate that I had the influences that to my mind, now people sometimes don't realize how valuable they were in the whole development of that sub-continent. Men who were the kind of politicians who had two streams of thought at their highest level: their own indigenous culture and the western mind coming through their education, through their everything.
Contacts with the English, I still remember, were also with those same kind of people, naturally. My father's greatest friend was an English man who owned one of the big hotels at the time. He was a barrister. He'd drive to our house with a carriage and pair [of horses], that sort of thing. He spoke the most beautiful Urdu, could recite Persian poetry as everybody did because the classical poetry was always with Persian background.