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Four Small Canadians at the Indore Palace

April 3rd, 2011

“My husband and I went to India in 1950 with our baby daughter. She called me this morning to tell me how thrilled she had been to view your wonderful exhibit. Her sister is in India at present with her physics professor husband, who is speaking at several Indian universities. While in North India she is visiting the hilltop town of Mussoorie where she was born. Since we lived in Indore our second term, I decided to home school the children and send them to Daly College, a private school founded by the Maharajah of Indore, to study art and music. In 1958, Wendy, Susan, and the two Canadian Leard children Bill and John, were invited to the Indore Palace to attend the birthday party of one of the young princes. We have pictures at home showing the children along with the Holkar family and guests watching the entertainment. If I were in Halifax instead of Central Florida, I would be attending your wonderful exhibition. Hurrah for Canada … Jai Hind!!!!”

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