*K. Vedamurthy wonders when and where did Gandhiji say that “Rajaji saw at least six months ahead of me”. He had heard it from Dr. P. Subbaroyan who recalled Gandhiji’s statement in Vedamurthy’s presence while waiting to meet Rajaji at his residence, 60 Bazullah Road. Vedamurthy later found the statement within quotation marks in a birthday tribute to Rajaji that Dr. K.M. Munshi had written in Bhavan’s Journal. “But to this day I have not been able to trace its source,” writes my correspondent as he continues to look for an answer.

*Saraswathi Menon is looking for a book titled Theory of Laughter, written by V.K. Krishna Menon, a Professor of English at Presidency College who retired as Director of Public Instruction. ‘Shakespeare’ Menon as he was called — for his memorable lectures on the Bard and his writings — wrote the book after his retirement, and she thinks it was published by Penguin Books, London. Menon, known for his sense of humour, often drew applause from students after a lecture on Shakespeare. Other students also often listened in to these lectures while congregating in the corridor.

*Christobel d’Sa writes that in referring to Hyde Park Gardens and Doveton House (Miscellany, March 16) I had forgotten to mention a link between them that I had written about elsewhere. And, indeed, I had. Hyde Park Gardens was where Women’s Christian College opened its doors in 1915 under the stewardship of Dr. Eleanor MeDougall. In May 1916, its 41 students and seven lecturers moved into Doveton House and its 11-acre campus that the College had bought for Rs. 63,000 with a Rockefeller contribution towards it.

*Sriram Venkatakrishnan points out that Dr. A. Raman was wrong about Kensington: “he must have been referring to Kingston, which survives as the home of Sita Kingston School”. The school was named as much for the name of its premises as to commemorate Sita, the wife of Dharmamurthi Rao Bahadur Calavala Cunnan Chetty, whose home Kingston once was.

S. MUTHIAH

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