It is two years now since he went away. I don’t know where he is or what he is doing. Perhaps he is meditating somewhere in the Himalayas, or wandering by the banks of the Ganges with an orange robe and a begging bowl; or perhaps he is just living in another town, trying to start a newspaper or a school. Sometimes I ask myself: can there really have been such a man? But it is not a question to which I require any answer.

Note. RPJ was born in Germany of Polish parents and came to England in 1939 aged 12. Marrying an Indian Architect C.S.H. Jhabvala she lived in India from 1951 to 1975. This piece is taken from her Selected Stories, Out of India.