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By Grant Gordon

While his father dies all of sudden, provide Gordon's existence descends into freefall. Having lengthy harboured an obsession with the British in India, and particularly what they did for activity, furnish is going to discover the golfing classes the British equipped throughout the Raj and makes a decision to play them.

Along the best way, he has a golfing lesson at the optimum golfing path on the earth, within the mountains of Kashmir; negotiates cobras, peacocks and monkeys in Delhi - on a path moulded via the British round the ruins of a Mughal emperor's palace; has a around with Indian military colonels within the shadow of Everest; will get sopping wet numerous occasions over at the wettest golfing direction on the earth; and searches on Tiger Hill for Darjeeling's misplaced British golfing path. In Agra he tees off in complete view of the Taj Mahal, whereas in Lucknow, the ghosts of the recognized siege in the course of the 1857 Mutiny appear to impact his swing. all through, he's confronted with the problem of having his golfing golf equipment to more and more vague destinations, utilizing an array of quirky shipping.

As provide travels throughout India, he slowly starts off to appreciate the connection he had along with his father. Cobras within the tough is a e-book approximately golfing but in addition approximately fathers and sons, and the ways that they stick to, or refuse to stick with, in each one other's footsteps.

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