You plunge directly into the story, which starts with the birth of a girl called Sundari and an elephant called Lakshmi—at about the same time, and at the back of the palace where the elephant stables are. Sundari’s father is a mahout and so, naturally, she and Lakshmi practically grow up together, Sundari marking the milestones of a human being, and Lakshmi, those of an elephant. As they grow older and bigger—of course, in this department, Lakshmi is way ahead—they grow closer and closer. They’re practically twins.
November 2014, volume 38, No 11