This was egalitarian England. I would neither need nor have servants here. Everyone I met in India mentioned this fact as if it were the most significant feature of Western civilization and modernity.
When young Farrukh arrives at Cambridge from small-town Poona, he’s resigned to having no servants to wait on him, wearing tweed and studying hard, but what he encounters is an England that no one has prepared him for. This is the sixties, when Britain is in the throes of the Mods and the Rockers – and the sexual revolution, along with endless protest demonstrations, is in full swing. Farrukh quickly realizes that he has a lot to learn: from figuring out how to load the washing machine to coming to terms with a long-distance relationship; from expounding on religion and sexuality to discovering his love for theatre.
Told in a series of vividly detailed vignettes, Cambridge Company is a witty and charming account of collegiate life that captures the exuberance and the idealism of youth.