Dipalee — the girl in the jungle

Rose Cottage in the 1950s, where I spent the first years of my life
The Steins: Trudy and Paul, who had a research station in the jungles
Searching for “Rose Cottage” among the remnants of old Lonavala — but we never found it.
This is a “road”? But our friendly driver was unfazed and navigated his seven-seater over it.
And there it was, the Steins’ agricultural station from the 1950s, with our snake lab, not in mint condition, on the left.
New walls, different furniture, of course, but I could remember how it looked, over fifty years ago.
The hidden well which I remembered from my childhood.
It was exactly where I remembered it, in slightly updated condition.
Dipalee and me at “Tiger’s Leap” in the Western Ghats. They are part of the Deccan Traps, one of the largest volcanic features on Earth. Together with the Chicxulub impact the Deccan Trap eruptions were probably responsible for the extinction of the dinosaurs.
Some of the community, 42 strong, living on the Steins’ plot today — with the surprise visitors from Europe.
The Sinhgad Engineering Institutes that Dipalee attends — on the outskirts of Lonavala.



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The Friedel Chronicles

The Friedel Chronicles


Frederic Alois Friedel, born in 1945, science journalist, co-founder of ChessBase, studied Philosophy and Linguistics at the University of Hamburg and Oxford.