Avoid Con­fu­sion Over Cam­bridge in In­dia

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Sharp young In­di­ans look­ing for­ward to know­ing more about how to en­ter the por­tals of one of the old­est and finest in­sti­tu­tions of schol­ar­ship are in for a shock. So, it’s best to pre­pare them here that the Duke and Duchess of Cam­bridge are not on a week-long trip to In­dia start­ing this Sun­day to fa­cil­i­tate young In­di­ans to go and study at the Univer­sity of Cam­bridge. Well, they can’t. Be­cause the vis­it­ing cou­ple are Wil­liam and Kate from Buckingham Palace. It would be like ex­pect­ing Brad and An­gelina to help you get into Yale. But once that con­fu­sion is out of the way, we should, of course, make the young British cou­ple feel wel­come. If they want to slum it a bit, who are we to deny them a trek through Dhar­avi, that re­fresh­ing an­ti­dote to Dorset. And it’ll al­ways work won­ders for Kazi­ranga Na­tional Park once the au­thor­i­ties put up a framed photo pro­claim­ing Kil­roy-style ‘The Duke and Duchess of Cam­bridge were here’. For, noth­ing gets In­di­ans swoon­ing over all things monar­chic swoonier than gush­ing over young mem­bers of the House of Wind­sor glid­ing through their back­yard à la the Duke of Ame­thi hav­ing a lunch-op in a Dalit house­hold. But it would all be less con­fus­ing if in­stead of Duke and Duchess of Cam­bridge, the lovely cou­ple comes to post-Ma­haraja In­dia as Mr and Mrs… now, what on earth is their sur­name?

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