Sometime in the late 1800s, a British-Indian Railway Company headquarters received a curious telegram: ‘Tiger jumping about platform, men will not work; please arrange’, it said. Then in 1892, an artist turned this little note into a sketch and published it in The Graphic, a popular British weekly illustrated newspaper. It was captioned, ‘An Awkward Visitor at an Upcountry Railway Station in India’. The cartoon immediately catapulted this incident into popular imagination and it became a Victorian pop-culture legend. Dozens of authors have since speculated on the precise location of this ‘upcountry’ railway station: one strong candidate was ‘Khundwa’ railway station (Khandwa, now in Madhya Pradesh). According to Val C. Prinsep’s book Imperial India, 1879: An Artist’s Journals, the said tiger was shot the next day, proving that the telegram was not a bluff.
It took me to golden past.
Thanks to The Hindu team.
Ya Saw in todays cover story . Good article :)