An Inordinate Fondness for Beetles
A backwater town in Upper Burma was the site for Orwell’s Burmese Days, a book that takes no prisoners KATHA, Burma There are worse travel strategies than to visit places with evocative names. There’s Timbuktu, Congo and Okavango in Africa; and Salvador de Bahia, Darien and Patagonia in Latin America, names which purr with history and poetry. But Asia’s resonant place names beckon to me above all others. There’s Sumatra, Java and Borneo; Malacca,...