On this day: 25 June 1903, George Orwell born

Happy birthday Eric Blair.

Orwell was born in Motihari, in Bihar, in West Bengal. Wikipedia says:

George Orwell… was born in Motihari in 1903. His father Richard Walmesley Blair was a deputy posted in the opium department in Bihar. However, when he was one year old, George left for England with his mother and sister.

Until recently, the town of Motihari was largely unaware of its connection to Orwell. In 2003, Motihari discovered its role in Orwell’s life when a number of journalists arrived in the city for Orwell’s hundredth birthday. Local officials are making plans for the construction of a museum on Orwell’s life. The place may also be marked in the tourist map.

Read an account of a visit to Motihari here (with a nice picture gallery, from which this post’s illustration comes).

Yard Left House Fence

See also: Bhiharscoop; Jakarta Globe.

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