My subject is concerned with building in a world far removed from Britain. India—where a great many things are quite different: the climate, the energy resources, the social patterns, the cultural ethos. Hence my title: A Place in the Sun. In actual fact of course, as Mr. Sherban Cantacusino has already so obligingly pointed out to me, my talk should really have been called: a place in the SHADE—since that presumably is the prime purpose of shelter in India. (And had I to deliver this talk in the heat of a Delhi summer, I might well have called it just that.) However, here we are in the middle of a London winter and I rather hoped that this phrase, "A Place in the Sun," does what I wish it to do: namely, in one fell swoop, lift us out of this freezing North European weather into a faraway clime, swing us into another state of mind, into another ambiance, where warm and languid breezes blow.
If we can conjure up such a fantasy in our minds, I think we might begin to experience new attitudes to many things around us: to the clothes we wear, to the room we are sitting in—in fact, even to our manner of sitting in it.