India, Nov. 22 -- There's a special kind of sweetness in the cake baked by your landlady. No, this isn't a poorly translated old Russian proverb. It's simply a reflection on a rare city phenomenon - a cordial relationship between tenant and flat owner, specifically those who live in the same building. As Covid spread its unsanitised tentacles around the world, it also brought unlikely people together, united simply by their proximity to each other. A phenomenon my father, the master of the handy phrase, had many years ago described as "geo-personal".

Love thy neighbour

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