BRIAN LAMB, HOST: Barbara Crossette, author of "The Great Hill Stations of Asia," what
Ms. BARBARA CROSSETTE, AUTHOR, "THE GREAT HILL STATIONS OF ASIA":
Well, they were resorts and places of escape built by colonial
administrators, all of them--us, the British, the French and even the
Dutch--during the years before malaria medicine, before air
conditioning, even before mass travel, when people who were posted
out to the colonies found themselves dying and their children dying,
and so they looked for someplace to seek refuge.
LAMB: How many of them do you write about in your book?
Ms. CROSSETTE: Well, people keep asking me this, and I think
I--between 16 and 18 are sort of described in some way, are mentioned,
but there were so many. There were dozens and dozens in India alone,
and I refer to some of the others. There--some that were strictly
resort areas and sanitarium centers and some were --actually became
centers of government in the colonies during the worst months of the
LAMB: Why did you wanna do this book?
Ms. CROSSETTE: Well, I--for several reasons. I like to think
that there's a lot about colonial life we still don't know. A lot
about colonial history has been written in--for political reasons
and, obviously, for reasons of geopolitics. We talk about
colonial empires and things, and we talk about them as some
extension of government policy or whatever. But the people who
peopled them were very interesting. And the longer you live in these
places and see, in fact, the local people recreating and
rediscovering their history in the colonial period--the more you see
how much there is about the ordinary folks, you know, the people whose
babies died, who were too far from home to be able to go back to
England or France or wherever they lived. Also, because I began to
see that there were similarities in the way that the various European
or we were included sort of as Europeans--colonial people
dealt with life in the tropics, because these places were
largely all tropical climates, and how they--without even
knowing what other people were doing--had some of the same reactions
and tried some of the same cures.
LAMB: How long have you been the bureau chief at the UN for The New
Ms. CROSSETTE: I've been there about four years now. It'll be four
years in the fall.
LAMB: And when did you start with The New York Times?
Ms. CROSSETTE: Oh, that's almost 25 years ago--exactly 25 years ago,
in fact, this year. I came from--I'd worked for a newspaper in
Britain called the Birmingham Post. I'm an--American born but had
spent some time in Europe, and came back in 1973, I must admit, at
a time when big media organizations in the States were opening more to
women. And the peculiarity was that I had got jobs in England that I
thought I couldn't have got here, where they kind of shoved you into
recipes and fashion and so on, and when I came back, people say
to me, `Where did you get all this experience writing about politics
or war?' or whatever it happened to be. And it was odd that I had
gone to a very chauvinist society, which was Britain in the '60s and
'70s, although it was a time when the country was opening, and
was able to come back directly to The New York Times.
LAMB: Where were you from in this country, originally?
Ms. CROSSETTE: I was born in Philadelphia and raised in
the suburbs and out in the country in eastern Pennsylvania. My
father's family pioneered eastern Pennsylvania. They were Mennonites
dissenters, who came when William Penn really opened the colony
to people who had trouble everywhere. They came from the
Rhineland-Palatinate and some of them from Switzerland. They
stopped off in the Netherlands, and then in the early 18th century,
they got on boats and came out because, you know, William Penn's
Quakers were great at finance and they built schools, they were
intellectuals, they were businesspeople. But my father's--describes
his ancestors as `plow jockeys.' They were people who were able to do
the farming and feed the city of Philadelphia--their farm
markets became very well-known and built lovely old farm houses
in the countryside around the city.
LAMB: When did you get interested in foreign affairs?
Ms. CROSSETTE: I think when I was in high school. The other side
of that story is that my mother was a refugee from Europe,
so--after the First World War, so that I had--we always--I always had
a sort of cognizance of things foreign because during the Second
World War, though--I was born in 1939, so I was a very small child,
but I do have memories of, for example, sending food packages
even after the war, the idea of thinking about these people all the
time, what they've gone through, being told by people, being visited
by people from Europe in the household.
And in high school, I began to listen--one of my teen-age boyfriends
built me a short-wave radio as a gift one time. He didn't have any
money, and he put it together himself. And it was terrific because I
would sit at night in my room and send away--you know, they'd
say, `Send postcards.' I'm sure they have a file on me somewhere in
the FBI because, you know, Radio Bulgaria, Radio Moscow--but all these
were wonderful. I listened to Hawaii calls. I, for some reason,
got into a great fascination for things foreign. We didn't have the
money that I could travel abroad. My father went to great lengths to
take us places that he thought we would like to see. He drove me all
the way to Prince Edward Island once to see the house where "Anne of
Green Gables" was written. And so I was obviously fascinated by
LAMB: Where did your mother come from?
Ms. CROSSETTE: Well, it's complicated. It was the Austro-Hungarian
empire at the time. She was born basically with a Hungarian passport,
German-speaking, in what is now Slovakia, in the Tatra Mountains.
It's absolutely beautiful, beautiful part of the world.
LAMB: And why did she come to the States?
Ms. CROSSETTE: Her father was killed in the First World War Her
mother had done the sort of grand tour of America when she was much
younger, at the turn of the century. And so she remembered that
there were sort of vaguely relatives in Philadelphia, so she literally
took her two children and made her way across Europe to, I think it
was Hamburg, and got a ship. And they came to Ellis Island, and
that's how she arrived here in the 1920s.
LAMB: Are your parents still alive?
Ms. CROSSETTE: My mother's dead now. My father's still alive. He's
94 and still very active.
LAMB: What did he do in his life?
Ms. CROSSETTE: He was mostly in business. He had a paper box
factory, and he worked for--earlier on for a larger concern in
Philadelphia. His avocation became, in later life, when he
was retired, the formation of a group called the Mennonite Historians
of Eastern Pennsylvania to try to preserve--'cause Mennonites were, as
I said, not intellectuals on the whole--to try to preserve the local
history, they opened a museum in that part. These were not the plain
people. His church were normally dressed reformed Mennonites.
But so much of their history and their language, Pennsylvania Dutch,
is disappearing or disappeared.
LAMB: You listened to short-wave radio from around the world. Do you
remember the country that you wanted to visit first?
Ms. CROSSETTE: Well, strange places like Bulgaria. The music
sounded wonderful. They-- I had no special order of
priorities. In high school, I--what really began to change my
life, oddly enough, was a high school history teacher. As you know,
we all have teachers who have made a huge difference. Her name was
Doris Felty--Doris Hallman later. She interested me in Asia for
the first time. At a small rural high school in Pennsylvania, it
was--it was extraordinary. But I wrote a term paper on Japan and
became utterly fascinated. And I think that's the one place I wanted
to go more than anywhere else.
Later on, I spent time in the Western Pacific, and I was married and
living on a Navy base in Guam, where my son was born. And I got to Japan
for the first time, and I remember writing to her and saying how
I had sort of finally fulfilled this ambition and traveled in Japan
for the better part of a month, and it was fabulous. I came back, in
fact, and tried to switch into Japanese studies in college, and I met
resistance because I had no languages and so on in that area.
Naturally, this was not something that a small-town person
would've had. But I stayed with it and ultimately got back to Asia in
LAMB: Did you get a college degree?
Ms. CROSSETTE: Yes, I got a--my first degree at a small
college in Pennsylvania called Muhlenberg, which was a little
college but had good teachers who actually taught. We had small
classes, a great library, a nice environment, wrong town. I keep
saying if they'd moved Muhlenberg to Connecticut, we'd have had a
better reputation because it was a--Allentown, Pennsylvania's a very,
again, kind of ordinary town with not much of an intellectual history,
when you consider Philadelphia has so many great areas of
scholarship around it.
LAMB: I may be wrong about this--wasn't Muhlenberg the first speaker
of the House?
Ms. CROSSETTE: Yes. General--yeah, they--well, the Muhlenberg
family was quite--quite well-known here in American history, yes.
General Peter Muhlenberg was--whose statue was on--and I'm not sure,
but there were--yes, it was him or it was one of his relatives, but
LAMB: You say one of your...
Ms. CROSSETTE: And than I got a mas...
LAMB: Do you have another--did you get another degree?
Ms. CROSSETTE: Yeah. Then in--I was--my then-husband was sent to
Colorado--he was still in the military, and as young
men were at that time, because it was still the age when, when you
came out of college, you did military service. And I went to the
University of Colorado on a fellowship and got a master's degree. At
that point, I became interested in European history 'cause, again, it
depends on the professors and the teachers. Colorado's not a great
academic institution for the study of history, but I had a
combination then of Latin America and British history, which made me
very interested, again, back to colonial Pennsylvania, when the
Qua--the period when the Quakers came and founded the colony, and so I
went from there, then, briefly to England. And I wanted to be a
graduate student and start over at the University of London, but
instead, I began to work as a journalist and I've never looked back.
LAMB: All right. Your first-ever overseas trip and can you remember
it and what do you remember about it?
Ms. CROSSETTE: I guess my first--oh, if you don't count Canada...
Ms. CROSSETTE: ...my first overseas trip was England, and it
would've been in 1965, when I was hoping to be a graduate student.
Oh, I remember--I remember it was Icelandic Air because that's what
everybody took who could--who couldn't afford--who couldn't--well,
ships were still there, but it was cheap to fly. And it
was an--I remember it was an endless flight.
Ms. CROSSETTE: Prop. And, you know--yes, and we stopped in
Reykjavik, which was in itself--I mean, for me, everything was
exciting. And flying down across Scotland, we landed in Glasgow,
I think--yes, we did, on this flight, rather than anywhere in
the London area. And I remember that was the time when there were
lots of folk musicians here who were very famous. It's a--it's an
interesting awakening. And one of the songs that I now wish I could
remember who sang was "Little Boxes." It might have been The Kingston
Trio. `Little boxes made of ticky-tack. Little boxes and they all
look just the same.'
LAMB: Peter--Pete Seeger also.
Ms. CROSSETTE: Pete Seeger maybe.
Ms. CROSSETTE: Anyway, the--I had all the '60s, I think, ideas,
you know. It was the sort of hair shirt American complex, like we
have somehow done everything wrong. We have--you know, our
suburbs are boring, our interference in the world is
negative. And this is one of the first times when I thought, my God,
you know, you'd fly over into these cities in Britain and they are
little boxes made of ticky-tack and they all look just the same. So
in other words, I guess I first began to see that we are not so
uniquely awful in many ways. And maybe I've became too positive over
the years about American life, but from there on, I've learned a lot
about how much we don't know about other countries.
LAMB: How many years of your life have you lived overseas and in what
Ms. CROSSETTE: I've lived a lot of my life--at one point, I
decided I had probably lived most of my life overseas. I've been back
now since--off--since '91 technically, but I've been traveling a lot.
I've lived in Britain for eight years and spent a lot of time
in Europe and in the Middle East. And then I lived in--I came back
here in 1973. I was here a while. In 19--the early 1980s, for The
Times, I spent some time in Central America, again not based there,
and in the Caribbean, but traveling there for a period of three or
four months one year and various periods other years. In 1980, I
decided that a missing link in my life was India because, you know, I
had lived in Britain and I had met so many Indians and I had met
Pakistanis. And the American experience is completely outside India,
and I think that's why we're so fascinated with tales of the Raj and
things because it's a mystical kind of fantastic world for
us 'cause we had no family contact with India.
LAMB: Let me just ask you, what's the Raj?
Ms. CROSSETTE: The British period--the British--well, Raj is--yeah,
it really means ` the rule,' and so the British Raj--but the
Indians would say--I mean, they say license Raj, meaning bureaucrats
are in charge or use the word just whoever--whoever's in charge.
LAMB: What was that period?
Ms. CROSSETTE: Well, from the 17th century, even earlier if
you look at some early explorations, up until--really until 1947
in South Asia, India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka and Bangladesh, and
then a little later in Malaysia and Singapore--Malaya, then it was the
Malayan Peninsula. So in 1980, I took leave from The Times. I got a
Fulbright Fellowship to teach in India at a university, which struck
me as an absolutely fine way to learn about a country rather than
going as a tourist. Particularly India is just too overwhelming to go
for a week or two and expect to come back with more than just huge
sense impressions and maybe a stomachache. But I saw--I taught,
unfortunately, in a new city, Chandigarh, which was built in North
India to compensate when the Punjab state was broken into two and half
was given to Pakistan. The capital went with it, Lahore, which
is a fabulous city. And that was really such a heartland for
Punjabis, Sikhs, Hindus and others.
I went to Chandigarh, which the Indians, after independence, called in
Le Corbusier to design a new capital. It's something that
wouldn't happen now because he was a foreigner and he
brought foreign architects. He used Indians also. Anyway, he created
a whole new city, and they had a new university built there.
And that's where I was assigned to teach journalism for two terms. So
it was not Indian in the sense that it was a new creation,
recent--relatively new, but you could also see how Indians were making
it Indian. They had begun to change the houses and they had
begun to deal with--and it was actually a subject for
archeological and architectural and art historian students
to see how India moved in and kind of covered over Corbusier's
in--Chandigarh. But it was a chance to live in India, even though
it was not old India in the same sense that living in Calcutta
LAMB: In your book, "The Great Hill Stations of Asia," how many of
the hill stations are in India and what other countries do you--did
you write about in "Hill Stations?"
Ms. CROSSETTE: I wrote about six in India. In fact, because when I
was in Chandigarh, this was the first occasion I had to discover
hill stations. In Chandigarh, I--it was not too long a trip to
Simla, which was the great British hill station. And I went there
and, in fact, from Chandigarh, I saw my first hill station on the hill
at night, just lights on the top of a ridge, and it was Kasauli, and
so I was fascinated by this. And while I was based there, I went to
Simla several times and began to get familiar with this
genre. Then in later periods, I've--I went to Sri Lanka. When
I went back to India as a correspondent, I really got off the track
about having lived abroad. When I came back, I began to agitate to go
back as a correspondent to India, which didn't happen until 1988. In
the meantime, I had been sent to Southeast Asia for four years, so I
lived in Bangkok, and I did all the Indo-Chinese countries--Vietnam,
Cambodia, Laos and Indonesia and Malaysia and so on. And there I
began to see everybody had hill stations. I wasn't aware of this.
LAMB: How big are hill stations?
Ms. CROSSETTE: The town of Simla now is really a city in the hills
and it's--many others are a few thousand people. The problem is
that a lot of people come--let's say if you have a hill station
like one in the south with 10,000 residents. In the summer, you may
double that population in a day by--with visitors, the Indian summer,
in the hot season, very...
LAMB: Are they always on the side of a hill?
Ms. CROSSETTE: They're usually--they're in
a plateau or on a top of a ridge or down the side of a
hill. It was interesting that--this is one area where colonial
people differed. In the United--when the United States decided to
build one quite late in the game, early in this century, in Baguio in
the Philippines, the very wise planners who were chosen to do this by
the United States government--this was just after, of course, the
Philippines reverted to--or was seized by the United States in the
Spanish-American War, depending on how you look at it. They decided,
`Don't touch the top of the hill because this will spoil the setting,'
and they were right, and so they insisted that Baguio be built
The British in India tended to go right for the crest of a
hill and often would build a mall or promenade with views, often on
two or three sides. And they would put up there their church and
perhaps a library and some guest houses and eventually some private
homes and hotels. In other places, the terrain was more
plateaulike. The Dal--in Da Lat in Vietnam, the French built on
a rather--just a--like a high valley. And in Nuwara Eliya in Sri
Lanka, it was built really sort of among tea plantations, again,
on a higher elevation but not on the top of a hill in the same way.
Some of the most difficult ones to reach in India are
literally built on precipices. You really have to struggle to get
up to them, even now. And it's one thing that's kept some of them
from being too overpopulated.
LAMB: I wanna just read--I found this kind of a sentence or a
paragraph in your book on more than one occasion, so just ask you
why it is over in that part of the world, `Arriving in Calcutta
late at night in a battered taxi with one reliable gear still working,
I plunged into a back squalor--a black squalor'--excuse me--`that
assaulted all the senses. The once-quiet suburb of Salt Lake looked
like a vast construction site. This is probably deemed progress. The
sickly'--here's what I really wanna ask you about--`the sickly sweet
putrid smell of the sewage of the shantytown clinging to the overpass
near the city limits was, if anything, more penetrating.' More
than once, you talked about the putrid smell. Why is that so
often--did you find that so often in that part of the world?
Ms. CROSSETTE: You--and this is one of the reasons that people went
to the hills, I think. I mean, the idea of living in the
tropics--automatically you have heat. And if you're not disposing of
waste, waste water, garbage and things like that, you--properly,
you're going to have this problem. And there--and in many
parts of cities in Asia, in South Asia more than Southeast
Asia, which, of course, leaped way ahead in the '60s and '70s and
'80s, you simply don't have public services. You have an
overpopulated town or city, people coming in from the countryside
thinking that that is even better than the villages they live in. You
have a lack of public services or, I might say, sewage systems
that date back to the colonial times. In Hanoi, the sewage
system, once when I was last there, was beginning to get into the
water supply system because the pipes were corroding. The
the colonial powers often did build this kind of--hateful
word--`infrastructure,' but it nothing's happened to it since, and
a lot of it's just simply broken down. So you have a combination
of the tremendous heat in these places, a lot of heavy rain at some
times of the year, a lack of public services and sanitation
and overcrowding. And it's inevitable that you're going to get this
kind of a situation.
LAMB: Here's another one. Here's--this is in--this is Jakarta,
in Indonesia. `There are times in this port city, especially in its
older quarters, when the sick, sweet odor of rotting sludge in drains
and near-stagnant canals is close to unbearable.'
Ms. CROSSETTE: Sounds like an olfactory tour, doesn't it? Yes,
same thing. In Jakarta, there are neighborhoods where--the
other thing is open sewers. There--these still exist in Asia,
where literally people use them as toilets, where all kinds of runoff
from shops--people will wash the front of a shop and simply throw the
garbage out into a kind of drain that runs along the side of the
road. There are lots of places where this is still the sewage system,
And the more overcrowded--it's sort of a self-defeating--the more
overcrowded it gets, the more difficult it is to dig up these cities
and put in anything new. I might add now, you're talking about
South Asia here, where they are now nuclear powers and their people
are not getting clean water or simple sanitation. And I think more
than half the people of India don't have access to a toilet. I--there
are hundreds of millions of people below the world's lowest poverty
lines. And so there are some real questions there, and real questions
about what priorities these countries set themselves in--in how they
I always felt particularly lucky to have lived in Southeast Asia and
then in South Asia twice because the Southeast Asians, for whatever
reasons, tackled many of their social problems much earlier. And I
find that whatever financial crisis they are now--have now been going
through, they have a huge cushion to bounce back on. They've cut
their population. They've got better education systems. They have a
much more egalitarian outlook on life, an open view to the
LAMB: Name those countries in Southeast Asia.
Ms. CROSSETTE: Bangkok--I lived in Bangkok for four years, although,
as I said, I was responsible for about a dozen countries, and Thailand
was one of the first to really tackle birth control and did it with
huge success. It's a happy-go-lucky country with a
great deal of Buddhist egalitarianism, a sense--a high sense of
tolerance, no prudery about what you needed for birth control.
In fact, the king of--he's called `the condom king' in Bangkok, you
probably heard of him, Kun Mechai. He even, in fact, runs a
restaurant to raise money for his community projects. And when you
leave, instead of a bowl of mints, there is a bowl of condoms. The
idea that the Thais could face up to and talk
realistically about what needed to be done. This is, by the way, also
helping them now battle AIDS 'cause they had a big problem.
Thailand--Indonesia was actually developing and--in some
similar ways, although again it's a Muslim country with a
different kind of philosophical base and, of course, had military
governments or strongmen, two of them, dominating their history until
this year. But, in fact, one can argue that the revolution that has
overthrown President Suharto in Indonesia, in many ways, had its roots
and I think what Crane Brinton once called `the revolution of rising
expectations.' You know, you begin to raise people and they
want more. Or as a Singaporan told me, `When the tummy is full,
the mind gets hungry.' So a lot of these people--Malaysia has a First
World standard of living.
LAMB: How big is Malaysia?
Ms. CROSSETTE: Malaysia's about--I guess just under 20 million
people now, 16 million, 18 million people last when I lived
there. It's not so big geographically. It has the Malay Peninsula,
but it also has a large part of Borneo and...
LAMB: It butts Singapore.
Ms. CROSSETTE: Yes. Singapore, which was part of Malaysia--part of
the Malay Federation at one point. It's got--it's
between Thailand and Singapore.
LAMB: Before I forget it, only because I remember the Raffles
Hotel in Singapore and I had no idea who Raffles was, but you talk
Ms. CROSSETTE: Mm-hmm.
LAMB: ...Raffles in here. Who was he?
Ms. CROSSETTE: Well, he--yes, he was a--one of the finest of British
administrators to go out to the colonies. And I used a lot of Raffles
not just for--really, more for Indonesia, as you know, than a--for
anywhere else because for a brief time the British took over Dutch
Indonesia and--in the 19th century, and Raffles was sent as an
administrator there during that British hiatus, and in that short time
he demonstrated, in many ways, he's a colonial. And a lot of people
want to run these people down because, basically, their sense
was that, `We can do this better than these people can. We
can run this place. We can--we can'--but he was a
He was interested in everything. He climbed around the ruins of Java.
In fact, there were a lot of British colonial and French colonial
administrators who discovered ruins that'd been lost for centuries in
Southeast Asia and took that kind of British Museum mentality, `Let's
find out what this is. Let's clear away the rubble. Let's
look at this civilization.' Flora, fauna--everything interested
him--everything. He would get on horses. He would walk through
swamps. He was--he wrote some fine books on Indonesia, on Java,
and then he was sent to Sumatra later on. He's the founder of
Singapore--modern Singapore, really, Sir Stamford Raffles. And
his life was not long, but he accomplished an awful lot.
LAMB: Now while we're in that territory there, you mentioned Lee Kuan
Yew in here. What did Lee Kuan Yew see and have that the rest of that
part of the world didn't?
Ms. CROSSETTE: Well, Lee Kuan...
LAMB: And who was he, first of all?
Ms. CROSSETTE: Lee Kuan Yew was, really, the father of modern
Singapore, and as I mention in the book, I was always sorry that I
had--because I hadn't read much Raffles, that I didn't ask Lee Kuan
Yew about Stamford Raffles. Singapore, as you know, is a city-state,
so it has no back country, it has no agriculture.
Its only resource, as he is fond of saying over and over
again, is people--its own people.
LAMB: How many?
Ms. CROSSETTE: 2.5 million now, 3--under 3 million--under 3
million. His idea was that in order to make Singapore count
when it broke away from the Malay--Malaysia Federation,
he--the development of people was what was going to make the
difference, and he did. He did this with education, with the
attraction--attracting businesses, creating a banking center. And
then he did some very interesting things. He went for corruption,
an Asian problem everywhere. It he made it absolutely illegal.
He began to chip away at what were sometimes vaguely called Asian
business practices. He paid his bureaucracy, he paid his civil
servants. He created a marvelous island there of First World
living. Singaporans, I think, are on a par or above
many--some--several of the countries of the European Union in
standard of living.
Now Lee Kuan Yew, however--he and his party, the People's Action
Party--he simply believed that only he and only the PAP was able to
carry this on. And so he also, I might add, broke down the potential
for ethnic strife because Singapore is largely Chinese, but it's also
Malay and it's also Indian, particularly South Indian Tamils, who came
during the British period and afterwards, and Sri Lankan Tamils, who
fled some of the problems there.
So he created an idea of Singapore that was--that was
multiethnic, way ahead of his time, and sort of rammed it down their
throats. But he--public housing--fantastic public housing, even
way ahead of the curve. So when he sees that people are getting old
and living longer, he designs nanny--granny flats so that you can
have--not he personally, but--so that you can have a little family and
a little place for Granny so that the family looks
after, as in Chinese tradition or Asian tradition, the older people,
that there's some way that you can account for this. Fantastic
But politically, he simply --he is paralyzed by the fear of
political dissent and political confusion. He wants to see a nice,
orderly system where one party is in charge and they have a token
opposition. And this is why, as I said earlier, the Singaporan
scholar said to me, `He doesn't understand that when his tummy is full
the mind gets hungry,' and that Singapore, well-educated, well-fed,
well-housed people, naturally they want a little something else,
and politics is very interesting to many people. They have many
well-educated people. And he has always come down so hard on this
that it's almost inexplicable. He's now a senior minister. He's out
of direct government, but he's still there.
LAMB: What is he? Eighty?
Ms. CROSSETTE: I don't know. Yeah, I imagine so. I just don't
LAMB: Go back a couple of years ago when the Vietnamese asked him to
come over and talk to them and be a counselor to them. That's a
country of--What?--70 million people or more.
Ms. CROSSETTE: Yeah. Yeah.
LAMB: What would he have had to have done in Vietnam that he did in
Singapore as a leader that would have changed that country?
Ms. CROSSETTE: He's also been asked to give advice to China, I mean,
talking about big--much bigger countries. In Vietnam, he would
have had to clean out a corrupt bureaucracy. He would have
had to have a more professional civil service. He would have
had--one thing his party is PAP; you may--your allegiance to the
party and your voting may have mattered in Singapore, but it wasn't
ideological in the sense that the Vietnamese cannot get rid of the
ideology that is getting in the way.
I just read a wonderful piece not long ago about how the Vietnamese
are resisting--we--you know, we like to talk about transparency. They
said, `Why does anyone need to know our production
figures?' You know, the idea that the international investment
community has to know things. And it's still--the leadership in North
Vietnam is a--basically, a very Stalinist leadership and long-living.
They--some of them are still there, and they simply are operating on
the old Communist attitudes. And they can put up their new slogans
and talk about all their economic liberalism, but at heart, they're
still complete control freaks. And with this has come a system
that is not really open; it's open on paper, but not so open in a--and
some investors are backing away.
But Li Quan Yu's main focus would be on making government work by
paying people enough so that they are not corruptible, by streamlining
laws, by finding out how the world works, high technology, by
investing in a lot of things that makes the country first class,
that even however small you are--and in the case of Vietnam, there
aren't--not dissimilarities, 'cause they are overpopulated. I mean,
Li Quan Yu's little island is sort of full. But they are
his--they--in fact, they're building it. If you fly over
Singapore, you can see them actually adding to it, you know, with
landfill to try to try to make it bigger.
But--and he's worked out how to use a city very effectively to
allow green space, to have beautiful highways with flowers. He's
helped by the tropical climate; he's on the equator.
LAMB: You mentioned real early in our discussion that one of the
things that you did when you came back here is you thought a woman
could be hired--a place like The New York Times edit--you know,
back--what actual year were you hired?
Ms. CROSSETTE: '73.
LAMB: '73. What is it like being a woman reporter for The New York
Times, flying all over Southeast Asia, South Asia? How'd they treat
Ms. CROSSETTE: Well, it's always a--one is always
fortunate to work for The New York Times because, in most places,
they understand that they're dealing with a large newspaper, and
that even though they may not particularly want to deal with a
woman---and this is not in many places anymore, I don't think--they
know they're dealing with an institution. You sort of become an
honorary man or you become a--you become a representative of The New
York Times without regard to gender.
I have found that--people ask me about what it's like to work,
particularly in--I was in Pakistan and have done some reporting
in Pakistan and Afghanistan. I've never worked in the Middle East,
but--except, you know, on sort of odd visits, including this year in
Iraq for the first time, I spent time. I find even there, the
institution, if they know that they're a--dealing with the
international press and they feel it's important to deal with the
international press and they recognize The New York Times--and, I
might add, the International Herald Tribune because things we write
appear in that. And some people think I work for the International
Herald Tribune, not The New York Times then they deal with you
I find people in politics, the more Democratic, the better because,
obviously, they understand that porting--putting your view is not a
bad thing. And with global investment, they know that it's not bad to
be cooperative to a reporter who may say something good about your
country in The New York Times. This may matter. And
I also find, being a woman, I can meet a lot of women. And at the
grassroots level in election time, at--in various ways, I've
learned a lot from traveling with women running for Parliament,
for example, in Pakistan, which made the social problem easier for me.
I could stay in her home; I could go with her on
constituency visits. And I learned a lot. I think sometimes women at
the grassroots are more honest about the economic and political
situation; they're not looking over their shoulder at some local
political boss. It has great advantages.
You--if you--you have--in my generation, anyway, have had to, you
know, sort of to do some of the things that we've done and reported on
family issues and so on, you do notice things: the quality
of children's teeth; do they have shoes? You--as in Calcutta or some
other place, despite the high pronouncements of modern technology and
so on of the Indian government, you see an awful lot of people who
aren't living that way. And I think a lot of this comes from knowing
people in their homes and in their neighborhoods.
LAMB: I noticed that--and correct me if I'm wrong--there's no
dedication in the book.
Ms. CROSSETTE: No.
LAMB: Reason for that?
Ms. CROSSETTE: No--no special reason. It's interesting, I suppose
because I had no--I mean, if I dedicate it to anyone, I probably
would have dedicated it to the memory of all those people who slogged
away in these places.
LAMB: The hill stations.
Ms. CROSSETTE: Yeah, well, in--no, in the tropical
colonies. Much as we berate them now for being tools of imperialism
and so on, life was very, very tough, and many of them lost such
precious things that--all their children; you know, people died young;
the death rate was extraordinary--and also sometimes
lost their minds, literally, and certainly lost their health going out
to the colonies. And so it's--and also the people who tried to
chronicle this. It's--there are just too many of them.
LAMB: You mentioned two people in your personal life; one is
Ms. CROSSETTE: My son.
LAMB: How old is Jonathan?
Ms. CROSSETTE: Oh, boy, Jonathan is now 37 years old, yes.
LAMB: At one point, you say, `hardened by short pants.'
Ms. CROSSETTE: Well, he went to school in
Britain, and then he went to a Quaker boarding school here in this
country, but he--where, of course, they didn't have to wear short
pants, but in England, he certainly did. He went through many a
winter there with cold knees. And so when we went to--this was when I
was there as a--teaching in university. He came out to stay with me.
LAMB: In India?
Ms. CROSSETTE: Yeah, in India. And we went to one of the schools in
the hills, which were great institutions, and it was about the
most uncomfortable place we had ever been. So these kids were,
as I said, hardened to short pants. He was still, nonetheless,
LAMB: Tell us about David Wigg.
Ms. CROSSETTE: That's my husband, David Wigg.
LAMB: What's he do?
Ms. CROSSETTE: He's also a journal--been a journalist and a writer,
most recently with the World Bank. He did some reports in the
developing world for them. He gave up a job--he's British. In
fact, through him, I learned also a lot about the British
empire and learned a bit about, you know, the sort of folklore
that's carried around in the heads of a lot of Britons who have
either family or a personal or a neighborhood or whatever connections
with empire. He came out with me to Asia and was a freelance
reporter for British and for American newspapers while we were
LAMB: How long you been married to him?
Ms. CROSSETTE: Since the--late in '78. He always said,
`You're gonna forget our anniversary,' and he's right, so don't ask.
LAMB: The tour itself of the hill stations...
Ms. CROSSETTE: Yes.
LAMB: ...took how long, and how did you do it, and did you do it by
Ms. CROSSETTE: Yes, this--the hill stations, I had been to all of
them except, I think, maybe one, Kalimpong--oh, Ootacamund--I
hadn't been to Ooty for some odd reason when I was out there, so I was
going back to them all. I took three months off to do this book,
and I went by myself because it was a lot of sort of hard-slog travel.
And my husband's not totally happy always in South Asia. He would
have probably come along to Southeast Asia. We go back to Southeast
Asia every year for at least a month. This year, we went to Laos
in between two trips I did to Baghdad, which was truly bizarre. But
nonetheless, that's what we did. So I set off at the beginning of
January and I traveled for two months, and then...
LAMB: What year?
Ms. CROSSETTE: This was a year ago, in '97. And then I came
back in the third month with enough time to really get the book in
shape so that I, then, had to do--I had to--started to do a lot of
research and so on, but I--as I traveled, I took a laptop and I wrote.
And while I was traveling, I realized that the key to this book is
gonna be the introduction because you have to tie this disparate group
of places together. You have to explain to an American what these
places are. You know, I'd say, `I'm doing a book on the hill
stations,' and they'd say, `Was that like trekking?' because, again,
this is in the British colonial experience, but not in the American.
And unless anyone knew Baguio in the Philippines, which was not called
a hill station, necessarily, and which is now quite a large city and
it's no longer what it was, people just don't know what these are.
And I was--I had found out that since locals were rediscovering them,
that now might be the time to go back and have a look at them myself
and tie up two things, the threads of the
different colonial rulers and how they reacted in the same way, as I
said, to the terrible lives they had to lead, often, and just
also why these little hill stations are still alive and are, in fact,
growing, growing too fast, because people have some of this--if you
lived in Calcutta now, you might go to Darjeeling and Kalimpong for
the same reason that somebody in the 18th or 19th century would have
tried to go to the hills to get away from the same things, and more so
now--industrial pollution, automobile pollution. They are
becoming good places to go and in an economic crisis, cheap.
LAMB: There's a--you know, I read earlier some of the things you
said about these areas, of the stench involved in some of the bigger
cities. But you tell a very--I don't know whether you'd call it
painful story, but a story about cold and lots of other problems
around the Savoy Hotel.
Ms. CROSSETTE: Right, in Mussoorie.
LAMB: Where is Mussoorie?
Ms. CROSSETTE: Mussoorie is a--straight north of Bali. You drive for
about half a day, and you--it's in the Himalayan foothills.
LAMB: How do you get there?
Ms. CROSSETTE: Well, I did--you can go by bus. One of the things
about hill stations is you almost always have to go by road.
LAMB: No airports.
Ms. CROSSETTE: No airports, except the lot has an airport about a
half an hour away in Vietnam, and I think there may be one other one.
But anyway, mostly it's roads, so it's bus or car. From--I went,
I will admit, luxuriously; I hired a car and driver in Delhi.
LAMB: This at your expense?
Ms. CROSSETTE: Yeah, it always was all my expense. This was in--I
gave myself a trip around the world, let's be honest here. And
since I was working full time and I got the time off, I thought,
`Well'--and I had to be expeditious about this because I had to do
a lot of traveling. So I--and I've done the buses and trains into
the hills. The other thing was toy trains--what they call toy
trains--British are great at this--incredible engineering projects.
You build these little trains that snaked up. The most famous one is
probably--well, there're two, the one to Shimla and the one to
Darjeeling. But I went to Mussoorie by car. And I--you know, I had
chosen months that I knew in some places was going to be colder than
other places, but I felt I had to go to Mussoorie; I had not been there
for a long time.
LAMB: Where do you go into to get to Mussoorie? What's the main--the
Ms. CROSSETTE: I start at Delhi, and you drive up to Dehra Dun.
I mean, there really is no big city. That's another thing, so that
it's a--they're way off the tourist track, usually. You just go
straight up through Uttar Pradesh, which is one of the disaster
areas of India, in terms of development. I mean, it's got some
good agricultural land and so on, but it's a--it's been politically
mismanaged; it has horrendous social indicators. It's the kind of
place in India that--where--these places in India like the south where
they have conquered a lot of social problems, and they see this
mushrooming of people being born below the poverty line and lots of
LAMB: You say that...
Ms. CROSSETTE: Most people are...
LAMB: ...there are 110 million people in that one state in India?
Ms. CROSSETTE: Yes. Yeah. Bigger than an awful lot of countries.
LAMB: And you wrote here that, `UP is among the least
developed, least humane places to be found in Asia and certainly
difficult to accept or explain in a nation that calls itself a
democracy and hopes to be the next Asian economic target--or
Ms. CROSSETTE: Tiger.
LAMB: When you see places like that, is there an answer to get out of
that squalor and poverty and all that, in your opinion?
Ms. CROSSETTE: The political leadership and its--some
of the problems now are so large that it's--it's a--you have
to wonder whether it's possible to deal with them in any foreseeable
future. The political leadership in Pradesh, that state,
has been very bad, corrupt. The equivalent of
the state police have been brutal. There have been attacks on
Muslims--the minority Muslims. There have been all sorts of--all
sorts of things have happened. And there's a huge amount of
corruption and bribery, as we discovered.
LAMB: How much of—I didn't mean to cut you off...
Ms. CROSSETTE: Go ahead.
LAMB: ...but how much of a real democracy is there in a place like
Ms. CROSSETTE: Well, there is democracy in India. I mean, people
still have the courage to go out and vote. But there are
gangs who will intimidate voters. There are also gangs hired by
politicians. There are also people who basically pay for votes in one
form or another. It's democratic in that there are polls
and there are elections and so on. But in people's access to things,
in the lack of services, the democracy is not delivering on what
it's promised. And there is a police--a state police force which
is--really can be very brutal, used by politicians when necessary.
LAMB: So you hired a car and you were in Delhi and you drove to
Mussoorie. How long is that?
Ms. CROSSETTE: I think--I can't remember exactly, but , probably
about five hours. Everything in India takes five hours, I always
figured, by car.
LAMB: What are the roads like?
Ms. CROSSETTE: Not bad through UP because it's--well, there are
no really big highways in India. This is another problem that they
have in trying to attract investment and so on. So there're two-lane
roads almost all the way up there. You start out OK around Delhi and
then you get into--and the two-lane roads go--plow right in the middle
of bazaars and towns and so on, you know, and then right across
fields, so you get to see a nice cross section of the
agricultural life and so on. And then when you hit the hills,
there are no big highways into the hills. They're all--except
in Pakistan, in--up to Muree it's not a big highway, but the
Pakistanis have focused on roads, and they're much safer and they're
much more comfortable. Then you get on very narrow--narrow roads, and
inevitably on these hill stations you sometimes do 2,000- or
3,000-feet climb in the last--the last maybe quarter or less of the
So the roads are very windy, they're precipitous, because often they
come out on the outside of curves and there's nothing but maybe a
rock, or nothing at all between you and the abyss. Huge buses come
tootling down the other side. People get terribly sick. I always
tell people, if you're gonna travel on the hills or the Himalayas, in
general, and you're prone to that, you've gotta really be careful.
And it goes on and on, and then eventually you arrive, and the hill
stations themselves usually have a lot of pedestrian area or very
narrow roads, sometimes horse trails. So you're at, really, the end
of the transportation system by the time you get there.
LAMB: So you had to check in at the Savoy Hotel.
Ms. CROSSETTE: At night, in the snow. Oh, it was terrible. But,
you know, it's a...
LAMB: Who used to own it or who--how'd it start?
Ms. CROSSETTE: Well, it star--it's still operating as a hotel.
It's still, I think, locally owned, as far as I know. It's the
kinda hotel that's prime property, though, to be snapped up by a hotel
chain. The Taj Group in India, which runs the Savoy and Ootacamund,
another hill station--no relation to the other Savoy, at least as far
as I know, not yet--they have bought--grabbed some of these old places
and have put in the comforts of sort of a modern five-star hotel. Not
too much, but enough--enough to make things work, so you can have
a hot shower and...
LAMB: What did you find there?
Ms. CROSSETTE: In Mussoorie? Well, it's a marvelous old
barn of a place, a beautiful old lodge in the mountains, but
with almost nothing working--electricity, you know--and it was
bitterly cold. This was also, to be fair, an extremely
unusual winter. I also had some of the same problem later on in
Darjeeling, although it wasn't as cold. The Himalayan foothills
to the south that winter had had a very great deal of snowfall. I
was, in fact, snowed in in Muree, which is over in Pakistan but
along the same kind of frontal area. But the
Savoy is wonderful in that it's a--it's all there, you know,
sort of the old dining hall and ballroom and the rooms are suites. At
the time when--the same time that people traveled with trunks, you
know, and got on steamers, you know, the kind of place that have two
or three wardrobes for all your clothes, because you came to stay a
while, and lovely grounds to walk on. Even in the snow in the
morning, it was--it's extremely attractive, views of
the high Himalayas across one whole area. I could stand at my room
and check my little sort of relief map and you could see one peak
after another, 20,000 feet or higher.
LAMB: What would--say somebody bought your book, "The Hill Stations
of Asia," and wanted to go over there and had never been out of this
country. What are some of the things, as they went to Vietnam
and Burma and Indonesia and India and Pakistan and places like
that, Sri Lanka--what would they begin to say about this
country? I mean, you've lived all over the world, and what do you
say about this country when you see it from outside of here?
Ms. CROSSETTE: Well, one of the things that I have battled for a
long time is a sort of glib definition of Americanization. You know,
people say, `This place is being Americanized or Westernized.' In
fact, you can use hill stations, which are being schlocked, I mean, in
some ways, up by people who don't want funky,
old-fashioned places with string quartets. You know, they want
karaoke bars and casinos and stuff like that. So--and that's--that
is coming from within those societies themselves. That's
not--but what is Americanization? You know, I'd say to
people--they'd say, `Well, you know, Coca-Cola, you know, rock,'
whatever. It--you know, it's not. It's--it is, but it isn't.
And some of these things are--come from--it's
human rights, it's the rule of law, it's the fact that the education
system--we run it down all the time, but basically it works.
Why do so many people want to come here? Because they know that when
they come--if September comes around, the school's open and the
children go to school, you turn the tap and the water comes out,
electricity works, that the police have problems, but that there is a
police force that, if your house is burglarized, you don't have to
go down to the police station and bargain for how much money you have
to pay for them even to register the case, people don't steal the
stamps off your envelopes--I mean, the sense of civil society
One hopes we're not losing it in the--in our sort of
fragmentation and whatever we do, but that these things are
what many foreigners would say is the
Americanization that they wouldn't mind more of, as well as, we
see the kind of things that made the country strong--local
participation in government. You know, many places in the Third World
that I've worked and lived, if something happens to the central
government, the country kind of comes to a standstill, or can.
I've often said it abroad that if a whole cabinet and the
president were regrettably wiped out here or some awful thing happened
in Washington, like one of the science-fiction films, people here
know how to conduct their business all the way down to the--to small
villages. I have a house in Pennsylvania now, in a small town.
Decisions are made there about things that affect us that we don't
have to wait for some political leader farther up the food chain
to say, `This is the way it's going to be,' or, `That's the way
it's going to be,' that local people still do participate--not
enough--and I know there are writers in this country who are very much
afraid that we've--getting out of that small-town participation mode,
and it's hard to get people, for example, to be a volunteer fireman
now or that kind of thing, but these things are very strong, and
many of those countries have no local government.
If I have a--just a second for one story, I went with--I
told--was--talked about traveling with a Pakistani member of
Parliament who's a woman, and in her constituency,
she--her family is quite, quite--was quite wealthy. Her
father's dead. She was the only child and she
was a girl, so that's why she's in politics. So if she had had a
brother, she'd have been out and her brother would've taken on the
sort of family political--but we went to a--one of the outlying farms
in her constituency and there was a huge crowd on the--
in two bunches on the front porch, this bunch and that bun--they
were obviously antagonistic, and she said, `Look at this.' She
said, `They're not here because I'm--they're here because there's
no local court and they have a dispute between these two families.'
And she was the MP. Now she'd come down from Islamabad. They wanted
a judicial decision. Somewhere else, someone comes to her with
a baby who's sick, wants a medical opinion. But that--where you have
no local involvement, no local government, that is a fatal flaw.
And so when we put money into democracy-building, which some people
like and some people don't, instead of giving it to central
governments, it seems it should be going somewhere down the line
'cause--and this is a very American thing, I think, the
way we've managed our own affairs at the local level.
LAMB: Is there any place in South Asia or Southeast Asia that you
could go and find almost everything that we have here in this country,
in the average person's home here?
Ms. CROSSETTE: Oh, lots of places, but it would--there
would be pro--the question is, how far down in the social scale
would you find them? Now, as I said, in Singapore, you have a society
where pretty much, I suppose, everything would be available, and
maybe not--I don't know, you know, whether we go into a
different brand of dishwasher every year, or a refrigerator. But
the essential things would be there. And even in some small
towns in India you're now getting--whether it's a sewing machine or a
bicycle or an electric fan or maybe a small refrigerator, where
electricity is reliable, that's another problem. In Bangkok, a
lot of middle-class life--apartment houses, up-to-date appliances,
good restaurants, plenty of--I could live--we lived
in Bangkok. You--without even thinking really about living in a
developing country, it's--and it doesn't have to be just the
superrich elite. They live better than people live here, you
know, in many cases.
LAMB: There's another one of these paragraphs I just want to
ask you about, because it stuck out as I was reading your book. It
says, `Then as a reminder of how close we were to India, one of the
band members, in jeans and camouflage jacket, leaned over the
exquisitely carved wooden railing and, raising two fingers to his
nose, blew out the copious contents toward the wall a few feet from
where dinner tables had been lavishly laid. "People who ridiculed Lee
Kuan Yew for outlawing spitting in Singapore should be sentenced to a
few weeks on the slimy beetle-stained streets of Delhi, Calcutta or
Rangoon," I thought, as I headed for the indoor coffee shop instead.'
Ms. CROSSETTE: Yeah.
LAMB: Now what was that all about?
Ms. CROSSETTE: So that was in May--that was in Mandalay, in Burma,
which they now want to call Myanmar, but -it's sort of a
collision of the old cultures and news--new, I suppose, and in
this case, particularly sort of startling one, and where they had
built a marvelous new hotel and with absolutely every modern
convenience, the only one in Mandalay still, I think, or maybe another
one is coming up now. No, it's, again, this--the sense
of public--looking after public spaces and public behavior.
Lee Kuan Yew became a fanatic, of course, you know? They had in
--they had laws against what they called killer litter. If you put
your flowerpot out on your terrace and it fell down, you
could get arrested, quite rightly, 'cause if you have a 20- or
30-story flat and you drop your flowerpot on someone's head below,
this is not a funny thing. But again--laws against chewing gum,
laws against urinating in elevators. Now one would think that's not
something a lot of people do, but it had happened, and spitting. And
this--it is--it's a health hazard apart from anything else and in
areas, for example, if you have tuberculosis or whatever
in the community. So--but a lot of these--a lot of Asian
cities still have not--and particularly South Asia, still have not
dealt with these problems and so, you know, it...
LAMB: You write about--in the Philippines, about having--you want to
just cash some travelers' checks...
Ms. CROSSETTE: Cash some travelers' checks.
LAMB: ...and you had 63 people in line?
Ms. CROSSETTE: Yeah, you know, they--the--again, questions of
efficiency are not--in some of the--in some of these
countries, it--I shouldn't perhaps complain if the people who
live there aren't complaining, but I'm sure they are. It's just that
in some of these Asian countries, particularly the more
successful ones--and some of it's built in from their own
societies--they build very successful working societies, but
everything works and that people's health is looked after, that
nothing unpleasant that can be prevented happens and so on. And,
again, Singapore, Malaysia, to a large degree, has done this. The
Philippines is a little rougher and it's a little different, but, I
mean, who are we to judge whether or not it's a good thing you have to
stand in line? It's just that--it just seems to me that if it can
be done by the Malaysians or the Singaporeans or if life can be made
easier, this doesn't--is not just for the sake of the tourist, but
this matters to people who want to come and invest or open a factory
or whatever. The way a country works, how smooth the gears are,
whether the electricity comes on--these things are decisions that we
may whine about as tourists, but that's--that can be a big,
important matter for someone who is coming in and looking at
LAMB: The photograph on the cover is of what hill station?
Ms. CROSSETTE: That's Mussoorie. That's where I nearly froze at the
Savoy Hotel. Yes, that's Mussoorie. And you see, again, they
strung it along the top of the hill, thereby removing most of the
trees. It's a very special profile, but again, as I said, other hill
stations decided that this was a bad idea and left nature in
control of the top and then moved the people down a little.
LAMB: Now that you're back in the United States, for years at the UN
as a UN bureau chief for The New York Times, what's life like compared
to what it was running all over the country, all over the world?
Ms. CROSSETTE: Oh, well, I still manage to run around. This year so
far, I've been in Baghdad twice. I mean, I don't--that's not a garden
spot. I have been in Afghanistan and some other places in between,
back in Pakistan. I try very much to keep in touch, and as I said,
my husband and I go back to Asia every year because you've--I've
invested a lot of time and energy and effort and learned a lot, and I
like to stay abreast. I mean, my big hope now is to go
back and do a big book on the Indonesian people because
they're coming out of the Suharto period, and if they stay on the
tracks here, they have a tremendous future. And we know so little
about Indonesians. They are--they're people who don't emigrate much,
who have a fabulous collection of cultures that really almost
exist on another planet from ours. And so it's a--it's a great
undiscovered area for many Americans.
LAMB: We--this is unfair to you--we only have about a minute left.
But throughout your book, you talk about the Chinese...
Ms. CROSSETTE: Mm-hmm.
LAMB: ...and the involvement in all the countries over there...
Ms. CROSSETTE: Mm-hmm.
LAMB: ...except not much in India. There's a little bit up around
Ms. CROSSETTE: Mm-hmm.
LAMB: Where is China going in 10 years, in your opinion, from
what you've seen over there?
Ms. CROSSETTE: Well, given, again, you--what the--all the
positive factors that Chinese have brought to so many Southeast Asian
societies, the Chinese are--if you can compare them, especially with
India, are headed in what, my personal opinion, is the right direction
on a lot of scores. It's a question of, again, a Communist system
that has to be altered, and that's always the
big question. But in terms of, again, village government, more rule
of law, moving more toward codifying their business practices and
so on, they seem to be doing quite a lot of things
right. And they start with a base of absolutely energetic, very
LAMB: Of all the hill stations you went to, if folks are gonna travel
over there and get your book, what's your favorite?
Ms. CROSSETTE: My favorite are the easiest to get to. I
guess my favorite would--well, they're all different. Nuwara
Eliya in Sri Lanka, because it maintains the old--really, the old
sense of the 19th century hill plantations, tea plantations. Sri
Lanka Ceylon tea is still a big tea country, and so you can
go up there and pretty much--and you can even stay in tea plantations
now. You can pretty much almost relive, if not at least
get a sense of 19th century life.
LAMB: We're out of time. And we thank you very much, Barbara
Crossette. The name of the book is "The Great Hill Stations of Asia."
Thank you for joining us.
Ms. CROSSETTE: Thank you.
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