Francis was a fabulous person—a lost Western soul who found his cosmic connect in India. He was a business graduate from Paris who saw his share of socialist rebellion in the Paris of 1968. He read Aurobindo and Krishnamurti but did not fall in the guru trap to be lost among the ‘baba cool’ youth of that time. He was terribly restless to try out things even if they didn’t work. He had no regrets, though he would say that if we had met earlier, he would have gained time. When his term as the head of BNP in New Delhi had ended and they wanted to send him to Nairobi as a bank manager, he felt he had connected with his past life in Tamil Nadu (!) and stayed on. Above all, he wanted to dabble in the arts. He would say to me, “I am an artist without an art.” When he left us, much too early in 2014, it was less true. He had learnt that life itself was an art. It was great to walk this path together.. Rebuilding ancient fortresses is not a job for the faint-hearted. Fortunately, Aman Nath, the foremost restorer of vintage properties in India, is an intrepid visionary, writes Natasha Rego. The latest Tweets from Guardian Kingdoms (@guardiankingdom). Official Twitter of Guardian Kingdoms, a live multiplayer strategy game! Join today and defend your allies from rivals and chaos!.