A British school inspector and his wife were visiting his school, so Mahanandia was allowed to sit in the back of the classroom
The inspector gave a garland of flowers to a girl in the front, but his wife gave her garland to Mahanandia. “She could see I was an outcast. She touched my head and said: ‘Your lovely curly hair!’ I was happy, but at the same time I was crying. It was like a little light for me in the dark cave,” Mahanandia recalled. He immediately ran home and told his mother that he was in love with a white woman. What she told him that day would stay with him the rest of his life.