joined the University of London in 1909. He elected to study Geology and Natural Sciences
in college. But his soul was drawn towards India and her culture and art. Even in his
clothes he wanted to look Indian. Though he had to wear western clothes he wore on his
forehead sandal paste with a kumkum mark on it.
His love for India and her culture grew. Perhaps because his Indian fathers blood
ran in his veins the study of the Vedas, the Upanishads, the Bhagavad Gita, the Ramayana
and the Mahabharata increased his devotion and reverence towards India. As his mind and
intellect grew and matured he became a devotee of Indian culture. The hallmark of Indian
culture, simple living and high thinking was stamped on his personality.
His co-evals found the dark-skinned and grave Coomaraswamy strange, but they regarded
him with respect. He was a brilliant student. Even during the afternoon hours of leisure
in the college he was engrossed in his favourite subject in the library.